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  • Could California adopt universal healthcare for 39 million people?

    02/05/2017 2:16:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    sacbee ^ | February 4, 2017 | Dan Walters
    State Sen. Ed Hernandez, chair of the Senate Health Committee, warns of a major financial hit on millions of Californians if Obamacare is repealed. Claudia Buck The Sacramento Bee BY DAN WALTERS Eric Bauman, a registered nurse who aspires to become the next chairman of the California Democratic Party, says it’s time for California to become a “healthcare sanctuary” by providing universal, state-operated medical coverage. Citing efforts by a Republican-controlled federal government to repeal Obamacare, Bauman wrote in an op-ed article, “we cannot miss the historic opportunity the moment presents us: enacting single-payer healthcare into California. Let’s take that...
  • Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare; Over 10,000 Businesses Shut Down

    01/18/2017 6:35:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/18/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Obamacare has cost roughly 300,000 small business jobs due to higher health care costs, according to a new report. The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released findings Wednesday that rising premiums and regulations under the Affordable Care Act have had “dire” consequences for the labor market. The report found the law has cost $19 billion in lost wages per year and forced 10,000 small businesses establishments to close their doors. The study covered employers with 20 to 99 employees. “Research from the American Action Forum (AAF) finds regulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are driving up health...
  • Obamacare Open Enrollment 2016: Everything You Need to Know

    11/01/2016 2:18:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Time ^ | 10/30/16 | Staff
    **SNIP** How much can I expect to pay in premiums? Last year, the average monthly premium was $364, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That sounds like a lot, but 87% of Americans qualified for a subsidy to help them pay the premiums. After the subsidy, the average monthly cost was only $101. For 2016, premiums appear to be increasing. The government just reported that the cost of the most popular marketplace plan will rise by an average of 7.5% next year, though depending on where you live you could see big hikes or even small declines..
  • 2007 video of Obama discussing America transitioning to single payer system

    This video has not been widely seen. Obama discusses how America can be transitioned into a single payer system. We are entering the early stages of the transition period.
  • ObamaCare coverage options disappearing across country, report finds

    08/29/2016 7:02:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 29, 2016
    Nearly a third of U.S. counties will be left with just one insurance option next year on the ObamaCare exchanges, according to a new analysis fueling warnings about the impact of the insurance company exodus from markets across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation study found residents in Pinal County, Ariz., are even at risk of having no insurance options on the exchanges, which provide subsidized plans. Republicans seized on the report Monday to claim that the health care overhaul is not providing the choices promised by President Obama and others. […] The Kaiser Family Foundation study found that overall,...
  • Penalties grow for not getting insurance (IRS has collected $1.5 billion in Commiecare fines)

    01/14/2016 2:38:31 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/13/16 | Paul Sisson
    With less than three weeks of open enrollment left, Covered California is working to highlight increased penalties for not having health insurance this year. Since its individual coverage requirement took effect in 2014, Obamacare has doled out increasingly expensive fines to people who do not purchase coverage through health exchanges or obtain insurance from an employer or a government program such as Medicare. This year brings the highest penalty yet, Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director, said during a news conference Wednesday. "This is real money going straight to the IRS, where the consumer gets nothing in return," Lee said.
  • Affordability still a worry for Obamacare users (Pelosi knew)

    01/10/2016 3:02:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    CNBC via MSN ^ | 1/10/16 | Bertha Coombs
    Michael Chadwick is all for Obamacare insurance - up to a point. The 32-year old Manhattan realtor was uninsured in his late twenties, and he was optimistic when he initially signed up for coverage three years ago. Then, his income changed. "I couldn't keep up with the payments, so I had no health insurance for the remainder of 2014," Chadwick explained to CNBC. He had a better year in 2015, and he's hopeful he'll be able to maintain his health coverage again this year. Still, he expressed frustration with the law's mechanics. "The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) doesn't take into...
  • Despite Threats, Obamacare Still Winning

