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  • Defend the Little Sisters of the Poor -- and American Liberty

    07/22/2015 2:53:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    No group in the United States today is making a stronger stand for liberty than the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns dedicated to running nursing homes for the elderly poor. Every friend of freedom should rally to their cause. The federal government is now seeking to deny these sisters freedom of conscience. It has already taken its case against their liberty all the way through the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 10th Circuit. If the government succeeds, it means Catholic nuns in this country can no longer freely exercise their Catholic faith. They must...
  • Reigning In Judicial Supremacists

    07/15/2015 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ken Conor
    "The biggest myth about judges is that they're somehow imbued with greater insight, wisdom, and vision than the rest of us; that for some reason God Almighty has endowed them with superior judgment about human fairness. But the truth is that judges are men and women with human imperfections and frailties. Some have been brilliant, principled and moral. Others have been mentally impaired, venal, and even racist." Mark Levin, Men in Black Judicial activism occurs when judges depart from their constitutional role of interpreting law and make law from the bench. It's a pernicious practice that undermines the democratic process,...
  • Struggles: The Number of Health Plans Under DC Obamacare Exchange Have Now Been Slashed in Half

    07/13/2015 10:06:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Aetna Life Insurance has been sending some unfriendly letters to residents in Washington, D.C. In their mailbox are notes informing them that they may be losing the plans they purchased through the D.C. Health Link. Individuals seeking PPO plans will now have only one choice. Oh, and they can expect to reach further in their pockets for that limited option. The company’s decision will leave the region’s dominant insurance carrier, CareFirst, as the only one offering PPO plans. CareFirst has proposed rate increases for those plans ranging from less than 3 percent to more than 17 percent. Industry analysts characterized those...
  • The Real Insidiousness of the Supremes

    07/05/2015 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    I in no way assert that I am an expert on the Supreme Court. I have read many books about Supremes such as Felix Frankfurter and John Jay, but that only gives me an inkling of insight. Listening to tapes of the testimony of the most famous cases gives me a little more knowledge. When the decisions came down last week, I relied on experts on both sides to give their thoughts and interpretations. Yet, they missed the key point of what occurred last week. A few got close. You see there was a court case in 1984 called Chevron...
  • The Next Obamacare Battle Nobody is Talking About

    06/30/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Alex Vargo
    Last week, the Supreme Court sided 6-3 with the Obama administrations interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the law was written with the intent to provide subsidies through federal exchanges. To put it lightly, conservatives are less than thrilled. But in our disappointment, lets not forget that the subsidies are just one problematic element of many found in the 20,000-page law. While Congress may not be able to undo the Courts recent ruling, that doesnt mean they cant address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act: the employer mandate that defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours. The...
  • Supreme Court Lets Obama Administration Say Words Don't Mean What They Say

    06/30/2015 5:05:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Michael Barone
    For most people, words mean what they say. But not necessarily for a majority of Supreme Court justices in two important decisions handed down Thursday. In the most prominent, King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a 6-3 majority, ruled that the words "established by the state" mean "established by the state or the federal government." In a second decision, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a 5-4 majority, ruled that the omission in the 1968 Fair Housing Act of words banning acts that have a disparate...
  • Obama Takes ACA Victory Tour to Tennessee, Where 28,000 Lost Insurance Coverage

    06/29/2015 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Supreme Court gave President Obama a reason to be giddy about the status of his signature health care legislation on Friday, upholding Obamacare subsidies for individuals living in states without state based Obamacare exchanges. He promptly held a presser at the White House, beaming that the Affordable Care Act was here to stay. Now, it appears hes taking his victory tour to Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), a former nurse, suggested that maybe the president should have done a little research before choosing her state to promote his pride and joy. During his visit to Tennessee, perhaps President Obama...
  • Ryan: Obamacare Will Collapse Under Its Own Weight

