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  • Health Reform Law's Legal, Political Obstacles Continue to Mount (Fines, prison to be phased in)

    12/20/2010 8:51:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    PBS ^ | 12/20/10
    Health Reform Law's Legal, Political Obstacles Continue to MountAIR DATE: Dec. 20, 2010 JEFFREY BROWN: Next: new legal challenges for the landmark health reform law, as this past week marked a major moment in the battle between the Obama administration and a number of states. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) One of the most important and controversial pieces of the health reform law signed by President Obama last March is the so-called individual insurance mandate, under which individuals must buy health insurance beginning in 2014, or pay a penalty. The fines would be phased in, starting at $95 per person that first...
  • Federal judge upholds ObamaCare mandate (On to the higher courts!)

    12/01/2010 8:46:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    In the second such ruling, a federal judge in Virginia has declared the federal mandate to purchase insurance constitutional. Jude Norman Moon, a Clinton appointee as noted by The Hill, refused Liberty University’s challenge on the basis of ObamaCare funding for abortion, writing that since everyone at some time will seek health care services, the decision whether to buy insurance has a significant impact on interstate commerce and falls under the jurisdiction of Congress: “I hold that there is a rational basis for Congress to conclude that individuals’ decisions about how and when to pay for health care are activities...
  • Mandate Mania

    11/24/2010 4:26:27 PM PST · by Alyssa Kaeding · 1 replies
    Alyssa Kaeding's Blog ^ | October 29, 2010 | Alyssa Kaeding
    Mandates are the new, hip thing on Capitol Hill these days. Mandates for what health insurance companies must cover. Mandates for what kind of cars should be produced with what material and with what gas mileage. Mandates for banks to lower their lending standards for people wanting to purchase a home was a popular one the past decade. Mandates for how much energy a given company is allowed to use is one mandate that is still up for debate. Have you ever stopped to think about the consequences for this kind of mandate mania? ....go to my blog to read...
  • The pain begins

    09/23/2010 2:38:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    Today, six months since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama will be celebrating the signature achievement of his administration. It's apt to be a lonely celebration: Few Democratic candidates are willing to talk about the health-care bill -- except the ones running ads to remind the electorate that they voted against it. Still, the president will speak today before a group of state insurance regulators, while a coalition of labor unions and liberal activist groups organize rallies around the country. They'll undoubtedly focus on some of the new law's more popular provisions, many of which...
  • Health care mandates result in 18% premium increase in Connecticut

    09/17/2010 6:13:59 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Sept. 17, 2010 | Steve McGough
    All across the United States, health insurance companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut are meeting with state insurance regulators about premiums. During the past couple of weeks, Anthem proved to Connecticut state regulators an average 18 percent premium increase reflected the requirements of federal health care mandates and increased provider costs. Of course, liberals and Senate candidate Attorney General Dick Blumenthal pull the "they are screwing us" card once again.
  • Are Amish and Muslims exempt from Obamacare mandates?

    09/11/2010 11:48:57 AM PDT · by Undocumented_capitalist · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 09/11/2010 | Drew Zahn
    The recent health-care reform legislation carries a controversial mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance, but careful study of the passed law reveals there are some groups the Amish, for example that can obtain an exemption. For devout Muslims, however, whose religious beliefs forbid purchasing insurance...
  • Updates on rationing, taxes, and Obamacare

    07/21/2010 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2010 | Abby Wisse Schachter
    The Economist wants to ease Americans concerns about Donald Berwicks recess appointment : Every health system rations in some way or other; the demand for health care is always greater than the resources available. The question is whether rationing is done openly and as sensibly as possibleor done implicitly, through murky pricing, bureaucratic fiat or denial of care. Even Paul Ryan, a leading Republican congressman, has acknowledged this. Rationing happens today! The question is who will do it? The government? Or you, your doctor and your family? he asks. The most objectionable aspect of Dr Berwicks recess appointment is that...
  • Florida GOP Wants Voters to Reject Obama Health Care Law

