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  • Health insurance contractor to lay off 150 in Morrisville (North Carolina)

    12/18/2012 2:26:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Triangle Business Journal ^ | December 18, 2012 | Amanda Jones Hoyle
    Health insurance contractor Healthways Inc. is shutting down its call center operations in Morrisville where it employs about 150 people, with the first wave of layoffs happening Dec. 31. Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways (NASDAQ:HWAY) submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter to the North Carolina Department of Commerce on Dec. 7 notifying state authorities about the pending mass layoff. According to a copy of the WARN letter from Laura Brocklehurst, vice president of human resources for Healthways, the company decided to close the facility “due to changing business circumstances.”(continued)
  • 150 Years after The Emancipation Proclamation … Slavery Re-introduced into the U.S.

    12/18/2012 12:53:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    The Valley Patriot (Mass.) ^ | Dr.Charles Ormsby
    On September 22, 1862 President Lincoln used the news from Antietam (fought on September 17, 1862) to announce his proclamation freeing the slaves in those states still in active rebellion against the Federal Government as of January 1, 1863. Amazingly, 150 years later, our recent national election endorsed a philosophy that embraces many of the core tenets of slavery. Ironically, this tightening of our shackles is being led by our first black president, was endorsed by well over ninety percent of American blacks and was supported by a super-majority of Jews who have had a history with slavery – and...
  • States Give ObamaCare A Massive Vote Of No Confidence

    12/18/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily | 12/17/2012 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: If ObamaCare is such a great idea, why are so many governors — including several Democrats — refusing to play along? What do they know that the administration isn't telling the rest of us? So far, not one part of ObamaCare has worked as planned. Almost immediately, the administration had to distribute huge numbers of waivers to companies because its initial rules would have forced them to drop their low-cost plans. ObamaCare's high-risk pools promised to cover hundreds of thousands, but ended up attracting almost no one. The small-business tax break has been a complete bust. Insurance premiums...
  • South Carolina Lawmakers Propose 5-Year Jail Sentence for 'Obamacare' Implementation

    12/18/2012 2:09:43 AM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    US News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Steven Nelson
    Nullification is yet again picking up steam in Dixie. Pursuing an archaic legal theory that punctuated pre-Civil War disputes between the federal government and states, South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley last week pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would criminalize implementation of President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law. If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and "must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both." [snip] "I think we're within our rights to do...
  • Pallone: I Hope I Will Be Here “When Republicans Finally Realize We Did Right Thing” on Obamacare

    12/18/2012 12:58:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, said Thursday that he wants to “be here one day when Republicans finally realize that we did the right thing, the world is not coming to an end, and in fact, the nation will be better because of the Affordable Care Act.” … “Let me start out by saying that I’m beginning to learn the Republican playbook on the Affordable Care Act. First, they spent a year and a half holding repeal votes. When that didn’t work, they advocated that the Supreme Court would most certainly reverse...
  • Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate

    12/17/2012 7:49:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Steven Ertelt
    Dominos Pizza Founder Sues Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/17/12 3:07 PMThe Catholic businessman who is the founder and former owner of the Domino’s Pizza chain has filed a lawsuit over the HHS mandate that forces religious employers to purchase drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.Tom Monaghan calls requiring businesses, schools and other religious places to pay for such drugs a “gravely immoral” practice and filed suit late Friday in federal court for Domino’s Farms, a business development complex he owns.Monaghan says he currently offers his employees health insurance...
  • Get Ready For the Costs and Chaos of Obamacare

    12/17/2012 4:36:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Byron York
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” At the time, March 2010, Pelosi's words accurately described the Democrats' just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement Obamacare so that you can find out what is in it. Amid the other momentous events coming in 2013 -- bitter fights over federal spending, debt, entitlements and immigration -- the biggest story of the year, and of...
  • Obamacare Gets Stunning Rebuke from 25 States