    06/28/2015 3:34:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 105 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to say, President Obama said on Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld the state subsidies provision in the Affordable Care Act. In other words, time for Republicans to give up the fight against the health law. But appearing on CBSs Face the Nation Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryanseemed unfazed. Ryan said the current law is not fixable, and,...
  • Worse than the Supremes: Obamacare economics

    06/27/2015 7:31:29 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Larry Kudlow
    The judicial decision to uphold all of the president's health-care subsidies may be very disappointing, but the economics of Obamacare are far worse than whatever constitutional mistakes have been committed by the Supreme Court. The economics of Obamacare are very bad. The law is inflicting broad damage on job creation and new-business formation. It ruins job incentives by making it pay more not to work, thereby intensifying a labor shortage that is holding back growth and in turn lowering incomes and spending. And across-the-board Obamacare tax increases are inflicting heavy punishment on investment right when the U.S. economy desperately...
  • America's Extreme Makeover Is Socialism In Action

    06/27/2015 5:55:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Jeff Crouere
    The pace of change impacting the United States of America is accelerating at an alarming rate. This week the Supreme Court bolstered Obamacare by rewriting the law and sanctioning the subsidies that are the centerpiece of the program. On Friday, by a 5-4 margin, the justices legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. This sweeping decision rendered meaningless the vote of Americans in states across the nation. In essence, these Supreme Court justices, a majority appointed by Republicans, have become a leading force in advancing the liberal agenda. According to research from the New York Times, 54% of the rulings...
  • The Stupid Party On Health Care Acts Stupidly

    06/18/2015 4:39:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Congress passed Obamacare, and the president signed it. But in spite of then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosis promise, we still dont know exactly whats in it. Were finding out, slowly, but its rarely good news. Obamacare was sold as the fix for our broken health care system. We were told the impact on those happy with their then current situation would barely notice a change, and those without insurance would get it. A win-win for everyone, right? Those promises went out the window right behind the $2,500 average savings on premiums per family President Barack Obama said would...
  • City employees shocked by new insurance deductibles

    06/15/2015 10:58:16 AM PDT · by FatherofFive · 58 replies
    Fox23.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | News Story
    The City of Bixby changed insurance deductibles for their employees. One of the changes means that a family now has a $7,000 deductible instead of a $500 one. There is a gap plan available on limited basis. Employees said that no one asked them about the change or if they would prefer to pay higher premiums instead.
  • Innovation vs. Intervention in Health Care

    06/07/2015 9:15:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2015 | Steve Chapman (Veronique de Rugy.)
    Editor's Note: Steve Chapman is off. The following column is by Veronique de Rugy. How can we produce better health for more people at a lower cost, year after year? By lifting all the rules and barriers that prevent health care innovators from bringing new lifesaving products to consumers and force doctors to beg bureaucrats and insurance administrators for permission to save lives. For years, free market types focused most of their attention on how to provide better health insurance coverage than their liberal counterparts. But is this the right approach? Health care coverage is different from health care. Though...
  • Democrats Admit Failure on Obamacare? Not On Your Life or Your Health!

    06/02/2015 11:49:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week, in unusually breathless tones, the Associated Press reported on the new crisis in the interminable national health care debate, the so-called underinsurance phenomenon. As the AP reported, A different health care issue has emerged for DemocratsIts not the uninsured, but the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people already covered. Democrats call it underinsurance. The article goes on to argue that the Democrats will use the issue to spearhead their pitch to working class voters in the 2016 elections. We can expect that this issue will be used rally the Democrats base, to bash George W. Bush, and,...
  • A Smorgasbord of Head-shakers

    05/22/2015 9:03:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Other than about a billion things, I'm feeling pretty upbeat about the current state of our nation under the leadership of those whose worldview and priorities I simply cannot fathom. I would prefer not to be negative -- even less so to be pessimistic and, still less, cynical -- but current trends warrant serious concern. In the end, it's not negative, pessimistic or cynical to point out egregious conditions, especially if your aim is to alert your fellow citizens to the gravity of the problems and help ignite conditions that would put in place a plan to reverse this insanity....
  • Exchange board votes to scoop up millions from two higher fees ( Colorado health insurance )

