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  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part I

    12/13/2014 6:19:48 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 13, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    What the Individual Mandate means for you and your family:: By: Larry Walker II ::Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, State governments, insurers, employers, and selected individuals are supposed to share in the responsibility of providing health insurance coverage. The Act’s shared responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, requires you and each member of your family to either: Have minimum essential coverage; or An exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage; or Pay an Excise Tax. You will report minimum essential coverage, claim an exemption therefrom, or make an excise tax payment when...
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • Republicans Reject Their Mandate - Laying the groundwork for Democratic victory in 2016

    12/08/2014 5:57:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jed Babbin
    Mary Landrieu’s defeat in Louisiana on Saturday should have put paid to Obama’s statism. But it didn’t because Republicans evidently have dedicated themselves to throwing away the mandate to end Obamaism that voters gave them in November. Some used to call the Republicans the “stupid party,” but what is going on now goes much farther than mere stupidity can account for. How else can you view the responses to Obama’s unconstitutional — and hence, illegal — immigration amnesty declaration? The problem extends far beyond that, but the immigration amnesty is the most apt example because it is the most current....
  • Smaller Firms Brace For Obamacare Price Shocks (employer mandate hits)

    11/23/2014 1:32:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 11/20/14 | Dan Way
    RALEIGH — Already socked with rising premium costs due to Obamacare, Southern Elevator has delayed planned growth and job creation as it contemplates up to $800,000 in added annual health insurance costs a year from now, when employer mandates for medium-size businesses kick in. “Our health care insurance agent is estimating that we will have a 10 percent increase this year that is currently being priced,” said Rodney Pitts, owner of Greensboro-based Southern Elevator. That is on top of increases totaling 44 percent since 2012. The company now pays up to $20,000 annually for each employee with spouse and dependent...
  • The Policy at the Heart of the Jonathan Gruber Controversy

    11/16/2014 12:55:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Neil Irwin, Beltway Accounting
    [SNIP]To figure out whether an individual mandate would count on the federal books — whether it would be more like the coal miners’ insurance or the wheelchair ramps — the C.B.O. laid out several factors. Would consumers be able to choose among a number of insurance plans? Would plans have differing levels of coverage from which people could choose, and be offered by different companies? The more clearly the answer to those questions was “yes,” the more lawmakers could rest assured that the individual mandate wouldn’t shift trillions of dollars in private-sector health spending onto the government’s books.And for advocates...
  • Gruber Who? Democrats do their best to erase many links to Obamacare’s “Mr. Mandate.”

    11/14/2014 3:35:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 14, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    ".......Gruber’s comments have been much-remarked-upon, particularly on the right, not only for confirming what Obamacare critics have said for five years but also for capturing at least in part the ethos of modern progressive liberalism: smarter-than-thou zealotry masquerading as for-the-greater-good pragmatism. (That he did it at sound-bite length is simply an added perk.) But for a movement that touts its stratospheric intelligence, the response to Gruber’s comments from his longtime supporters, both on Capitol Hill and in the media, reminds observers of something else: that liberalism tends to handle its PR nightmares with an iron first. Consider what is happening...
  • Obama thinks his post-election "mandate" is bigger than the GOP's

    11/07/2014 12:46:01 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 35 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-7-14 | The Looking Spoon
    From the Washington Examiner President Obama did something extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, in his post-election news conference Wednesday: He claimed a mandate on behalf of voters who didn't vote. "To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you," the president said. "To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too."...Obama's message to Republicans was unmistakable: My mandate is bigger than your mandate.... LOL. Liberalism is the ideology of anti-intellectual children, the examples of this are too numerous to count, but Obama has the brightest (or more accurately,...
  • Marxists, Mandates & A Crazy Little Naked Thing Called Karma!

