Video from President Obama's discussion yesterday in Richmond.
The story quoted a memo from McDonald's Corp. to federal officials saying it would be "economically prohibitive for our carrier" to continue offering a limited benefits plan to some 30,000 hourly workers if it has to comply with new requirements requiring plans to spend a minimum portion of premiums on care - known as the medical loss ratio.Other than that, great story Wall Street Journal!
[HHS Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius told reporters HHS was in no position to award a waiver on the medical loss ratio requirement because the regulation has yet to be adopted.
"We can't waive a regulation that doesn't even exist," she said.
She said the company asked for a waiver from the law's restrictions on annual limits two weeks ago and received it within 48 hours.
McDonald's says the allegation is "completely false."
P.S. No wonder why distrust of the U.S. media just reached a record high.
Flash flood warnings and tornado watches, this is going to be a stormy day. Stay dry and stay safe!
1. MCDONNELL'S LIQUOR PLAN IS LIKELY TO CHANGE
5. MCDONNELL ON VIRGINIA'S MOST NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS ... IN 2050
7. IN RICHMOND, OBAMA TRIES TO RALLY VOTERS
9. CANTOR WELCOMES OBAMA TO RICHMOND, IN A WAY
10. LAWMAKERS MAY ISSUE SUBPOENAS ON JFCOM
14. HURT PUSHES LOWER TAXES IN VISIT TO AREA
16. STUDY FINDS VETERANS SERVICES SEVERELY LACKING IN VIRGINIA
24. ABC PLAN AIDS BIG BOX STORES
26. THE ABCS ON PRIVATIZATION FEES
30. FLOOD WATCH POSTED FOR MUCH OF VIRGINIA
34. ROSSLYN TOWER SET TO RISE SOON
37. TRI-CITIES POVERTY RATES HIT ALMOST 20 PERCENT
Now, the "whiner" part.
Quick, somebody call the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance for Robert Hurt! Of course, it's possible that the reason he's so afraid of public and/or unscripted events and tough questions is because his political views are in such stark opposition to the best interests of his constituents. Either that, or he's just a coward and a whiner. Or both. Anyway, you decide.
At a fundraiser this past weekend, Al Gore praises Jim Moran as "prescient" on offshore oil drilling and a "leader" on other environmental issues. In contrast, Gore points out, Moran's opponent (Patrick Murray) believes in "more fossil fuels...more drilling...more carbon pollution." Tough choice, huh?
P.S. Great job by Patrick Murray's "Social Media Director" for shooting this video that's so helpful to...Jim Moran! Ha. ;)
UPDATE: The video was posted by the Murray campaign (by their "Social Media director") then taken down in an apparent panic after we posted it here at Blue Virginia. Fortunately, through the wonders of the internets, it's now back by popular demand. Enjoy! :)
UPDATE #2: I hear that Jim Moran is receiving the endorsement of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee. Patrick "I'm a veteran and that's my only qualification for higher office" Murray is going to be piiiiiiiiiiiissed! :)
Needless to say, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette begs to differ. To view his letter to Speaker Howell and Sen. Colgan, see after the "fold." Among Fisette's concerns are "the degradation of transit and HOV...the capability to move people, not simply vehicles, as well as the negative secondary effects on local roads and air quality resulting from poor transportation planning and design." Other than that, it's a great idea! Heh.
In this video, Jim Webb talks about what he sees as "the need to reinvigorate U.S. relations with ASEAN countries and other allies in the region to maintain balance and stability" vis-a-vis China. According to Webb, the "second-tier countries" in the Asia-Pacific region see "any failure by the United States to take firm action when the Chinese manifest aggressive behavior is viewed in this region as a sign of a permeating weakness in the United States." In Webb's view, we need to "stay with our friends" and let China know that "the wrong type of behavior is not going to be rewarded with a weak form of behavior by the United States."
In my view, that's fine as far as it goes; there's nothing wrong with strengthening relations with our allies in the region, and there's nothing wrong with being strong in our response to outright aggressive behavior by China. However, I believe that Webb largely misses the larger point, of what Anne Applebaum correctly describes as "China's quiet power grab". For more on that, see after the "fold."
2. BEER AND WINE WHOLESALER ANALYSIS SHOWS SPIRITS EXCISE TAX HIKE UNDER MCDONNELL ABC PLAN
3. MCDONNELL REPORTS LITTLE PROGRESS OVERTURNING JFCOM CLOSURE
4. JFCOM FINDS FEW SUPPORTERS OUTSIDE OF VIRGINIA
7. WEBB ACCUSES PENTAGON OF 'STIFF-ARMING' VIRGINIA ON JFCOM CLOSURE
13. VA. CAR TITLE LENDING LAW TAKES EFFECT FRIDAY
14. OBAMA BRINGING ECONOMIC PITCH TO RICHMOND
15. WARNER DONS BUSINESS HAT TO MAKE THE CASE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS IN WASHINGTON....
16. U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES NYE AS A "PRO BUSINESS DEMOCRAT"....
20. RICK BOUCHER TALKS POLITICS AS HE SEEKS 15TH TERM
22. ENOUGH OFFSHORE WIND TO POWER VA., REPORT SAYS
30. JEFF E. SCHAPIRO: A VA. TRADITION -- HAVING IT BOTH WAYS
33. ARLINGTON OPTS OUT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
In Virginia's 2nd district, Rep. Glenn Nye (D) trailed car dealer Scott Rigell (R) by 5 points. The Congressman took 40 percent to Rigell's 45 percent. Independent Kenny Golden, a former Republican, took 7 percent. The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted by the GOP firm Ayres McHenry & Associates Sept 23 to 26 and had a 4.9 point margin of error.That 5-point lead for the used car dealer (Rigell) is just outside the statistical margin of error, so right now it looks like the 2nd CD could go either way. That's assuming, of course, that the GOP polling is accurate, which we can't really know since we aren't privy to the "internals" of the poll. How about we just call this race a tossup and leave it at that?