    04/22/2010 4:35:48 PM PDT · by flfreedom · 8 replies · 260+ views
    The News Service of Florida ^ | 4/22/10 | flfreedom
    Florida GOP Wants Voters to Reject Obama Health Care Law By Michael Peltier The News Service of Florida Florida voters will be asked in November to defy federal attempts to require Florida residents to carry health insurance under a proposed constitutional amendment that cleared its last legislative hurdle Thursday. In separate actions and following debate in both chambers, the House and Senate approved HJR 37, a joint resolution meant to nullify recent federal health care reforms if approved by voters in November, though opponents question whether the proposal will stand up in the courts. The House vote was 75-42. The...
  • Four Million Americans To Pay ObamaCare Fine In 2016

    04/22/2010 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 26 replies · 842+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/22/2010 | David Hogberg
    AP reports that 4 million Americans the vast majority of them middle class will have to pay the new penalty for not getting health insurance when President Barack Obamas health care overhaul law kicks in, according to congressional estimates released Thursday. The penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report. Penalties will be phased in from 2014. By 2016, the fine will be $695 or 2.5% of household income, whichever is greater. More than a dozen states are challenging the individual mandate in federal court as unconstitutional.
  • What Should we do About National Health Care? Nullify Now!

    04/19/2010 11:15:31 AM PDT · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 9 replies · 433+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 04-18-10 | Michael Boldin
    Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both warned us that if the federal government ever became the sole and exclusive arbiter of the extent of its own powers that power would endlessly growregardless of elections, separation of powers, courts, or other vaunted parts of our system. Question What do we do about it? The Federal Health Care Nullification Act. This Act is not over 1000 pages. Its not 500 pages. Its not a dozen, or even two. Its one single page to nullify now. Heres a majority of what it says: The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares...
  • Hillsdale College Prof. Terrence Moore: "Dressing Up Standards, Dumbing Down Schools"

    04/06/2010 12:14:46 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 14 replies · 873+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | 4/4/10 | Prof. Terrence Moore
    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts, Homer teaches us, something every school child used to know. Beware of politicians and expert educators bearing standards, the last seventy years or more of Progressive education should have taught us. But we are slow to learn.
  • A word about mandates

    04/02/2010 7:18:24 PM PDT · by hagendaz · 3 replies · 193+ views
    Power is always shifting and with the coming Republican majority (I hope) perhaps we should remind those on the left that if the Constitution and the Interstate Commerce Clause gives a Democratic Majority the power to mandate everyone buy health insurance, then it also provides a Republican majority the authority to madate everyone puchase at least one handgun, one SUV and one Hank Williams Jr. CD.... luckily they will all be made available at the annual madated Nascar Race we will each required to attend.
  • Unfunded Mandates vs. Federal Monies: Which is Greater?

    03/31/2010 6:52:35 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 1 replies · 276+ views
    vanity | 3/31/2010 | me
    Which is greater, unfunded federal mandates on the states or the money that states receive? The argument has been in the past that if the mandates aren't paid for by the states, then they won't get the federal funds for other things. Which is greater? It seems to me that if the mandates are greater than the goodies received, then there is no motive to participate. Not participating in the unfunded mandates, despite losing other federal funds, would be a net win for the state. Anyone know? Also (not sure how accurate this is)... just heard last night that the...
  • Bill Clinton's Unfunded Mandates Reform Act Of 1995 Could Pose Significant Problems For ObamaCare

    03/28/2010 1:20:50 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 84 replies · 6,365+ views
    3-28-10 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Under this act, any new legislation that proposes a mandate on state and local governments estimated to cost more than $50 million dollars must have a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate and provide the funding to pay for the mandates. How many states are going to have to deal with unfunded mandates that far exceed $50 million dollars and into the tens of billions of dollars each year and pertain to a host of services that will have to be funded by the federal gov't under ObamaCare? If the unfunded mandates are funded, that would skyrocket the actual cost of...
  • Did Romney Endorse Federal Mandate?

