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  • ObamaCare mandate big on state ballots that also include gay marriage, marijuana

    11/04/2012 10:01:23 AM PST · by Libloather
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/12
    ObamaCare mandate big on state ballots that also include gay marriage, marijuanaPublished October 29, 2012 FoxNews.com Four states are continuing to fight against ObamaCare by including a ballot measure on Election Day that asks residents whether they want to block the mandate requiring Americans to have insurance under the new federal health-care law. Alabama, Florida, Montana and Wyoming will join 16 other states that have already passed laws or made changes to their constitutions to say they will not enforce the so-call “individual mandate” in the law. Missouri residents -- who in 2010 became the first to reject the mandate...
  • Conflict-of-interest concerns raised as Obama races to implement health reform

    11/04/2012 2:26:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/03/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Conflict-of-interest concerns raised as Obama races to implement health reformBy Alexander Bolton - 11/03/12 11:42 AM ET The Obama administration is relying heavily on outside contractors to implement a core component of healthcare reform as it races to set up a federal health insurance marketplace before 2014. The fast-approaching deadline gives the administration little time to scrutinize private-sector partners for conflicts of interest. The purchase of one of these contractors, Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), by UnitedHealth Group, a major healthcare conglomerate, has sparked concerns about a potentially uneven playing field. QSSI, a Maryland-based contractor, in January won a large...
  • Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes

    11/03/2012 3:14:55 PM PDT · by Jean S · 13 replies
    Congressman Jeff Duncan-SC ^ | Congressman Jeff Duncan-SC
    Full List of Obamacare Tax Hikes: Listed by Size of Tax Hike Complied by Americans for Tax ReformWASHINGTON, DC -- Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. Arranged by their respective sizes according to CBO scores, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, their effective dates, and where to find them in the bill.$123 Billion: Surtax on Investment Income (Takes effect Jan. 2013): A new, 3.8 percent surtax on investment income earned in households making at least $250,000 ($200,000 single). This would result in...
  • Is Obamacare the 21st century winner of the "America's Worst Idea" contest, or what? (EMAIL THIS!)

    11/03/2012 9:24:43 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 6 replies
    FreedomKeys.com ^ | 10/09/12 | various
    Okay, let's see if we got this straight ... Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of Obamacare we're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers 10 to 30 million more people without adding a single new doctor (even causing established doctors to quit), but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents to make sure you have enough health insurance (and fine you and audit you if you don't), more than 180 new government agencies including 33 new government committees to make decisions for us...
  • Five ways Obamacare will harm working Americans

    11/03/2012 8:09:54 AM PDT · by GoodDay · 10 replies
    The Foundry (from the Heritage Foundation) ^ | November 2, 2012 | Alyene Senger
    1. Two-thirds of American employees’ wages will decrease as employers deal with increasing costs. 2. Loss of existing insurance coverage. 3. Premiums in the individual market are set to skyrocket. 4. Full-time workers turned part-time to avoid the employer mandate. 5. The heavy burden of 18 taxes and penalties.
  • Scott Atlas on American Health Care

    11/03/2012 1:47:18 AM PDT · by GoodDay · 1 replies
    EconTalk (Library of Economics and Liberty) ^ | July 30, 2012 | Russ Roberts and Scott Atlas
    Scott Atlas, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and author of In Excellent Health, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the U.S. health care system. Atlas argues that the U.S. health care system is top-notch relative to other countries and that data that show otherwise rely on including factors unrelated to health care or on spurious definitions. For example, life expectancy in the United States is unexceptional. When you take out suicides and fatal car accidents, factors that Atlas argues are unrelated to the health care system, the United States has the longest life expectancy in the world....
  • Oklahoma Challenges Obama’s Illegal Employer Tax (Obamacare...resist we much)

    11/02/2012 7:45:01 PM PDT · by Kolath · 1 replies
    CATO ^ | 11/2/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Yesterday, the attorney general of Oklahoma amended that state’s ObamaCare lawsuit. The amended complaint asks a federal court to clarify the Supreme Court’s ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius, but it also challenges an IRS rule that imposes ObamaCare’s employer mandate where the statute does not authorize it: on employers in the 30 to 40 states that decline to implement a health insurance “exchange.”
  • UK Hospitals Paid To Put Patients on Death “Pathway”

    11/02/2012 11:56:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/1/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    Death panels on the march!  The Telegraph is reporting that UK hospitals are paid to put patients on the Liverpool Death Care Pathway. (The Pathway is supposed to sedate patients whose pain cannot otherwise be controlled. But serious charges have been made that it is actually sometimes used when not needed medically, in other words, as backdoor euthanasia, including of the non terminally ill.) From the story: Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The majority of NHS hospitals in...
  • ObamaCare could be back before the Supreme Court by next year

    11/02/2012 4:00:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/1/12 | Shannon Bream
    The ObamaCare regulation that will require employers to provide insurance coverage with access to a wide variety of contraception has prompted numerous lawsuits across the country challenging that mandate, and opponents are scoring key victories. The latest legal showdown came Thursday in a federal courtroom in Oklahoma, where the owners of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store tried to convince a federal judge to issue an injunction against the mandate, arguing that it would violate the owners' religious beliefs by requiring them to provide access to "abortion-causing drugs and devices." Though it could take days, even weeks, for Judge...
  • Tyranny of the Healthy

    11/01/2012 8:56:20 PM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 18 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | October 31, 2012 | Joseph Hippolito
    As he begins his commentary in the New York Times, a former Obama administration official offers a breathtaking suggestion for American health care. “We need death panels.” Having arrested his readers’ attention, Steven Rattner explains. “Well, not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.” Rattner, a former Treasury Department counselor who helped design the $82 billion bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, has extensive experience on Wall Street and in journalism — but none in medical practice...
  • Judge backs Catholic firm over contraception mandate

