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  • Obamacare Will Become Reality: What Does it Mean for You? (Premiums Up and Up)

    11/13/2012 4:52:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 13, 2012 | Kevin Chupka
    Despite uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff and whether or not President Obama can make "compromise" a theme of his second term, one thing is for certain: the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as "Obamacare" is going to take effect. The lion's share of the law is to be implemented on January 1, 2014. The major tenets that will impact Americans include the individual mandate and the pre-existing conditions clause that will not allow insurers to refuse coverage to anyone, even if they are in poor health. ......................................................... And once the law actually goes into effect it's the pre-existing conditions...
  • Governor Bentley Announces Alabama Will Not Set Up State Insurance Exchange

    11/13/2012 4:47:11 PM PST · by Jemian · 34 replies
    Office of the Govenor ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Gov. Robert Bentley
    MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced that Alabama will not set up a state insurance exchange under the federal health care law. “I am not going to set up a state-based exchange that will create a tax burden of up to $50 million on the people of Alabama. As governor, I cannot support adding such a tax burden onto our citizens,” Governor Bentley said. “The Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor does it actually improve health care. Congress and the President have said they want to work together to solve the fiscal crisis facing this country, and...
  • The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True

    11/13/2012 1:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: A bunch of CEOs are in Washington. These people are beside themselves. They're having to hire outside consultants to pore through the Obamacare legislation and advise them, tell them what they have to do to comply. And they are asking for some kind of relief. You've got John Schnatter at Papa John's pizza, the Applebee's people and a number of other restaurant chains are saying, "We have no choice." If they're gonna keep our products priced where they are, which is the price they've all determined is the most sensible for profit stability and affordability for customers,...
  • The Obamacare Nightmare Comes True (cost to businesses)

    11/13/2012 1:46:53 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A bunch of CEOs are in Washington. These people are beside themselves. They're having to hire outside consultants to pore through the Obamacare legislation and advise them, tell them what they have to do to comply. And they are asking for some kind of relief. You've got John Schnatter at Papa John's pizza, the Applebee's people and a number of other restaurant chains are saying, "We have no choice." If they're gonna keep our products priced where they are, which is the price they've all determined is the most sensible for profit stability and affordability for customers, they're gonna...
  • (Florida) State Republicans may be more open to Obamacare

    11/13/2012 12:17:00 PM PST · by rarestia · 19 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Troy Kinsey
    It appears Florida will adopt part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, better known as "Obamacare," after all. Gov. Rick Scott had opposed implementing the plan but now, it looks like he is ready to accept at least part of it. For months now, Scott and some fellow Republicans in the legislature have been pledging to defeat Obamacare. At the same time, those lawmakers haven't started any processes to implement health care reform in Florida. Scott now says, "It's not enough to say no to Obamacare." On Tuesday, incoming House Speaker Rep. Will Weatherford (R) will hold a news conference about...
  • Glens Falls Hospital announces layoff

    11/13/2012 11:24:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Glens Falls Post-Star ^ | November 13, 2012
    Glens Falls Hospital announced Tuesday morning it is eliminating 29 jobs and reducing five other employees to part-time status, as part of a cost-reduction program being blamed on “declining reimbursement levels and other economic challenges.” “We deeply regret the pain and anguish this difficult decision will cause for so many of our co-workers, but sustaining the fiscal health of Glens Falls Hospital so it can and will continue to ensure quality health care for the southeastern Adirondack region is our paramount responsibility,” said Glens Falls Hospital President and CEO David Kruczlnicki, in a prepared statement. Tuesday’s announcement comes less than...
  • Beware: ObamaCare’s now reality

    11/13/2012 10:32:33 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2012 | BETSY McCAUGHEY
    President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in the US Senate end any possibility of repealing the Obama health law. It will roll out as written, imposing major changes soon on you and your family. If you are uninsured because you can’t afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead.If you get your health insurance through a job, you might lose it as of Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the new “employer mandate” kicks in, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time workers to...
  • Applebees Layoffs Sparked by Obamacare

    11/12/2012 4:39:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Food Beat ^ | November 12, 2012 @ 1:07 pm | Angela Ayles
    Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel hinted yesterday that the company will be likely be laying off several employees and will refrain from hiring more due to President Obama’s re-election and the roll-out of Obamacare. For those of you unaware of Obamacare, it a new initiative put forth by the President which requires any employer with 50 or more employees to provide federal government-approved health care for its employees. If a company fails to do so, it will pay a $2,000 fine per person. Tankel released the following statement to Fox News: “We’ve calculated it will cost some millions of dollars across...
  • Will non-cooperation of multiple states’ be too much for ObamaCare?

