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  • Surprise! Jobless Claims Up 78,000 Week After Election; PA, OH Worst Hit

    11/15/2012 9:57:03 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Big Government ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000. Over the past year, and in the weeks leading up to the election, jobless claims were said to be declining, dipping as low as 339,000, with the media proclaiming that they had reached the "lowest level in more than four years." Now, suddenly, the news seems far less rosy. From the Department of Labor press release this morning: In the week ending November 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims...
  • New Lyrics to "Proud to Be an American" By Lee Greenwood

    11/15/2012 9:28:34 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 13 replies
    I made up a song parody for Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" that I think is fitting; edits welcome.
  • ABC News: Hey, This Doctor Shortage Could "Crash" Obamacare

    11/15/2012 8:43:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 122 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/15/2012 | Guy Benson
    Just in case the unaffordable price tag and rising costs don't quite do the trick, America's spiraling dearth of doctors will contribute heavily to the collapse of our re-engineered health care system, according to a new study:   The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found. The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act -- a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans. "The health care consumer that values...
  • The Obamacare Debacle. It's Certain Failure is all too Predictable.

    11/15/2012 7:02:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2012 | Michael Tanner
    If one wanted to sum up the consequences of the entire 2012 election in a single issue, look no farther than Obamacare. The new health-care law is generally regarded as the signature achievement of the presidents first term. Its certainly emblematic of Obamas entire approach to government and what we can expect from his second-term initiatives. The president promised a great deal of benefits from health-care reform: lower premiums, better care, universal coverage. He reassured Americans: If you had health insurance, and you liked it, you could keep it. The bills gross ten-year cost would be less than $1 trillion,...
  • Denny's to charge 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation

    11/15/2012 6:19:04 AM PST · by crosshairs · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/12 | James Nye
    President Obama's election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring. Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny's and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers' bills and will reduce his employees' hours. With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is 'the only alternative. I've got to pass...
  • Stryker Corp. layoff plans strike chords of political and economic concern

    11/15/2012 1:11:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    MLive.com ^ | Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 10:33 AM | Al Jones
    Stryker Corp.s plans to lay off about 5 percent of its worldwide staff to cut costsa move announced by the medical products company last Thursdayhave some worried about the spin-off effect it may have in the community. It seems to be an even bigger concern, however, to some from the political standpoint. They are squarely blaming the new Medical Device Excise Tax and the Obama administration for the Kalamazoo-based company's decision.
  • Doctor Shortage Could Cause Health Care Crash

    11/15/2012 12:55:40 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 13, 2012 | Nisha Nathan
    The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found. The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans. "The health care consumer that values the relationship with a personal physician, particularly in areas already struggling with access to primary care physicians should be aware of potential access challenges that they may face in the future if the production of primary care physicians...
  • Obama Donor's Corporation Lays Off Employees Due to ObamaCare

    11/14/2012 10:37:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 13, 2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Stryker Corporation has announced that it will close its facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs next month. It will also counter the medical device tax in Obamacare by eliminating 5% of their global workforce, an estimated 1,170 positions. Jon Stryker is heir to the Stryker Corporation, one of the largest medical device and equipment manufacturers in the world. Strykers grandfather was the surgeon who invented the mobile hospital bed. The company now sells $8.3 billion worth of hospital beds, artificial joints, medical cameras, and medical software every year. Stryker, a member of the Forbes 400 list, was...
  • The lessons of 2012 may not be what Operation Demoralize says

    11/14/2012 9:00:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 14, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Operation Demoralize, the attempt to convince you that conservatism is dead, that you live in a media cocoon, that you are incapable of learning, and that your pundits lied to you, is dominating the media. But are the quick and easy answers just say Yes to illegal immigration, higher taxes, creeping socialism based on the reality of why the election was lost? Someone clearly outside the supposed conservative media complex suggests that the reasons being peddled for the loss are not accurate, or at least not the full story. Andrew Kohut, head of the Pew Research Center, writes...
  • As Dennys franchisee preps Obamacare surcharge, liberals promise another boycott

