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  • Small Businesses Get Sobering Dose Of Reality as Health Insurers Reveal Their Rates For 2015

    10/19/2014 9:30:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | october 19, 2014 | michael hausam
    Although the Obama administration has yet to release the federal health care premiums for 2015, some private insurers have. One of them in Minnesota has indicated that they will be showing increases of up to 60% for their ACA-compliant policies. Preferred One, the largest and lowest-cost provider of health insurance in the state, pulled out of the state’s MNsure exchange last month due to its being “unsustainable.” Alycia Riedl, with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters, commented on the news:
  • Yes, Virginia, There Is Still a Circuit Split between Halbig and King

    10/19/2014 7:51:04 PM PDT · by SteveH
    Forbes ^ | 10/14/2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    [...] Perhaps most important for court-watchers, the plaintiffs further noted that contrary to the government’s claims, “there is still technically a conflict between the two Circuits.” That’s because under the D.C. Circuit’s rules, the decision to grant en banc review “vacated the panel’s judgment, but not its opinion.” So yes, Virginia, there’s still a circuit split.
  • Obamacare Causing Big Layoffs for Union Nurses

    10/19/2014 6:16:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Kaiser Permanente and other health providers are putting pressure on the powerful California Nurses Association (CAN) in negotiations for reductions in medical staffing and compensation due to the implementation of California’s version of Obamacare. Union nurses on Friday tried to launch a new initiative by demanding an extra compensation supplement and more staffing to be prepared to fight the Ebola virus. But just three years after union nurses won huge contract gains by striking, Obamacare rules that cut patient access to care could now result in huge nurse layoffs. ... the California Nurses Association and other labor unions that campaigned...
  • The Democrats’ embarrassing attempt to blame Republican for Ebola collapses

    10/19/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Projection is a powerful phenomenon, and the American people have been subject to a perfectly cynical display of psychological projection from Democrats this week as the increasing likelihood that the party in power is going to endure a stinging censure from the voters on November 4. Democrats have spent the better part of the week insisting that Republicans who have urged the president to take stronger measures to contain Ebola in the United States, which he did on Friday with the creation of a federal Ebola response coordinator, are stoking unwarranted fears among the public. At the same time, liberals...
  • How ObamaCare’s Victories Count Against It In Sissel v. HHS

    10/19/2014 12:30:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Randy Barnett has an excellent post at the Volokh Conspiracy about his recent amicus brief requesting the D.C. Circuit grant en banc review of Sissel v. HHS. (Sound familiar?) Sissel challenges the constitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate – which the Supreme Court ruled could only be constitutional if imposed under Congress’ taxing power – on the grounds that this, ahem, tax originated in the Senate rather than the House, as the Constitution’s Origination Clause requires. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled against Sissel. The panel’s rationale was that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was not the...
  • Obamacare Customers Afraid to Use Benefits Due to Sky-Sigh Deductibles

    10/19/2014 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 18, 2014 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    It must have pained the New York Times to publish its article about how many ObamaCare customers fear to make use of their taxpayer-subsidized, hyper-regulated benefits because the deductibles are so high.  It's a devastating indictment of the Affordable Care Act, cutting deep into the very small number of Americans who actually find the ACA somewhat useful.   Not only does ObamaCare have low approval ratings from the American public at large, it doesn't even score well among the group it was nominally intended to benefit most directly, the uninsured.     Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this...
  • Obama's "Affordable Health Care" Making health care unaffordable.

    10/19/2014 5:04:02 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 18 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/18/2014 | Moneyrunner
    As the New York Times explains, Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best. “To spend thousands of dollars just making...
  • The CBO has not actually scored ObamaCare’s deficit impact since 2012

    10/18/2014 1:23:04 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/18/17 | Alan Joel
    ObamaCare is now projected to get $262 billion less in (non-coverage-related) revenue Hats off to The Weekly Standard for delving into the question of ObamaCare costs. The Senate Budget Committee (SBC) took the time to analyze the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections related to ObamaCare and this is what they found: **“The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not actually scored the deficit impact of ObamaCare since the summer of 2012”.
  • Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor

    10/18/2014 12:13:26 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 65 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | Oct 17, 2014 | ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR
    Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best. “To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms....
  • Smoking-Guns on Obamacare Fraud (Weekly Update)

    10/18/2014 10:58:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    Fraud Alert: Judicial Watch Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange Both houses of Congress were not exactly honest on the applications they filed with the District of Columbia’s Health Benefit Exchange Authority. In fact, the signatories who put their names to the applications seemed to make little pretense of providing truthful information. Under D.C. law, only those small businesses that have 50 or fewer employees can participate in the Small Business Exchange. Guess how many people are employed by Congress? And, guess how many employees Congress claims to have? Congress employs upwards of...
  • Health-care cancellation avalanche hits Colo. Democrats weeks before election

    10/18/2014 10:49:44 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER—The Colorado Division of Insurance announced Friday a surge in health-care policy cancellations in the wake of Obamacare, just what Democratic candidates in high-profile races didn’t need less than three weeks before Election Day. In a letter to state Senate Republicans, Colorado insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar said that more than 22,000 Coloradans received cancellation notices in the last month, and that 192,942 Coloradans will lose their policies at the end of 2015. That would bring the total number of cancellations in Colorado to more than 550,000 by the time the Affordable Care Act has been fully implemented and non-compliant plans...
  • Mr. Obama's November Surprise

    10/17/2014 7:40:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/17/2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The phrase “October Surprise” has a long history in American politics. It refers to that event, policy, or government statement that changes everything in advance of the famous “first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.” That was the Founders’ quaint way of describing Election Day. One famous example of an October Surprise was the announcement on October 26, 1972 by National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger that “we believe that peace is at hand” in the long, drawn out negotiations to end American involvement in the Vietnam War. President Nixon was headed to a landslide victory that year against the...
  • JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange

    10/16/2014 7:27:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2014
    Documents Show Congress Submitted False Information to Participate in Exchange. Though restricted by law to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, D.C. Exchange allows Congress to provide health insurance to 12,359 members of Congress, staffers, spouses, and dependents. Judicial Watch today filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority to stop Congress from participating in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange.” At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange” even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the...
  • ObamaCare pushes Americans to Part-Time Work

    10/16/2014 7:54:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 14, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    In a study conducted by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Casey Mulligan, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, found that ObamaCare will push Americans to part-time work. The study, entitled, “The Affordable Care Act and the New Economics of Part-Time Work,” finds that ObamaCare’s taxes reduce employment overall, amounting to about 4 million fewer full-time workers. The key findings of the study are: “The ACA’s employment taxes create strong incentives to work less. The health subsidies’ structure will put millions in a position in which working part time (29 hours or fewer, as defined by the...
  • Obama: I 'Hugged And Kissed' Nurses Treating Ebola Patients In Atlanta

    10/16/2014 3:11:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 76 replies
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday that the government's response to the Ebola epidemic will be effective after a meeting with his top cabinet secretaries at the White House. "The key thing to understand about this disease is these protocols work," Obama said ...
  • Nurses are furious, may strike, over inadequate Ebola training

    10/16/2014 12:47:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/15/14 | Sarah Kliff
    The country's largest nursing union is considering the possibility of picketing hospitals if they do not offer more extensive training on how to treat Ebola patient. Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro said in a conference call Wednesday that her group may take "pretty dramatic action for nurses across the country" that could "escalate into possible pickets at hospitals." "We have heard consistently across the country that there are no protocols in place," she said.
  • PreferredOne premiums will jump

    10/15/2014 5:31:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-14-14 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    The insurer pulled out of the MNsure exchange and foresees a 63 percent average premium increase. Sticker shock could be on the horizon for thousands with coverage from PreferredOne, the top-selling health plan in the first year of the MNsure exchange. The Golden Valley-based insurer said Wednesday that its individual market subscribers will see an average premium increase next year of 63 percent. The company plans to send letters at the end of October telling individuals exactly what to expect, since the average represents a blending of higher and lower rates for individuals that vary by age, geography and smoking...
  • Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

    10/15/2014 2:11:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2014
    Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1. Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, said in a Monday column in USA Today that “when it comes to a lack of openness and transparency about Obamacare, this administration has no...
  • Paperwork for Obamacare is now easier than ever to find…

    10/15/2014 9:28:53 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    CRASHR ^ | 10-15-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • What Else Are They Lying To Us About?

