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  • Democrats urge delay for ‘job-killing’ Obamacare tax

    12/13/2012 9:58:59 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 11, 2012 | Byron York
    Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed.  Echoing arguments made by Republicans against Obamacare, the Democratic senators say the levy will cost jobs — in a statement Monday, Sen. Al Franken called it a “job-killing tax” — and also impair American competitiveness in the medical device field. The senators, who made the request in a letter(PDF) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are Franken, Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, Patty Murray, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand,...
  • Democrats Find Out What's in ObamaCare and Don't Like It

    12/13/2012 8:13:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Senate Democrats who helped pass ObamaCare are finally seeing what is in it and aren't really so sure the massive tax increases mandated in the legislation will be good for their constituents, especially when it comes to the medical device tax which is set to further increase on January 1. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and...
  • 18 Democratic senators revolt against Harry Reid on Obamacare tax

    12/13/2012 7:34:25 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/13/2012 | Patrick Howley
    Eighteen Democratic U.S. Senators and senators-elect sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week calling for a “delay in the implementation” of the medical device tax in Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal reports. The provision was an integral part of the version of the Obamacare law, which was passed in the Senate under Reid’s stewardship in 2009. It is set to take effect on January 1, 2013. An effort to repeal the provision failed in Congress in June. At the time, Reid characterized the proposed repeal as a Republican attack on Obamacare. “The medical technology industry directly...
  • Obama's Tax-the-Scapegoat Strategy Is Doomed to Fail

    12/13/2012 4:12:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/12/2012 | John Merline
    In an interview with Fox News host Bill O´Reilly last year, President Obama claimed he "didn´t raise taxes once." O´Reilly didn´t challenge the claim, and other reporters repeated it as fact. But it was completely false. By the time he went on O´Reilly´s show, Obama had signed more than 20 tax hikes into law with a combined 10-year price tag of more than $500 billion. However, since most of these taxes targeted relatively small and unpopular groups — smokers, tanning salons, insurance companies, the rich — few seemed to notice. Indeed, a review of the tax hikes Obama has enacted...
  • Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility age (leaves 270K uninsured in 2021)

    12/13/2012 2:10:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/12 | Mike Lillis
    Dems line up behind Pelosi against changing Medicare eligibility ageBy Mike Lillis - 12/12/12 08:01 PM ET House Democrats are lining up behind Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) against raising Medicare’s eligibility age as part of a year-end tax-and-spending package. Pelosi rejected raising Medicare’s eligibility age in an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, then doubled down on that position Wednesday. “We want what happens to be fair,” she said in an interview on CBS’s “This Morning” program. “And one of the things that we object to is raising the Medicare age.” A number of Democrats say this is neither...
  • US backs United Nations measure in favor of universal health coverage

    12/13/2012 1:54:17 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    the hill ^ | december 12, 2012 | elise viebeck
    The United States has backed a United Nations draft resolution favoring universal healthcare coverage. The nonbinding measure calls on U.N. member states to ensure citizens' access to health insurance, and was approved by the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. Supporters say the draft resolution paves the way for the post-2015 development agenda to include universal health coverage. Health insurance for all promotes "sustained, inclusive and equitable growth, social cohesion and well-being of the population," the U.N. said. In 2010, the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO) expressed support for President Obama's signature healthcare law, praising it as an "unprecedented achievement" in...
  • Patterson's Pharmacy closing after 37 years (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) [ObamaCare]

    12/13/2012 12:58:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | December 12, 2012 | Doug Walker
    For 37 years, Burt Patterson has owned the pharmacy named after him. That is now coming to an end. For Patterson, it was simply time to retire. "At a certain age, everybody has to come to grips with the fact that you can't keep going forever," Patterson said. He also said uncertainly about the future of health care in America also played a role in his decision. "The potential for a small pharmacy surviving in the coming years under Obamacare is going to be very difficult. And again, at my age, I just did not want to risk my retirement,"...
  • Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of ObamaCare

    12/12/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/12/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President Obama’s signature health care law. Using “Republican” language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Pennsylvania joins the ranks of states declining on setting up Obamacare exchanges

