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  • Report: Employers to see 2011 medical costs jump

    06/14/2010 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies · 324+ views
    WNDU TV South Bend ^ | 6-14-2010 | Michelle Anthony
    "PricewaterhouseCoopers found that medical costs are expected to rise 9 percent next year. But this doesn't mean workers will see that big a jump. Employers often try to soften the blow."
  • Now It Gets Interesting: Rift Grows Between BP And White House Over Cleanup Costs

    06/09/2010 6:21:42 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 79+ views
    Now It Gets Interesting: Rift Grows Between BP And White House Over Cleanup Costs Joe Weisenthal Jun. 9, 2010, 5:57 PM The happy talk about from BP (BP) about how it will do everything to "make it right" in the Gulf is quickly dissipating. The straw that broke the camel's back: Noise out of Washington that BP ought to pay the salaries of everyone that's lost their job due to the spill. An anonymous BP source, presumably someone senior that wants to get a message out, told Reuters: "At some point a line has to be drawn," in response to...
  • Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model

    05/31/2010 5:21:49 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 28 replies · 1,125+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | May 31, 2010 | Claire Sibonney
    Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system. British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit -- an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee. In some ways the Canadian debate is the mirror image of discussions going on in the United States. Healthcare in Canada is delivered through a publicly...
  • Public Schools: Plenty of Desks, But Not Enough Cost-Cutting?

    05/27/2010 7:32:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/27/2010 | Tom Gantert
    A teachers union leader's claim that the Warren Consolidated Schools were so hurting for money that students didn't have desks and had to sit on the floor is being disputed by district officials. Jennifer Miller, Warren Education Association executive director, said the district had "kids on the floor without any desks" at a Michigan Education Association rally on May 24. Brian Walmsley, the district's chief economic officer, said he wasn't aware of any instances where students sat on the floor without a desk. "I work directly with the principals," Walmsley said. "They would be the ones bringing it to my...
  • CBO: Doc fix will cost more than anyone thought (More Casblanca Moments for ObamaCare)

    05/05/2010 1:17:35 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies · 602+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Legislate in haste, repent at leisure. The ObamaCare bill signed by Barack Obama after getting hastily and repeatedly rewritten in backroom negotiations by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid turns out to cost a lot more than they admitted — and in new areas that keep appearing after its passage. The CBO now estimates the “doctor fix” that Pelosi and Reid promised to the AMA in exchange for their support will cost much more than the Democratic leaders admitted, emphases mine:
  • Cutting Healthcare Costs: ObamaCare Style

    04/12/2010 4:28:48 AM PDT · by Desperado67 · 2 replies · 625+ views ^ | 04/12/10 | Rob Binsrick
    In one of her most infamous and stupidest comments, Nancy Pelosi once stated about the healthcare bill, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The bill has now passed and people are starting to learn what is in it – and most people do not like it. In the past week I have learned about a provision of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” which I certainly do not like at all. What I learned solidifies my contention that the name of this healthcare reform bill should be changed...
  • Obamacare: Running the numbers

    03/28/2010 3:31:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 913+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 27, 2010 | John Peeples
    The real cost of health care reform, as recognized by the nation's business community, is just beginning to take shape. Bloomberg Business Week (picked up by Drudge) reports that SEC filings by such companies as AT&T, Caterpillar, AK Steel Holding, and 3M Co., reflect their anticipated costs of compliance with ObamaCare. Keep three things in mind: a.) these write-downs are not reflected in any CBO estimates of the cost of funding health care reform; b.) in order to protect stock prices, these companies have a huge incentive to understate the costs they actually face; and, c.) the true cost of...

    03/21/2010 10:11:02 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 112+ views ^ | 03/21/2010 | Gail Welborn
    Frustrated with state and national leaders, I attended my first Tea Party protest April 15, 2009, then wrote, "How's that change working out for you?" Protesters then, just as today, lined the streets, American flags and signs held high. They didn't feel their views were heard and had turned to the streets and the Tea Parties nationwide, to raise their voices in peaceful protest. The consensus of opinion in 2009 was unanimous—VOTE ANY INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE who chooses self-interest over the interests of the people they pledge to serve....
  • A Look At Obamacare By The Numbers

    03/21/2010 10:09:33 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 225+ views ^ | 03/21/2010 | Kevin Price
    Critics of the President's health care agenda are always looking for the "right words" to convince others about the danger that will come with Obama's radical agenda. Maybe the most effective rebuttal is not in words, but in numbers. It is through reviewing the impact, in numbers, that Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is tackling this sweeping and far reaching legislation. One of the major promises of the Obama campaign during his run for President was to show "restraint" when it came to taxes. No one making less than $250,000 would see an increase at all, we were told. The...
  • ObamaCare endgame

    03/21/2010 4:22:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 891+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 21, 2010 | Editorial
    Today’s the day that the House of Representatives votes (or doesn’t vote) on ObamaCare — a radical scheme that incorporates the most drastic changes in US health-care delivery in more than four decades. And it may well, in the long run, saddle the American economy with so much debt that it will make today’s troubled times look like the days of wine and roses. Next up: sharply higher taxes, soaring health-insurance costs and a reduction in spending on Medicare for the elderly. President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been trying to win over stillreluctant Democrats by waving around...
  • The Dems bring the pain: The real cost of the health care bill is about more than just money

    03/21/2010 4:12:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 695+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 21, 2010 | MICHAEL TANNER
    As the health care leviathan slouches toward a final vote in the House of Representatives — or at least a final “deeming” — it is worth taking one final look at what’s at stake. In the end, this vote is not about the corruption of the legislative process — although this has been tawdry and sleazy almost every step of the way. The Democrats have bought votes with pork and special deals. They’ve twisted and ignored congressional rules. They’ve threatened and intimidated critics. And they’ve ended up with a new procedure that will allow them to pass the bill without...
  • ObamaCare: Will This Job be Killed?