    03/25/2010 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 15 replies · 233+ views
    The Plum Line ^ | 03/25/2010, 10:26 AM EST | Greg Sargent
    The DNC has a new Web vid out mocking Mitt Romneys increasingly contorted positions on the individual mandate. As you know, he backs it on the state level as rooted in conservative principles (a la Romneycare), but hes been warning that implementing it on the Federal level (a la Obamacare) constitutes a frightening abuse of power that conservatives everywhere should resist. But, unless Im missing something, the DNC appears to have unearthed video of Romney, during the 2008 GOP presidential primary, coming very close to endorsing the Federal mandate. The key bit comes at around 45 seconds in...
  • 'Reform' peril for NY: Hidden Medicaid cost explosion

    03/23/2010 4:01:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 646+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2010 | Editorial
    No matter what you think about the legislative maneuvers to get ObamaCare passed, you have to hand it to New York's representatives: At least they didn't engage in "Cornhusker Kickback" deals to get their constituents to bite on expanded Medicaid costs. But New York taxpayers need to watch out: As things stand now, they're set to be blindsided by a Medicaid fiscal hand grenade on a five-year fuse. Helping the state avoid the coming nightmare is the clear duty of New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer -- one of the top Democrats in the Senate. You see, the Senate this...
  • Madam Pelosi's House Of Ill Repute

    03/22/2010 4:49:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,096+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    The Vote: Conned by the promise of an ephemeral executive order, the last holdouts cave and ObamaCare advances. It doesn't add a single doctor or hospital room, but needs 17,000 new IRS agents to enforce it. Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., spent months spelling out in minute detail how the Senate version of the health care overhaul permitted federal funding of abortion through its failure to expressly prohibit it. In the end, he cashed in his principles for an unenforceable executive order that is trumped by the Senate bill he voted to pass. An executive order is not the law of...
  • Liberty Or Debt

    03/19/2010 4:33:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies · 893+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 19, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    States' Rights: Idaho requires its attorney general to sue the feds if ObamaCare passes while Virginia, the cradle of liberty, heads the line of states in front of the federal courtroom. Somewhere Patrick Henry is smiling. As the second coming of King George III seeks to impose the leftist mandate of national health insurance on the unwilling American people, the states are once again in revolt. This time they're unwilling to be the colonies of an imperial federal government determined to spend and tax us into bankruptcy while treating the Constitution as if it were bird cage liner. Is this...
  • Obamacare Bill Turns the IRS Into the Secret Police

    03/18/2010 9:00:22 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 19 replies · 720+ views
    The Lid/House Ways and Means ^ | 3/18/2010 | The Lid
    No three letters strike fear in the hearts of Americans that I-R-S. According to a new report by the GOP members of the House Ways and Means committee, If the Senate Obamacare bill gets passed by the house, the IRS is going to gets a lot more intimidating because it is going to get a slew of new responsibilities. They will be sort of like Barack Obama's not so secret health insurance police. If the Democrats health care bill becomes law, the IRS could have to hire more than 16,000 additional agents, auditors and other workers just to enforce all...
  • 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...
  • 5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform - from CNN!

    02/22/2010 9:08:20 AM PST · by I still care · 29 replies · 2,137+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb 22, 2010 | Shawn Tully
    If you read the fine print in the Congressional plans, you'll find that a lot of cherished aspects of the current system would disappear. NEW YORK (Fortune) -- In promoting his health-care agenda, President Obama has repeatedly reassured Americans that they can keep their existing health plans -- and that the benefits and access they prize will be enhanced through reform. A close reading of the two main bills, one backed by Democrats in the House and the other issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy's Health committee, contradict the President's assurances. To be sure, it isn't easy to comb through their...
  • Health Care Not In Constitution

    12/23/2009 5:08:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,647+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Self-Evident Truths: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says it comes under the Commerce Clause. Rep. Steny Hoyer says it's mandated by the "general welfare" clause. Despite liberal wishes, health care is not a right. The "living Constitution" that Democrats and their court appointees have given us may be the death of our freedoms. Their constitution adapts to the times and serves the whims of the elitists. The Constitution is supposed to limit government powers. It does not allow government to do anything it feels like doing. Cass Sunstein, the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is the author of...
  • Et Tu Olbermann - Olbermann's Rant Against the Perversion that is Obamacare (Video)

