Update: School admits they were hyper-stupid but only after the pressure got to be too much.
CNN: Amid a tidal wave of negative publicity, a Colorado school system has let a 6-year-old boy return to school and said it won’t classify his kissing a girl on the hand as sexual harassment.
The story of first-grader Hunter Yelton made national news and spurred outrage this week after word spread that his school near Colorado Springs suspended him for the kiss and accused him of sexually harassing the girl.
On Wednesday night, CNN affiliate KRDO reported that Canon City Schools Superintendent Robin Gooldy met with Hunter’s parents. The superintendent then changed Hunter’s disciplinary offense from “sexual harassment” to “misconduct.”
The boy has also returned to school at the Lincoln School of Science & Technology.
And wouldn’t you know, the ‘victim’s’ mother was a teacher at the school. 🙂
No word on the “Gateway” Sex Addict: The Hugger in Atlanta though.
Nearly two weeks after Obama promised the federal exchange website would be completely fixed, his top official tacitly admitted that nothing of the sort has happened.
On Thursday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced two new ObamaCare delays. One was to require insurers to accept payment through the end of this month for coverage starting in January.
The second — and more telling — delay gives those enrolled in the temporary ObamaCare “high risk” pools an extra month to sign up for coverage through one of the new exchanges.
The law set up these high-risk pools in states that didn’t already have them, as a way to provide insurance for people with huge health bills who couldn’t get coverage any other way.
But as of October, there were only 85,798 people enrolled in one of these plans. This means the administration can’t even guarantee that this tiny group will have its applications processed on time.
Sebelius also suggested that she might push back the enrollment deadline yet again, and then listed several things she’d like the insurance industry to do on her behalf.
First, she’s “urging” insurers to cover people who haven’t paid their first month’s premium on time — presumably because she knows that a non-payment disaster looms come Jan. 1.
Are they guys in Black Suits with the words IRS on the back? 🙂
Next, she’s “strongly encouraging” them to treat out-of-network providers as “in network” for emergency care — presumably to prevent some from losing their doctors after Obama promised this would never happen.
Sebelius is also “strongly encouraging” insurers to refill prescriptions covered under a previous plan, even if they aren’t covered on their new ObamaCare plans, for a month. Just how the industry is supposed to manage this is a mystery. But the implication is clear — millions will find themselves losing the drug coverage they had, thanks to ObamaCare.
The irony here is rich. The administration had nearly four years to set up the exchanges, write the rules, test the technology and tell the public what was going on, only to see it all crash and burn on the launchpad.
Now it’s giving insurance companies a matter of days to rewrite business plans, conjure up addendums, assume additional financial risk, all to mitigate the fallout of ObamaCare’s botched launch and to spare Obama further embarrassment.
Keep in mind that the industry is already in a mad scramble to repair the faulty enrollment data they keep getting from both the federal and state exchanges.
And Obama already asked them to figure out — in a matter of weeks — how to extend policies to millions of people whose plans they had to cancel because of ObamaCare. Not only that, but they’re supposed to send all these customers a note explaining what their coverage lacks compared with available ObamaCare plans.
The fact that the insurance industry isn’t in open revolt at the complete chaos ObamaCare has unleashed, to say nothing of Sebelius’ blatant last-minute attempts at intimidation, shows just how deeply it’s now wedded to the federal government.
Industry trade group head Karen Ignagni could muster only a gentle “Tsk, tsk” over the latest round of delays, saying “continued changes to the rules and guidance could exacerbate the challenges associated with helping consumers through the enrollment process.”
When Obama signed ObamaCare into law, he said: “It will take four years to implement fully many of these reforms, because we need to implement them responsibly. We need to get this right.”
Why should the country give him still more time to get it right? (IBD)
Because they are Liberals and they are never, ever wrong. No matter what. Just ask them…
And eventually, some day, when you have no other choice you will thank them for their generosity and love… 🙂