THOSE SMART STRIKES

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Rather than un­wieldy manuev­ers, House Speaker John A. Boehner has said that the Grand Old Party will launch a se­ries of “smart, tar­geted strikes” against the Oba­macare. And here they come. The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee has filed a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest to the Cen­ters for Medi­care & Med­i­caid Ser­vices re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion on the num­ber of Amer­i­cans who ac­tu­ally have en­rolled through the fed­eral web­site Health­care.gov.

“Re­ally, it’s telling they don’t want to give out any num­bers. This is an ad­min­is­tra­tion that never misses an op­por­tu­nity to brag. They’ve pre­vi­ously leaked sen­si­tive na­tional se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion to bur­nish their im­age. So what are they hiding?” com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus.

Now comes another re­quest, with an in­ter­est­ing de­mand.

“Tax­pay­ers have a right to know the for­eign lan­guage trans­la­tion costs re­lated to Pres­i­dent Obama’s roll­out of the Af­ford­able Care Act — es­pe­cially in light of the spec­tac­u­lar fail­ure of the tele­phone hot­line and health­care. gov web­site which in­cludes a Span­ish-only ver­sion,” says Robert Van­der­voort, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ProEnglish, an or­ga­ni­za­tion which ad­vo­cates mak­ing English the of­fi­cial lan­guage of gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions.

“The Oba­macare law is al­ready an ex­pen­sive en­ti­tle­ment and now we learn that trans­la­tors in 150 lan­guages were com­mis­sioned by the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices for the roll­out as well for a Span­ish-lan­guage web­site which ini­tially failed to work. What is this cost­ing tax­pay­ers? Why is Obama spend­ing whop­ping amounts of tax­payer dol­lars pro­mot­ing im­mi­grant de­pen­dency and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism?” Mr. Van­der­voort asks.

Ju­di­cial Watch, mean­while, al­ready has sued the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices on four oc­ca­sions, seek­ing doc­u­ments re­lated to tax­payer funds used to pro­mote Oba­macare, cov­er­age waivers and records of U.S. Supreme Court As­so­ci­ate Jus­tice Elena Ka­gan’s role in dis­cus­sions about the health care law while she served as Mr. Obama’s so­lic­i­tor gen­eral. care sys­tem that’s quickly dis­solv­ing into the most ex­pen­sive tax­payer-funded punch line of this ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

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