    11/12/2012 4:45:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The answer, of course, is an emphatic yes, since by its very nature, ObamaCare is too much for ObamaCare, but individual states' freedom to opt out of designing their own state-specific health insurance exchanges is turning out to be yet another flaw in the oh-so-masterful plan.Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the government is extending the deadline by which states must submit their blueprints for their exchanges, meant to be tools with which consumers can shop around for insurance options, but all states must still indicate whether they're planning on doing it themselves, forging a...
  • Small Business Owner on Obamacare: Every Restaurant You Eat At Is Impacted Negatively (vid)

    11/12/2012 3:20:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/12/12 | Fox
    Small business owner Judy Nichols, a Papa John's franchise owner, told FOX and Friends today that she will be forced to cut her staffing or pay an Obamacare fine of $40,000 that she cannot afford. Nichols says, "Every restaurant you eat at is impacted negatively by the new health care law."
  • Kroger to Slash Hourly Workers to Avoid Obamacare Penalties

    11/12/2012 12:05:46 PM PST · by tobyhill · 176 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11/4/2012 | Doug Ross
    Operative Faith reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Durden Restaurants and slash the hours of its non-exempt (hourly) workers to avoid millions in Obamacare penalties. To give you a sense of Kroger’s size and importance, its sales last year were $90 billion and it employs nearly 350,000 people. Most of its jobs are hourly and the vast majority of workers are neither millionaires or billionaires. Faith is a mid-level manager at Kroger and reports the dire news: Last week we found out that, beginning in January, any employee who is not full-time at that point,will be limited...
  • ObamaCare and using the 14th Amendment as Toilet Paper

    11/12/2012 8:57:31 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://patriotpost.us ^ | November 7, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the objections to ObamaCare, one that has not gotten as much attention as it should is the president's power to waive the law for any company, union or other enterprise he chooses. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for "equal protection of the laws" for all Americans. To have a law that can cost an organization millions of dollars a year either apply or not apply, depending on the whim or political interest of the President of the United States, is to make a mockery of the rule of law. How secure is any freedom when there is...
  • Budget cutters target ObamaCare subsidies as fiscal cliff approaches? (Subsidies $90,000 earners?)

    11/12/2012 8:51:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    We are less than 50 days away from the fiscal cliff, and Congress returns to Washington today with a mission to avoid a fiscal and economic crisis that would easily spin the country into a new recession. Peter Ferrara blasts Obamanomics in general at Forbes today, but also explains the stakes involved for the lame-duck session: Last year I wrote a short book for Encounter called “Obama and the Crash of 2013.” I predicted then that Obama’s policies of increased top tax rates for nearly all major federal taxes, soaring new regulatory burdens, and loose, cheap dollar monetary policies, would...
  • With Obamacare now a reality, employers choose strategies

    11/12/2012 8:01:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/12/2012 | KARA SPAK
    Obamacare’s coming. Love it or hate it, President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday cleared the last major hurdle toward implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Businesses are being forced to take a fast and hard look at how to handle the shift in health-care benefits and potential costs that are part of the law that goes fully into effect in 14 months. “This is here to stay,” said J.D. Piro, a senior vice president at Aon Hewitt who leads the company’s health law consulting group. “I’ve been saying for a couple of years this is by and large an...
  • Death spiral: Hours cut, workers pushed to part-time due to Obamacare; ‘They keep cutting my hours’

    11/12/2012 4:23:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 64 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | november 11, 2012
    As Twitchy has been reporting, the layoff bomb has detonated. Many companies, both large and small, have been forced to lay off workers due to President Obama’s re-election. With no hope of Obamacare being repealed, they are now forced to lay off employees in order to stay in business. But it’s not just layoffs. Some companies are also contemplating cutting hours. Sadly, many companies have already done so. Part-time is the new full-time in Obamaville. This doesn’t just hurt the workers, who now have to try to live on a far more meager salary. It hurts the country as a...
  • CEO of Papa John's says employees' hours will likely be cut due to ObamaCare (GOOD!)