    11/14/2012 7:09:33 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 65 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Nov 14, 2012 | twitchy staff
    If you’re in Florida and planning to join in on the Papa John’s “buycott” scheduled for this Friday, you might want to save some room for dessert and hit Denny’s afterward. A West Palm Beach restaurant owner is the latest target of a boycott campaign after floating the idea of adding a 5 percent “Obamacare surcharge” to customer checks starting in 2014. Franchisor John Metz told the Huffington Post that “although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.” In August, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter...
  • Update: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to cut 950 jobs

    11/14/2012 4:09:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WINSTON-SALEM Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will lay off 76 employees this week and cut a total of 950 jobs by the end of next June, the center's chief executive said today. Dr. John McConnell said most of the cuts are administrative positions, but some faculty members could lose their jobs due to cuts in federal research funding. He also said 2012-13 revenue is being affected by "deep cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments, which constitute nearly half of our health-care reimbursements."(continued)
  • Vanity: On Twitter #DONOTIMPLEMENTOBAMACARE

    11/14/2012 3:24:00 PM PST · by Kolath · 5 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/14/2012 | Twitter
    There is a viral campaign to contact all republican governors by this Fri., 11/16/12, with this message: Twitter hashtag #DONOTIMPLEMENTOBAMACARE
  • A well thought out response by a man pointing out what Obamacare truly is!

    11/14/2012 2:50:07 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 8 replies
    A well thought out response by a man pointing out what Obamacare truly is. Spread the word!!!! EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY ISN'T PRESIDENT WE WILL REPEAL THIS LAW!!!!!! (J) Free Home for any who will take it I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the successful passing of the recent health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued: They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man exclaim, Isnt Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he...
  • Obamacare has more chinks in its armor than a turtle without a shell

    11/14/2012 2:07:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    CCHC ^ | 11-14-12 | twila brase
    Obamacare has more chinks in its armor than a turtle without a shell. As a result, state governors and legislators can inflict great damage. The following amazing chink was discussed by a Goldwater Institute attorney during a Tennessee-based webinar on Monday . It's only 10 lines long in the 950-page version of the law: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program...
  • Catholic bishops pledge defiance on HHS mandate

    11/14/2012 12:04:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama's favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB's unity yesterday had to be a bit disappointing. The current president of the USCCB announced that the bishops would keep fighting the mandate, and while they were open to dialogue, the only option they will refuse to consider is "capitulation": A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide...
  • Papa Johns From anti-Rush lefty hero to anti-Obamacare lefty zero

    11/14/2012 11:18:34 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 10 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 11/14/12 | Bryan Jacoutot
    It has been one week since the reelection of Barack Obama and the reality of Obamacares permanence in the American landscape is beginning to set in for many business owners. Papa Johns founder and CEO, John Schnatter made headlines last week along with a slew of other companies when he announced some changes that would likely occur as Obamacare continues to be implemented. Schnatter commented that many of his companys franchise owners will have to cut employees hours in order to avoid falling under Obamacares coverage requirements, and stay fiscally sound. Thats probably whats going to happen, he said according...
  • Papa Johns From anti-Rush lefty hero to anti-Obamacare lefty zero

    11/14/2012 11:18:34 AM PST · by GSWarrior
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 11/14/12 | Bryan Jacoutot
    It has been one week since the reelection of Barack Obama and the reality of Obamacares permanence in the American landscape is beginning to set in for many business owners. Papa Johns founder and CEO, John Schnatter made headlines last week along with a slew of other companies when he announced some changes that would likely occur as Obamacare continues to be implemented. Schnatter commented that many of his companys franchise owners will have to cut employees hours in order to avoid falling under Obamacares coverage requirements, and stay fiscally sound. Thats probably whats going to happen, he said according...
  • Poll: Fewer Americans Now Support Obamacare Repeal

    11/14/2012 7:30:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/13/2012 | Z. Byron Wolf
    A record low number of American voters want to see the Affordable Care Act Obamacare repealed, according to a new post-election poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Obamacare was not the top issue driving American to vote, although nearly seven in 10 Americans cited it as a major factor in their decision choosing between the candidates, according to Kaiser. Voters who listed Obamacare as a major factor were evenly split between Republican Mitt Romney, 47 percent, and President Obama, 46 percent. But only 33 percent of Americans now want to see the law repealed. Romney had pledged...
  • FR-er CPA's, Tax Pro's, what is up w/ your practice Pre-Fiscal Cliff, and Obamacare?