    11/07/2014 11:42:18 AM PST · by xuberalles · 16 replies
    Self | 11/7/14 | Me
    Please tell me why Republicans are expected to compromise and capitulate for the greater good, when Democrats, under the tutelage of one Barack Obama, defiantly implemented the most radical and rogue agenda in our nation’s history? And yet the same discerning media that has demonized any and all dissent during their savior’s tenure now calls it imperative to squash any suggestion of an “implied” conservative mandate granted by a small rabble, but by no means “a wave”, of discontented voters? Because irony and journalistic integrity are known to cause mental and moral paralysis, I’m guessing our righteous critics were sick...
  • MSNBC’s Maddow: Republicans Won the Senate, But Democrats “Won the Argument”

    11/05/2014 10:22:39 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 68 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/5/14 | Aurelius
    After the astounding victories by Republicans last night, it was only a matter of time until liberals tried to make sense of it all, while still not admitting that they were defeated. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC earned the gold medal for mental gymnastics last night, however, by claiming that Democrats “won the argument” when it came to their policies by… losing the Senate. This sentiment was then echoed on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC blog, in a post titled, “A Win? Yes. A Mandate? No.” The piece says that, with an overwhelming victory, Republicans will say the election was “an endorsement from...
  • Obamacare and Extenders: Examining the Draft 1040 for 2014

    11/05/2014 8:54:13 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 10 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | August 4, 2014 | Alan Cole
    "The IRS last month posted drafts of its new forms for the 2014 tax year. These should by no means be considered complete – Congress can often keep meddling with the tax code deep into December – but looking at the draft 1040 can remind us of the changes ahead. Here are four lines from the 2014 1040 that reflect changes....... Line 61 – “Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions):” This is the much-talked-about individual mandate. The fee for not having health insurance in 2014 is 1% of your yearly income or $95, whichever is higher. The payment amount will...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Obama Administration Revises HHS Mandate Yet Again

    08/22/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/22/14 | Lori Windham
    Washington, DC – Today, the Administration released its eighth revision to the Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate. This is the latest step in the administration’s long retreat on the HHS Mandate. It is the eighth time in three years the government has retreated from its original, hard-line stance that only “houses of worship” that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom. We look forward to reviewing the new rule and its implications for the 102 cases, including religious charities like Little Sisters of the Poor (see video), Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (see video), and religious colleges...
  • Oh, by the way, 90% of people without insurance won’t have to pay ObamaCare’s penalty after all

    08/07/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Another reminder that when the economic realities of this boondoggle collide with Democrats’ political priorities, the economics ultimately must bow. The first hard lesson in that was the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” fiasco. It was never true that people could keep their old plans if they liked them under O-Care, as even Barney Frank admits. The whole point of the law was to cancel low-cost existing plans and steer healthy people to new plans with “comprehensive” benefits that many don’t really need. That’s how you justify squeezing them for the added revenue needed...
  • Supply Side Contraceptives

    07/12/2014 8:08:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Krugman and others on the left routinely sneer at the idea that you can actually increase government revenues by cutting tax rates. (Turns out most of the time you can’t, but in some cases you can.) But there is a similar myth on the left. It’s the idea that by spending more money on health you can reduce overall health care costs. According to The New York Times, President Obama is using that idea to support free contraceptives for women: The Obama administration says the cost of providing contraceptives will be offset by savings that result from greater use...
  • Why (exempt) liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate

    07/07/2014 5:05:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/06/14 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM, KYLE CHENEY
    Robert Gibbs’ prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would — and perhaps should — be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April. By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good. Among them are experts at the Urban Institute and the Commonwealth Fund and prominent academics like legal scholar Tim Jost....
  • The Hobbled Hobby Lobby Decision

    07/02/2014 2:46:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    Looked at from a distance, it may seem as if the Supreme Court struck a mighty blow in defense of religious liberty in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which it decided this week. Yes, the court ruled that a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could apply to "closely held" corporations, and under its terms the federal government could not force the Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that violate the family's religious beliefs. But looked at more closely, the case shows how profoundly the Supreme Court has...
  • Liberals’ Hobby Lobby Doublethink: If birth control is not your boss's business, why make him pay?