    12/18/2015 4:30:42 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | December 18, 2015 22:56 GMT | Not Listed
    Another year gone. Another year of the Affordable Care Act's opponents moving further from - not closer to - getting their way on health care. How so? This week's omnibus deal, which was approved Friday by the U.S. House and Senate, provided a clear view once again of the uphill climb Republicans face in repealing Obamacare. The omnibus negotiations never included talk of repeal, because that's a non-starter among Democrats and the White House. Instead, Republicans were left to chip away at the health law they hate. They did so by postponing two important Obamacare taxes - the Cadillac tax...
  • Obamacare Penalties Will Cost More Than Health Coverage for Millions

    12/09/2015 1:06:03 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | December 9, 2015 07:00 UTC | John Tozzi
    Link only due to copyright.
  • The Thrill Is Gone for Obamacare as Health-Care Approval (Pelosi knew)

    11/22/2015 2:56:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies ^ | 11/22/15 | Eric Pianin
    Troubling signs about the Affordable Care Act and the state of health care in the U.S. have bubbled up in the last few weeks. The administration's Obamacare enrollment projections for the coming year are down, the projected cost of premiums and out of pocket costs are up, nearly half of the insurance co-ops associated with the program are going out of business, and UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said it may withdraw from the government marketplaces in 2017. Now comes a new survey by Gallup showing growing discontent with Obamacare and the U.S. health-care industry more generally after...
  • Obamacare at 5: Sick and getting worse (Pelosi knew)

    11/14/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    OC Register ^ | 11/14/15 | MARK LANDSBAUM
    **SNIP** If profiteering from the rigged system is bad, how much worse is it that the government itself reported twice since July that basic information to determine enrollment and subsidy eligibility was not verified by the federal Health Insurance Marketplace or insurance exchanges examined in California and Kentucky? To test the system, investigators submitted 10 fictitious applications. All 10 were approved. One study concluded the government "could not verify" $2.8 billion in financial assistance payments through April 2014. Central planners never can include enough protections and contingencies to thwart self-interested human behavior. Neither can Washington foresee how markets will behave...
  • Fraudulent Obamacare claims costing taxpayers $2 billion

    07/20/2015 6:51:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/15 | Tom Howell Jr.
    <p>More than 700,000 Obamacare customers claimed tax credits for buying health care but didn’t bother to file their taxes, potentially jilting the government out of $2 billion in bogus payments, the Senate’s senior lawmaker said Monday.</p> <p>Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Finance Committee and president pro tempore of the Senate, demanded the inspector general investigate the recalcitrant taxpayers and look at the IRS‘ own systems for trying to track down tax cheats when it comes to Obamacare.</p>
  • Lawmakers Weigh Future of HealthSource RI; Director Says It Can Help Innovate, Control Costs

    03/02/2015 1:03:23 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 1 replies
    The Daily Reporter (AP Sourced) ^ | March 2, 2015 05:10 GMT | Jennifer McDermott
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The new director of Rhode Island's health insurance exchange is making a case for keeping the state-run marketplace, as some lawmakers are calling for its demise. HealthSource RI has served as a model among the state-run marketplaces. Most other states use the federal exchange. Director Anya Rader Wallack says Rhode Island can use the state exchange as a tool to innovate and control health care costs in ways it couldn't if it switched. Gov. Gina Raimondo supports keeping the program in Rhode Island. But some say it isn't worth it. A group of lawmakers, led by...
  • Fewer Struggle With Medical Costs as Obamacare Expands Coverage

    01/15/2015 12:50:54 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 37 replies
    AARP (AP) ^ | January 15, 2015 19:11 GMT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday. The Commonwealth Fund’s biennial health insurance survey found that the share of U.S. adults who did not get needed care because of cost dropped from 43 percent in 2012 to 36 percent last year, as the health care law’s main coverage expansion went into full swing. The proportion of people who got treatment but had problems paying their bills also dropped, from 41 percent in...
  • Here are 300 reasons why Democrats and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    10/06/2014 2:32:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 7 replies
    wordpress ^ | last updated on October 3, 2014. | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 300 reasons why Democrats and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on October 3, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop Obama...
  • Obamacare open enrollment is coming (Pelosi knew)