    12/12/2012 2:42:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The Department of Health and Human Services extended the original deadline by which states need to decide whether they will be setting up their own versions of the virtual health insurance exchanges required via the auspices of ObamaCare, or allowing (making?) the federal government to do it for them, or forging some kind of partnership with the feds to get the things done --- meaning that states now have until this Friday, December 14th to report their decision to HHS. Many Republican governors have been leaning back on forth on which option to take, torn between trying to mitigate the...
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Entitlements Are 'Earned' (Video)

    12/12/2012 1:01:09 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/12/2012
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on the house floor "I believe it should be pronounced here today, that the reform of the entitlements based upon slipshod, reckless, deliberations or should I say actions are a non-starter. There is no way, Mr. Speaker, that we should raise the eligability age for Medicare, that we should not think carefully about how we approach the reform of Medicaid. And that we don't the American people that Social Security is solvent. So, I would say move quickly to pass the middle class tax cuts that would be for all Americans, 100 % up to...
  • Governor Says Pennsylvania Won't Set up Health Exchange

    12/12/2012 11:20:51 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 50 replies
    AP, via ABC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act — at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday. Setting up a state-based exchange would be irresponsible, Corbett said as he faulted federal authorities for what he said were inadequate answers to his questions about cost and other issues. "Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," said the Republican governor. "Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars."
  • Senate Democrats: Um, Let's "Postpone" Obamacare's Medical Device Tax

    12/12/2012 4:04:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Guy Benson
    What a pity.  If only someone had demonstrated the foresight to warn against the destructive consequences of Obamacare's medical device tax, they might have helped turn public sentiment sharply against the law prior to passage.  Oh, that's right, conservatives did -- and the American people rose up in opposition.  Now, the very actors who are most responsible for ignoring public demands and jamming through Obamacare are trying to "delay" or repeal a major element of their law, warning that it could stifle medical innovation and kill jobs.  Welcome to the party, guys.  You're about two years too late:   U.S....
  • Weekly job hours slashed below 30 as Obamacare kicks in

    12/12/2012 3:27:00 AM PST · by Jack023 · 35 replies
    NaturalNews.com ^ | 12/12/2012 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some...
  • Dems Ask For Delay To Obamacare Med Device Tax They Voted For In The First Place

    12/12/2012 12:04:59 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 18 replies
    Americans For Tax Reform ^ | 12/11 | John Kartch
    In a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, 18 Democrat senators and senators-elect have asked for “a delay in the implementation” of the Obamacare medical device tax. Like most of the significant tax increases in Obamacare, the medical device tax is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, conveniently after the 2012 presidential election. Each of the 18 Democrat signatories voted for or supported Obamacare in the first place. And now they want a sweetheart exemption from one of its most onerous provisions. Even in Washington DC, that shows a lot of gall.
  • Rick Perry: Obamacare Won’t Be Successful

    12/11/2012 10:53:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 11:42 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Obamacare doesn’t have much of a chance of working because of the wariness of states over the creation of health insurance exchanges, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. … “The idea that you’ve got a state instituted exchange, but it has to be federally approved. So the fact is the federal government’s going to have to run these. And they don’t have the expertise, nor do they have the money,” Perry said. …
  • Dems join in calling for delay to ObamaCare medical device tax

    12/11/2012 9:17:05 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/11/2012
    Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed. The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade. But a group of U.S. senators this week revived concerns that...
  • Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

    12/11/2012 6:44:13 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 18 replies
    State of Tennessee newsroom ^ | 12/10/2012 | Unknown
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue: “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. “I'm not a fan of the law. The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments and the federal government. It does nothing to address the cost of health care in our country. It only expands a broken system. That’s why I’ve...
  • Which Companies Will Go Out of Business in 2013? (Vanity)

    12/11/2012 6:06:20 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 33 replies
    The fall of Hostess got me thinking - which companies will fail in 2013 and why? Reasons can include Obamacare, union thuggery, or good old-fashioned consumer choice.
  • Obamacare Strikes Again