    05/15/2015 12:10:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Health News Colorado ^ | May 15, 2015 | Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
    Despite fury from lawmakers the day before, Colorados health exchange board voted on Thursday to collect millions of additional dollars from all Colorado health insurance customers, even those who have nothing to do with the exchange. On top of that broad market assessment, the board also voted to more than double the user fees levied on people who buy insurance through Colorados exchange. .. The higher broad market fee is projected to allow Connect for Health Colorado to scoop up about about $20 million in 2016. It has been set at $1.25 per member per month on all health insurance...
  • Obamacare Exchanges on Life Support

    05/15/2015 4:54:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: "I came up with things like, you know, health care." Ah, yes. "Health care." Remember when the president's signature Obamacare health insurance exchanges were going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the remote control, jogger strollers, Siri, the Keurig coffee maker, driverless cars and Legos all rolled into one? The miraculous, efficient, cost-saving, innovative 21st-century government-run "marketplaces" were supposed to put the...
  • Almost half of Obamacare exchanges face financial struggles in the future

    05/01/2015 5:36:56 PM PDT · by yuffy · 10 replies
    Washingtonpost ^ | May 1 at 8:07 PM | By Lena H. Sun and Niraj Chokshi
    Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obamas health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer call centers and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing costs with other states and pressing state lawmakers for cash infusions. Some are weighing turning over part or all of...
  • Are People Getting More Health Care Because of ObamaCare?

    04/11/2015 5:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 20 | John C. Goodman
    By one estimate, 14 million people are newly insured because of the Affordable Care Act. In addition millions of others have more generous insurance, promising new benefits. So you might expect that doctors’ offices would be flooded with a host of new patients seeking more care than they had before. It’s not happening. To avoid the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the recession, and the slow recovery, John Graham compared the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with their survey from a decade ago. The result: "The proportion of people of all ages with...
  • Krugman: All of These 'Imaginary' Obamacare Horror Stories Are 'Invented'

    03/31/2015 8:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Here we go again. One of the High Priests of the so-called "reality-based community" has for the umpteenth time pronounced Obamacare a great success, asserting that people who believe otherwise (like, for example, the majority of the American people) have either been deceived, or are liars. Paint-by-numbers acerbic Leftist, reactionary smear artist, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman calls Obamacare horror stories "imaginary disasters," made up from whole cloth to scare people and undermine a law that's working and helping people.  We've spent quite a lot of time refuting variants of this argument in recent years, producing detailed responses to President Obama, Harry Reid, and two...
  • If Liberals Are The Good Guys, Why Do They Lie So Much?(Lying Comes Natural To Them)

    03/31/2015 5:09:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Liberals never argue with one another over substance; their only dispute is how to prevent the public from figuring out what they really believe. Meanwhile, it is a source of constant alarm to conservatives that the public will not understand what they really believe. – Ann Coulter If you listen to liberals, you’d believe that conservatives are hateful, racist, cruel, selfish dishonest, mean-spirited Fascists while liberals are compassionate, caring, open minded, honest, giving saints who want the best for everyone. If that’s true, then why is it that liberals have to incessantly lie about what they’re doing, what’s happening...
  • Harry Reid and the Chamber of Secrets

    03/30/2015 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Deeply and deceptively interesting, is how New York Times Magazine described Sen. Harry Reid in January of 2010. Deceptive indeed. Five years later, Reids cache of secrets in the Senate chamber puts Harry Potters wizardry to shame. Two chambersHouse and Senatecomprise the U.S. legislature. Our bicameral structure helps keep raw political power in check. Yet without term limits, a bicameral legislature is not enough to restrain the ambition of politicians like 75-year-old Reid who have held public office for decades. Grab your candle and follow me as I guide you through the backmost rooms of the Senate chamber, where Reid...
  • Ugly: Journalist 'Debates' Conservatives on Obamacare, Things Escalate Quickly