    09/26/2014 11:23:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/26/14 | Maryalene LaPonsie
    Are you ready for Round Two? In a little more than a month, the federal Health Insurance Marketplace will swing open its virtual doors and let the masses in. Hopefully, things will go a little smoother than last year. I love Obamacare, but last year's open enrollment process was a mess. Personally, it only took me four applications, three online profiles and two attempts to verify my income before it was all said and done. However, I had it good. I have a friend who lost her employer-sponsored coverage midway through the year and is currently in health insurance hell:...
  • Reports Show ObamaCare Enrollment Dropping At An Unsustainable Rate (exempt RATS silent)

    08/14/2014 6:28:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/14/14 | B. Christopher Agee
    Earlier this year, supporters of the federal healthcare law known as ObamaCare enthusiastically celebrated reaching its signup goal, with reported enrollment topping eight million Americans. In the months since, however, there has been a noticeable dearth of updates regarding the relative success of the law since its famously rocky implementation. If a recent Investor’s Business Daily report is any indication, there might be good reason for the Obama administration’s silence. **SNIP** Another barometer of public sentiment comes from enrollment numbers reported by individual states. Washington, for example, is the only state that waited until enrollees had paid their first month’s...
  • 296 reasons why hypocrite Dems & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    07/27/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 2 replies
    wordpress ^ | Last updated July 27, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 296 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on July 27, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • Report: More Than Expected Will Drop Out Of Colorado’s Obamacare Program (Abandon Ship!)

    07/09/2014 1:37:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 05:16 GMT | Greg Campbell
    Nearly twice as many people are expected to drop out of Colorado’s state-run health care exchange in the coming years than originally projected, leading to nearly $2 million lost in associated fees for the financially embattled program over the next two years. Connect for Health Colorado originally projected that 13 percent of enrollees will either leave the exchange in fiscal 2015 or fail to pay their bills, but now they project the figure to be as high as 24 percent, according to the Denver Post. If that’s the case, the exchange will lose out on about $1 million in fees...
  • The Carrot and the Stick of Medicaid Expansion

    05/20/2014 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 2 replies
    PERCspectives on Policy (Texas A&M) ^ | May 20, 2014 18:20 GMT | Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving
    More than one-fifth of the popu-lation of the United States was receiving Medicaid benefits before the passage of The Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA expanded eligibility to adults under the age of 65 who have income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. As originally written, the ACA relied on two provisions intended to entice and prod states to expand their Medicaid programs. So far, about half of the states have expanded their programs. The carrot enticing states to expand their programs is the generous federal participation. This year, the federal government will cover 100% of the...
  • Obamacare push for the young enters 11th hour(freeloaders in Husseincare ad)

    02/14/2014 3:54:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/14/14 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON — One of the latest Obamacare pitches to get young adults to sign up for health insurance starts out with a mother's kitchen note reminding her grown son to enroll. "Mom, you know I can't afford it," the young black man protests, as he sits down at a kitchen table next to a bespectacled woman with a laptop computer linked to the U.S. federal enrollment website, "But for the first time you can," she replies reassuringly. "You go to the website, compare quality plans and you could get help paying for it."
  • Obamacare deadbeats: Some don't pay up (Husseincare cancellations? Pelosi knew)

    01/30/2014 2:21:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/30/14 | Tami Luhby
    Just cause they've signed up for Obamacare doesn't mean they're covered. Around one in five people who picked health insurance policies on the state and federal exchanges last year haven't paid their first month's premiums, according to insurers polled by CNNMoney. These folks will likely see their policy selection canceled and they'll be left uninsured. Some 2.1 million people signed up for a plan in time for their coverage to start January 1, according to the Obama administration. But with the payment deadlines stretching until January 31 at the latest, anywhere between 12% and 30% of those folks still haven't...
  • Trojan Horses: How Obamacare Actually Paves the Way Toward Single Payer

