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  • 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...
  • Bill to Make the Fine $0 for Violating the Individual Mandate Passes by 90 Votes

    03/06/2014 7:16:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 6, 2014 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday afternoon to make the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate $0 for this year, and it did so by the wide margin of 90 votes (250 to 160). That’s 83 more than the 7-vote margin (219 to 212) by which Obamacare passed the House four Marches ago. Moreover, 27 Democrats voted for today’s legislation—27 more than the number of Republicans who voted for Obamacare when it passed. In all, 223 Republicans voted for today’s bill, while only one—Paul Broun of Georgia—voted against it. Here’s the member-by-member tally for the vote. Earlier today, the...
  • Public sector slashes part-timers’ hours ahead of Obamacare mandates (Pelosi knew)

    02/23/2014 3:56:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/21/14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Local governments, community colleges and other public employers are cutting work hours among part-time employees to prepare for coming mandates under Obamacare, according to the New York Times. President Obama twice has delayed the law’s “employer mandate,” which will require large employers to provide health insurance or pay fines. It starts in 2016 for midsize employers and will phase in starting in 2015 for employers of 100 workers or more. But public sector employers are trimming back work hours now, because their obligations will be based on data from this year, the Times reported.
  • Court: Notre Dame must adhere to ObamaCare birth control mandate (goes to Supremes)

    02/22/2014 3:27:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/22/14 | Tim Devaney
    The University of Notre Dame must provide birth control to employees and students after a federal appeals court ruled Friday, a move the school says will force it to violate its religious beliefs. In a blow to religious colleges and universities across the country, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago denied Notre Dame's request for an injunction to the ObamaCare birth control mandate that requires the school to provide coverage for contraception. The injunction would have given Notre Dame a temporary reprieve from the birth control mandate, as the Roman Catholic school challenges the rule in court....
  • Pelosi: If There’s One Things We’ll Never Do, It’s Delay Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

    02/16/2014 6:12:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/14/14 | Bryan Preston
    Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference today that even though the Obama administration has unilaterally delayed Obamacare’s implementation nearly 30 times, there is one delay that will not happen: the individual mandate. A reporter asked Pelosi, who was House Speaker when Obamacare passed: “The administration announced another delay of the employer mandate on obamacare or the affordable care act. Do you think that opens up wiggle room for Democrats to vote to delay the employee mandate that the employees are now required to but, and if so, why not?” Pelosi fired back: “No, it is a completely...
  • Archbishop: ‘The More That Gov’t Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes’

    02/14/2014 5:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 14, 2014 - 1:59 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. …
  • Hidden in (Unconstitutional) Obama Diktat: Employer Mandate Delay VOID if You Fire Workers/Cut Hours

    02/11/2014 6:40:45 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    As the country's first 'Imperial President' threatens to rule by Executive fiat and just simply run-over the Republicans' feckless leadership, he's also made clear he intends to continue ongoing, previous strategies (lie, obfuscate, and withhold) he's utilized thus far. The latest example of unconstitutional+underhanded mischief from the habitually-dishonest Obama was unearthed by Megyn Kelly on Fox Monday night, when in the course of researching the ObamaCare Employer Mandate delay they found 'on one little nugget... found under a mountain of new regulations': any employer who dare “reduce the size of its workforce or its overall hours of service of its employees' will...
  • Obama Admin Delaying ACA Employer Mandate & Regulating Workforce Size - Napolitano The Kelly File

    02/10/2014 7:25:05 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 21 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | You tube
    Judge Napolitano with Megyn Kelly on the Kelly File about Obama's Abuse of Power Discussion of national security regarding allowing those with limited contact with terrorists to enter the US. Obamacare employer mandate delay until 2016. Obama can NOT create a crime.
  • WH sees 'surge' in young O-Care enrollees - Carney pushes back at Rep Jim Moran's (D-VA) assessment

    01/27/2014 12:56:23 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House on Monday dismissed concerns by retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who in a radio interview on Monday said he didn't think enough young, healthy consumers would purchase ObamaCare policies. Moran told WAMU that millennials "are less likely to sign up" for health insurance on the federal exchanges. "I think they feel more independent, I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations," Moran says. "But I don't think we're going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to financially." Healthcare experts have warned of a so-called...
  • A Simple Alternative to the ObamaCare Mandate

    01/25/2014 6:47:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The health reform law is trying to force $15 an hour workers and their employers to buy more than a million dollars of coverage when they don't have anything like a million dollars in assets to protect. Further, some of these families are being forced to give up "mini-med" plans that paid the first $2,000 or $3,000 of medical bills and enroll in plans with deductibles of $10,000 or more. Why do we need to force a family at this income level need to pay the first $10,000 of medical costs? We don't. I can think of only two reasons...
  • Calculating the health care individual mandate penalty

