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  • Wanted: Ten Thousand Hobby Lobbies

    01/08/2013 5:08:33 AM PST · by scottfactor · 8 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 01/08/13 | Gina Miller
    America needs ten thousand more. America needs thousands of businesses to resist this lawless administration in Washington and stand on the principles of freedom as Hobby Lobby has bravely done. These principles of freedom are enshrined in America’s founding documents, although they are not given to us by those documents. Our freedoms come from God alone, not government, and the fact that our current federal government spits on our God-given freedoms is a gross affront to our nation and its citizens. By now you have heard of the courageous stand the Christian owners of the national arts and crafts retail...
  • Omaha Wendy’s Franchise Forced to Cut Employee Hours Thanks to Obamacare

    01/08/2013 2:29:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | january 7, 2013 | jim hoft
    An Omaha Wendy’s franchise announced it would cut hours for 100 employees due to the new Democrat Obamacare health plan. WOWT reported: A fast-food chain is slashing employee hours so franchise owners don’t have to pay health benefits. Around 100 local Wendy’s workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame. “Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.” That’s how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy’s restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers....
  • Obama’s $264 Billion Tax Bill for 2013 May Spark New Recession

    01/07/2013 8:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 07 Jan 2013 10:18 PM | David A. Patten
    With the fiscal cliff deal and many Obamacare taxes taking effect, Americans will be slammed with an estimated $264 billion in new taxes this year alone—making 2013 memorable for delivering one of the largest one-year tax increases in American history. The math breakdown of the new taxes is simple: Key parts of the Bush tax cuts will expire as a result of the new fiscal cliff legislation, hitting American taxpayers with a tax bill of about $39.5 billion each year for the next decade. … Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi issued a projection that the tax burden will cut GDP...
  • Study predicts Obama healthcare law will raise premiums on young adults

    01/07/2013 7:26:08 PM PST · by magellan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7 January 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    The study says a provision linking prices for older and younger patients could raise costs on the young. Young adults will see higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of a provision that links prices for older and younger patients, according to a new study. Actuaries at management consulting firm Oliver Wyman predicted the law's age rating restrictions could mean a 42 percent hike in premium costs for people aged 21 to 29 when they buy individual coverage. "This means that close to 4 million uninsured individuals … can expect to pay more out of pocket...
  • Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under Obamacare

    01/07/2013 5:55:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax Health ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 4:56 PM | Nick Tate
    If it feels like you’re spending more time in the waiting room of your doctor’s office these days, it’s not your imagination. Family doctors are busier than ever. For many people, it is becoming difficult to even find a doctor, say experts who blame Obamacare for accelerating the nation’s doctor shortage. … What’s driving the trend, health experts say, is the nation’s growing population of older Americans using more healthcare resources. At the same time, as many as 1 in 3 practicing physicians are nearing retirement age. What’s more, the addition of some 30 million patients newly covered by insurance—as...
  • Obama's Affirmative Action: Tax Increases for Everyone!

    01/07/2013 10:52:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    Here we go again folks, the Obama lies continue to flow.  Remember when he said this?  “I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan no family making under $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains, not any of your taxes.”  Really.  Then how is it that this week when people got their payroll checks they were a little thinner than they were in 2012?  I’m not talking about the “evil rich”, but the average everyday worker.  With the expiration of the payroll tax cut,...
  • Repeal Obamacare bill: Michele Bachmann introduces first bill of 113th Congress

    01/07/2013 10:53:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | 01/07/2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    The Minnesota Representative introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, the first bill of the 113th Congress--but it stands almost no chance of passing. Second verse, same as the first, apparently.Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Tea Party darling and former presidential candidate introduced the first House bill of the 113th Congress Thursday.Of course, the bill she introduced was to--you guessed it--repeal Obamacare in its entirety. At noon today, I introduced the first bill of the 113th Congress to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) January 3, 2013 Even if Bachmann's bill stood a chance of becoming...
  • Vanity: Turning North Carolina into a "no Obamacare" state (GOP controll gov & state houses)

