Dem Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Goes Off During Obamacare Hearing: 'I Will Not Yield to This Monkey Court'

During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website on Thursday morning, Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) severely castigated Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) for inaccurately describing a privacy requirement in the law, eventually calling the entire hearing a "monkey court."

Barton had just questioned Cheryl Campbell, the senior vice president of CGI, one of the two primary contractors that built the federal exchange website, about whether the privacy components of the site were compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which in part regulates privacy concerns in the health care industry.

"I started out in my opening statement saying there was no legitimacy to this hearing, and the last line of the questioning certainly confirms that," Pallone said. "HIPAA only applies when there's health information being provided. That's not in play here today. No health information is required in the application process. And why is that? Because pre-existing conditions don't matter. So once again, here we have my Republican colleagues trying to scare everybody—"

"Will the gentleman yield?" Barton interrupted.

"No, I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever this thing is," Pallone responded.

"This is not a monkey court," Barton replied. "Protecting American citizens is a legitimate concern of this committee."

"There is no health information in the process," Pallone continued. "You're asked about your address, your date of birth. You are not asked health information. So why are we going down this path? Because you are trying to scare people so they don't apply, and so therefore the legislation gets delayed, or the Affordable Care Act gets defunded, or it's repealed. That's all it is, hoping people won't apply."

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Comment by Linda GrayWolf on November 7, 2013 at 5:21pm

We ain't, so wake up you misinformed, uniformed, head in the sand miscreant!

Comment by my911 on October 29, 2013 at 12:57pm

Jonathon Joseph,

Who "we" ?

Comment by Jonathon Joseph Parker on October 29, 2013 at 11:42am

Anything that we Left Wing "Progressive Socialists don't agree with suddenly becomes a "Monkey Court!" The only "Monkeys" that WE THE PEOPLE have to contend with are the COMMIE Democrats!

Comment by Virgil Earl Koon on October 27, 2013 at 9:59am

Is it not strange the Liberals take over our schools and what comes out of them are those who vote for a cell phone; do not even know who the Vice President is or Pelosi or Reid; and took our schools from about 7th in the world to above 20th. The figure 20th is when only the best students are tested and already were self-educated! All of this was planned including the shootings because of, again, Liberal fools educationing our children. But guns did it and not the idiots teaching in Liberal colleges and public schools.. It all fits together!

Comment by Virgil Earl Koon on October 27, 2013 at 9:49am

Common Tea Party Members, Pelosi said she did not read it but is for it. How in the heck do these idiots ever obtain public office of anykind? Well, Obama got in his second term so that speaks volumes! Where is our cell phone?

Comment by Lonnie A. Smith on October 26, 2013 at 6:51am

Another damn authority junkie.  The Rep's. need to start serving these jackwagons with JAIL TIME.

Comment by Ronald Harding Garrett on October 25, 2013 at 8:21pm
Folks, I give you Frank Pallone, avowed communist, and my enemy. He has been in Congress going on 21 years.
Comment by my911 on October 25, 2013 at 4:02pm

Ellen Jones,

He may see it, but do you think he is able to read it?

Comment by Eileen G. Jones on October 25, 2013 at 3:37pm

To James P Murphy.....I'm from N.J. and am embarassed by this idiot! i switched over to Repub. in 2010 because of idiots like this...N.J. politicians ( 90%) are liberal clones of the Pres. They have no concern of what the people want, nor do they care! But I think 2014 is going to be a wake up call to N.J. politicians.....WHY , because many of the people I know are getting notices from their ins, co. and they are not so happy about who they put in office !!  VICTORY.....I warned them and came up against oridicule, now the shoe is on the other foot !!!!Pallone is a classic example of N.J politics, and soon he will see the writing on the wall !

Comment by my911 on October 25, 2013 at 1:51pm

L Oravetz.....

The guy hooked onto a different technicality.

Unfortunately it seems a question was asked about HIPPA.

My understanding supports him on that point. HIPPA deals with disbursement of info; not collection.

He also stated that NO Health info is requested, but he was apparently wrong on that count.

There is a post where someone stated they WERE asked about chronic conditions.

THAT plus the Non-Privacy disclaimer should be shoved down his throat by the SGT at Arms

LIGHTER SIDE

ALERT ALERT

Clinton Donor And Tax Cheat Tied To Russia

“Do as we say, not as we do.”

That seems to be the slogan for Hillary Clinton and her political allies, and it’s especially apt in light of new information about one of Clinton’s largest campaign donors.

While the left is still trying to attack President Trump and his family over unproven business dealings and largely debunked connections to Russia, a new report indicates that it was Hillary Clinton’s team who were doing those exact things.

“Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the ‘Hillary Victory Fund’ (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio,” that outlet reported on Thursday.

“He has also been considered by California to be one of the state’s biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the (Russian) Kremlin,” Fox continued.

The man’s name is Edgar Sargsyan. His deep pockets greatly benefited Clinton’s campaign, with contributions of at least $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016.

He was also in charge of an elite fundraising dinner to benefit Clinton, where donors paid $100,000 per couple just to attend the ritzy event. But in true Clinton fashion, the money apparently went missing.

Sargsyan is now “being sued by his former company for allegedly diverting those funds to start his own real estate company,” according to Fox.

Now, people are asking hard questions about Clinton’s buddy Sargsyan, including whether his contributions were part of a pay-to-play scheme and if he had shady connections to foreign governments.

“Nobody gave to the Hillary Victory Fund out of the goodness of their heart or some generalized desire to help 33 random state parties,” pointed out attorney Dan Backer from the Committee to Defend the President.

“They did so to buy access and curry influence — something the Clintons have been selling for nearly three decades in and out of government,” he continued.

Trying to buy political influence is sadly common, especially when it comes to the Clintons. What is raising more red flags than normal, however, is the evidence that Sargsyan is no run-of-the-mill campaign donor.

“The really scary question is, what did this particular donor with this strange web of connections hope to buy for his quarter-million dollars?” Backer asked Fox News.

That web of connections is strange indeed.

The Committee to Defend the President is now alleging that SBK, a major Sargsyan-linked company “is an investment firm that is affiliated with United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and its international affiliate has business interests in Russia,” according to Fox.

“Among its dealings was a bid to finance $850 million for a major bridge project to connect Crimea with Russia,” the group claims.

“He worked for SBK, and SBK appears to have bid on some Crimean/Russian bridge project,” Backer said. “That’s usually an indicator of political favor and connections.”

It raises several chilling questions: Was Sargsyan paying a quarter million dollars to Clinton for political favors, and — more disturbingly — was that money actually from sources in Russia in order to smooth the way for its construction plans?

Nobody knows for sure. What is clear, however, is that there is a pattern of dirty money surrounding the Clintons, with the “Uranium One” and “Clinton Foundation” scandals just two of the most well-known examples.

“It reinforces how fast and loose the Clinton machine was when it came to ‘Hoovering up’ these megadonor checks, not just from questionable Hollywood and Wall Street elites but potentially from foreign influence peddlers using who knows what money,” Backer told Fox News.

“It reinforces the need to take a long hard look at not just the unlawful money laundering process, but the way in which they were solicited as well,” he continued. “The Clintons have never shown a great deal of concern for whomever it was cutting the checks — whether it’s foreign influence peddlers or Hollywood smut peddlers like Harvey Weinstein.”

If those claims are even partially true, then America dodged a bullet in November of 2016 — and it’s worth keeping the pile of foreign-connected Clinton scandals in mind the next time the left tries desperately to tie Donald Trump to Russia. Perhaps they should look in the mirror.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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