    01/06/2014 2:00:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 5, 2014 | Noam Scheiber
    Last week the liberal documentary-maker Michael Moore prompted indigestion across the progressive wonk community by pronouncing Obamacare “awful.” In a New York Times op-ed, he bemoaned the way the president’s law preserved the health insurance industry rather than replacing it with a Medicare-for-all style single-payer system. The good news, Moore conceded, is that the previously uninsured (and often previously uninsurable) can get finally get coverage. The bad news is that their coverage will often be lousy and pose an enormous financial burden. He ended by calling for activists to lean on state politicians in an effort to beef the law...
  • Obamacare Fixes Hide a Big Mess on the Back End (Pelosi knew)

    12/06/2013 2:44:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 12/06/13 | David Francis
    **SNIP** “You could get a bad plan or incorrect plan, a plan other than the plan you picked, a plan where the premium was wrong,” said Tim Jost, a professor of law at Washington and Lee University. “You could end up with a plan that didn’t cover all the members of your family.” The Obama administration has repeatedly refused to say how many problems related to 834s still exist. But according to Bob Laszewski, the 834s problem is endemic of a broken backend at the federal exchange. The administration may have fixed many of the problems that the public encounters...
  • The sinking ship of Obamacare (Hussein can “take care that the laws be faithfully executed")

    11/16/2013 5:20:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/15/13 | Kathleen Parker
    Let’s recap: If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. No, wait. If you liked your policy, it was probably worthless anyway. Scratch that. If your junk policy was canceled and you still want it, you can keep it. Er, get it back. Whatever. **SNIP** The only prohibition is that the president not fail to execute the law owing to his opposition to a policy. Obviously, this is not the case here. As a political matter, it is also obvious that Obama is merely trying to right his own sinking ship, especially after Bill Clinton’s undoubtedly heartfelt advice...
  • Think ObamaCare Is Bad Now? It Gets Worse Next Year

    11/13/2013 3:40:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/12/13 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    'Substandard" and "cut-rate" is what President Obama calls the health plans that millions of Americans have lost, even though they wanted to keep them. Backpedaling on his promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan," Obama is now telling Americans another whopper: The insurance they can get on ObamaCare exchanges is a better deal. Don't believe him.
  • Carney bristles at O-Care query: 'I give up'

    11/04/2013 2:38:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/04/13 | Justin Sink
    Fresh questions about whether the White House deceived Americans with claims they could bypass the broken website by using the phone or mailing in an application provoked an exasperated response Monday from White House press secretary Jay Carney. "I give up," Carney told ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, accusing the White House reporter of speaking "in tones of dramatic revelation" to inflate a story. The exchange centered around documents released by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday. Meeting notes from the administration "war room" handling the rollout of ObamaCare showed that consumers who called the ObamaCare...
  • Three states forced wholesale insurance cancellations because of ObamaCare (VA, KY, ID)

    10/31/2013 2:20:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/13 | Ed Morrissey
    **SNIP** CNN reports that insurers had nothing to do with it in at least three states, where the states themselves forced the cancellations in order to comply with ObamaCare: President Obama may have promised Americans that they can keep their insurance if they like it, but that’s not the case in at least three states where insurance companies are required to discontinue plans that don’t meet Obamacare’s new coverage standards. Virginia, Kentucky and Idaho have told insurance companies that they must scrap insurance plans that don’t meet the minimum coverage requirements laid out in the Affordable Care Act. Some states...
  • Obama stands by promise that "you can keep your plan" (until you can't)