    12/11/2012 4:46:08 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 10 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/11/12 | LD Jackson
    No one should really be surprised at anything that comes out of Washington, especially if it has to do with Obamacare. Remember what Nancy Pelosi said about the legislation? She famously stated that Congress would have to pass Obamacare to find out what was in the legislation. Well, for once, she was telling the truth. Oh boy, was she telling the truth. Let's see, we have the birth control mandate that has come about as a result of the open-ended regulations that are being written because of Obamacare. One would think our politicians would have been smart enough to not...
  • Obamacare Jiujitsu

    12/11/2012 4:25:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    The art of jiujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe we can further choke the life out of Obamacare by using this martial art technique. Let me explain. Last week, I shared with you that while Republicans' power to repeal Obamacare has been thwarted by the president's re-election, all is not lost. Conservatives can still suffocate the federal monstrosity by supporting individual-to-state efforts to impede its funding and implementation. I noted how, just two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower federal court to take up a lawsuit by the patriots...
  • Feds rule on health care law’s Medicaid expansion

    12/10/2012 10:39:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 10, 2012 5:34 PM EST | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law, the Obama administration said Monday. The ruling affects a federal-state program that covers nearly 60 million low-income and severely disabled people, caught in a tug-of-war between Republican governors and the Democratic administration. President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded Medicaid to cover people up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $15,400 for an individual. The change mainly affects low-income adults without children at home, as well as low-income parents who can’t get coverage under current...
  • WebMD to announce "massive" layoffs Tuesday

    12/10/2012 8:29:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | December 10, 2012 | Urvaksh Karkaria
    Health information provider WebMD Health Corp. is expected to cut nearly a third of its workforce, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned. The layoffs, which will be announced Tuesday, are expected to be "massive” and “across every aspect of the company,” according to a source. An WebMD (NASDAQ: WBMD) insider said the cuts could involve half the Atlanta workforce, according to a source. The company employs about 250 in Colony Square 400 building in Midtown Atlanta. The cuts, which include software development, Information Technology, editorial, video production and sales employees, will affect Atlanta and other offices. New York-based WebMD was founded...
  • Obamacare fee of $63 per person to begin in 2014 (Just for pre-existing conditions)

    12/10/2012 8:04:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Times / The Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2012 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP
    Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers...
  • Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

    12/10/2012 12:35:14 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR / AP
    Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers. "Especially at a time when we are facing economic uncertainty, (companies will) be hit with...
  • Obamacare’s regulatory surtax on exchange insurance plans

    12/10/2012 12:28:35 PM PST · by Red Steel · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 3, 2012 | 2:13 pm | Philip Klein
    Despite over 2,000 pages of legislative text, many key details of President Obama’s national health care law were left up to regulators to work out, with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius given the lead role. The Obama administration wanted to avoid issuing potentially controversial health care regulations during an election year, but now that it’s over, regulations are starting to roll out. In a news dump this past Friday afternoon, HHS released 373 pages of new insurance regulations, and buried on page 299 is a proposed 3.5 percent monthly “user fee” to be levied on the premiums...
  • The Sebelius Coverup

    12/10/2012 10:49:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 10, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson, senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute
    ".... likely in concert with the White House — and to the chagrin of many HHS employees — Sebelius and other senior HHS officials decided that word could too easily get out about the firewall project. If it did, it would alert people to UnitedHealth Group’s having gained a potentially huge competitive advantage — a political concern for the White House on the cusp of the election, especially in light of the crony capitalism charges that have plagued this administration. Therefore, HHS, under Sebelius’s leadership, suspended work on the firewall and told United-Health Group not to alert the SEC to...
  • Want to sell insurance on the Obamacare exchanges? There’s a (3.5%) fee for that.

    12/10/2012 9:41:37 AM PST · by Red Steel · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Sarah Kliff
    <p>The Obama administration is proposing a new way to finance the health law’s insurance exchanges: A fee levied on the insurers who sell in the marketplace.</p> <p>Health and Human Services will operate a health insurance exchange in all states that decline to set up the marketplace themselves. In order to finance the exchange’s operations, new draft regulations released Friday envision health plans paying a “user fee” if they want to sell in that space.</p>
  • RINO Michigan governor prevented from imposing ObamaCare on state