    03/25/2015 10:00:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25 | Guy Benson
    Ron Fournier is a columnist for National Journal and a cable news mainstay who served as the Associated Press' Washington bureau chief for years. In his new opinion-based role, he's worked to carve out a niche as a 'pox on both houses' purveyor of common sense, a detector of BS, a practitioner of intellectual honesty, and Chief of the Civility Police.  In that last capacity, Fournier expended much indignant energy denouncing Rudy Giuliani's acerbic commentary about President Obama's patriotism -- wrongly asserting that Obama would never say such nasty things about his political opponents.  Regardless of that particular blind spot, Fournier would likely tell you that he feels...
  • Weeks after leaving office, Obama discovers a leak under his sink so he calls a plumber to fix it

    03/12/2015 11:52:37 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is a socialist scheme that does nothing more than funnel money away from the successful and into the hands of the not-so-successful. While it might sound charitable at first glance, be very wary, for socialism in any form always produces the most horrific of results, as this example demonstrates: Only weeks after leaving office on Jan. 20, 2017, former President Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Troy the Plumber to come out and fix it. Troy drives to Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive, gated...
  • King v. Burwell's Very Existence Says a Lot About Obamacare

    03/10/2015 5:12:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | Michael Barone
    On Wednesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the IRS's decision to pay subsidies to lower-income health insurance buyers in states with federal insurance exchanges -- even though the Obamacare legislation authorizes subsidies only in states with exchanges "established by the state." The Obama administration is thus in the uncomfortable position of arguing that the president's signature law says what it doesn't say. Nevertheless, initial analyses of the oral argument suggest the government might win. The four Democratic-appointed judges seemed determined to advance arguments that, if you look at the statute as a...
  • Republicans Should Dump The Elephant and Adopt A Rubber Stamp As Their Symbol

    03/07/2015 4:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | John Hawkins
    How do you think Republicans would have done in the 2014 elections if they had told the truth about what they intended to do when they took over the Senate? What if they had campaigned on working hand-in-hand with Obama to enact his illegal alien amnesty while supporting his budget priorities, confirming a new Attorney General who thinks everything Obama is doing is fine and promising they would do nothing while he illegally bans ammo, cripples the Internet, and lets the EPA run wild? Republicans are even gearing up to SAVE OBAMACARE if the Supreme Court guts the subsidies. Conservatives...
  • Blaming Who On State Subsidies

    03/06/2015 7:05:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Hank Adler
    King v. Burwell: We are all following the Supreme Court case challenging the Administration's ignoring of the ObamaCare requirement that individuals can only get Federal subsidies for their health insurance if the state in which they reside forms a state exchange. Only sixteen states organized state exchanges, yet the Obama administration determined to pay Federal subsidies to individuals in every state if they purchased health insurance under ObamaCare. There are some eight million individuals who will lose their subsidies if the Supreme Court determines to enforce the law as written by Congress. (One wonders what good it is to have...
  • Does 'Joy of Cooking' Explain Logic of King v. Burwell?

    03/05/2015 11:01:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 4, 2015 | Sean Trade
    One of the frustrating things about reporting on the King v. Burwell litigation is the difficulty explaining some relatively complicated legal concepts to an audience of non-lawyers. Jonathan Cohn of Huffington Post has come up with a pretty good analogy, though I dont think it works quite the way he thinks it does. First, to recapitulate the legalese. The Affordable Care Act works by mandating that people buy health insurance. To help ensure accessibility of that insurance, the statute creates exchanges where people can shop for policies. This is done in three sections of the law. Section 1311 mandates that...
  • The 13 Reasons I Owe Democrats an Apology