    11/14/2012 6:48:55 AM PST · by taildragger · 8 replies
    n/a | 11/14/2012 | taildragger
    TO Fr-er CPA's and Tax-Pro'sWhat are you experiencing and seeing with....* The Fiscal Cliff* Obamacare implementation.* A budget deal or lack thereof,* How it effects your practice and clients.I am hearing that their is a bit of concern in the real world....
  • ALG Urges Governor Snyder Not To Implement Obamacare Exchange (Michigan)

    11/14/2012 4:22:38 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 17 replies
    BroadcastEverywhere,com ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Press Release
    Nov. 13, 2012, Fairfax, VAAmericans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today urged Governor Rick Snyder not to implement a state-run health insurance exchange under Obamacare. In his letter, Wilson wrote that the governor hold[s] the fate of President Obamas Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in your hands, noting that if the exchange is not implemented by Snyder, employers in the state will be protected from the laws employer mandate. Without the cost burdens imposed by the state exchange, your employers will enjoy a significant competitive advantage over their competitors in states which have exchanges, Wilson wrote. The...
  • Gov. Rick Scott wants to talk health care exchanges [Betrayal, Delay Tactic, or Realism?]

    11/14/2012 4:45:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | November 14, 2012
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it's time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama. "The election is over and President Obama won," Scott said. "I'm responsible for the families of Florida. If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes."
  • Is Obamacare too much work for the Obama administration?

    11/14/2012 4:06:32 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sarah Kliff
    By the end of this week, states must decide whether they will build a health-insurance exchange or leave the task to the federal government. The question is, withas many as17 statesexpected to leave it to the feds, can the Obama administration handle the workload. These are systems that typically take two or three years to build, says Kevin Walsh, managing director of insurance exchange services at Xerox. The last time I looked at the calendar, thats not what were working with.When Walsh meets with state officials deciding whether to build a health exchange, he brings a chart. It outlines how...
  • Unconfirmed reports of McAfee laying off 2000 workers (TX)

    11/13/2012 8:15:24 PM PST · by praytell · 33 replies
    I umpire for a softball association in North Texas and I happened to be umpiring a game in which a sponsored team with all employees from McAfee were playing. I happened to be talking to one of the players who mentioned that he was looking for new work. I said " You work for Mcafee right?" His reply: "Negative. They just laid off close to 2000 workers and most of my team were part of the layoffs." I seemed partially skeptical due to the fact that news similar to this is popping up everday on layoffs and I figured 2000...
  • After A Bitter Election, Unite A Divided Nation Around Federalism

    11/13/2012 5:51:34 PM PST · by billflax · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/13/2012 | Bill Flax
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. - Tenth Amendment What a nasty, sordid presidential campaign, particularly if you live in a hotly contested area. Thankfully, we watch very little television, but wow, talk about being inundated with attack ads. Apparently, Ohio got the point, Romney is evil. Some voters are now elated while others are depressed. Still more risk experiencing buyers remorse. Many in battleground states are just relieved its over. The increasingly rancorous nature of elections reflects...
  • Will multiple states non-cooperation be too much for ObamaCare?

    11/13/2012 5:02:27 PM PST · by Kolath · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Will multiple states non-cooperation be too much for ObamaCare? 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...
  • 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. Tuesdays announcement comes less than...
  • Beware: ObamaCares now reality

    11/13/2012 10:32:33 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 13, 2012 | BETSY McCAUGHEY
    President Obamas 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 cant 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. Thats 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
    Applebees 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 Obamas 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: Weve 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 Krogers 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
    Obamacares coming. Love it or hate it, President Barack Obamas 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 companys health law consulting group. Ive 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 Obamas re-election. With no hope of Obamacare being repealed, they are now forced to lay off employees in order to stay in business. But its 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 doesnt 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!
  • Applebees 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 Johns 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 Obamas reelection. The Twitterverse immediately went crazy with plans for boycotts. One tweet read: So far Ive seen Papa Johns and Applebees threatening to fire people since their choice didnt 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 laws adverse effects on employment are no secret. But its one thing to look at the economics, and its quite another to hear it firsthand from a small-business owner whos 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 Obamas reelection. The interview is articulate and nuanced, worth listening to in its entirety. But heres 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 Tuesdays 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 theyll 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 theyre 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. Thats 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...