    12/10/2012 8:47:31 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/10/2012 | Doug Book
    In November, Michigan voters roundly defeated ballot Proposal 2, a union-sponsored measure “…which would have amended the state constitution to guarantee collective bargaining rights to public and private-sector employees.” (1) For the first 2 years of his term, Governor Rick Snyder had consistently advised Michigan organized labor to keep such a proposal off the ballot. “My concern is that [the proposal] could start a whole divisive atmosphere of other people trying to put right-to-work on the ballot,” explained Snyder. (1) Of course those “other people” so feared by the timid governor were fellow Republicans in the Michigan legislature! In point...
  • 13 Gifts from Obama

    12/10/2012 8:25:39 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    CCHF ^ | 12-5-12 | twila brase
    With just 20 days until Christmas, the White House has sent you seven gifts -- and it's not seven swans a-swimming. You may decide these shouldn't be called gifts. I agree. He's given us a stack of proposed Obamacare rules prepared well before the election and released to the public just two days before, and eight days after, Thanksgiving. In a nutshell, here is what's inside these 871 pages of federal regulatory "gift-wrapping": · Health Insurance Market Rules (131 pp) - rules on ending health insurance (as we know it no pre-existing condition exclusions) and nationalizing coverage, leading to higher...
  • Dean Exposes Obama's Need For Middle Class Tax Hike

    12/10/2012 7:52:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials Dean Exposes Obama's Need For Middle Class Tax Hike Posted 12/06/2012 06:52 PM ET Taxes: The president says all he wants is for "the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more." But far-left Howard Dean just reminded us Obama wants a lot more from all taxpayers. Interviewed by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Wednesday, the ex-Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate shocked many with comments that really should have shocked no one. "This is, initially, gonna seem like heresy from a progressive," Dean said. "The truth is, everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. That's...
  • Walmart Bails On Obamacare-Sticks Taxpayers With Employee Healthcare Costs

    12/10/2012 3:03:18 AM PST · by lowbridge · 105 replies
    forbes ^ | december 9, 2012 | rick ungar
    After making a big deal of publicly supporting the Affordable Care Act, Walmart—the nation’s largest private sector employer—is joining the ranks of companies seeking to avoid their obligation to provide employees with health insurance as required by Obamacare. It was not all that many years ago that Walmart announced, in response to harsh criticism over the low pay provided to Walmart ‘associates’, that the company would provide a healthcare benefit to its part-time, low earning employees. The uncharacteristically generous nod to worker needs was short lived as the company partially pulled back on the commitment in 2011, citing premium rate...
  • Another UK Health Care Horror Story Which U.S. Press Will Ignore

    12/10/2012 1:44:39 AM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 09 December 2012 | Tom Blumer
    Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP since 1984, has said her biggest regret is that she didn't "stand in the hospital corridor and scream" in protest at the "almost callous lack of care" with which nurses treated her husband as he lay dying in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
  • Newt Gingrich: Republicans Today Would Be ‘Incapable of Competing’ Against Hillary Clinton in 2016

    12/09/2012 1:01:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 109 replies
    The Blaze/NBC Repost ^ | 12/9/2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the current GOP would be “incapable of competing” against Hillary Clinton should she run in 2016. Gingrich on NBC’s “Meet the Press” called Clinton a “very formidable” person who is married to “the most popular Democrat in the country.” “If [the Republicans'] competitor in ’16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably, a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl. And the Republican Party today is incapable of competing at that level,” Gingrich said.
  • Bostwick Labs to cut 90 of 154 workers at south Orlando facility (Florida)

    12/09/2012 9:31:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 7, 2012 | Marni Jameson
    Bostwick Laboratories Inc. will lay off 90 of 154 employees in its Orlando lab between now and next August, the company said Friday. In a layoff-warning letter sent to the state, human-resources manager Michael Tenney said the employees would be let go from the south Orlando facility at 7001 Lake Ellenor Drive. Positions being eliminated range from medical technologists, lab specialists and lab assistants to purchasing and distribution specialists. Virginia-based Bostwick, founded in 1999, specializes in diagnosing cancer through such methods as analyzing prostate biopsies and urine tests...
  • Deal or no deal, ObamaCare taxes poised to hit next month