    10/30/2013 5:58:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/30/13 | Stephanie Condon
    The president said Wednesday that the notices sent to consumers suggest that they're losing their coverage "somehow because of the Affordable Care Act." He argued, however, that consumers only lost coverage if insurers altered those policies at all after the law took effect. In that case, Mr. Obama said, insurers had to "replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage." "Today that promise means that every plan in the marketplace covers a core set of minimum requirements," he said. Insurers "can't use allergies or pregnancy... or the fact that you're a woman to charge you more." He advised the public, "If you're...
  • Obama's Big Lie

    10/30/2013 5:20:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    "All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it. ... I'm infuriated because I was lied to," one woman told the Los Angeles Times, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare. And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president. The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations") or war. Woodrow...
  • 384 reasons why we can all laugh at the Obama supporters at Democratic Underground

    10/25/2013 6:55:50 AM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 24, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 384 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on August 15, 2013. Updated on October 24, 2013.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible – and especially, to please...
  • Come back in 2 weeks: Even the pros struggle with new health exchanges

    10/23/2013 3:41:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/23/13 | Maggie Fox
    **SNIP** "Can we just see if it works?" Amine Ashkar pleads as he tries to sign up for health insurance at the Community Clinic, Inc. in Silver Spring, Md. on Wednesday afternoon. "We can try," answers Martha Lopez, a former insurance agent who's helping people enroll. The screen gets stuck as she tries to set up an account for Ashkar, a 32-year-old bus driver who's looking for a better deal on his insurance. Lopez and her team of fellow navigators employed through the nonprofit clinic have been unable to complete a single enrollment online. "Why don't we try next week?"...
  • Obamacare wins? See you in 2014 (Husseincare tax 'a marathon not a sprint')

    10/19/2013 12:08:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/18/13 | DAVID NATHER
    Obamacare wins! Now, let’s talk about that website. **SNIP** They also have to find enough success stories — people who have gotten their health coverage and are pleased by the experience — to counteract the comments Republicans are circulating from people who are complaining that the premiums are too high. There are people who are successfully signing up, on the federal website as well as state-run marketplaces like the one in Minnesota. But they haven’t been able to overshadow the stories of people who can’t even log in. “Since at the end of the day, Obamacare is a marathon and...
  • What the Obama-care law text REALLY says on IRS enforcement of the personal Mandate fine/tax

    10/16/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 61 replies
    GPO via govtrack. us congress bills site ^ | 10/16/2013 | sickoflibs and text of law
    Every time I post that the IRS is clearly forbidden from punishing you for not paying the fine/tax, I get the same fictional responses. Maybe their goal is to make it sound so scary so that Obamacare gets magically repealed(poof) , but given that wont happen anytime soon this misinformation can have the unintended consequence of fooling/scaring people into complying and helping make Obamacare work. I found the section in the bill text and will posted it below as a vanity for future reference skip tp SPECIAL RULES. CHAPTER 48—MAINTENANCE OF MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE ‘Sec. 5000A. Requirement to maintain minimum...
  • States encounter ObamaCare impostors

    10/14/2013 2:19:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/13
    State insurance regulators are encountering sites designed to mimic ObamaCare's enrollment portal, the online hub where millions of people are meant to purchase healthcare coverage. Attempts at imitating have met with cease-and-desist letters; the sites could confuse consumers seeking to enter ObamaCare's marketplaces. In New Hampshire, the insurance commissioner reportedly cracked down on one webpage last week that could have been mistaken for the state's insurance exchange. And regulators from Washington, Pennsylvania and Connecticut are warning the health insurance industry against creating sites that might mislead the public. The healthcare law is expected to prompt fraud attempts similar to...
  • Does your Obamacare cost too much? Make less money!

