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  • Surprise: PA College Slashes Instructors' Hours to Avoid Obamacare

    11/21/2012 6:13:08 PM PST · by george76 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Nov 2012 | Wynton Hall
    Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare. "It's kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don't have the money to pay for it," said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis. On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will...
  • Why WI Gov. Walker refuses to implement a state-based health-care exchange

    11/21/2012 3:11:03 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 22 replies
    Governor's newsletter | 11/21/12 | Gov. Scott Walker
    Dear Concerned Citizen: On November 6, citizens across the state and country voted to reelect President Obama. As a result, the implementation of federal health care reform continues to move forward. While I may disagree with the federal health care law, health insurance exchanges will now be built. To do so, federal law provides states three options: 1) create a federally run exchange; 2) create a state-run exchange; 3) establish a partnership plan requiring the state to administer the exchange for the federal government. The most important consideration for me in deciding which option is best for our state is...
  • Why WI Gov. Walker refuses to implement a state-based health-care exchange

    11/21/2012 3:10:45 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 5 replies
    Governor's newsletter | 11/21/12 | Gov. Scott Walker
    Dear Concerned Citizen: On November 6, citizens across the state and country voted to reelect President Obama. As a result, the implementation of federal health care reform continues to move forward. While I may disagree with the federal health care law, health insurance exchanges will now be built. To do so, federal law provides states three options: 1) create a federally run exchange; 2) create a state-run exchange; 3) establish a partnership plan requiring the state to administer the exchange for the federal government. The most important consideration for me in deciding which option is best for our state is...
  • Boehner: Obamacare Must Be on Table During Budget Talks

    11/21/2012 2:48:14 PM PST · by diamond6 · 53 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/21/2012 | Unknown
    President Barack Obama must show a willingness to cut back the healthcare reform law during budget negotiations, says House Speaker John Boehner. “President Obama has won re-election, but his healthcare law is still driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. As was the case before the election, Obamacare has to go,” Boehner writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The president’s health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country’s entire economy. We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to...
  • Planned Parenthood Gets Obamacare Funds to Push Sex on 9th Graders

    11/21/2012 2:26:45 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | November 21, 2012 | Rita Diller
    Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia has received government funding that enables it to expand its systematic sexualization and degradation of 9th graders in the Newport News public schools with “risk reduction” sex education. The money comes from the $75 million pool set aside as a part of Obamacare to teach the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).The PREP money is setting students up for disaster as it enables Planned Parenthood and other organizations access to the most vulnerable youth across the nation. The curriculum being used in Newport News, Virginia, is distributed by ETR Associates, formerly the education department of Planned...
  • Medical device tax could crimp long-term care supplies, hike cost, dampen innovation, expert says

    11/21/2012 1:12:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    A medical device excise tax scheduled to hit Jan. 1 is causing uncertainty among manufacturers and providers, a healthcare expert said Monday. The 2.3% tax will be on sales of FDA-approved devices that are used by a physician or in a physician's office. It's intended to generate $20 billion over the next several years, which is expected to offset some healthcare reform costs. While types of devices affected by the tax include pacemakers and stents, it also can include surgical gloves or wheelchairs, which could mean complications for long-term care providers purchasing those items. It also could cause some companies...
  • Experts: New Health Rules Show Obamacare Will Raise Costs

    11/21/2012 1:05:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 02:17 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The federal government has issued a series of sweeping new rules and regulations surrounding Obamacare—benefits that health-industry experts fear could end up costing Americans more. … Betsy McCaughey, a former New York lieutenant governor under George Pataki and author of “Decoding the Obamacare Law,” told Newsmax the new rules and regulations will cost consumers more. … Meanwhile, companies with 50 or more employees will have a choice of sponsoring a health plan for 100 percent of their workers or paying an annual penalty of $2000. One study shows a third of those employers with 50 or more workers may opt...
  • Pizza Industry Hopes to Head Off New ObamaCare Regulation that May Force Price Hikes and Layoffs

    11/21/2012 11:51:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/21/2012 | Bryan Preston
    Posted By Bryan Preston On November 20, 2012 @ 9:35 am In Culture,Economy,News,Politics | 37 Comments When Rep. Nancy Pelosi infamously declared that we have to pass ObamaCare in order to find out wha's in it, she wasn't kidding. Buried in the mammoth 2700-page law that most in Congress did not bother to read before passing is Section 4205. That section requires any pizzeria, grocery store, or convenience store with more than 20 locations to post calorie information in their stores on menu boards. The way the law is written, it requires the national pizza chains to post fixed information...
  • The Law itself says virtually no one has to participate in ObamaCare!