    03/20/2010 8:08:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeHideout · 9 replies · 246+ views
    ObamaCare “would decrease costs…” is the nominal Democratic talking point regarding costs in the brave new world of government interference in the health care system. Of course, it’s a lie. It’s a lie that the Democratic members of Congress will repeat, and their lapdogs in the media will be all too happy to echo. Here is an example of the truth, one that you will never see in the MSM. Dow Jones Newswires | Caterpillar Inc. said the health-care overhaul legislation being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives would increase the company’s health-care costs by more than $100 million...
  • Health 'reformers' in wonderland

    03/02/2010 3:28:15 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 388+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 2, 2010 | THOMAS SOWELL
    Most health-care discussions are like something out of Alice in Wonder land. The biggest complaint about the medical care is "it costs too much." Yet one looks in vain for anything in the pending legislation that will lower the costs. One of the biggest reasons for higher medical costs is that somebody else is paying those costs, whether an insurance company or the government. What's the politicians' answer? To have more costs paid by insurance companies and the government. Back when the "single payer" was the patient, people were more selective about what they spent their money on. You went...
  • 'Washington knows best'

    02/24/2010 3:19:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 9 replies · 490+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 24, 2010 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    'Washington knows best" is in full swing: President Obama hasn't invited any governors to tomorrow's health-reform summit -- even though states have overseen health insurance for six decades. Indeed, states' experience ought to guide any bid to reform the system -- some, for example, are making stunning progress in keeping down costs. Of course, the president and his allies in Congress are eager to exploit some state-level problems -- such as some recent bad news from California. Health insurer Anthem announced that on March 1, premiums would rise 39 percent, a clear hardship for some Californians. Why? Anthem said the...
  • Obama unveils health plan that costs $950 billion over 10 years

    02/23/2010 3:22:45 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies · 258+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 22, 2010 | LAURA MECKLER
    Trying to revive languishing health-care legislation, the White House proposed Monday that a tax on high-end health plans be delayed for all workers, not just those in unions, and suggested new taxes to help make up for the lost revenue. President Barack Obama will carry the proposal, an attempt to bridge differences between bills passed by the House and Senate last year, into a bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday, as Democrats try to regain momentum and push their legislation through final passage in Congress. Republicans are planning to bring their own ideas to the meeting, and aides said...
  • Prez's newest idea: Simply outlaw reality

    02/23/2010 3:15:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies · 625+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 23, 2010 | Charles Hurt
    WASHINGTON -- In cluded in President Oba ma's latest stab at health-care reform released yesterday is one of the more astonishing admissions of political deception in recent memory. After months of swearing that his health legislation would lower the skyrocketing costs of insurance premiums, Obama finally acknowledged that actually it would not. So, instead, he has included a new provision that can simply outlaw premium increases his administration deems "unreasonable and unjustified." This, in lieu of literally years of promises and proclamations about transforming the American hospital-industrial complex in a way that would drastically lower the cost of medicine in...
  • Obama seeks $200M to pay for terror trials

    01/31/2010 4:06:09 AM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies · 475+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 30, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing a $200 million fund to help pay for security costs in cities hosting the trials of accused terrorists such as Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The money will be included in a budget plan for 2011 of roughly $3.7 trillion that President Barack Obama will submit to Congress on Monday, a congressional aide said today. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the spending blueprint hasn't been announced. The administration said late last year the trials would take place in federal court in lower Manhattan, near where the World Trade Center...
  • Stimulus is now $75 billion more expensive

    01/26/2010 6:56:04 PM PST · by FromLori · 10 replies · 316+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/26/10 | David Goldman
    The Congressional Budget Office hiked its forecast Tuesday for how much the stimulus bill will add to the nation's deficit, raising its estimate by $75 billion to $862 billion. Unemployment compensation: In CBO's initial estimate for the Recovery Act, the unemployment rate was expected to cap at 9%, but the rate rose above 9% in May and soared above 10% in October. As a result, the CBO said unemployment compensation in 2009 and 2010 will cost $58 billion. That's $21 billion more than initially expected. Food stamps: Nearly half of the additional $75 billion comes from more spending on food...
  • Food costs to soar as big freeze deepens (link only due to copyright)

    01/11/2010 10:09:17 PM PST · by FromLori · 23 replies · 828+ views
  • Schwarzenegger says health bill adds billion in California costs (another 'NSS!' GuBBY moment)

    01/11/2010 9:07:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 380+ views
    SaC bee ^ | 1/11/10 | Kevin Yamamura
    In a national television interview that aired Sunday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said California's congressional members "are not representing us really well" as he pushed for higher federal reimbursements to help reduce the state's structural budget deficit. The Republican governor said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. Senate's proposed federal health care overhaul would saddle the state with an extra $3 billion to $4 billion in annual costs due largely to an expansion of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California. Schwarzenegger believes the health care plan would enshrine existing cost-share formulas that he says are unfair to the state....