    01/21/2014 8:45:29 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    Journal of Accountancy ^ | January 2014 | Debra M. Johnson, CPA, J.D., LL.M
    ...a single taxpayer would have to have an income of about $190,400 before the penalty for a full year would overtake the lower end of the estimated average bronze premium range (again, based on an estimated 2016 filing threshold: (2.5% × [$190,400 − $10,400] = $4,500)). For a married couple, the corresponding household income would be $500,800 (2.5% × [$500,800 − $20,800] = $12,000).
  • Volunteer fire departments to be exempted from Obamacare's employer health care mandate

    01/13/2014 2:32:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NOLA ^ | 1/13/14 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will grant a waiver exempting volunteer emergency departments, mainly fire departments, from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers with more than 50 workers working 30 hours or more per week provide health coverage. The announcement came from a Treasury Department official in a blog posted over the weekend. It means that on January 1, 2015, when employers with 50 or more workers are required to provide health coverage to their workers, volunteer fire department and ambulance companies will be exempted. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who joined some other congressional members in asking for the...
  • What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?

    01/13/2014 12:49:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 12, 2014 | Byron York
    The Obama administration is trying to persuade millions of uninterested, or perhaps reluctant, Americans to purchase health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. But the heart of Obamacare is coercion. If Americans fail do what the law's Democratic authors believe is best, the federal government will punish them, through the progressively higher penalties of the individual mandate, until it hurts more not to buy coverage than it does to give up and purchase it. But what if many of those Americans rebel? Even if they know having health insurance is better than not having it, what if they refuse to be...
  • Whose Conscience Should the Government Violate Next?

    01/12/2014 6:19:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2014 | Brenda Zurita
    Many of you have heard about the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns providing care for the elderly, who  are now taking on the Obama Administration over the Affordable Care Act's (ObamaCare) contraception mandate. Religious exemptions from the ObamaCare contraception mandate are often made for government-approved entities, but the Obama Administration has deemed the nuns, who work exclusively with the elderly, unworthy of an exception. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary injunction, so they do not have to violate their religious beliefs by offering health insurance that...
  • Seeking Accommodation (Obama Administration vs. the Religious Freedom Restoration Act)

    01/08/2014 2:29:15 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | January 8, 2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    People forget it now, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — the law that companies and nonprofit organizations are using to fight the Obama administration’s requirement that almost all employers cover contraception, sterilization, and drugs that may cause abortion in their insurance plans — was controversial among conservatives in its first years. The old debate over it should remind us of two truths that, while compatible, are in tension with each other: The principle for which conservatives are fighting in today’s cases is important, and it is not absolute.The story starts in the 1980s, when two drug counselors in...
  • Priests for Life wins (temporary) injunction against HHS mandate

    01/04/2014 7:35:02 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 2, 2014 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    According to National Director Father Frank Pavone, the mandate “promotes the very culture of death that Priests for Life works to combat.” WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Another religious organization has won victory over the HHS abortion and contraception mandate created under the Affordable Care Act.  On Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Priests for Life do not have to follow the mandate while the Supreme Court hears an appeal. In a press release, Priests for Life expressed relief that the decision means that they do not have to cancel health insurance coverage for...
  • Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

    01/04/2014 6:42:52 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | January 3, 2014
    A resident and a sister arrange flowers at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Mullen Home in Denver, CO in this undated file photo. Credit: El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca. Washington D.C., Jan 3, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say. Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the religious sisters in court, charged that the government's claim amounts to “doublespeak” and...
  • Four injunctions against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate (all in one day: a new record!)

    01/01/2014 11:23:57 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 1, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Is this some kind of record? On the last day of 2013 four different federal appeals courts issued temporary injunctions against enforcement of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals acted on two different cases, Michigan Catholic Conference v. Sebelius and The Catholic Diocese of Nashville et al v. Sebelius, while the DC Circuit Court of Appeals acted in The Catholic Archbishop of Washington et al v Sebelius. Meanwhile, no less than Obama-appointee Sonia Sotomayor issued an injunction in the case of The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Denver, v Sebelius. All in...
  • Cracks in Obamacare support: (Ditzy) Dean calls for repeal of mandate