    03/03/2015 7:50:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    I owe Democrats an apology. Flipping through some of my hate mail (I lead a tremendously exciting life, as you can see) it dawned on me that its quite possible conservatives are a little too hard on our liberal friends. (Also: Im trolling for more hate mail.) And so, with reserved humility, I sat down with a drink (less than 32 ounces) and a pen, and made a list of things for which we conservatives ought to apologize. Its the least I can do:I am sorry about labeling Net Neutrality broadband-socialism. Clearly my distrust in the folks who brought us...
  • H&R Block Helped Shape Obamacare, Now Set For Gigantic Payday

    02/26/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    What isnt there to love about Obamacare? It was moved through Congress in hurry-up mode to head off Scott Brown coming into the Senate andwas never really reviewed. It was crafted to funnel tax dollars to the healthcare industry and indeedstock prices for the health insurers have done nicely since the laws passing. (One of the main reasons Obamacare remains in place.) Its shutting out small doctors offices because of the regulatory burden. (The codes these offices must deal with we are told are mind boggling.) Many peoples insurance costs have gone up, in some cases doubled or more. And...
  • Obama to Middle Class Retirees: If You Like Your Retirement, You Can Keep It

    02/24/2015 11:49:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Government’s involvement in healthcare has been such a rousing success, Obama is now thinking about getting more involved in regulating the retirement of Middle Class America. Hooray… Proposing new executive regulatory rules (because going through Congress is too cumbersome and democratic), the President has claimed that he is riding to the rescue of average American investors with the heavy hand of government oversight. According to theState.com:The proposed rule, which Obama can put in place without congressional approval, would impose a requirement on some financial advisers to act as what the law calls “fiduciaries” for their clients, meaning that when they recommend...
  • Another Cluster-You-Know-What from the World of Government-Run Healthcare

    02/18/2015 3:16:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In the grand scheme of things, the most important development in health policy is the pending Supreme Court case revolving around whether subsidies can be provided to people obtaining health insurance from the federal exchange, even though the law explicitly says handouts are only available to people getting policies via state exchanges.If the Court rules correctly (unlike, ahem, the last time the Justices dealt with Obamacare), it will then be very important that congressional reformers use the resulting mess to unwind as much of the law as possible.That will be a challenge because statists already are arguing that the “only” solution...
  • Doctors Having Say About Your Health Care

    02/16/2015 6:52:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    One thing I have often pointed out about the Affordable Care Act (ACA alias Obamacare) is that very few doctors participated in the conceptualization of the legislation. The final bill focuses on expanding Americans access to health insurance with a total disregard for increasing the supply of medical professionals or facilities for treatment. Some doctors are directing their efforts to educating their patients and the voting public of what they believe the bill is doing to harm patient care.To better learn the effects upon doctors and thus their patients of this new law, I had a conference call with a...
  • White House Unaware That 6 Million Americans Will Pay Obamacare Tax This Year

    02/03/2015 1:40:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest described reports that millions of Americans would be getting tax bill because of Obamacare as "inaccurate"just days after the Treasury Department estimated that 6 million Americans will pay about $2 billion in individual mandate taxes this year."I don't think it is accurate to suggest that millions of people are going to get a tax bill as a result of this," Earnest said in response to a question Tuesdayabout the millions of Americans who will pay a tax penalty for not having health insurance in 2014."The vast majority of Americans, more than three-quarters of Americans,...
  • Obamacare Repeal Must Go Forward

    02/03/2015 5:52:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Bill Flores
    Editor's note:Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) coauthored this piece.Today, the House of Representatives will vote to fully repeal ObamaCare - the first time that 58 of our newest Members will have a chance to go on the record regarding the law and the first full repeal vote since Republicans took control of the Senate. Today's vote fulfills a key commitment Republicans made to voters and is a result of the hard work of Republican Study Committee (RSC) Members, who pressed the House to act. Between now and April 15th, millions of Americans across the country will sit down at their kitchen...
  • SOTU Fact Check: Obama's Health Care Debt Bomb