    11/11/2012 7:11:37 PM PST · by tobyhill · 47 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/11/2012 | fox news
    The CEO of popular pizza chain Papa John's says his employees may face reduced hours and he expects his business costs to rise because President Obama's re-election most likely insures the president's health care reform law will be implemented in full. NaplesNews.com reports John Schnatter made the remarks to a small group at Edison State College's Collier County campus the day after the election. Schnatter, who supported Mitt Romney in the election, said all Americans having health insurance under ObamaCare is a good, but estimates the change will cost Papa John's $5 million to $8 million annually. Schnatter estimated that...
  • If push comes to shove, will Rush, other wealthy conservative, buy Obama approved health insurance?

    11/11/2012 7:41:36 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 115 replies
    Almost four years ago Rush had chest pains during a vacation in Hawaii. He received the best possible care, and all turned out well. He revealed that he does not have health insurance and pays out of pocket, negotiating the best rate. Will Rush take this opportunity to be the civil rights leader of the 21st century and engage in civil disobedience? Will he tell Pharaoh Obama to let his people go!
  • Applebee’s CEO Announces Hiring Freeze And Layoffs Over Obamacare, Boycott Threatened

    11/11/2012 1:41:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | November 11, 2012 | H. Scott English
    The CEO of a huge New York Applebees franchise decided to join fellow fast food CEO John Shattner of Papa John’s in saying that he will layoff workers and stop hiring new ones if the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is implemented. Applebees franchise owner Zane Tankel, announced his plans almost immediately after President Obama’s reelection. The Twitterverse immediately went crazy with plans for boycotts. One tweet read: “So far I’ve seen Papa John’s and Applebees threatening to fire people since their choice didn’t win the election. Disgusting on either side.” Others said: “BOYCOTT APPLEBEES NOW.” “Add @Applebees...
  • The Obamacare Layoffs Begin...

    11/11/2012 8:24:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/12 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Obamacare Layoffs Begin...By Jillian Kay Melchior November 9, 2012 12:25 P.M. The Obama health-care law’s adverse effects on employment are no secret. But it’s one thing to look at the economics, and it’s quite another to hear it firsthand from a small-business owner who’s being forced into an untenable position. Yesterday, a Las Vegas business owner fired 22 of his 144 employees, phoning in anonymously to a local radio host and explaining how the decision was directly caused by President Obama’s reelection. The interview is articulate and nuanced, worth listening to in its entirety. But here’s the jist of...
  • Is The 29 Hour Work Week Coming As Employers Seek To Escape The Obamacare Mandate?

    11/11/2012 8:03:51 AM PST · by Renfield · 70 replies
    CNS news ^ | 11-9-2012 | Craig Bannister
    Businesses with 50 or more employees who average at least 30 hours of work a week will be subject to the Obamacare insurance coverage mandate. Companies are reportedly planning large layoffs due to the implementation of Obamacare. But, companies can potentially avoid being subject to Obamacare's insurance requirements by limiting employees’ weekly hours to less than the 30 hour level defined by Obamacare as “full-time.” A little-known section in the ObamaCare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of...
  • TARP as Congressional Failure [how to lose the ObamaTARP vote]

    11/11/2012 7:54:55 AM PST · by palmer
    CATO ^ | February 4, 2010 | John Samples
    ...Congress did a poor job of deliberating regarding EESA. Its leadership deferred to leaders of the executive branch and failed to show a seemly skepticism about the bailout. In the end, Congress resorted to less seemly methods to pass the law. After the initial rejection of EESA, congressional leaders purchased the necessary votes for passage by offering funding for projects favored by members who had voted “no” earlier. In other words, the leaders bought the passage of EESA by wasting perhaps $150 billion on what were essentially bribes.56 Vote-buying, not deliberation, brought victory on October 3.... ...The first vote taken...
  • Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance bills (First find list of IRS-approved expenses)

    11/11/2012 7:15:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Day ^ | 11/11/12 | MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS
    Seven ways to save on 2013 health insurance billsBy MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS Sun Sentinel Updated 11/11/2012 12:15 AM **SNIP** • Set pre-tax dollars aside. Use a flexible spending account either from your employer or a third party, such as a bank, to deposit money to cover health costs not covered by insurance. Find the list of IRS-approved expenses on your health insurer's website. Note that contributions in 2013 for flexible spending accounts have been lowered to $2,500 in 2013, but Byers said she doesn't think it will affect most people. "I don't see many people using the full $5,000," she...
  • Did the Election Save ObamaCare?