    10/15/2014 5:41:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 18 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-15-2014 | MOTUS
    Well, this is a blockbuster: A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows 67 percent of people say they would support restricting entry to the United States from countries struggling with Ebola. Another 91 percent would like to see stricter screening procedures at U.S. airports in response to the disease’s spread. I think the last time that many Americans agreed on anything was during WWII, and even then some had second thoughts later. So clearly, this poll is bogus. Allow me to restructure the poll in a way that will allow us to get a more useful,...
  • (Exempt RAT Mary) Landrieu seeks distance from Obama

    10/15/2014 2:02:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D- La.) walked a fine line between supporting the Democratic agenda while also distancing herself from the party in the first Senate debate with the race’s top three candidates. Her chief opponent, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, repeatedly chided the three-term senator for siding with President Obama and painted her as his rubber stamp. “Do you want Senator Landrieu to complete Barack Obama’s agenda? If so, vote for her,” he said during his closing remarks. “If you want someone who wants Washington to serve you instead of you serving Washington D.C., then vote Bill Cassidy.” While Landrieu backed...
  • More ObamaCare rate shock awaits… after the elections, of course (Pelosi knew)

    10/14/2014 4:21:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/13/14 | John Hayward
    Democrats’ strategy for keeping their ObamaCare losses to a minimum in the 2014 elections is a combination of denial and obfuscation. The “denial” part consists of loudly insisting that nobody is complaining about ObamaCare any more, so it must not be that big of a political liability for them. The fact that people across the country are complaining about ObamaCare is irrelevant; this is a Jedi mind trick, not a reasoned argument. As for the obfuscation part, well, that’s simple: the Administration contrived to keep 2015 insurance premiums under wraps until after the election. The new and improved HealthCareDotGov is...
  • GOP candidate says Obamacare 'here to stay'

    10/14/2014 2:53:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | october 14, 2014 | betsy woodruff
    A Republican running in a hotly contested race for an open congressional seat now says that Obamacare is here to stay. David Young, who is running for Iowa's third congressional seat, said at a healthcare forum Monday that the Affordable Care Act “is going to be here to stay,” according to the Des Moines Register. “The president is not going to allow his keystone legislation to go by the wayside. So we're going to have to work to make it better,” he said. That is a marked change from Young’s previous statements on the law. At a training event for activists in August,...
  • ObamaCare Does Not Have You Covered

    10/14/2014 9:59:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    In the end, we are cutting our throats with government-run health care, as well as asking the federal government into our lives Covered California is the name for the Obamacare exchange in the Golden State. With the large State on the West Coast being dominated by hard left liberal progressive politics, most of the politicians tout the wondrous utopia our country is going to be once the few little bugs that seem to infest the Affordable Care Act are ironed out. We are told the problems with the healthcare law is not the fault of our historical president, mind you....
  • Satire: Senator Minimizes Concern for Those Who Lost Health Care Insurance

    10/14/2014 9:53:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    In a debate with GOP opponent Ed Gillespie, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) expressed little concern over the reported 250,000 Virginians who lost their health care insurance coverage due to Obamacare. “Look, every battle has casualties,” Warner blandly commented. “What we need to do is weigh these against the gains achieved by the Affordable Care Act, of which I believe there were many.” Among the gains cited by Warner were coverage for preexisting conditions, equal prices for men and women, and keeping children on parents' plans until age 26. As good as these provisions may sound to Obamacare advocates, they yield...
  • Don't 'Vote for the Candidate'

    10/14/2014 2:21:31 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 87 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-14-2014 | Dennis Prager
    There is a noble-sounding attitude that many Americans hold regarding whom they vote for. "I vote for the candidate," they say. It sure sounds good. Voting for the best candidate, rather than the party, sounds as American as apple pie. But as the Democratic Party has become a doctrinaire left-wing party, this sentiment is no longer noble. It is actually foolish and dangerous. There was a time when there were terrific Democrats whom an independent and even a Republican could vote for. Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman was such an example. He was a liberal -- he believed in the good...
  • List of Nasty Things Our Radical, Squirelly President is Going to Spring on You After the Election:

    10/14/2014 3:10:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Eric Holder replacement: far-left crackpot Tom Perez rumored to be even more radical than Black Panthers 5th-columnist Holder... can you imagine? 'HUGE' blanket executive amnesty: Expect Harry Reid to order a vote on a broad amnesty in lame-duck sessions, and failing that, he'll suggest we all just lay-down at the feet of Dear Leader as he rams a even-more radical Executive Order amnesty down our throats.  Obamacare's Healthcare.gov online pricing: Healthcare.gov will not include 2015 pricing numbers until mid-November. The open enrollment period for 2015 runs from 11.15.2014 - 2.15.2015, so apparently the info is only available for now on a 'need to...
  • Mark Warner Appears to Have Committed a Crime to Advance Obamacare

    10/13/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
  • Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrant ‘dreamers’ [Photos]

    10/13/2014 7:50:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 36 replies
    White House vows executive action on immigration reform after election Youth from United We Dream chant slogans calling for an end to deportations outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in downtown Phoenix. Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the “dreamers” to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. The request is yet another complication stemming from the legal limbo Mr....
  • Udall’s Shorter Work Week ( Obamacare Taxes, Penalty )

    10/13/2014 4:15:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 12, 2014
    Universities dodge the mandate by cutting back student work hours. Liberals are rebuking businesses for cutting the hours of workers to skirt ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Lo, the people’s republic of Boulder, otherwise known as the University of Colorado, has announced that it too is capping the hours of undergraduate workers to avoid the mandate. ... Undergrads will now be limited to 25 hours of university-provided employment per week, though students can work additional hours at off-campus jobs. Under ObamaCare, large employers must provide health benefits—including free contraception—to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week on average. Otherwise,...
  • AP Exclusive: California gives no-bid health pacts

    10/12/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2014 10:40 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety of services, ranging from public relations to paying for ergonomic adjustments to work stations, according to an Associated Press review of contracting records obtained through the state Public Records Act. Several of those contracts worth a total of $4.2 million went to a consulting firm, The Tori Group, whose...
  • Why Did States Spend Millions To Create Tech That Healthcare.gov Had Already Developed?

    10/12/2014 5:06:02 AM PDT · by SteveH · 15 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Scot K. Vorse
    [....] So why the changes and why did Washington and Nevada request and use tax payer funds to develop electronic tax credit technology if they “intended to use” the technology already developed by HHS? There are two possibilities: Either HHS had decided it needed a tax credit calculator or it hadn’t. If it had – why didn’t it share this technology and collaborate with the states from Day One, which would have reduced the amount of tax funded grants? Also, a significant amount of the $4.8 billion awarded to states was allocated to develop tax credit calculator technology. Why had...
  • Debating Halbig and King

    10/12/2014 3:23:05 AM PDT · by SteveH · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy via The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    [...] In King news, on Friday the federal government filed its brief in opposition to the plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court. Conspicuously absent from this brief is any mention of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. The federal government routinely cited his work in its prior briefs in both Halbig and King, but not here. The Court is scheduled to consider the King cert petition in November. [...]
  • Louisiana, Iowa Obama Care Premiums rise by double digits

    10/11/2014 4:39:42 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | Oct 11, 2014
    State regulators approved significant premium hikes on Louisiana and Iowa’s ObamaCare exchanges this week, with average increases in each state reaching double digits. The increases came in the final weeks of tight Senate races in each state that could decide whether Republicans can take Senate control from Democrats, according to the story by The Daily Caller. In Louisiana, 2015 plans will be much costlier, according to The Times-Picayune. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the exchange’s largest insurer, is increasing prices 18.3 percent to 19.7 percent for three different plans. More than 50,000 customers are currently covered by those plans....
  • Unconstitutional Obamacare Website Won't Release Premium Rates Till After Mid-Term Elections