    12/16/2009 10:45:54 PM PST · by Ruby Slippers · 6 replies · 644+ views
    Ruby Slippers ^ | 12/17/09 | Mary Sue
    Keith Olbermann ended his broadcast tonight with one of his Murrowesque reports from the health care battlefield. He acknowledges, however, there has been no war as he desperately quotes Churchill in his opening of a promised special commentary on health care reform: "Our loyal, brave people ... should know the truth. ... they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war." Oh the drama. Given the choice of this "perversion of health care reform" or jail, Olbie chooses jail. After railing for a few minutes over the moderates in the Democratic party, Republicans, bipartisanship and a bizarre...
  • Warden Pelosi

    11/10/2009 9:42:36 AM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies · 787+ views
    National Center For Policy Analysis ^ | November 10, 2009 | IBD Staff
    Failure to buy health insurance in the just-passed health care bill could get you five years in jail with a $250,000 fine. How can violating a law that's unconstitutional be a felony, asks Investor's Business Daily (IBD)? The passage last Saturday night of the House health care measure by a fragile 220-215 margin may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. In polls, townhall meetings and tea parties, Americans have shown they don't want a "reform" that costs a staggering $1.2 trillion yet fails to meet the left's desire of insuring all the uninsured. And they certainly don't want a...
  • Warden Pelosi

    11/09/2009 5:16:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,655+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 9, 2009
    Health Care Reform: Failure to buy health insurance in the just-passed health care bill could get you five years in jail with a $250,000 fine. How can violating a law that's unconstitutional be a felony? The passage last Saturday night of the House health care measure by a fragile 220-215 margin may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. In polls, townhall meetings and tea parties, Americans have shown they don't want a "reform" that costs a staggering $1.2 trillion yet fails to meet the left's desire of insuring all the uninsured. And they certainly don't want a bill that...
  • Health reform: Dems' deep divisions

    10/31/2009 3:41:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 491+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 31, 2009 | MICHAEL TANNER
    Weary of news stories that legislative support for health-care reform is all but dead, Democratic leaders have been seizing every handy podium to declare that "the votes are almost there," "there is 90 percent agreement" on a proposal, "we are now prepared to move forward" and so on. In fact, even among Dems, there's nothing close to agreement on the major issues that have held up reform so far. Here's a primer on where the gaps between Democrats are wide: Individual Mandate: This should've been low-hanging fruit. Democrats agreed on a mandate early in the process. But it became increasingly...
  • (Steny Hoyer and Dems) Shred The Constitution

    10/22/2009 8:32:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,255+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October, 23, 2009 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Health Reform: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says it's constitutional to mandate insurance coverage. Congress, he insists, has "broad authority" to make us buy things to provide for the "general welfare." Democrats' Alice In Wonderland interpretation of what they consider to be a "living Constitution," where words mean what they say they mean based on political considerations, gets more bizarre by the minute. (snip) We've been down this road before. In 1994, Hillary Clinton's secretive health care task force was trying to nationalize health care. "A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of...
  • Compulsory insurance -- another Trojan Horse

    10/21/2009 3:42:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 343+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2009 | Ellen Sauerbrey
    Bookies are making bets on whether some version of ObamaCare will pass this year, but with five bills floating around, there is no betting on what it will look like. The threat of a "public option" has generated the hottest protest with voters understanding that the unfair competition of a government plan will quickly destroy the private health insurance system. By contrast some conservatives have expressed support for Senate Finance Committee proposal requiring that everyone must purchase insurance. After all, they reason, isn't it just a matter of fairness to expect everyone to bear responsibility for their own care? In...
  • Nothing for Everyone

    10/01/2009 3:19:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 300+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | October 01, 2009 | Randall Hoven
    Just about all of us want some kind of health care reform. But different people want different things from that reform. One trouble with crafting legislation that would make some people happy is that it would make other people unhappy. But the proposals put forth so far by Democrats, and supported by President Obama, have the unique gift of satisfying virtually no one. ObamaCare, inasmuch as there is such a thing, is bound to disappoint you, no matter what you'd like to see in health care reform.
  • Obamacare is About Controlling Every Aspect of Your Life