    12/09/2012 12:42:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 8, 2012
    Even if lawmakers somehow stop the Bush-era tax rates from expiring, taxes are still expected to rise on Jan. 1 -- thanks to a trio of new fees tied to the federal health care overhaul. The IRS this past week published rules for some of the first major taxes meant to help pay for President Obama’s massive insurance coverage expansion. Together, they will raise investment and income taxes on top earners and impose a separate -- and controversial -- tax on medical devices. The bundle of fees has been largely overlooked as lawmakers and the White House bicker over the...
  • Governor Strongly Backs “Assisted Suicide”

    12/09/2012 9:19:22 AM PST · by John Semmens · 19 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) says it’s imperative that the state enact an “assisted suicide” bill calling it “a crucial element of a successful implementation of Obamacare.” “Study after study has shown that a disproportionate share of what this nation spends on health care goes for the treatment of persons who are desperately ill,” Shumlin observed. “One way of overcoming this disparity is to channel more of these persons onto a path toward death with dignity.” “For the amount it costs to treat one late stage cancer patient we could provide thousands of others with condoms or abortions,” Shumlin pointed...
  • Nearly Three-Quarters of Jobs Created Since June Are in Government

    12/08/2012 6:58:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Just when you thought yesterday’s dismal jobs numbers couldn’t get any worse -- they did. According to CNSNews.com, nearly seventy-five percent of all civilian jobs created since the beginning of last summer are in the public sector: Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data...
  • Van Jones and Exxon Mobil Support a Carbon Tax

    12/08/2012 7:54:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Tom Borelli
    It’s a bad omen for free enterprise, prosperity and liberty when normally warring special interest groups such as big business and progressive activists agree on public policy. During President Obama’s first term big business interests led by the pharmaceutical industry joined the union lobby in successfully making ObamaCare the law of the land. Shortly after Obama’s re-election, history may be repeating itself this time regarding energy policy. While it’s known that politics makes strange bedfellows none can be more bizarre than former White House green jobs czar Van Jones and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson agreeing on a carbon tax....
  • There is no ‘Trust us’ clause in Constitution: NY Archdiocese wins ruling on HHS mandate

    12/07/2012 11:29:49 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 6, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) — In a strongly worded judgment a federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit from the Archdiocese of New York against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate may proceed. The Obama administration had argued that the archdiocese’s lawsuit was premature, since the administration may still make adjustments to the mandate that would stop it from having any effect on the archdiocese. After announcing the mandate in February, the Obama administration had announced a “safe harbor” that would prevent the mandate from applying to certain religious employers until August 2013. However, Judge Brian Cogan slapped...
  • Chris Christie the latest GOP governor to refuse Obamacare exchanges

    12/07/2012 8:16:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/07/2012 | Rick Moran
    He may have embraced the president just before the election, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is keeping his distance from Obama when it comes to implementing Obamacare. Politico: ******* Echoing complaints from other Republican governors who have declined to build the key component of the president's health law, Christie stressed unanswered questions and potential costs. "We will comply with the Affordable Care Act but only in the most efficient and cost-effective way for New Jersey taxpayers," he said in a statement. But he said the federal government hasn't told states what they need to make the assessment. "Thus far,...
  • The Fiscal Responsibility Cliff

    12/06/2012 11:52:42 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 5, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    Talk About Crazy Bastards...- By: Larry Walker, II -Hiking tax rates now, in advance of the pending 2013 Medicare Tax Increase from 2.9% to 3.8% on those making $200K ($250K if married), the new 3.8% Medicare Tax on Investment Income including capital gains, the 2014 health insurance tax on individuals of $695 to $2,085 (plus inflation) depending on family size, and the 2014 shared responsibility penalty of $2,000 per employee on companies with 50 or more part-time employees (working 30 hours or more), probably isn’t wise. Legislator's must pare any further tax increases with the hikes already baked in the...
  • Rivkin and Casey: The Opening for a Fresh ObamaCare Challenge

    12/06/2012 11:19:12 AM PST · by american_steve · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 6, 2012 | David Rivkin and Lee Casey
    ObamaCare is being implemented, having been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in June in a series of cases now known as National Federation of Independent Business v. HHS. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that the court took a law that was flawed but potentially workable and transformed it into one that is almost certainly unworkable. More important, the justices also may have created new and fatal constitutional problems. ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, was conceived as a complex statutory scheme designed to provide Americans with near-universal health-care coverage and to effectively federalize the nation's health-care system....
  • AAPS: Is ObamaCare Here to Stay?