    11/01/2012 5:29:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/1/12 | Terry Baynes
    A Catholic-owned family business in Michigan does not have to comply with the provision of the new U.S. healthcare law that requires private employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers birth control, a federal judge in Detroit has ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland, in a ruling late Wednesday, temporarily blocked the government from forcing the owner of Weingartz Supply Company, which sells outdoor power equipment, to include contraception in its health coverage of employees. The ruling only affects the company's Catholic proprietor, Daniel Weingartz, and the approximately 170 people who work for him. But it opens the...
  • Akin to get $800,000 in ads from Now Or Never PAC

    11/01/2012 4:34:52 PM PDT · by Fred · 56 replies
    St Louis Business Journal ^ | 110112 | Greta Weiderman
    Now Or Never Political Action Committee will spend $800,000 on television ads for Republican Todd Akin, who is campaigning against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, The Hill reports. The group’s ad asks voters who “don’t agree with everything he says” to back Akin anyway, and it focuses on winning Senate control and defeating McCaskill. “In the Senate, Akin will vote for Romney’s policies to get Americans working again,” according to the ad. “Claire McCaskill would fight Romney every step of the way. To avoid Washington gridlock and get this country back to work, our best choice is Todd Akin.”
  • Justice Dept. OKs new arguments in healthcare lawsuit

    11/01/2012 1:26:21 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/1/12 | Sam Baker
    The Justice Department said it does not object to a new round of legal arguments over President Obama's healthcare law. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court late Wednesday, the Justice Department said the court should clear the way for a possible new hearing in the lawsuit filed by Liberty University. Although the Supreme Court has already ruled that the healthcare law's individual mandate is constitutional, Liberty has asked for a new hearing because it challenged the mandate on different grounds. A lower court declined to rule in Liberty's suit because it said the challenge was barred by the...
  • New Obamacare Tax Form Mandates Americans Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS

    11/01/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform.org ^ | November 1, 2012 1:09 PM EDT | Posted by Ryan Ellis and John Kartch
    Here's why the IRS will require Americans to disclose their personal health ID information starting in 2014 When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”. So why will the Obama IRS require...
  • NHS millions for controversial care pathway (Death Panels)

    11/01/2012 2:05:35 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | 31 Oct 2012 | John Bingham
    The majority of hospitals in England are being given financial rewards for placing terminally-ill patients on a controversial “pathway” to death, it can be disclosed. Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the full scale of financial inducements for the first time. They suggest that about 85 per cent of trusts have now adopted the regime, which can involve the removal of hydration and nutrition from...
  • Fuming Mad-Obamacare garbage (vanity)

    11/01/2012 6:22:19 AM PDT · by NoobRep · 14 replies
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    However, in August, 2011 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidelines to ensure women receive preventive health services at no additional cost to them. The guidelines require insurance plans to cover certain women’s preventive services at 100%. These new required Health Care Reform mandates added a significant increase to our health care plan. With this in mind, we would like to announce the following for 2013. Please use the information below as a check-off list when completing your open enrollment: HEALTH COVERAGE – BlueCross BlueShield remains the Health Plan provider for 2013. There are no...
  • Healthcare Cost Estimates Rise Under “Affordable” Care Act

    11/01/2012 3:12:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 10/31/2012 | Michael Tennant
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, contains the largest new entitlement since the Great Society in the form of health insurance subsidies. As anyone with even a modicum of historical knowledge would expect, that entitlement’s cost is already growing much faster than originally projected. In fact, even though the subsidies have not yet gone into effect, they are expected to cost almost 25 percent more than initial estimates from just two years ago. Furthermore, the subsidies’ price tag is likely to continue to rise as a result of increasing healthcare costs, a sluggish economy,...
  • The Case for Obama: Why He Is a Great President. Yes, Great.

    10/31/2012 3:49:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | October 31, 2012 | Jonathan Chait
    I decided to support Barack Obama pretty early in the Democratic primary, around spring of 2007. But unlike so many of his supporters, I never experienced a kind of emotional response to his candidacy. I never felt his election would change everything about American politics or government, that it would lead us out of the darkness. Nothing Obama did or said ever made me well up with tears. Possibly for that same reason, I have never felt even a bit of the crushing sense of disappointment that at various times has enveloped so many Obama voters. I supported Obama because...
  • Obamacare exempts millions -- prisoners, illegals, welfare recipients

    10/31/2012 10:42:30 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 31, 2012 | Paul Bedard (Washington Secrets)
    In just 14 months, Americans will be required to prove that they have federally "qualified" health insurance or face an Obamacare tax of $695 to $2,085. That is unless you are in prison, below the poverty line, or are an undocumented immigrant, according to the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform. When added together, those three groups total up to one-sixth of the nation's population of 314 million: 218,929 are in federal prisons, 12 million are illegals and 42 million are below the poverty line and eligible for welfare, though some fit into all three categories, according to federal reports....
  • An Open Letter To Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur

    06/30/2012 1:10:36 PM PDT · by rockrr · 18 replies
    Redstate ^ | June 30, 2012 | R. Clayton Strang
    Dear Mr. Chairman: On Thursday June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the monstrous legislation known as “Obamacare.” As I am sure you are aware, the Washington State Attorney General and a Republican candidate for Washington State Governor, Rob McKenna, has said that he opposes a repeal of any portion of the Affordable Care Act and is ready to implement it if elected Governor of Washington. This statement by a Republican candidate is both shocking and offensive. I had the honor and privilege of representing my congressional district as delegate to the 2012 WSRP Convention. As...