    09/24/2009 12:25:07 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 503+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/24/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Peter Fleckenstein spent a huge amount of time reading H.R. 3200 and found hundreds of provisions that do nothing less than give government complete control of our very lives. This is a stark list that should frighten any freedom loving American from any support for this anti-American president and his socialist Congressional majority. Aside from this frightening list, Fleckenstein has more at his site http://blog.flecksoflife.com. Read on and be afraid be very afraid of Obamas un-American plans to control your life: Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • Obamacare Mandates Will Cost Business $49 Billion a Year

    09/24/2009 12:23:01 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 328+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/24/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    It has been estimated that employer mandates forced on businesses by H.R. 3200 and the other legislation barreling through Congress will cost Americas businesses $49 billion a year if passed. According to the Heritage Foundation the mandates in the bills now under consideration will force employers to buy healthcare insurance for their employees or pay a per head tax to the federal government. This could affect between 95 million to 105 million workers and about 1 million small businesses. What will this mean to Americas business community? Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
  • Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?

    09/16/2009 5:56:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,566+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Federal Powers: Where in the U.S. Constitution does it say the government can force people to buy health insurance? And by what authority does it prohibit the purchasing of insurance across state lines?A key part of the administration's plan to reform health care is what is called the "individual mandate" a requirement that everyone must have health insurance either through his or her employer or purchased individually. A good chunk of the uninsured are that way of their own volition. They are young and healthy and feel they have better things to do with their money at this point...
  • Analysis Finds Baucus Health Care Bill Contains Abortion Subsidies, Mandates

    09/16/2009 3:46:02 PM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 374+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | September 16, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Analysis Finds Baucus Health Care Bill Contains Abortion Subsidies, Mandates Washington, DC -- An analysis from the National Right to Life Committee of the new bill Senator Max Baucus unveiled today finds massive abortion subsidies and mandates. The bill comes as an attempt to find compromise but hasn't earned Republican support in part because of the abortion funding. http://www.LifeNews.com/nat5476.html
  • Health Care Bill Mandates That Restaurants Display Nutrition Information on Menus

    08/24/2009 1:59:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 945+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 8/24/09 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) Restaurant chains with 20 or more stores would be required to display nutrition information, including calorie counts and suggested daily caloric intake on their menus, under a mandate contained in the health-care reform bill drafted by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
  • BITTER PILL FOR NATION'S GOVS

    07/21/2009 3:34:57 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 1,092+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 21, 2009 | Editorial
    'I'm personally very concerned about the cost issue," said New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, referring to Congress' health-care plans. It's "the mother of all unfunded mandates," fumed Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. That's just the Democratic governors. Indeed, nearly everone from both parties at last weekend's National Governors Association conference was sounding alarms, fretting that the states will be stuck with much of the bill for "reform." Welcome aboard, governors. With each passing day, it seems, another voice is heard from. Last week, the Congressional Budget Office warned that reforms would fuel government costs. The governors, in particular, fear that their...
  • CA: Governor vetoes climate change curriculum

    07/27/2008 11:31:46 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 21 replies · 336+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 27 July 2008 | John Boudreau
    Governor vetoes climate change curriculum California public students will stick to reading, writing and arithmetic, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided as he vetoed a bill late Friday that would have required climate change be added to schools' curriculum. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, also would have required future science textbooks to include climate change as a subject. In January, the state Senate approved the bill, SB 908, by a 26-13 vote. Only two Republicans supported the proposal. In his veto statement, Schwarzenegger said he supported education that spotlights the dangers of climate change. However, the Republican...
  • NYS: Perfect Agents--With the left, mandates will be used to commander labor and capital resources

    04/01/2008 12:24:18 PM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 88+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 1, 2008 | ERNEST CHRISTIAN
    Hiding behind the mesmerizing power of identity politics, in this case multiplied by two, the left is about to capture America by stealth. Senators Clinton and Obama are the perfect agents.... In addition to public ownership, which doesn't work, and the Democrats' standard formula of higher taxes and spending, which is destructive, the inevitable next step is to add a system of "mandates." Under this mutation, government allows for the continuation of private property and businesses, but only in modified form. Government selectively intervenes to direct how property is used or a business is run and, to the extent...
  • Retailers Nervous About Digital TV Switch