    12/06/2012 9:52:41 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 9 replies
    AAPS News December 2012 - ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | AAPS staff
    Democrats are exulting in their narrow victory on Nov 6, saying that ObamaCare is “now a certainty,” and the “best is yet to come” as they implement their glorious promises of healthcare for all. The fact is, however, that key parts of the Act are not in effect yet and may be blocked at the state level.
  • IRS finalizes new tax for medical devices in healthcare law

    12/06/2012 9:15:08 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Patrick Temple-West
    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday released final rules for a new tax on medical devices, products ranging from surgical sutures to knee replacement implants, that starts next year ... ... The tax applies mostly to devices used and implanted by medical professionals, including items as complex as pacemakers or as simple as tongue depressors. Products sold for humanitarian reasons, such as experimental cancer treatment devices, are not exempt from the tax. ... it remains "an open question" when latex gloves come under the tax
  • The illegal re-writing of ObamaCare will never end

    12/06/2012 8:38:26 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/7/2012 | Doug Book
    Chief Justice John Roberts rewrote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to rescue it from the Constitution. The IRS rewrote the law in order to rescue it from financial oblivion. And the leftist scribes who authored ObamaCare claim none of this illegal, post-legislative tampering really matters. For they contend that what they wrote in the law is not as important as what they really meant! John Roberts stunned and angered “fellow” conservative justices on the Supreme Court when he deliberately ignored the actual language of the Affordable Care Act in ruling the law Constitutional. For although the law’s authors...
  • Cook County, IL Obamacare to start for uninsured adults January 1

    12/06/2012 8:15:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Thursday, December 06, 2012 Cook Co Obamacare to start for uninsured adults January 1 COOK COUNTY - Starting January 1, Cook County will be one of the nation's first counties to immerse itself in Obamacare after the General Assembly agreed earlier this year to request a special federal advance. The desired waiver would help to bail out Illinois' most populated county budget overwhelmed with health care costs. The feds agreed to kick Cook County in to the Obamacare system ahead of the rest of the nation to pay for adults 18 through 65 not covered by Family Care or Medicaid...
  • New York Judge Slaps Down Obama Justice Department

    12/05/2012 9:02:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/5/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    The Obama administration has been consistently arguing since announcing a year’s grace period for some religious organizations to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the Department and Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate, that the controversy over religious freedom and the mandate is over and the Catholics are happy. That, as has been pointed out here before, ignores all the lawsuits pending. And that they are not just from Catholics. Today in New York, a judge dismissed Justice Department claims that the Archdiocese of New York’s lawsuit in response to the coercive mandate is unnecessary....
  • 'Obamacare' saves consumers nearly $1.5 billion

    12/05/2012 6:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 115 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/5/12
    Washington — Consumers saved nearly $1.5 billion in 2011 as a result of rules in President Obama´s healthcare law that limit what insurance companies can spend on expenses unrelated to medical care, including profit, a new analysis shows. Much of those savings — an estimated $1.1 billion — came in rebates to consumers required because insurers had exceeded the required limits. The study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund also suggests that the Affordable Care Act forced insurers to become more efficient by limiting their administrative expenses, a key goal of the 2010 law. In some cases, insurers passed savings...
  • Polls: Nation that re-elected Obama wants more spending cuts than tax hikes, still hates Obamacare

    12/04/2012 3:53:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Look, I don’t even know anymore. I’m just gonna put these out there for you as yet another indication of how tough getting anywhere close to solving our deficit and debt problems is. It’s a nice complement to the latest in the fiscal cliff saga, in which allegedly intractable, unreasonable Republicans offer a Simpson-Bowles-like compromise that might actually come within a couple ballparks of acknowledging our debt problems while Democrats seem rather enthusiastic about cliff-diving and yet the press and public are determined to blame Republicans for going over. Let’s see if that can change in the near future. Presumably...
  • Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO

    David Green is the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which is challenging the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. This letter is an excellent illustration of how stupid one-size-fits-all federal policies trample individual freedom. When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's...