    11/11/2012 6:51:49 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 31 replies
    RealityBatsLast.com ^ | November 10, 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    In an imaginary world, government does things efficiently and economically. In that world, you would want government to provide health care. In the real world, politicians cobbled together a monstrous piece of legislation called Obamacare, with a structure that cannot possibly be efficient or economical. John C. Goodman at Townhall.com has a superb analysis of what Obamacare will do when reality comes up to bat. If you read this at the source, you will see links to other supporting information. John Goodman: The morning after Tuesday’s vote, there is one thing every commentator agreed on. The election of Barack Obama...
  • ’13 health premium will top $2,000

    11/11/2012 4:37:28 AM PST · by gotribe · 60 replies
    Dispatch.com ^ | 11/11/2012 | Ben Sutherly
    As local employees sign up for their 2013 benefits, many are learning that they’ll lose a bigger chunk of their paychecks to health-care costs. For the first time, central Ohio employers will deduct, on average, more than $2,000 from their workers’ paychecks next year to help pay ever-pricier health-care premiums, according to a recent survey by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. The survey included 113 employers in the Columbus area that represent 79,000 employees. Cost-shifting is just one way that employers have long tried to handle higher health-care costs. Local health-benefit experts say they’re seeing several other strategies emerge, too. For...
  • Obamacare vs. Jobs: The law discourages the hiring of full-time employees

    11/11/2012 3:43:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | November 8, 2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Job seekers will soon have a harder time finding full-time work, thanks to Obamacare. As of 2014, the law will attempt to force employers to provide insurance — but in doing so, it will have the unintended effect of making part-time employees more desirable than full-timers. That’s because if a business with more than 49 full-time employees fails to offer insurance coverage, it will be required to pay a fine. And the fine will apply starting not with the 50th employee, but with the 31st. At $2,000 per employee after the first 30, these fines add up fast. A business...
  • States Can Shut Down ObamaCare's Big Spending Plans (CATO)

    11/10/2012 8:24:54 PM PST · by Kolath · 36 replies
    CATO ^ | 08/01/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Contrary to popular myth, states are under no obligation to expand Medicaid or create a health insurance exchange, and they should refuse to do either. That from Michael F. Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. He argues that the costs to the private sector will be significant if states agree to create exchanges.
  • Applebee’s targeted after franchisee mulls hiring freeze in response to Obamacare

    11/10/2012 7:23:07 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 106 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/10/12 | staff
    From the Twitchy staff:
  • Health-Care Law Spurs a Shift to Part-Time Workers

    11/10/2012 2:58:24 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 4, 2012 | JULIE JARGON, LOUISE RADNOFSKY and ALEXANDRA BERZON
    Some low-wage employers are moving toward hiring part-time workers instead of full-time ones to mitigate the health-care overhaul's requirement that large companies provide health insurance for full-time workers or pay a fee.Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week. That is the threshold at which large employers in 2014 would have to offer workers a minimum level of insurance or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 for each worker. Pillar Hotels & Resorts this summer began to focus more on hiring part-time workers among its 5,500...
  • This is the Way “Forward” – Gov. Scott Nixes ObamaCare Healthcare Exchanges [YES!]

    11/10/2012 1:50:30 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Shark-Tank.net ^ | 11/9/12 | Lone Shark
    There’s one path “forward” for Republicans if they’re serious about reclaiming power in the future- do not capitulate to the failed ideas and destructive economic policies that President Barack Obama will assuredly quadruple down on in the wake of his re-election. It’s one thing to win an election by misleading and bribing the masses, but let me be clear, as Obama would say- in no way, shape or form did the president win a national debate on the merits of his policies- and his policies, when they are fully implemented will undoubtedly cost us jobs, raise our taxes and further...
  • Obama says deficit plan must include higher taxes for wealthy (OK! Bush Tax Cuts will expire)

    11/10/2012 6:04:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    the hill ^ | 11/9/2012 | By Amie Parnes and Russell Berman
    President Obama called on Congress on Friday to reduce the deficit in “a balanced and responsible way” in his first public remarks since winning reelection. The president said Congress should extend the current tax rates for 98 percent of Americans, but raise taxes on households with annual income of more than $250,000. Obama did not talk about higher tax rates in his speech, but said he would not accept a deal that cut spending and entitlements but did not ask wealthier households to pay more taxes. “If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with...
  • Boehner Capitulates: ‘Obamacare is the Law of the Land’