    01/07/2013 10:51:42 AM PST · by Kolath · 6 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 01/07/2013 | Submissions
    We made history in November by helping put into office a new Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, and a Republican super-majority in the legislature. We have new Republican legislators from districts who haven’t elected a Republican in 100 years. Much of this success is thanks to you, the grassroots conservatives who put everything you had into restoring North Carolina. It is now time to help our representatives implement conservative principles, and our first and most critical issue is Obamacare. There is still time for our new Republican Governor Pat McCrory to opt out of the setting up health care exchanges in...
  • Obamacare Guarantees Higher Health Insurance Premiums -- $3,000+ Higher

    01/07/2013 9:28:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/7/13 | Sally Pipes
    President Obama will deliver a second inaugural address later this month. He’ll no doubt reflect on what he’s done during his first four years in office — and on his signature healthcare law in particular. Let’s reflect with him. During his first campaign for the presidency in 2008, the president promised that his health reform plan would “bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family” by the end of his first term. Well, that first term is just about up. And health insurance isn’t any cheaper. In fact, it’s more expensive. Premiums have increased by an average of $3,065....
  • Health insurance rates going up by double digits: NYT

    01/07/2013 7:32:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember that Nancy Pelosi told us that we needed to pass ObamaCare to find out what’s in it. Barack Obama promised to “bend the cost curve,” too. Looks like both of them were right, at least according to the Paper of Record, which discovers to its surprise that dumping nebulous mandates on insurers causes them to bend the cost curve sharply upward (via Instapundit): Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid...
  • Dodd-Frank's Problems -- and Potential Solutions

    01/07/2013 4:56:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare. Health insurance is something that almost every adult has some acquaintance with, and there seem to be glitches aplenty in the legislation, much delay in issuing regulations and some possible changes resulting from litigation. We're likely to see or hear less about the operations of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation, passed four months after Obamacare. Most of us don't work at banks or financial institutions, which will have to grapple with its myriad provisions and the regulations to be issued thereunder, and we tend to...
  • Obama to Boehner: 'We Don't Have a Spending Problem'

    01/06/2013 6:53:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/6/13 | Ben Shapiro
    In an interview with Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, newly re-elected House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) opened up about President Obama’s utter unwillingness to cut a single dollar from federal spending. In a stunning admission, Obama reportedly told Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” Boehner added that President Obama continues to maintain that America’s federal deficit is caused not by governmental overspending but by “a health-care problem.” Said Boehner, “They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system.” Boehner told Obama, “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with Obamacare....
  • The Ugly Reality On The Budget, Deficits And Debt Ceiling

    01/06/2013 10:34:02 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 19 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | January 6, 2013 | Karl Deninger
    As you folks all know I've been pounding the table for years about the fact that if we're serious about addressing what's wrong with our budget we must break the medical monopolies. Indeed, there's an entire sub-category of Tickers dedicated to Health Reform, which I started writing on when the entire Obama mess began and the discussion took off in earnest. But lately I've been asked to look once again at exactly what sort of realistic budget cuts we could make, especially now that the "fiscal cliff" game has been "punted." Let's remember something here folks -- last calendar year's...
  • Ted Cruz Spends First Day in the Senate Making News and Making Waves

    01/05/2013 6:22:59 AM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has barely taken his oath of office as a United States Senator and he is already making news. He has a Washington Post op-ed in which he reiterates his "opportunity conservatism" approach to governance. The first bill he will file will be to repeal Obamacare. This and a combative stance on guns and fiscal policy have gotten the notice of the media.
  • Obama, Race and Affirmative Action: Why the Second Term Will Be Worse (Part II)