    07/02/2014 7:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read “Birth Control: Not My Boss’s Business.” Much to their chagrin, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito agreed in his ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Of course, that’s not how supporters of the government’s contraception mandate see it. They actually believe that birth control is their boss’s business, and they want the federal government to force employers to agree. More on that later, but it’s first worth noting how we got here. First, contrary to a lot of lazy punditry, there is no Obamacare contraception mandate. As...
  • Free to Choose vs. Cost-Free Access

    07/01/2014 2:18:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    How did women get birth control before President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act? Before Obamacare, a woman could go to a doctor and get birth control. She often had to pay or make a copayment for contraception. But in the 2014 political lexicon, that means she had no access. On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision, which recognized family-owned corporations' religious right to not offer contraception mandated under the Affordable Care Act in their employee health insurance plans. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg charged that the ruling would "deny legions of women...
  • EWTN gets last-minute stay on HHS mandate after Hobby Lobby decision

    07/01/2014 8:06:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Late yesterday, the first fruits of the Hobby Lobby decision fell into the lap of EWTN, the Catholic satellite television station which has fought the HHS mandate into the appellate court. Today would have been the first day that EWTN would have to start paying ruinous fines for refusing to provide free contraception and sterilization in its health insurance coverage. Fortunately, the Eleventh Circuit granted a stay not long after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby: In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today EWTN was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of...
  • The Hobby Lobby Ruling: A Shallow Victory Because It Does Not Get To The Heart Of The Problem

    07/01/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | John Daniel Davidson
    Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage in employees’ health insurance. Opponents of Obamacare’s contraception mandate claimed victory, as did opponents of the law more generally, as well as many Americans with deep religious convictions. Hobby Lobby, a family-owned business that has grown from a mom-and-pop operation in the 1970s to a chain of 514 stores that employs more than 21,000 people, is the largest company to challenge the health-care law. The company’s statement of purpose says the board of directors is committed, first and foremost,...
  • The HHS Mandate Fight Will Continue: After Hobby Lobby, there are more legal battles to come.

    07/01/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/01/2014 | James C. Capretta
    The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case should be seen as a clear and important victory for religious liberty. The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, makes it clear that owners of closely held corporations, based on their sincerely held religious convictions, have the right to opt out of the so-called HHS mandate – the regulatory requirement that employers must include free contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacient products in their health-insurance offerings to workers. The plaintiffs in this case should be commended for having the courage to fight for their rights in court and for seeing their...
  • BREAKING: Court Sides With Hobby Lobby

    06/30/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 30, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012. Justice Alito authored the majority opinion, and Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion.
  • Hobby Lobby Wins !: Where Do We Go from Here?

    06/30/2014 7:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 06/30/2014 | Ed Stetzer
    The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration (and, hopefully the world) a lesson in the first freedom. I'm sorry it was necessary, but it was—the government cannot (and must not) require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs. The High Court's Ruling The ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our "first freedom." The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights, has been called "the cornerstone of the American experiment" because it is from our religious freedom all of our other freedoms flow. Below is a...
  • Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

    06/26/2014 11:33:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A few years ago, Vice President Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in Saginaw one of the top "100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America." In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded Merrill Technologies Group a $22 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit that then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office said was used to buy advanced manufacturing equipment needed to create wind turbine components in a facility in Saginaw. The Recovery Act also gave Merrill Technologies another $3 million. The former governor trumpeted the facility as the future of Michigan's economy that would help create 89,918 clean energy...
  • The Four Horsemen of Hobby Lobby

    06/16/2014 5:28:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 24 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/16/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby on June 26, and the closer we get to that date the more frantic liberals become. Their fear of a decision in favor of the arts and crafts chain, whose owners have challenged the constitutionality of Obamacare’s contraception mandate on the grounds that it violates their religious liberty, has reached such a pitch that they are making claims that transcend the merely portentous. Their warnings concerning the consequences of a high court win for the Green family, the company’s owners, have now become downright apocalyptic....
  • Challenging the Culture as We Celebrate Independence Day

    06/10/2014 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    rcan.org blog ^ | 06.10.14 | Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p.
    Challenging the Culture as We Celebrate Independence Day By Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p. When we observed the Fortnight for Freedom in 2012, I naively thought it would be a one-time event. I assumed that the HHS Contraceptive Mandate would soon be overturned and our congregation of Little Sisters of the Poor would quickly fall out of the public eye. But this month marks our third Fortnight, and our lawsuit against the federal government over the HHS Mandate is still pending as I write this. In May, a group of Little Sisters attended the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s annual...
  • HHS loses mandate case in Oklahoma federal court to 200 Catholic employers