    01/21/2015 4:07:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    In his State of the Union Tuesday, President Obama claimed that Obamacare has helped cut the deficit by two thirds by slowing the rate of health care spending growth.Not only is this claim false, but Obamacare has created a deficit time bomb that will explode just as he is leaving office.Now it is true that the growth of health care spending has fallen during Obama's presidency.But that slowdown began not only before Obama passed Obamacare, but even before Obama took office. The reality is thatlarger economic factors, including the growth of cost-sharing health care plans, began slowing health care spending...
  • Obamacare Problems? Now in Hands of IRS

    01/11/2015 8:00:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Deluged with catastrophes, court challenges and criticism, Obamacare (ACA) has had a controversial life to date. Yet it is ready to enter a completely new phase where the implementation gets shifted to the Internal Revenue Service Americas favorite three words. If you liked the health care plan up to now, you aint seen nothing yet. 2010 was actually the first year that the IRS was involved in Obamacare enforcement. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit went into effect with this filing year. You may remember I wrote that there was mass resistance to this credit by the tax-preparer...
  • What If a Death Panel Evaluated Obamacare Itself?

    01/03/2015 5:39:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    One of the most controversial features of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was the desire on the part of many of its backers to subject medical decisions to a “cost effectiveness” standard. In a nut shell, that means asking of various medical procedures if the addition to good health or life expectancy they promise is worth what they cost. But if it’s good to ask that question about a medical procedure, isn’t it equally good to ask the same question about the entire Obamacare program? When we do it turns out that Obamacare fails the test. To a lot of...
  • Supreme Court: Mark Levin and Landmark Legal Foundation

    01/02/2015 3:42:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Conservative radio host and Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin has submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in King v. Burwell, the Obamacare legal case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 5, 2015. The case addresses whether "the Internal Revenue Service may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Essentially, the case looks at whether federal subsidies are legal and available to people living in states that did not set up their...
  • Obamacare and the Rule of Law

    01/01/2015 11:09:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    This spring, the Affordable Care Act will make its third trip to the Supreme Court. But King v. Burwell is different from its predecessors. Instead of challenging Obamacare’s constitutionality, or the way certain regulations burden particular types of plaintiffs, this lawsuit questions how the executive branch has enforced the law generally—or, more precisely, modified, delayed, and suspended it.After supporting the challengers’ successful request that the Supreme Court take up this case, the Cato Institute has now joined with Professor Josh Blackman on an amicus briefthat alerts the Court to the separation-of-powers and rule-of-law violations attending the ACA’s implementation. Through a...
  • 2014: The Year The Liberal Lies Died

    12/29/2014 5:28:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Every single thing liberals say is a lie. No exceptions. We conservatives always knew it, but 2014 was the year when the rest of America began to understand. And 2014 was the year that Americans had to choose sides would they stand with the liberal liars or with us conservatives? Last November, they chose us conservatives, and maybe the truth will be enough to stop Hillary Clinton and save our country in 2016. The truth is poison to liberalism, so no wonder liberals hate the idea of a free press after all, they are the ones who argued...
  • Montana's New Gov. Website Offers Obamacare, Food Stamps, TANF in One Stop

    12/28/2014 10:11:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Welcome to Montana's new one-stop wonder. The website where residents can apply for Obamacare, food stamps, and housing assistance in one convenient location. The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services' recently launched website streamlines the application process for various government assistance programs. The new system allows individuals to enter their information just once to apply for these three programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Formerly Food StampsTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Cash assistanceHealth Coverage Assistance - Medicaid, Healthy Montana Kids, health insurance assistance and tax credits through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace The website encourages applicants to learn more about...
  • Kill the Obamacare Cadillac Tax Now

    12/27/2014 4:07:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2014 | Hank Adler
    The so-called Obamacare Cadillac Tax is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2018. It is a 40% non-deductible tax on the cost of medical insurance plans that exceed "predetermined thresholds". The "predetermined thresholds" will be determined by government appointees. The Cadillac Tax is supposed to raise $80 billion over ten years to finance the expansion of health coverage. The reality is that the Obamacare Cadillac Tax will ultimately diminish the quality of medical insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans because no entities will be able to afford to pay it. The cost of the tax is beyond what...
  • Is Obamacare Causing Health Care Rationing?