    10/11/2014 12:36:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 10, 2014 | Suzanne Hammer
    "The most transparent administration in the history of the United States" has announced that the "new and improved" Healthcare.gov website is more streamlined for this year's enrollment into Obamacare; but, the premium rates for plans will not be released on the website until after the November 4th midterm elections. "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide." -Barack Hussein Obama The government has released its new website which takes only 16 pages to enroll this year as opposed to the 76 pages last year. However, customers who enroll in Obamacare will not...
  • Demonstrably False: The Presidency of Barack Obama

    10/11/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/11/14 | George H. Shear
    Barack Obama’s flimsy lies in defense of his handling of the Secret Service prostitution scandal have been characterized by the Washington Post as “Demonstrably False.” This truthful statement from a leading media outlet has been a longtime coming; but those of us who have been honest observers of the miserable failure in the White House say: Better late than never. Barack Obama has lied to us from the first day he entered public life from wherever he came from. If Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration was the, “New Deal” and John Kennedy’s was the “New Frontier,” Barack Obama’s Administration must be labeled...
  • California Churches Fight Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    10/10/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesover the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. LLDF and ADF represent seven California churches that object to offering their employees insurance plans covering elective abortions and allege that DMHC’s coercion of abortion coverage violates federal law. pichealth54Last month, LLDF and ADF filed a separate complaint with HHS on behalf of employees at Loyola Marymount University that also do not want a...
  • When You've Lost Jimmy Carter...The Final Indictment Of Barack Hussein Obama

    10/10/2014 9:44:17 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Leadership: The former president on whose watch Americans were taken hostage and the mullahs rose to power in Iran gets it right in condemning the current president's failed handling of Syria and the Islamic State. We've often referred to Jimmy Carter as our worst president. But considering the recent IBD/TIPP poll showed 53% of Americans labeling Barack Obama's presidency a failure in just its sixth year, the incumbent may soon claim the title. It's one thing to make mistakes out of gullibility, quite another to foul up the world out of gross incompetence. It is said that Carter's presidency literally...
  • Obamacare Sends Iowa Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocketing

    10/10/2014 9:51:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    BigGovernment ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Thousands of Iowans are now facing double-digit health insurance premium hikes due to Obamacare. On Wednesday, the Des Moines Register reported that the state's insurance commissioner has approved Des Moines-based Wellmark to hike its rates between 11.9% and 14.5%. The premium spike will affect 19,000 Iowans. "That increase is for individual policyholders who have Affordable Care Act-compliant plans," reports the Register. CoOportunity, one of the main companies offering health insurance on the Obamacare exchange, will increase its rates 19%.
  • Susan Collins Says It's Too Late To Repeal Obamacare (Surprise!)

    10/10/2014 4:50:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10-10-2014 | Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks it's time for Republicans to let go of their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Speaking to an NBC affiliate in Portland on Thursday, Collins argued that the GOP has missed its chance to get rid of the health care law entirely. She noticeably did not say whether she would vote to repeal or defund Obamacare, despite being asked. "You know at this point, I think we’re past that," Collins said. "I think it would’ve been much better if there’d been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such...
  • Obamacare Poised to Cause Insurance Cancellations, Networks Silent

    10/10/2014 1:05:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | October 10, 2014 | Joseph Rossell
    According to Fox News and several print media outlets tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people are about to be notified that their health insurance policies are being cancelled, thanks to Obamacare. That could mean bad news for liberals just weeks before 2014 midterm elections, except the broadcast networks have refused to report it. ABC, CBS and NBC news programs failed to mention the latest wave of policy cancellations as of Oct. 9. Plans that could not meet regulations mandated under the Affordable Care Act will no longer be granted a reprieve in thirteen states and the District...
  • Ebola and the Affordable Care Act

    10/10/2014 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Charlotte Hays
    “When the Ebola case was diagnosed, we went in to crisis mode," Ed Garcia, the managing director of Firestone Liberia, recently told NPR. In a saga that commentator Scott Ott characterizes as one of “an evil capitalist corporation” springing into action for the commonwealth, Firestone employees in Liberia stopped the spread of Ebola in their area by taking quick actions after an employee showed symptoms of the deadly disease. When no hospital in the area could take the stricken woman, Firestone staff built an onsite treatment center in record time. The Firestone employees set up an Ebola ward so quickly...
  • The October Surprise: Our Best Efforts Are Not Good Enough