    11/21/2012 10:10:37 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/21/2012 | Doug Book
    Twila Brase, president of the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) and one of the most educated of Americans concerning the ins and outs of Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, believes the language of the law makes it clear that the overwhelming majority of people do not have to participate in ObamaCare unless they freely wish to do so. Brase writes: “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...
  • John Kasich betrays conservatives, lies about "blocking ObamaCare in Ohio

    11/21/2012 9:07:27 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/21/2012 | Doug Book
    Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich has reneged on his campaign pledge to “block ObamaCare” being established in Ohio. And he has done it a way which would make Barack Obama proud—by lying through his teeth. Contrary to Nancy Pelosi’s claims, passing ObamaCare has not enabled most Americans to know what’s in it. But one thing has become clear to those who have studied this signature, power-play legislation of the left— courageous Republican governors can kill it. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can only infect the nation and the American people if states are willing either to set up...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Chief Justice Roberts Voted For Obamacare To Get 'Street Cred' (Video)

    11/21/2012 7:28:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Even though Obamacare was decided months ago, pundits are still dissecting the court's actions. CNN's top legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and famed lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz sat down on Friday at New York's 92nd Street Y to debate why Chief Justice John Roberts used his deciding vote to pass President Barack Obama's controversial health care law. And, according to Dershowitz, Roberts did it just so he could side with Republicans from now on without getting called out for being too conservative. "Roberts is very political," Dershowitz said in the interview, posted by Above The Law. "And what he did...
  • What's Obamacare Cost? Obama Small Biz Chief: 'I Bought Jam For My Friends!'

    11/21/2012 7:06:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hector Camacho might be in rough shape in hospital, but someone is out there bobbing and weaving like a champ. Meet Karen Mills, President Obama's head of the Small Business Administration. When Joe Scarborough asked her straight-up to state the cost per worker of Obamacare, Mills ducked like a pro, switched the subject, and wound up describing . . . how last year, she bought blueberry jam at a Maine farmers market as gifts for her friends! Not a joke—just a world-class non sequitur from an Obama administration that would rather talk about anything other than the cost of its...
  • Vermont Goes For Gold (Silver, Bronze And Platinum, Too)

    11/21/2012 6:49:34 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | August 27th, 2012 | Bob Kinzel
    Vermont is the only state in the nation on a path to a single payer health system. That could take a while, though. And in the meantime, the state has to set up an insurance exchange to comply with the Affordable Care Act. While some states are still struggling with the basic question of whether to do their own exchanges, Vermont is moving ahead at a rapid clip, digging into the details of how much various health plans will cost on its exchange. The Green Mountain Care Board this week released the basic outline of benefit packages that will be...
  • Woman Wakes Up As Doctors Ready to Harvest Her Organs (Video-Denmark)

    11/20/2012 7:27:02 PM PST · by virgil283 · 7 replies
    "Her family was told she was brain dead..... Now she’s back at home cooking dinner with her family....The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator.....“But we made a mistake underway and made the family believe that their daughter and sister would die.”....The hospital acknowledged that the question of organ donation should not have been raised as there...
  • GE Healthcare to Eliminate 2 Percent of Jobs in Wisconsin

    11/20/2012 5:27:09 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    hispanicbusiness.com ^ | Nov 19, 2012 | Rick Barrett
    GE Healthcare said Friday it is cutting 2 percent of its jobs in Wisconsin, where it has 6,500 employees, and 10 percent of its workforce in Vermont, where it employs about 500 people. The Waukesha-based medical equipment manufacturer said it needs to make "tough decisions in the current economic climate" and was looking for ways to streamline its operations and lower costs. "This will reduce complexity, speed up decision making and help us become more accessible to our customers," said GE spokesman Benjamin Fox. "It also addresses the continued economic challenges in Europe and the U.S., and it will position...
  • Judge: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