    10/13/2013 9:53:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 13, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    This is a story out of California that’s been making the rounds this weekend and definitely needs to be filed under, “Who could have possibly seen this coming?” Some of the people who managed the feat of getting through the dysfunctional web site and actually getting quotes on health care policies under Obamacare have already been finding out that “low priced” can mean something entirely different than they may have thought. This is particularly true of older citizens on fixed incomes. But if your income is low enough, you can just scratch off a lot of the cost of those...
  • 83 reasons why Democrats and unions are turning against Obamacare

    10/03/2013 11:53:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 1 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 4, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog 83 reasons why Democrats and unions are turning against Obamacare 1) After Obamcare was passed, unions that supported its passage requested and received special exemptionsWithin months after Obamacare was passed, Obama gave some organizations an exemption from some of the requirements of Obamacare. As time went on, more than 1,300 organizations received these exemptions.More than half of the people who are covered by insurance plans that received these exemptions are in union insurance plans. These unions supported the passage of Obamacare. But immediately after Obamacare was passed, these unions wanted exemptions from the very same law...
  • How to kill ObamaCare and save the GOP (no exemptions or waivers - none)

    10/01/2013 6:53:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/01/13 | Wayne Allyn Root
    **SNIP** REMOVE ALL EXEMPTIONS, EXCEPTIONS, AND WAIVERS TO OBAMACARE. It’s that simple. The message is: If ObamaCare is so good for the people, then let everyone have it. Right now. This instant. The poor, the rich, the big unions, the big corporations, the politically connected, the lawyers, the lobbyists, and of course, Congress, too. Everyone means everyone. “Everyone” must specifically include Senators, Congressmen, their staffs, Obama himself, Michelle, Sasha and Malia. It’s everyone in the rowboat, or no one.
  • Nancy Pelosi raises ghost of George Washington to condemn GOP

    10/01/2013 3:23:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/01/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    **SNIP** She then raised the ghost of George Washington. “This is a proxy fight for really the debate on the extent of government, and that has been a debate in the history of our country,” the California Democrat said, Politico reported. “But to say no government, that’s what President Washington cautioned against.” Ms. Pelosi didn’t specifically quote Mr. Washington, but she was perhaps referencing this statement, made by the first president during his 1796 Farewell Address: “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines,...
  • Kelly Ayotte's Letter to the Dopes Back Home

    09/28/2013 6:19:47 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 83 replies
    Senator's Office ^ | September 28, 2013 | Senator Kelly Ayotte
    Dear Friends, On Friday, I joined members of both parties in supporting a key procedural motion - known as "invoking cloture" - to prevent a stalemate in the Senate that could have led to a government shutdown. Had this vote not succeeded, debate in the Senate would have come to a halt - making it harder to prevent a government shutdown. As you know, I fully support defunding, repealing and replacing Obamacare. I outlined the negative impact this law is having on New Hampshire in a speech on the Senate floor this week. In that speech, I also stated my...
  • UPDATE 4-New delays hit Obamacare rollout before Oct. 1 launch (Spanish hardest hit)

    09/26/2013 3:33:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/13 | David Morgan
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday announced new delays in rolling out President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, saying small business and Spanish-language health insurance enrollment services would not begin on Oct. 1 as planned. The postponements amount to a few weeks out of a months-long enrollment period aimed at signing up millions of uninsured Americans for health benefits. But they add to expectations of a slow start to the landmark social program which remains under attack by Republican leaders and faces formidable technical hurdles for states and the federal government. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...
  • Obama leans on Clinton as Obamacare implementation looms

    09/25/2013 2:40:38 PM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/24/2013 | Carrie Dann
    Let’s face it. It’s been a little political, this whole Obamacare thing, and so what you’ve had is an unprecidented effort that you’ve seen ramp up over that month or so in which those who have opposed the idea of universal healthcare in the first place, and have fought this thing tooth and nail though Congress and courts and so forth have been have been trying to scare and discourage people from getting a good deal, and some of you may have seen the commericials out there that are a little wacky. And the main message we have, and we’re...
  • 12 Unspoken Rules For Being A Liberal