    10/10/2014 7:00:00 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-10-2014 | MOTUS
    “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” – Alfred, in "The Dark Knight” For some reason this concept always tends to catch some people by surprise. Take the New York Times for example, their headline today reads: WASHINGTON — Darkness is enveloping American politics. Hard to dispute, as it turns out, butt isn’t that, uh…racist? With four weeks to go before the midterm elections, Republicans have made questions of how safe we are — from disease, terrorism or something...
  • CU Boulder becomes latest university to cut student work hours under Obamacare

    10/10/2014 5:45:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    College students overwhelmingly swung for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but they’re now finding their on-campus work hours cut back, thanks to Obamacare. The latest example comes from the University of Colorado Boulder, where administrators posted an online notice last week informing students that their university-provided employment would be capped at 25 hours per week as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Obama to Hide Obamacare Rates Till After Election Day

    10/09/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Oct 09, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    HealthCare.gov, the online portal where millions of Americans must by health insurance, will not display premiums for 2015 until after the 2014 elections ... Americans will not be able to find out if their health insurance premiums are going up "until the second week of November," which conveniently falls after Americans will go to the polls November 4th.
  • Ted Cruz-Rand Paul competition could reshape Republican Party

    10/09/2014 8:52:46 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Conservative stars appeal to voters in radically different ways. The most attention-grabbing conservatives in the emerging 2016 Republican presidential nomination race are two freshmen U.S. senators who had never held elective office before. Though nearly equal in their fanfare, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas are romancing Republican and independent voters in radically different ways. The outcome of their fierce competition could influence the direction of their party. Win or lose, both men have an opportunity to influence a new generation of conservatives in tactics, policy and coalition-building while readjusting the movement’s planks of fiscal restraint, free...
  • Obamacare: Nothing Short of a Disaster

    10/09/2014 1:12:45 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Robert E. Moffitt
    On November 15, open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges begins again. Before the second act of our national healthcare drama commences, let’s review what we’ve learned in Act I. For starters, everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged when it comes to setting up a website. But they’ve demonstrated the ability to dole out a huge amount of taxpayers’ money for millions of people signing up for Medicaid, a welfare program. And they’ve proved they can send hundreds of millions of federal taxpayers’ dollars to their bureaucratic counterparts in states, like Maryland and Oregon, that can’t manage their own...
  • Study: Obamacare to shrink labor market more than previously thought

    10/09/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-9-14 | Sean Riley
    In a new working paper from the Mercatus Center, University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan projects that the Affordable Care Act will reduce weekly employment per person by 3 percent, or roughly 4 million full-time-equivalent workers. These new estimates are significantly higher than the 2.5 million reduction in labor supply estimated by the Congressional Budget Office earlier this year. To be clear, a reduction in labor supply differs from a reduction in labor demand—a distinction many failed to recognize when the CBO first released estimates. It is not the case that the ACA will necessarily forces employees out; rather, the...
  • Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick

    10/09/2014 6:42:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    CBS local CHICAGO ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | BRAD EDWARDS
    Viral Infection Blamed As More Than 120 Students At Schererville School Stay Home Sick October 8, 2014 10:04 PM Health, Peifer Elementary School, Schereville, schools, sick Brad Edwards Latest News Headlines: (CBS) — A viral infection is being blamed for more than a hundred sick kids at a school in Schererville, Ind. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports, with the sterility of operation room precision, from Hoosier Hall to nurse Schmidt’s office, it’s a scrub down at Peifer Elementary School. “It’s a little alarming just because that’s a lot of kids,” said Jennifer Howard, a parent of two kids at the...
  • The Next Best Thing to an Ivy League Education: Fashion

    10/09/2014 6:40:51 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-9-2014 | MOTUS
    <p>Finally, the event we’ve all been waiting for: Lady M’s important White House "Fashion Education Workshop.”</p> <p>"Now, when it comes to the fashion industry, so often people think it’s all about catwalks and red carpets and 'who wore it best,' and whether some famous person wore the right belt with the right shoes –- like I’d know what that’s like," she said to laughter from the audience.</p>