    11/20/2012 1:12:51 PM PST · by NYer · 228 replies
    Life News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A federal judge has issued a ruling siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause...
  • HHS releases rules requiring pre-existing conditions coverage

    11/20/2012 11:36:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/12 | Sam Baker
    The Obama administration issued new rules Tuesday that require insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions — one of the most popular provisions of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Health and Human Services Department also began to implement other popular, but expensive, parts of the Affordable Care Act. Regulations released Tuesday will prohibit insurers from charging women a higher premium than men, and will require plans in every state to cover certain services.
  • A few reasons for optimism as we look toward 2014 and beyond

    11/20/2012 7:49:07 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 5 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Make no mistake the election results clearly say it: we got pasted. We can point fingers and wring our hands but the truth is we got flogged. Nevertheless, there are no permanent winners or permanent losers in the political American system. Conservatism did not necessarily lose. We got about 48% of the vote but there may be another 5% who understand economies and can be convinced to vote for a conservative Republican in 2016. We held the House and some observers are saying although our numbers are smaller we have a more conservative caucus than we had in the last...
  • Is Thirty the new Fifty? (With ObamaCare in the wings, the 30 hour work week will be new normal)

    11/20/2012 7:20:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2012 | Scott Mayer
    With ObamaCare in the wings, the traditional forty- or fifty-hour work week will soon be replaced with a less than thirty-hour week for many American workers. To wit: many businesses, including ones that previously received ObamaCare waivers, are trying to avoid paying onerous fines for not providing employees with health coverage as mandated by the new law. President Obama recently said that he won't allow the budget to be "balanced on the backs of the middle class." He sure did give the appearance of truly caring about these "folks," but he failed to disclose the fact that, even if taxed...
  • Gov. Rick Scott, Other Florida Officials Re-Thinking Opposition to 'Obamacare'

    11/19/2012 10:38:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    WPTV ^ | 11/19/2012 | Kathleen Haughney
    What a difference an election can make. Just a week after the re-election of Barack Obama ended all Republican hopes of overturning the new health care law known as " Obamacare," Gov. Rick Scott and other Florida leaders who have steadfastly rejected the idea are now willing to at least talk about implementing it for the state's 3.8 million uninsured. " Mitt Romney did not win the election," Scott told reporters Friday in Washington D.C., hours before he released a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a meeting to discuss implementing the law. "So it's...
  • Judge: Hobby Lobby must offer morning-after pill

    11/19/2012 9:00:22 PM PST · by haffast · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/19/2012 | TIM TALLEY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills. In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives the company's Christian owners consider objectionable. The Oklahoma City-based company and a sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government in September, claiming the mandate violates...
  • How To Survive ObamaCare

    11/19/2012 8:44:32 PM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    It’s been a horrible year for individual liberty. First, John Roberts re-writes the Obamacare legislation ........To assure continued access to a personal physician, concerned Americans should immediately seek out and contract with a direct-pay or concierge doctor.....
  • Judge Denies Hobby Lobby's Morning-After Case

    11/19/2012 5:17:44 PM PST · by mikrofon · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/19/2012 | AP
    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY November 20, 2012 (AP) A federal judge Monday rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills. In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law that will require it to include contraceptives the company considers objectionable in its health insurance plan. The Oklahoma City-based arts and craft supply company and a sister...
  • Orlando Health to cut record number of jobs to save money [Obamanomics Strikes Again!]

    11/19/2012 4:22:39 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11/19/12 | Marni Jameson
    For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, Orlando Health is reducing its workforce by up to 400 positions starting immediately, hospital officials announced this morning. The elimination of 300 to 400 jobs will occur in two phases, and represents a 2- to 3-percent decrease in the system's 16,000 employees, said Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis. The reductions affect all departments and all eight of its hospitals, including Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The first wave of employees affected by the "labor expense reduction" portion of the initiative received their notices Friday, said Lewis....
  • Cheer up, Papa John’s. Obamacare gave you a good deal (Another delusional Leftie)