    06/07/2014 11:14:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The real stage for the HHS contraception mandate will be the Supreme Court, where arguments have already been heard on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases involving private-sector secular employers. The fight still continues in lower courts, however, and also in regard to religious employers. In Oklahoma, a federal judge issued an injunction on Wednesday blocking enforcement on more than 200 Catholic employers and thousands of parishes, thanks to a lawsuit filed in March by the Catholic Benefits Association. It is one of the few class-action suits being brought against the contraception mandate: A government attorney declined to comment...
  • The Employer Mandate is a Goner

    06/05/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    Conservatives have long known that Obamacare’s employer mandate, if implemented, will create harmful distortions in the labor market and damage the economy. The mandate will force small employers to rebuff workers they would hire in its absence, and it will incentivize large employers to replace full-time employees with part-timers. When conservative policy experts and business groups first pointed this out, however, Obamacare supporters robotically recited the usual canards about close-fisted capitalists who value profit more than healthy employees. But a funny thing happened on the way to the midterms—the President delayed implementation of the mandate until after the election. This...
  • Poll: 61 Percent of Americans Believe Businesses Should Be Compelled to Cover Contraceptives

    06/04/2014 7:26:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/04/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    A majority of Americans support having businesses be compelled to provide contraceptive services as part of a healthcare plan, argues the findings of a recently released poll. Conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, the poll found that of about 1,100 respondents, 61 percent, felt that "publicly-held corporations" should provide contraception as part of their free healthcare plans. 57 percent of respondents felt that "privately-owned corporations" should be compelled to do the same, while only a slight majority, 51 percent, believed small businesses should be required to do so. "With the exception of churches and other places of worship, most...
  • Federal Court Blocks Birth Control Mandate for Two Christian Colleges

    05/22/2014 8:48:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/22 | N
    A federal court has blocked the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing its birth control mandate on two Christian colleges, Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan, while their cases move forward. The preliminary injunction was granted for three reasons, U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett wrote: 1) The plaintiffs, Dordt and Cornerstone, "may suffer irreparable harm" because "they would be forced to comply" with the birth control mandate "to the detriment of their religious exercise." 2) On balance, the plaintiffs would suffer more than the defendants. The worst that could happen if the government...
  • Obamacare's employer mandate isn't worth the trouble, study says

    05/21/2014 6:37:57 AM PDT · by safetysign · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/09/2014 | Jon Healey
    The 2010 healthcare law has generated multiple controversies, and some of them were unavoidable. For example, once lawmakers decided to require insurers to disregard preexisting conditions -- a reform that most people actually like -- they had to take other steps to avoid triggering a vicious spiral of premium increases. None of those steps would have been popular, although the route Congress chose (requiring virtually every adult American to buy insurance, then creating costly subsidies for those who couldn't afford to comply) may have been the path of most resistance. Most employers would not drop coverage if the penalties were...
  • Catholic Cardinal: Obamacare Regulation ‘Violates God’s Law’

    05/14/2014 9:59:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 14, 2014 - 11:43 AM | Lauretta Brown
    Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said on Tuesday that the regulation issued by the Obama Administration under the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance plans to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs “violates God’s law.” […] The cardinal also said that whether Americans should obey this “unjust” mandate and whether Catholic members of Congress could vote for a bill that funded its implementation were “complicated issues.” On June 14, 2012, the Catholic bishops of the United States unanimously approved a statement declaring the contraception-sterilization-abortifacient...
  • EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

    04/23/2014 3:45:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 5:48 PM EDT | Dina Cappiello
    The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.The EPA on Tuesday said it was basing its 2013 standard on the 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons produced with nonfood plants last year. …
  • Obama, stop lying. Obamacare is not the law of the land!

    04/17/2014 7:34:16 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    4-17-2014 | johnwk
    In case you missed it Obama, our federal Constitution tells us in crystal clear language that our Constitution, and only those “Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land ….” And so, the question which must be asked and answered to determine if Obamacare is the law of the land is, was Obamacare made in pursuance of our Constitution? As I will have further occasion to establish, Obama care does not meet constitutional muster and turns out to be legislative tyranny backed up by judicial...
  • U.S. has not determined legal authority to delay Obamacare mandate

    04/08/2014 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/08/14 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, told U.S. lawmakers the administration sees no reason for delay given that the law allows for exemptions and provides financial assistance for those unable to afford health coverage on their own. He said the provision also underpins reforms that protect sick people from discriminatory market practices. "If we don't believe that...
  • Democrats say White House won’t delay Obamacare employer mandate again (penalty “integral”)