    08/31/2013 3:49:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | August 31, 2013 | John Hawkins
    There may be no official rule book for being a liberal, but that doesn't mean there aren't rules. There are actually quite a few rules liberals go by and the more politically active liberals become, the more rigidly they tend to stick to their own code of behavior. These rules, most of which are unspoken, are passed along culturally on the Left and viciously enforced. Ironically, many liberals could not explain these rules to you and don't even consciously know they're following them. So, by reading this article, not only will you gain a better understanding of liberals, you'll know...
  • ObamaCare's architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists (Pelosi knew)

    08/27/2013 1:54:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/25/13 | Megan R. Wilson
    ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. Major lobbying firms such as Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, The Glover Park Group, Alston & Bird, BGR Group and Akin Gump can all boast an Affordable Care Act insider on their lobbying roster — putting them in a prime position to land coveted clients. “When [Vice President] Biden leaned over [during the signing...
  • Obamacare: Uninsured face tough choice (Pelosi knew Paula would go to prison)

    08/24/2013 8:15:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Roanoke ^ | 8/24/13 | Laurence Hammack, David Ress
    **SNIP** The penalty for not having insurance next year will be $95 for an individual and up to $285 for a family, or 1 percent of household income, whichever is greater. Even though the penalties rise dramatically over the next three years - to $695 per uninsured individual or 2.5 percent of household income in 2016 - the cost of going without insurance will still be well below the price of most premiums. "When they look at all that, they will realize there is a way out," Brase said. If enough people take that way out, the theory goes, the...
  • 'Gang of 78' vows to put the kibosh on Obamacare (Momentum builds...)

    08/22/2013 3:38:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 8/22/13 | Garth Kant
    There is new life in the battle to defund Obamacare, as more lawmakers are willing to use Congress’ power of the purse to stop the health-care law. 79 members of Congress have signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., asking to “defund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress.” The author of the letter, freshman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., released a copy of the text and all the signatures today.
  • Schock: IRS can’t stop illegal behavior (targeting conservative political groups)

    08/18/2013 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/17/13 | Justin Sink
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) said late Friday that he worries that the Internal Revenue Service is so incompetent "that they can't stop their own illegal behavior." The Illinois Republican, in an interview with Fox News, said that the agency was continuing to engage in the illegal targeting of conservative political groups, even after President Obama vowed the practice would stop when abuses were revealed earlier this summer. "After the investigation had already begun, after the illegal behavior had already been exposed, they were asking pro-life groups how much of their time was being spent in prayer, how much of their...
  • Hill gets Obamacare fix (Office of Personnel Management changes law)

    08/04/2013 5:06:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/02/13 | JOHN BRESNAHAN, JAKE SHERMAN
    Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources. **SNIP** The problem was rooted in the original text of the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) inserted a provision which said members of Congress and their aides must be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered...
  • IRS Chief: I Want to Keep My Health Care Plan, Not Switch to Obamacare

    08/01/2013 9:52:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 52 replies ^ | 8/1/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    IRS chief Daniel Werfel says he wants to keep his health care plan, not switch to Obamacare: "Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee's Union sent a form letter for union members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges," a congressman asked. "Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from the very law that you're tasked to enforce?" "I don't want to speak for the NTEU, but I'll offer a perspective as a federal employee myself and a federal employee at the IRS," said the IRS chief....
  • Study: Obamacare could cause 1 million low-income Americans to move from work to welfare

    07/16/2013 8:07:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    AEI ^ | July 15,2013 | James Pethokoukis
    Applying our labor supply estimates directly to this population, we predict a decline in employment of between 530,000 and 940,000 in response to this group of individuals being made newly eligible for free or heavily subsidized health insurance. This would represent a decline in the aggregate employment rate of between 0.3 and 0.6 percentage points from this single component of the ACA. The researchers arrive at these numbers by examining the labor market impact of Tennessee’s 2005 decision to discontinue its expansion of TennCare, the state’s Medicaid system. They found that the TennCare disenrollment caused “a large and immediate labor...