    11/19/2012 3:49:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonk Blog ^ | November 19, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    The health-care law’s treatment of larger employers is almost laughably complicated. If you’ve got fewer than 50 employees, nothing is asked of you, and if you’re willing to provide insurance for your employees, you get a giant tax credit, at least for awhile. But if you’re a business with more than 50 full-time employees, matters become considerably more complex. If you’ve got more than 50 full-time employees and you already offer them health insurance, you can stop reading now. You’re in the clear. If you’ve got more than 50 full-time employees and you don’t offer them coverage and you don’t...
  • Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchange (Obamacare)

    11/19/2012 2:51:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/19/12 | Sam Baker
    Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchangeBy Sam Baker - 11/19/12 03:23 PM ET Add Oklahoma to the list of Republican-led states that won't implement the key feature of President Obama's healthcare law. Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that she won't set up a state-based insurance exchange — a new portal where people who don't get insurance through their employers can shop for coverage, often with help from a federal subsidy. "It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is...
  • Orlando Health to cut record number of jobs to save money (Up to 400 positions)

    11/19/2012 1:42:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 19, 2012 | Marni Jameson
    For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, Orlando Health is reducing its workforce by up to 400 positions starting immediately, hospital officials announced this morning. The elimination of 300 to 400 jobs will occur in two phases, and represents a 2- to 3-percent decrease in the system's 16,000 employees, said Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis. The reductions affect all departments and all eight of its hospitals, including Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The first wave of employees affected by the "labor expense reduction" portion of the initiative received their notices Friday, said Lewis....
  • GE Healthcare Laying Off 10 Percent of Workforce

    11/19/2012 12:01:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Health Tech Zone ^ | November 19, 2012 | Tracey E. Schelmetic
    Bad news for GE Healthcare workers in Vermont. The company, which specializes in information technology for the healthcare industry, announced last Thursday that it plans to lay off about 10 percent of its workforce in the state. The company promised, however, to try to find “alternate roles” for those who lose their jobs. “While GE Healthcare regrets the loss of any jobs, the business needs to make tough decisions in the current economic climate,” company spokesman Benjamin Fox told the Barre Montpelier Times Argus. It’s unclear at this time how much of GE Healthcare’s workforce these cuts represent, though the...
  • DOCTOR FIRED After Posting Anti-Obamacare Rant on YouTube

    11/19/2012 9:52:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | november 16, 2012 | jim hoft
    It’s an Obama world. Dr. Barbara Bellar posted this epic rant back in August during her campaign for Illinois State Senator. “Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence” -snip Tonight, Dr. Barbara Bellar told Greta Van Susteren that despite a very impressive record, she lost her job for opposing Obamacare
  • Pizza Hut Going to 29 Hour Weeks As Well (vanity)

    11/19/2012 6:49:33 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    More boycott lib targets. 29 hour shifts for Pizza Hut workers were I live. Not sure if national policy. Was the goal here to get as many people as possible 100% reliant on government healthcare? These workers will now need 2 jobs where they had one.
  • Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing (Republican Governors have the power to disarm it)

    11/19/2012 7:21:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/18/2012 | JAMES C. CAPRETTA AND YUVAL LEVIN
    Champions of ObamaCare want Americans to believe that the president's re-election ended the battle over the law. It did no such thing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be fully repealed while Barack Obama is in office, but the administration is heavily dependent on the states for its implementation. Republicans will hold 30 governorships starting in January, and at last week's meeting of the Republican Governors Association they made it clear that they remain highly critical of the health law. Some Republican governors—including incoming RGA Chairman Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Ohio's John Kasich, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Maine's...
  • Counting Your Blessings, Backwards

    11/19/2012 4:58:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Ten, nine, eight… what do you appreciate? When life seems crazy or hopeless, count your blessings backwards—that is, find something to be thankful for in the midst of darkness. It is reverse psychology for adults. Think of the most onerous regulation or politician in your life and find one reason you are thankful for this trial. For example, President Obama’s reelection could be an opportunity for you to develop a stronger character or feel greater motivation to achieve your goals. This is an uplifting mental exercise, particularly during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few more examples: Challenge: Weak military leadersAmericans...
  • Why Obama Care Is Still No Sure Thing