    11/10/2012 6:19:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 237 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 9, 2012 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) -- Although the Republican-dominant House of Representatives controls the federal purse strings, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Tuesday’s election victory by President Barack Obama changed how he will approach the GOP goal of repealing the health reform law, saying that the president’s reelection made it “the law of the land.” “Well, I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected. Obamacare is the law of the land,” Boehner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview Thursday when asked if the House GOP would still make repeal its mission. However, Boehner also...
  • John Schnatter Papa John's CEO: Obamacare likely to raise costs, employee's hours being cut

    11/10/2012 12:23:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    WPTV-TV ^ | November 8, 2012 | Jessica Lipscomb
    A day after Barack Obama earned a second term in the White House, Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter said the president's signature health-care reform law would increase his business costs and possibly result in employees' hours being cut. Schnatter, a part-time Naples resident, made the comments Wednesday night inside a small auditorium at Edison State College's Collier County campus. In August, he made national headlines after telling shareholders the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — would result in a 10- to 14-cent increase for customers buying a pizza. "I got in a bunch of trouble...
  • POLL: Was the election won lawfully or by way of fraud?

    11/09/2012 6:17:13 PM PST · by This Just In · 166 replies
    November 9, 2012 | This Just In
    Do you believe that some of the election victories were won legally or by way of fraud? What are the reasons for your opinion?
  • Operating an ObamaCare ‘Exchange’ Would Violate Ohio’s Constitution

    11/09/2012 4:55:52 PM PST · by Kolath · 17 replies
    CATO ^ | 11-9-2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Unconfirmed reports indicate Ohio officials are considering implementation of an ObamaCare health insurance “exchange.” That would be very interesting if true, because operating an ObamaCare exchange would violate the state’s constitution. Section 21 of the Ohio Constitution provides: No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system… “Compel” includes the levying of penalties or fines.
  • What power outages post Sandy teach us about government takeover of Health Care

    11/09/2012 4:40:10 PM PST · by CriticalThinking · 2 replies
    4yourcountry ^ | 11/9/12 | 4yourcountry
    Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the North East power infrastructure. Customers wonder "Why weren't the utilities ready". Angry customers want all infrastructure underground. Governors want answers. Why are the utilities so bad? And how does this relate to the affordable care act?
  • PICKET: Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality

    11/09/2012 9:45:44 AM PST · by MissesBush · 18 replies
    Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying off employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law: Welch Allyn Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law. Dana Holding Corp. As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing...
  • Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality

    11/09/2012 8:58:44 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/9/12 | Kerry Picket
    Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying of employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law: Welch Allyn Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law. Dana Holding Corp. As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing...
  • RESPONSE TO CHARITABLE REQUESTS FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS

    11/09/2012 8:00:06 AM PST · by SMARTY · 72 replies
    11-9-12 | Me
    In the future, when I receive requests in the mail from organizations who want a donation, I will return the following note to them in their OWN postage paid envelope: Sir: The US government has hired people to take my money from me FOR you. As a result, it is impossible for me to continue contributions to charities of MY choice. If you need assistance, I suggest you contact the people the government has hired on your behalf. Thank you.
  • (Medical) Device tax may change as 'fiscal cliff' approaches

    11/09/2012 7:54:21 AM PST · by Rio · 30 replies
    Plastics Today ^ | 11/8/2012 | Doug Smock
    The excise tax on medical devices, a controversial part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, is now evolving from a medical reform issue to a tax reform issue. In a press conference in Boston last month, AdvaMed CEO Stephen J. Ubl said the group will seek to dramatically change the tax as part of the tax reform negotiations taking place to avert the "fiscal cliff" scheduled to occur when the Budget Control Act of 2011 goes into effect. Even if the tax cannot be totally undone, it's hoped within the industry that some of its most onerous provisions could...
  • Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable. Now is not the time to go wobbly.

    11/09/2012 7:10:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no. State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement...
  • John Boehner Says Obamacare 'Law Of The Land': VIDEO

    11/08/2012 8:10:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Towleroad ^ | November 8, 2012 | Andrew Belonsky
    House Speaker John Boehner wouldn't go so far as to say that he and his Republican colleagues won't waste time trying to overturn President Obama's healthcare law, but the Representative did tell ABC News' Diane Sawyer that the signature legislation is "the law of the land." "It's pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land," he said, before adding, "I think there are parts of the healthcare law that are gonna be very difficult to implement. And very expensive." Asked, "You won't be spending the time next year trying to repeal Obamacare?" Boehner responded,...
  • Brownback says he won’t support state-federal health insurance exchange