    12/30/2013 7:08:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    US Finance Post ^ | 12/30/13 | Jack Minor
    **SNIP** During an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Dean argued that the key premise of needing younger Americans signing up to make the program viable “doesn’t really matter that much.” “This is about the individual mandate,” he said. “The individual mandate was not necessary and it’s probably a big political thing, and that is going to hurt the Democrats because people don’t like to be told what to do by the government no matter what party they’re in.” The remarks by Dean are significant because of his position as former DNC chairman, as well as his being a doctor. Dean...
  • The Obamacare individual mandate death watch (“Gang of Six” RATS is running scared)

    12/25/2013 5:03:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Times Communities ^ | 12/24/13 | Jennifer Oliver O'Connell
    **SNIP** As the New York Post so aptly put it, ”[T]his isn’t about fixing ObamaCare. It’s about relieving the political pain for Democrats.”; and, 3) It gives the administration more time to continue its mojo marketing to the Young Invincibles. As of this writing, the young and healthy are still not signing up in droves for this boondoggle despite new pushes by Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, and a “Buy It ‘Cause It’s Hot” video featuring Barack O’Breezy. Jonathan Karl of ABC News all but mocked the administration and Jay Carney about the Covered California video promotion. He retorted, “I mean...
  • GOP should try again to delay Obamacare's individual mandate

    12/24/2013 7:17:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2013 | Byron York
    Last July, after President Obama unilaterally delayed the Obamacare employer mandate for a year, House Republicans asked why the break should apply only to businesses. Why shouldn't individuals be relieved of the burden, too? So the House voted, 251 to 174, to delay the individual mandate. Twenty-two Democrats joined Republicans in voting for delay. A total of 174 Democrats voted to keep the mandate as is. Of course the move went nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But that was before Obamacare implementation began Oct. 1. It was before the canceled policies, the higher premiums, the higher deductibles, and narrower doctor...
  • Enrollments on Md. health exchange jump, though site still glitch

    12/24/2013 2:29:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 23, 2013 | Meredith Cohn
    Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday that 42,589 people had signed up for insurance through the state's health exchange as of Dec. 21—a jump of almost 13,000 people in a week—but the faster clip of sign-ups was temporarily stymied by more troubles with the website.Users on the site were met midday Monday with a "service unavailable" message, and by afternoon a new message said: "We are currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience."The site came back online by 4 p.m.,and an exchange spokeswoman said there were two separate problems that may have been related to...
  • Federal judge (in Oklahoma) deals another blow to ObamaCare contraceptive mandate

    12/22/2013 3:33:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2013
    A federal judge granted an injunction this weekend that prevents the government from enforcing the ObamaCare mandate requiring religious groups across the country to provide insurance that includes access to the morning-after pill and other contraceptives. The preliminary injunction, issued in an Oklahoma City federal court, is based on a class-action lawsuit filed in October by 187 ministries. The court order Friday came just days before ObamaCare coverage begins January 1, which could have resulted in the ministries facing thousands of dollars a day in tax penalties.
  • Pandemonium: Obama Partially Waives Individual Mandate As Obamacare Comes Crashing Down

    12/20/2013 8:28:57 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 44 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/20/13 | John Hayward
    Rejoice, humble peasants, because if Obama’s Big Lie about “keeping your plan if you like your plan” resulted in your plan getting canceled, His Benevolent Majesty, King Clusterfark I, has decreed that you won’t be fined for not having the insurance that you can’t afford because of his idiotic “law,” and couldn’t buy if you wanted to, because of his crappy website. And the announcement was delivered in the most cowardly manner imaginable, on the eve of the Christmas holiday.
  • Supreme Court Rejects Liberty U 'Obamacare' Employer Mandate Challenge

    12/02/2013 2:47:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/02/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Monday a lawsuit by Liberty University challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," mandate that employers with more than 50 employees provide health insurance for its employees. In an interview with The Christian Post, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, who is representing Liberty University, said he wished the court would have taken the case, but future challenges to the employer mandate are still possible. Liberty's challenge was based upon the argument that Congress does not have the authority to require that employers provide health insurance. The government defended its authority under the Commerce...
  • Obama must delay individual mandate tax penalty or watch Democrats lose big in 2014

    12/01/2013 6:53:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    All Voices ^ | 11/30/13
    **SNIP** But after Obama’s initial success, the backlash set in, and it has been growing with a vengeance since the botched Oct. 1 rollout of the HealthCare.gov website. At this point, Obama’s only hope of mitigating the damage, both practical and political, is to delay the individual mandate until 2015. That’s the only way voters will understand that Obama genuinely wants to make Obamacare right. Otherwise, Republicans will capitalize on the perception that the president is unjustly asking the middle class and working poor to pay for his administration’s mistakes. Obama has two choices: He can nip that probable GOP...
  • The War on Human Nature - pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous

    11/26/2013 2:05:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | November 26, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    At some critical point, everyone makes choices based on incentives and his own perception of self-interest. Somehow the Obama administration has forgotten that natural law. A therapeutic sense of self-sacrifice is fine in the abstract, but in the concrete such magnanimity causes far more harm to the innocent than does a realistic appraisal of self-interest and a tragic acceptance of the flawed nature of man. The theme of the present administration is that it possesses the wisdom and resources to know better what people should do than they do themselves. From that premise arose most of catastrophes that have befallen...
  • Live Blog: WSJ Interviews President Obama [Health Care Success 20 Million show Interest]

    11/19/2013 1:50:36 PM PST · by SES1066 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/13 | WSJ
    President Obama: "20 Million people have logged on to the website and that certainly shows that the interest is there for health care ... "
  • Sen. Enzi: All kinds of 'little traps' in health care law (small business alert)

    11/18/2013 5:23:51 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    http://video.foxnews.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | http://video.foxnews.com
    Mike Enzi: "I found they are going to aggregate the numbers so people think they are going to 29 hours employees are finding out that doesn’t get rid of employees for them....…so they can’t get under the 50 employee mark.
  • Obama Continues to Lie While Delaying Individual Mandate

    11/14/2013 4:31:37 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 4 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    President Obama took to the podium today to address the myriad problems associated with the rollout of ObamaCare. As usual, he expressed outrage and sympathy while promising to fix the problems. The main problem is that Obama is lying through his teeth. The only thing he's upset about is that the forced movement of American citizens to government-run health care isn't going smoothly. He again lied about his constant lying to the public over whether one could keep their health insurance or their doctor if they liked them. He said, "The way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not...
  • What About the Corporate Mandate?

    11/06/2013 1:44:11 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 12 replies
    11/6/2013 | MosesKnows
    Will Obamacare Cancel Corporate Health Care Insurance Policies? Obama delayed the corporate mandate but did not delay the individual mandate. Obama explained that they were not ready to handle the corporate mandate but assured the people they were prepared to handle the individual mandate. We have now learned that Obama lied to us. The government is not ready to handle the individual mandated policies. Obama had also assured the people that they would not lose their existing plans or doctors because of Obamacare. We have now learned that Obama deliberately lied to gain support for Obamacare. People are receiving cancellation...
  • Health Care Fukushima: 129 Million To Lose Their Plan

    11/05/2013 6:02:37 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Meltdown: A health care scholar estimates that if ObamaCare is fully implemented, including the employer mandate, 129 million people will not be able to keep their plans. The train wreck has become a nuclear meltdown. The never-ending and ever-changing story line emanating from the damage control room at the White House has morphed from you can keep your plan, period, to we said you could keep the plan you liked at the rates agreed upon only if we decide it's not substandard. That, we were told, would only apply to some 5% of Americans. They would get a better plan...
  • Whither Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate Now?

    11/04/2013 3:58:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Catron
    Last Friday, capping off a week filled with disturbing revelations of bureaucratic incompetence and presidential mendacity concerning Obamacare, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the “reform” law’s notorious contraception mandate. On behalf of the majority, Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote that the mandate would force the plaintiffs in Gilardi v. HHS to choose between bankruptcy and violating their religious beliefs: “They can either abide by the sacred tenets of their faith, pay a penalty of over $14 million and cripple the companies they have spent a lifetime building, or they become complicit in a grave moral wrong.” This,...
  • Appeals Court Deals Blow To Contraceptive Mandate

    11/02/2013 2:24:26 AM PDT · by deks · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 1, 2013 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    A divided appeals court panel sided Friday with Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law. The business owners are two brothers, Francis and Philip M. Gilardi, who own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio., and challenged the mandate on religious grounds. They say the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage would force them to violate their Roman Catholic beliefs and moral values by providing contraceptives such as the morning-after pill for their employees. The law already exempts houses of worship from the requirement. The ruling by a three-judge panel of...
  • Court strikes down mandate for birth control in ObamaCare

    11/01/2013 10:25:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 135 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    A federal appeals court on Friday struck down the birth control mandate in ObamaCare, concluding the requirement trammels religious freedom. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — the second most influential bench in the land behind the Supreme Court — ruled 2-1 in favor of business owners who are fighting the requirement that they provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control. Requiring companies to cover their employees’ contraception, the court ruled, is unduly burdensome for business owners who oppose birth control on religious grounds, even if they are not purchasing the contraception directly. “The burden on religious...