    12/16/2012 6:08:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 16 Dec 2012 06:41 PM | John O. Edwards
    December 14 has come and gone—and President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as Obamacare—has received a stunning blow. State governments had until December 14, 2012 to decide whether or not they would build their own health insurance exchange, an online service that would allow individuals to purchase private health insurance if it wasn’t provided for by their employees. That date has now passed, and the exchange has been rebuked by half the states—with 25 state governments refusing to participate in this critical component of Obamacare. Their refusal won’t stop exchanges in their states. Under the law, states...
  • Obamacare and My Daughter: “In two years, the surgery will cease to be available for the insured"

    12/16/2012 6:21:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/16/2012 | JUSTIN BINIK-THOMAS
    Elections have consequences. The president signed a law which forces citizens to purchase a product simply on the virtue that they are alive. Our Supreme Court upheld the law, giving the government the power to tax inactivity. When the law is fully implemented, we may see a shift from our role as citizens to subjects. Instead of “pay for play,” it will become “pay, if you play our way.” We are moving slowly down this path, and can begin to see the cliff before us. Still, there is time to slow the process and change course. Knowing the risk and...
  • Trouble for Obamacare HHS Mandate (Fed Appeals Court Arguments)

    12/15/2012 2:11:46 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | by Ken Klukowski
    A top federal appeals court signaled Friday that it might act on Obamacare’s HHS Mandate—requiring employers to cover birth control and abortion-related services. After repeated assurances that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not mandate abortion or people of faith violating their religious beliefs, ...Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) saying that a vague provision in the ACA requiring employers provide “preventive care” means that employer healthcare policies must cover birth control, abortion-related, and sterilization services. A torrent of lawsuits have flooded the federal courts, with people of faith arguing...
  • Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board (Hussein's death panel) on the table

    12/15/2012 7:19:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/12 | Elise Viebeck
    Democrats: Put Obama's Medicare board on the tableBy Elise Viebeck - 12/15/12 10:05 AM ET The healthcare law's controversial Medicare board should be on the table in deficit-reduction talks, House Democrats said this week. Killing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which Sarah Palin decried as a "death panel" in June, could ease Republican concessions as part of a year-end deficit deal, Dems said. "I think everything has to be on the table," said Rep. Dan Boren (Okla.), one of healthcare reform's most consistent Democratic opponents. "Anything that could help along the way to get some agreement," said Rep. David...
  • The Doctor Won’t See You Now - American health care is in a bureaucratic death grip. (Mark Steyn)

    12/15/2012 4:14:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    A few years ago, my small local hospital asked a Senate staffer if she could assist them in obtaining federal money for a new building. So she did, expediting the process by which that particular corner of northern New Hampshire was deemed to be “under-served” and thus eligible for the fed gravy. At the ribbon-cutting, she was an honored guest, and they were abundant in their praise. Alas, in the fullness of time, the political pendulum swung, her senator departed the scene, and she was obliged to take a job out of state. Last summer, she returned to the old...
  • Mennonite-owned wood manufacturer sues over contraception mandate

    12/15/2012 2:53:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies
    Christian Telegraph ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Christian Telegraph
    Conestoga Wood Specialties president and CEO Anthony Hahn. Photo via catholicnewsagency.com Three Mennonite Christians who own a wood manufacturing company in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate for threatening their right to religious freedom, reports Catholic News Agency. “Being told that we must provide a health plan that includes a provision that violates the Christian beliefs of our family and the Christian values that our company was founded on is deeply troubling,” said Anthony Hahn, president and CEO of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation. “Forcing Americans to surrender long-standing, deeply-held principles in order to own and run...
  • SHOTS FIRED INSIDE BIRMINGHAM HOSPITAL, 3 INJURED, GUNMAN KILLED

    12/15/2012 7:51:14 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 64 replies
    www2.alabamas13.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | Aaron Hutchens
    Birmingham police are on the scene at Saint Vincent's Hospital this morning, where somebody fired a gun early this morning. We have now learned that a police officer and two hospital employees were injured during that shooting, and they have been taken to UAB hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. The gunman was killed during the shooting. Police say that the public is not in any danger, and that the situation is under control. Our reporter on the scene says additional nurses have been called in to work.
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • Tom Monaghan sues feds over new health care law (Domino's Founder)

    12/15/2012 12:33:27 AM PST · by true believer forever · 46 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | December 14, 2012 | Associated Press
    <p>"Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception is not health care and instead is a "gravely immoral" practice. He's a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, along with his Domino's Farms, which runs an office park near Ann Arbor.</p>
  • Vladimir Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State."