    11/08/2012 4:33:46 PM PST · by Kansas58 · 38 replies
    Wichita Business Journal ^ | 11/08/2012 | Emily Behlmann
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he won’t support Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s grant application to create a state-federal partnership health insurance exchange. The exchange is an online marketplace where individuals can by health insurance policies. A partnership is one of three choices for states under the federal health reform law. States could also choose to establish their own exchanges or let the federal government do it for them.
  • Jon Lovitz: ‘I can’t wait to go to a hospital run by the DMV!’; Says friends are planning layoffs

    11/08/2012 4:07:56 PM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | november 8, 2012
    Post-election snark from comedian Jon Lovitz? Unlike the Nobel Prize, President Obama did earn that. The disgruntled Dem and frequent Obama critic isn’t looking “Forward!” to dangerously long waits for medical care. And like many Americans, Lovitz is concerned about the devastating impact of Obamacare on business owners and their employees.
  • Boehner: ‘Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land’

    11/08/2012 2:46:03 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 206 replies
    As ABC News reports, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed that the House GOP will no longer attempt to repeal Obamacare. When asked about the future of the health care reform law, Boehner said “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
  • Romney Adviser Blames Bad Messaging

    11/08/2012 11:25:45 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 57 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 07 Nov 2012
    Romney Adviser: It Was the Messaging By Robert Costa | November 7, 2012 Boston — A Romney adviser partly blames last night’s defeat on a weak message. “Turnout was the big problem, since we didn’t get all of McCain’s voters to the polls, but we really should have been talking more about Benghazi and Obamacare,” an adviser says, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Those are major issues and Romney rarely mentioned them in the final days.” The adviser expects Stuart Stevens, Romney’s chief strategist, to bear the brunt of the blame, but not all of it. “There is a...
  • Half of America celebrates but the rest of us know the plagues Obamacare will bring us on Jan.1

    11/08/2012 9:46:32 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 26 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Those who are “whooping it up” over Barack Obama and his Party’s victory won’t care about this list of taxes and other plagues that will be forced on us by Obamacare come next January. Some are blissfully ignorant of what is coming; others have always been content to be surfs and still others know all this and don’t give a damn – they like hanging out and drinking beer in the park. Nevertheless, those who voted for Barack Obama still work and have a real life have big surprises coming their way. The most serious plague of re-electing Barack Obama...
  • Just raised my prices to my customers (vanity)

    11/08/2012 9:35:51 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 22 replies
    my website | 11/8/12 | rev911
    no link- i dont want to be accused of pimping my stuffJust raised my prices on my local business product - cited Obamacare, taxes and regulations
  • What happens if I opt out?

    11/08/2012 9:09:59 AM PST · by YankeeinOkieville · 51 replies
    vanity
    It is time to renew benefits for 2013 at my place of employment - a fortune 100 company. I've been waiting for the election to be over to see which way the winds of misfortune blow before deciding to continue with my current health care plan or just let the government take care of me. Now that it looks like Obamacare will be the tax law of the land, can anyone tell me what penalty will be imposed and who would collect it if I opt out of my company's health insurance? Are others thinking of doing this? I know...
  • Elections are over... time to celebrate? -a note to my Obama-lovin' children

    11/07/2012 11:29:01 PM PST · by whiterhino · 31 replies
    Multiple sources
    Here's an email I sent to my kids in school who love you know who... Well the elections are over and the winner is Obama. He's popular, he's cool, he's black (as long as being 50% white, 45.35% arabic, and 4.65% African is "black"), and you like his social issues maybe (another topic for another time), but if you really care about YOUR future as much as I do about you... just for a moment.. read on: Obama won, but Obama might be the only winner yesterday... Instead of winning, You and I will get to experience continued rising energy...
  • Business Owners Readying for Obamacare (Prices increasing, worker's hours being reduced)

    11/07/2012 6:40:09 PM PST · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/7/2012 | By Kate Rogers
    One layer of uncertainty was removed for small-business owners Tuesday, when President Obama was reelected to a second term. While issues like the fiscal cliff and potential new regulations are still unresolved, the small-business community now knows the Affordable Care Act will stand, and tax increases for those making above $250,000 annually are likely. Upon hearing the election results, Craig Dunaway called a meeting of his 75 franchisees to assure them as best he could about what their future holds. Cincinnati, Ohio-based Dunaway is the president of Penn Station East Coast Subs and the owner of 14 Penn Station restaurants....