    11/18/2012 9:26:03 PM PST · by FreedomNotSafety · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/19/2012 | Capretta and Levin
    Link only. Can't copy with my phone.
  • Bible publisher wins third injunction against HHS contraception mandate (Momentum Building)

    11/18/2012 4:59:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Opponents of the HHS contraception mandate got good news late on Friday ---- another plaintiff won a preliminary injunction against its enforcement on Friday in federal court. The Obama administration had attempted to argue that Tyndale House Publishers didn't meet its standards to claim a religious exemption, but according to LifeNew' report, that argument didn't impress a federal judge --- even though Tyndale has no explicit connection to a church: In its opinion accompanying a preliminary injunction order in Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, the court wrote that “the beliefs of Tyndale and its owners are indistinguishable…. Christian principles, prayer,...
  • Something New From Obamacare?

    11/18/2012 2:09:01 PM PST · by Williams · 38 replies
    Vanity
    A relative who cared for her elderly mother, just deceased, is dealing with the various medical bills from the hospital and doctors. She sees on all of the statements now, a check off to be marked by the provider, certifying something to the effect that the treatment was "consistent with and appropriate for, the age of the patient". She says she never saw those before in all her years of caring for her mother. Is this part of Obamacare beginning to limit medical care for our elderly?
  • I Went To Buy Some Ho Ho's, But They Were Gone.

    11/18/2012 7:51:43 AM PST · by jdsteel · 58 replies
    Free Republic Original Content (Vanity) | 11/18/12 | jdsteel
    I went to buy some Ho Ho’s but they were gone, and so was a part of America. When I heard that Hostess was declaring bankruptcy it made me sad. Probably not as sad at the 18,000 people that used to work for them but it did affect me. Oh, I knew that I was partly to blame. When I was a child I would gobble down Ho Ho’s and chocolate cupcakes with abandon. I could burn through a half of a box of Ho Ho’s and a half gallon of Vitamin D milk in about 15 minutes. My elementary...
  • Kaiser Permanente lays off 530 employees in Southern California

    11/18/2012 6:59:46 AM PST · by Baynative · 29 replies
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 11/16/2012 | Canan Tasci
    Kaiser Permanente officials have confirmed 530 union employees in Southern California have been laid off. At least 85 position were eliminated at the Fontana and Ontario medical centers, officials said Friday. Officials at the health-care provider did not release the locations of the other 445 positions. The layoffs do not include physicians.
  • The 49ers (How ObamaCare will keep unemployment high)

    11/18/2012 3:53:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/18/12 | MICHAEL TANNER
    How ObamaCare will keep unemployment high — by forcing small companies to cut their workforce to fewer than 50 peopleBy MICHAEL TANNER Last Updated: 4:32 AM, November 18, 2012 **SNIP** Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance for all their workers, paying at least 65% of the cost of a family policy or 85% of the cost of an individual plan. Moreover, the insurance must meet the federal government’s requirements in terms of what benefits are included, meaning that many businesses that offer insurance to their workers today will have to change to new,...
  • January March for Life must be biggest ever -- and must march TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    11/17/2012 5:31:12 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 8 replies
    self | 11/17/12 | NewJerseyJoe
    The annual March for Life in January needs to have 10 million people show up! Can we make it happen? Also: Do any FReepers know anyone in National Right to Life? This fight needs to be taken to the source in January -- National Park Service "permission" be damned. Thoughts?
  • Obamacare tax increases could lead to massive layoffs

    11/17/2012 1:45:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 17, 2012 | Cathy Lenny
    The reelection of Pres. Barack Obama has basically killed the momentum to overturn Obamacare. Now businesses are scrambling to deal with the 20 or more higher taxes as a result of the legislation, ranging from a $123 billion surtax on investment income to the $20 billion medical device tax. A number of companies have announced layoffs as a result of the new taxes associated with the health care law. Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in New York, announced a layoff of 275 employees, about 10 percent of their workforce, over the next three years. Dana Holding...
  • Kaiser Permanente to layoff 530 employees in Southern California

    11/17/2012 1:37:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KFMB-TV ^ | November 17, 2012
    One of the nation's largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in San Diego County, a company official confirmed Saturday. Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs -- constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of it employees -- would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border. Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will get income and benefits for a year. many may also be rehired next year, when Kaiser Permanente expects "significant membership growth" next year. "Health...
  • The Obama Recession