    01/10/2008 1:11:55 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 46 replies · 52+ views
    tvpredictions.com ^ | January 9, 2008 | Phillip Swann
    Top execs say it might be tough to provide enough digital converters. Two top CE retail executives yesterday expressed deep concern over the nation's planned switch to Digital TV. On February 17, 2009, all local broadcasters must switch their analog signals to digital which means viewers will need a Digital TV, a digital converter box or a pay TV subscription to watch television. The federal government has begun taking applications for $40 coupons for the digital converters, which will enable analog TVs to display the new digital signals. But Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson said yesterday that he's "very nervous"...
  • Timing of health care law's penalties could pose risks for Romney

    11/11/2007 11:06:19 AM PST · by freespirited · 32 replies · 76+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/09/07 | Steve Le Blanc
    With the end of the year fast approaching, uninsured Massachusetts residents are scrambling to sign up for health care plans and avoid being among the first to face tax penalties for failing to get insurance before Dec. 31. It's a deadline with practical and political implications. For the still-uninsured, failure to meet the deadline could translate into a loss of their personal exemption when they file their 2007 state income tax returns in April -- a $219 hit. For Mitt Romney the political hit could be far bigger. The specter of residents in his home state being penalized for not...
  • The HPV Vaccine: Government Mandates and Parental Rights

    11/01/2007 11:02:48 AM PDT · by vadum · 48 replies · 641+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | November 2007 | Jana Erwin
    Parents believe they have the right to decide what medical treatments are best for their children. But state lawmakers think otherwise because of a disease that has become both a feminist and a public health cause celebre. Across America lawmakers want to compel young girls to be inoculated against human papillomavirus (HPV) years before most become sexually active because there is a chance it can cause cervical cancer. Is replacing parental judgment with mandates by lawmakers and courts good for society?...... Legislators in at least 41 states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation to require, fund or educate...
  • Cato Scholar Comments on Hillary Clinton's Health Plan

    09/17/2007 4:09:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 382+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 17, 2007 | Michael D. Tanner
    Here we go again. HillaryCare is back, and its apparent that Sen. Clinton has learned little since the American people overwhelmingly rejected her last attempt to overhaul the U.S. health care system. Once again her plan, which would cost $110 billion per year in new taxes, calls for greater government control over American health care. If her plan were to pass this time, it would mean higher taxes, lost jobs, less patient choice, and poorer quality health care. Among the worst features of her proposal: An individual mandate. Sen. Clinton would require every American to purchase health insurance or face...
  • How minimum wage kills jobs

    06/08/2007 1:10:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 834+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 8, 2007 | Joseph Farah
    If you have any doubts government-mandated minimum-wage laws kill jobs for the poor rather than lift them out of poverty, just take a look at what is happening right now in American Samoa. The latest minimum-wage law passed by Congress calls specifically for hikes in the U.S. territory 50 cents a year annually until the continental rate of $7.25 is reached. This Washington-knows-best, one-size-fits-all approach is killing jobs in Samoa already just days after it was signed into law by President Bush last Friday. StarKist had planned to expand its tuna production next month by hiring some 200-300...
  • CA: School districts entitled to repayment for state mandates

    03/19/2007 6:49:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 259+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/19/07 | Juliet Williams - ap
    School districts and local governments are entitled to be repaid for the cost of running programs the state Legislature requires them to operate, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled in a decision published Monday. The California School Boards Association, the city of Newport Beach, Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego County and the counties of Fresno and Los Angeles sued the state over a bill passed in 2005. They objected because it allowed the state to avoid reimbursing school districts for the costs associated with operating state mandated-programs. In a ruling dated March 13 but published Monday,...
  • WSJ: Mental Health Nears 'Parity' -- Bill Would Require Similar Coverage To Physical Illness

    02/13/2007 6:10:37 AM PST · by OESY · 21 replies · 421+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2007 | JANE ZHANG
    A decision by major insurance and business groups to support legislation requiring health insurers to treat mental illnesses the same way as physical ailments could mean better mental-health coverage, at least for many who already receive it. A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of senators -- Pete Domenici (R., N.M.), Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.) and Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) -- doesn't mandate that group health plans cover mental illness. Instead, it requires that plans, if they cover both mental and physical illnesses, treat both with "parity," or similar benefits, such as deductibles, co-payments and treatment limitations. Employers with fewer...
  • State gas tax 'holiday' proposed (MN)