    04/06/2014 2:38:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/06/14 | Adam Edelman
    Democrats fought back Sunday against claims from a former Obama aide that the White House might delay Obamacare’s employer mandate. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi called the mandate, which requires businesses with between 50 and 100 employees to provide health insurance for workers or face a penalty, “integral.” “Of all the things I want to say about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Gibbs' opinion, I don't know who his clients are or what his perspective is, but we are celebrating the fact that we have over 7 million who have signed up,” the California Democrat said on CNN’s “State...
  • Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays

    03/26/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    March 26, 2014 10:44 AM Read the Complete List of Obamacare Delays By Alec Torres The Obama administration will announce its tenth Obamacare delay later today, this time extending the March 31 enrollment deadline for people who say they’ve been unable to enroll in health plans in the federal marketplace by the deadline. The extension applies to the federal exchange operating in three dozen states and is expected to last for two or three weeks. Can’t remember what all the delays have been? Politico provided a helpful history of Obamacare delays from most to least recent: March 25: Final enrollment...
  • It's time for White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies

    03/26/2014 1:03:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 25, 2014 | Philip Klein
    [Carter appointee Judge Harry Edwards] prodded Carvin to explain why Congress saw it as such an advantage to have states rather than the federal government manage the exchanges. “Why does it matter who establishes the exchanges?” he asked. “Your argument makes no sense.” He said, “Who cares?” At that point, [GHWB appointee Judge Raymond] Randolph jumped in and said, “Ben Nelson.” Carvin agreed, arguing that Nelson, the former senator from Nebraska, was withholding support for Obamacare, in part, because he wanted exchanges to be state-based rather than federally-run. To get the law across the finish line, the Senate voted to...
  • All That Remains of the Individual Mandate: 20 Minutes of Paperwork

    03/25/2014 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2014 | by JOHN SEXTON
    Surprise! The individual mandate has been watered down by the White House to the point that it barely exists at all. That's the conclusion of a piece at Politico which confirms what many conservatives were saying about the mandate two weeks ago. Titled "Honey, I shrunk the mandate," the piece highlights exemption 14, which was added to the list of possible hardship exemptions in December. It notes that under exemption 14 practically anyone can claim a hardship exemption and documentation is requested "if possible." In other words, documentation is optional. While the Politico piece accurately frames these exemptions to the...
  • Appalling: NY Times editorial distorts, misleads, and lies to readers on HHS Mandate

    03/23/2014 1:07:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2013 | Dustin Siggins
    With many political debates, I try to give opponents the benefit of the doubt on intentions. Sure, raising taxes is a bad thing, but some politicians and pundits believe higher taxes will benefit society. Some people think we need to spend more, and others really fear climate change.When it comes to the HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate, however, I’ve almost stopped being that generous with the left’s media and thought leaders. This New York Times Magazine editorial is a prime example as to why. Almost from start to finish, the piece misleads and misdirects readers about the mandate, its opponents, and religious...
  • Rick Warren: If the contraceptive mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology

    03/24/2014 7:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/24/2014 | Pastor Rick Warren
    Does our Constitution guarantee the freedom of religion, or does it merely allow a more limited freedom to worship? The difference is profound. Worship is an event. Religion is a way of life. Specifically, does the First Amendment guarantee believers of all faiths the freedom to practice their ethics, educate their children and operate family businesses based on their religious beliefs, moral convictions and freedom of conscience? Do Americans have the freedom to place our beliefs and ethics at the center of our business practices — or must we ignore them when we form a company? These questions will be...
  • Treasury didn't check for legal authority before delaying Obamacare mandate

    03/20/2014 6:07:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/20/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Treasury Department officials didn't check to make sure they had the legal authority to delay an Obamacare mandate before issuing guidance that flouted the text of the law, a department official told House investigators. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, who announced the employer mandate delay in a blog post, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he didn't remember anyone considering the legal basis for the delay. "Did anyone in the Department of the Treasury inquire into the legal authority for the delays?" Mazur was asked. "I don't recall anything along those lines, no," he...
  • Why Is the ObamaCare Mandate So Toothless?