    12/14/2012 7:29:14 PM PST · by Slyfox · 7 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 8, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    “Would socialized medicine lead to socialization of other phases of life? Lenin thought so. He declared socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state.”1945 AMA Pamphlet Warning From the Socialists Workers Party– When the administration of John F. Kennedy discussed a plan for government health care that would cover people of Social Security age, the American Medical Association (AMA) fought back, along with the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, with a well-funded campaign–complete with a commercial featuring actor Ronald Reagan, who was determined to talk to America about an “imminent threat”: Now, back in 1927, an American...
  • 26 States Decline ObamaCare Exchange; 'Administrative Nightmare' Seen

    12/14/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/14/2012 | David Hogberg
    The federal government will likely be involved in running the ObamaCare exchange in at least 30 states, 26 of which expressly declined to establish state exchanges. One health-policy expert refers to it as an "administrative nightmare" for the Department of Health and Human Services. Friday was the deadline for a state to let HHS know if it planned to establish a state exchange. Thus far only 18 states and the District of Columbia are planning on doing so. As of right now only Utah and Florida remain undecided. Utah may still decide to set up a state exchange, but few...
  • Final state tally for health insurance exchanges: 15 out of 50 States

    12/14/2012 8:14:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2012 | Rick Moran
    Only 15 states have told HHS that they will develop their own online insurance exchanges. This means the government has to design 35 different sites, with 35 different criteria for coverage -- all by next year. From CNBC: Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country. On the eve of a federal deadline for states to say whether they will run their own exchanges, a top health care policy official told lawmakers...
  • Obama’s Electronic-Medical-Records Scam (It is wasting money and inconveniencing doctors)

    12/14/2012 8:05:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/14/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Here’s more evidence that government “cures” are inevitably worse than the “diseases” they seek to wipe out. Buried in the trillion-dollar stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic-medical-records “incentive” program. Like most of President Obama’s health-care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust. Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacy-undermining consequences have only just begun. The program was originally sold as a cost-saving measure. In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health-care providers have already made the change. But as with many government “incentive” programs, the EMR bribe is...
  • Obamacare’s tooth tax takes effect on January 1

    12/13/2012 7:33:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 13, 2012 | Joanne Butler, Sr. Economics Fellow, Caesar Rodney Institute of Delaware
    With all the chatter about the fiscal cliff, you may not have heard of a tax change that will take effect on January 1 — and why going to the dentist now may be the right response to it. If you’re under 65, on January 1 your medical tax deduction rate (including expenses for dental work) will take a big jump from 7.5% of gross income to 10%. (No change for folks 65 and older.) If you’re like me, your health insurance pays a minimal amount for routine dental work — with most of the dentist’s bill being paid out...
  • Senate Dems Want Obamacare Waivers

    12/13/2012 12:20:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This story isn't getting a lot of play, but it should be. Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to dismantling of Obamacare, and they are 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. This is a piece by Dr. Susan Berry at Breitbart.com. "With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates...
  • Cause and Effect: Americans Who Voted for Obama Now Seeing Weekly Job Hours Slashed Below 30...

    12/13/2012 2:51:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 12, 2012
    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 businesses...
  • 185 Economists to Congress: "Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Risk Economic Damage"

    12/13/2012 7:51:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Note:  The following letter is co-signed by 185 of the nation's economists including Dr. Sanjai Bhagat, Provost Professor of Finance, University of Colorado, and Contributing Editor to A Line of Sight.  http://sanjaibhagat.com  Further information is available from the National Taxpayers Union, click here.  An Open Letter to Congress: December 11, 2012Dear Members of Congress:As the nation approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff," we, the undersigned economists, urge Congress to carefully consider the relative merits of tax increases and spending restraint. Increasing taxes would likely slow or reverse our nation's fragile economic recovery and undermine long-term growth. Restraining the growth of expenditures,...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:20 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • 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...