    11/17/2012 12:27:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Full time work is about to get scarcer. The reason? By hiring part-time workers who put in less than 30 hours per week, employers can avoid a mandate dictated by the new health reform law: either provide expensive health insurance or pay a fine equal to $2,000 per worker. Avoiding the mandate becomes even more attractive for low-wage employees, since they can get highly subsidized insurance in the newly created health insurance exchanges. According to the Wall Street Journal: • Darden Restaurants [parent of Red Lobster and Olive Garden] was among the first companies to say it was changing hiring...
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/17/2012 6:09:16 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • UPDATE 1-Five US Republican govs reject state-run health markets: OH, MI & FL willing to work w/DC

    11/16/2012 11:08:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | David Morgan
    Five Republican governors rejected on Friday a major provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law that calls on U.S. states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at federally subsidized rates. That makes it likely that the federal government will establish its own markets, known as healthcare exchanges, in those states and potentially supplant state control of private individual insurance markets. But in what could be a sign of thawing relations between administration officials and some state Republican leaders, three of the five governors -- representing Ohio, Michigan and Florida -- expressed a...
  • Judge sides with company on contraceptive coverage

    11/16/2012 7:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KEYC-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2012 | Frederic J. Frommer
    A federal judge on Friday temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House Publishers, which doesn't want to provide employees with contraceptives that it equates with abortion. At issue are contraceptives such as Plan B and IUDs. If a woman already is pregnant, the Plan B pill has no effect. It prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg, and according to the medical definition, pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg...
  • Papa John's CEO Should Take a Pay Cut, Not Lay Off Workers (New Meme from the Left?)

    11/16/2012 6:59:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 195 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 16, 2012 | Leslie Marshall
    Papa John's CEO John Schnatter is going to cut his workers' hours, lay off workers, and increase the price of his pizzas by 11 to 14 cents. Why? Because the president was re-elected. More specifically, due to Obamacare. And he is not alone. Walmart is cutting hours, as is Denny's, and some other larger franchises like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, etc. As with the companies mentioned above, those on the right want to blame the president, Democrats, Obamacare, etc.—yet they had layoffs or planned them as far back as 2009 and 2010. Were they all clairvoyant? Did they all know...
  • A 2nd Roberts Rescue Needed for ObamaCare? Yes, it’s possible.

    11/16/2012 5:36:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    MinuteMen News ^ | November 16, 2012
    <p>With the election over and Obama reelected, repealing the law is not going to happen over the next four years. So 30 Republican governors will have to make a decision about whether they want to help the federal government implement Obamacare, or keep the onus on the Obama administration.</p>
  • Former Hostess workers in Rocky Mount 'relieved' at plant closing (Can't get much dumber)

    11/16/2012 2:14:27 PM PST · by tobyhill · 249 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | 11/16/2012 | JUSTIN QUESINBERRY
    Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy, seeking to close its operations. The closings will mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs overall. “They’ve been holding this over our head for a long time and now it’s here,” said Lamont Phillips, an oven operator and the president of the local union. “They had to do it. “I don’t have to deal with that anymore. The things that they were trying to do to us, it wasn’t fair. “They always hold that over our heads, that...
  • Thousands Of LAX Workers Set For Walkout On Thanksgiving Eve

    11/16/2012 12:56:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 16, 2012 8:34 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Employees at Los Angeles International Airport were considering plans on Friday to walk off the job ahead on what is traditionally the busiest traveling day of the year. A coalition of Southland labor and community leaders are calling for the protest of alleged violations by LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards (AVSG) after breaking their contract with the airport earlier this year. Andrew Gross-Gaitan, the director of the Southern California Airports Division of SEIU, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that AVSG over 400 LAX workers without affordable family health care when it failed to comply with the city’s Living...
  • Wal-Mart workers plan Black Friday walkout

    11/15/2012 4:08:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 167 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | 11/15/12 | Emily Jane Fox
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world's largest retail store. The walkout builds on an October strike that started at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined in the October actions. One of the workers who plans to join next week's walkout is William Fletcher, who works at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, Calif.