    12/24/2014 12:37:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The argument for Obamacare really boils down to one idea: people without health insurance wont get medical care. Or if they do get it, the care will be too little and too late. Insure everybody, we were told, and everyone will have access to high quality, timely care. But is that really happening? It may not be. Unless they were previously uninsured, people who are getting health insurance in the (Obamacare) exchanges are likely facing greater financial barriers to care than they were before the health reform was enacted. According to a study by Avalere, the average out-of-pocket maximum for...
  • A Republican Alternative to Obamacare

    12/14/2014 4:11:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Now that Republicans will control both houses of Congress, they will have an opportunity to deal with Obamacare. What should be done? They can begin by repealing the worst features of Obamacare. They can do that by keeping three promises many of them made to voters during the last election: Keep your job; keep your health insurance; and keep your doctor. The most direct way to get rid of all the anti-job provisions of ObamaCare is to repeal the employer mandate. The most direct way to insure that people can keep insurance they like is to repeal the individual mandate....
  • Jonathan Gruber: Honest Liberal

    12/12/2014 7:06:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Brought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved. Yet, something needs to be said in defense of Gruber. For while he groveled and confessed to the sin of arrogance, what this Ivy League con artist boasted about rings true. Here, Gruber explained, is how we got Obamacare passed: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK?...
  • Did Somebody Say 'Clear the Field'? Watch Out!

    12/11/2014 4:18:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    We all know people who believe that they know more than we do, who look down on us and believe that they are better than we are. They believe they are smarter than the rest of us, and if they have control, then they can control the outcome and make whatever it is better. This is the same belief that led the U.S.S.R. into centralized planning and control. We all know what happened to the Soviet Union. Contrast this to President Reagan's belief that "There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination...
  • Propagandist Jon Gruber also Shilled for Mike Bloomberg

    12/09/2014 11:44:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Jonathan Gruber seems to be giving the propagandists of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia a run for their money. In addition to bragging about hoodwinking the American public into believing that healthcare reform was actually about reforming healthcare, he has also called abortion a “social good” because it kills “marginal children” in poor communities. This gem of a human being, unsurprisingly, was also a vocal advocate for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s cigarette tax… Ya know, the $5.85 tax on each pack of smokes (which inevitably drives tobacco sales to the criminal, tax-evading, entrepreneurs like Eric Garner)? According to Breitbart.com:Michael Bloomberg, who is...
  • Liberal Politico asks: Will Jonathan Gruber Topple Obamacare?

    12/09/2014 9:24:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    We shall see. Gruber has had plenty of help. The President, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Kathleen Sebelius are more to blame for Obamacare’s troubles than Mr. Gruber even if he is the program’s “architect.”Jonathan Gruber in his now famous panel discussion at Penn simply told the truth as he saw it. A key reason, the key reason, Obamacare limped its way across the finish line was because of the deception employed by its champions. The ignorance of the American people, Gruber explained, was to be manipulated for their own good, and it was. And truly, from start to finish...
  • Conservatives Need to Re-establish Control of Party and Nation

    12/09/2014 5:06:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    I am concerned that certain Republicans just can't take yes for an answer. To borrow an old adage, they can't handle prosperity -- with prosperity being defined as the voters rejecting Obama's agenda (and thereby embracing theirs). This is partly because of the fact that many grass-roots conservatives mistakenly believe that their only obstacle to moving a conservative agenda forward in Washington is the so-called Republican establishment -- GOP centrist politicians and their institutional supporters. But I believe it's more than that. It's not just these GOP congressmen, the party organizations, the party fundraising groups and right-leaning pollsters, few and...