    05/09/2006 2:14:53 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 5 replies · 271+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-06 | PATRICK SWEENEY
    Four Republican legislators called today for a gas tax "holiday" that would cut gasoline prices in Minnesota by 20 cents a gallon from July through December. But the proposal is loaded down with conditions that might mean it never will become law. The plan is conditioned on House members, who already voted to provide about $317 million in property tax rebates and income tax relief for married couples, changing their minds and voting to provide the gas tax relief, instead. And, like the property tax rebates and income tax cuts for married people, the gas tax relief would also be...
  • WSJ: Snake Oil Additives - Do Congress's bidding, get sued. [

    07/26/2005 5:43:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 67 replies · 1,204+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 26, 2005 | Editorial
    Never say Congress isn't willing to accept blame -- as long as it can assign it to someone else. Having mandated the use of the fuel additive MTBE, the Members now want to shake down the companies foolish enough to have made the product. This is the real story behind the debate over MTBE, which has once again become the sticking point in the House-Senate conference over the energy bill. The House has passed modest liability protection for MTBE makers, while Senate Democrats are threatening a filibuster if there's any such thing in the final bill. If we're lucky, the...
  • WSJ: Cheaper Health Insurance - A little (Internet) competition can go a long way.

    07/25/2005 5:46:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 635+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | July 25, 2005 | Editorial
    Republicans haven't been getting much credit on the health policy front, despite their misguided 2003 drug entitlement masquerading as Medicare "reform." That could change soon. Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill that could dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured and spur general economic growth--all without costing a dime to the Treasury. The idea... is disarmingly simple: Allow Americans to buy health insurance from vendors in any one of the 50 states. Right now Americans who aren't lucky enough to get insurance from large employers or poor enough to qualify for Medicaid find themselves at...
  • EPA Clean Air rules take effect in East

    05/12/2005 9:46:14 AM PDT · by SierraWasp · 16 replies · 597+ views
    MarketWatch.com (by Dow Jones) ^ | 5/12/05 | Stephanie I. Cohen
    EPA Clean Air rules take effect in EastRule mandates cuts in emissions over next decade By Stephanie I. Cohen, MarketWatch Last Update: 12:19 PM ET May 12, 2005 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - New federal air rules took effect Thursday that require eastern states to reduce harmful emissions from coal-burning power plants that dirty the air of other states located "downwind" of the pollution sources. The Clean Air Interstate Rule, or CAIR rule, was published in the Federal Register Thursday, kicking off a timeline to clean up the air in 28 states and the District of Columbia by making permanent cuts in...
  • Courts undermine states' right to govern themselves - (behind our backs, this is going on!)

    05/02/2005 3:31:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 483+ views
    ALABAMA REGISTER.COM ^ | MAY 1, 2005 | GARY PALMER
    When the issue of judicial activism comes across the public screen, most people automatically think of judges who violate the Constitution by imposing their personal, ideological agendas on every citizen, regardless of the majority's beliefs or interests. But there is another form of judicial activism, one that Congress created, that has been displacing representative government at an alarming rate. This loss of self-rule has come in the form of mandates passed by Congress over the last three decades which drastically affect our state and local governments. In their recently published book, "Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run the...
  • Raging Against the anti-NCLB Propaganda Machine

    01/13/2005 9:13:15 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 300+ views
    CFP ^ | January 13, 2005 | Nancy Salvato
    Sometimes in order to see an issue with clarity, it must be framed in the proper context. Such is the case with Secretary of Education Rod Paiges decision to pay a pundit to promote a more "truthful" message about NCLB to combat the misinformation campaign led by the NEA. The attempts to discredit No Child Left Behind as an unfunded mandate with impossible demands made on the states has been swallowed hook, line, and sinker, as truth by the mainstream media and "Educrats". Yet, the misinformation floating around about NCLB ranks right up with the propaganda spewed out by the...