    03/20/2014 6:34:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Some think Democrats designed ObamaCare to fail so they could get to a single payer system. Seems a bit extreme. But it does help explain why they made the individual mandate so easy to avoid. According to ObamaCare's architects, the individual mandate is key to making the law work. The mandate is supposed to force young and healthy people to enroll so they can subsidize premiums for the older and sicker. Otherwise, ObamaCare rates will spiral out of control. (Which already appears to be happening, according to TheHill.com.) The mandate is also supposed to prevent gaming the system...
  • Six days and counting: The HHS Contraception Mandate gets its time in the Supreme Court

    03/19/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Next week, probably the most egregious regulatory measure under this administration gets its time in the Supreme Court: The HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate.As most people know, the mandate was initiated on January 20, 2012, and sparked an immediate backlash. Many people were bothered morally because of the anti-life components of the mandate, while organizations across the country were disturbed at how it failed to offer an appropriately broad religious exemption from the mandate.Despite several “compromises,”most of which were largely accounting gimmicks, there have been dozens of lawsuits by non-profit and for-profit organizations. According to the Alliance Defense Freedom (ADF), which represents...
  • Hobby Lobby Hysteria Hits New High

    03/19/2014 4:46:08 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 18 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/19/2014 | David Catron
    Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments concerning constitutional challenges to Obamacare’s contraception mandate brought by Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties … Neither company objects to birth control, per se. Indeed, both provide coverage to their employees for most types of contraception. Yet civilization as we know it will collapse if the justices rule in their favor, according to the increasingly shrill prognostications of panicky liberals. Such a decision, progressives shriek, would constitute a victory for the dark forces behind the “war on women,” erode employee protections against discrimination, and dramatically reduce access to health care...
  • (Exempt) White House: No Obamacare Individual Mandate Delay

    03/16/2014 1:01:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Joseph Straw
    The White House will not delay the “individual mandate” at the core of Obamacare, a top Administration official said Sunday. “That will not happen,” top White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, amid Republican calls for a delay of the requirement that Americans have health insurance by March 31 or incur a fine assessed with their 2013 tax return. The original deadline, Feb. 15, was extended amid the disastrous rollout of the administrations website for policy shopping, healthcare.gov. The administration has already delayed the law’s employer coverage requirements.
  • ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption (IMPORTANT TAX EXEMPTION FOR ALL FREEPERS)

    03/12/2014 7:58:51 PM PDT · by catnipman · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/12/2014 | Staff
    .... But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable." This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person's belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that "you experienced another...
  • Oh, and by the way: Obama just quietly suspended ObamaCare’s individual mandate until 2016

    03/12/2014 12:13:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    He forgot to mention it. Minor oversight, could have happened to anybody.The mandate, remember, has already been suspended this year for people who had their old insurance canceled and who now regard it as a “hardship” to purchase insurance on the supposedly affordable Affordable Care Act exchanges. For them, as Ezra Klein put it at the time, “ObamaCare itself is the hardship.” But there’s an obvious problem with that scheme: The “hardship” exemption applies only to people who used to have insurance, and it applies only for this enrollment period. The mandate penalty would continue to bite people who...
  • ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A (very long national) List Of Cuts To Work Hours, Jobs

    03/11/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Investors ^ | 2/03/14 | Jed Graham
    In the interest of an informed debate, we've compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare's employer mandate is behind cuts to work hours or staffing levels. As of Jan. 31, our ObamaCare scorecard included 401 employers with more than 100 school districts among them. Recently, IBD explained that a big minimum wage hike alongside the employer mandate would add to pressure on employers to cut workers to part-time, complicating the goal of reducing inequality. Click on the employer names in the list below for links to supporting records, mostly news accounts or official documents.We'll continue to...
  • The ObamaCare Hydra-Headed Monster

    03/09/2014 5:40:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: ObamaCare is turning out like the nine-headed Hydra monster of Greek mythology. Every time President Obama tries to lop off one of its failures, two more emerge. Recent news provides a good case in point. On Wednesday, Obama decreed that those who had plans they liked before ObamaCare could keep them for two more years. The move helped solve a huge political problem Obama himself created when he first made it possible for some people to keep plans they liked. Obama had allowed just a one-year extension — where he gets the authority to do any of this...