    01/06/2013 9:13:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Carl Horowitz
    The executive branch isn’t the only arena in which the Obama affirmative action crusade will be felt over the next four years. The legislative branch, too, offers manifold opportunities for mischief. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148), or “Obamacare,” for example, offers a generous supply of tripwire. Section 5301, which defines criteria for federal aid to medical schools, contains a subsection, “Priorities in Making Awards.” It states: “The Secretary [of Health and Human Services] shall give priority to qualified applicants that…have a record of training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups.” Section 5303,...
  • 2013: List of Pro-Liberty Bills in Congress

    01/06/2013 9:13:43 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    Govtrack.us ^ | Jan 5, 2013 | me
    2013: List of Pro-Liberty Bills in Congress Updated: Jan 5, 2013 H.R. 23: To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization. H.R. 24: To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States, and for other purposes. H.R. 25: To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States. H.R. 33: To amend title 31,...
  • Hobby Lobby CEO open letter: “Honoring God is more important than turning a profit”

    01/06/2013 8:26:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Normally I'd be inclined to run something like this on a Sunday, when I like to explore more faith-based topics. However, today is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, where consumers who support the Christian ownership's stand against the HHS mandate that attempts to impose a highly restrictive definition of religious expression can put their money where their mouths are. Since I don't really have a hobby at the moment, I'll instead offer a passage from the open letter written by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, who explains why he's decided to spend a lot of money and risk even more to...
  • Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits

    01/06/2013 1:33:22 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | By REED ABELSON
    Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the...
  • Please Pray For My Mom... and Advice-- Is this the Obama Death Panel in action? (Sad update #118)

    01/06/2013 12:00:02 AM PST · by MacMattico · 155 replies
    Me
    Please say a Prayer for my mother. I don't think I've ever asked some one to pray for some one else before, but she's in a tough spot. If it is her time to go it will hurt terribly, but as Catholics and the fact that she is the most caring, loving person I have ever met, I know we will meet again in a better place. I'm also extremely upset with the hospital, and I don't want this to happen to others. On the day after Christmas, my mother was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with Pneumonia. They...
  • Obamacare Layoffs, Hiring Freezes Begin

    01/05/2013 6:29:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 5, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    Obamacare opponents warned that forcing companies employing 50 or more full-time workers to buy healthcare would prompt employers to slash jobs and worker hours. And that’s exactly what’s happening, says one of President Barack Obama’s favorite economists, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics. “It will have a negative impact on job creation” this year, says Mr. Zandi. The Obamacare employer mandate doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2014, but the government requires businesses to track worker schedules for three to 12 months in advance. That means many employers plan to get a jump start on avoiding Obamacare’s $2,000 per-worker fine...
  • Hobby Lobby CEO Pens Tragic Letter About Loss of Religious Freedom

    01/05/2013 11:17:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/4/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The CEO of Hobby Lobby has penned a tragic letter about the loss of religious freedom and liberty in America. The Christian crafts company has been forced by the Obama administration to pay for drugs for its employees in their health care plan that may cause abortions. Doing so violates the religious freedom of the founders and owners of Hobby Lobby, but the firm has, so far, been unsuccessful in getting courts to give it an exemption while its lawsuit against the HHS mandate continues. Tens of thousands of Americans have committed to support the Christian crafts store Hobby Lobby...
  • The HHS Mandate and Judicial Theocracy

    01/05/2013 1:23:12 PM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 1/3/13 | Melissa Moschella
    If we are to preserve our First Amendment rights, judges must refrain from telling plaintiffs challenging the HHS mandate that they’ve got their theology wrong.Are judges more competent to determine what a particular religion requires or forbids than that religion’s own leaders or adherents? Most would think not. Yet that’s what two of the recent rulings related to the Health and Human Services contraception, sterilization, and abortion-drug mandate seem to claim. Recently, in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, federal district judge Joe Heaton of the western district of Oklahoma ruled against the Greens, the devout Christian owners of Hobby...
  • First bill introduced in 113th Congress, H.R. 35: Repealing 'Obamacare'

    01/05/2013 10:37:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/04/13 | Radell Smith
    The president can thank Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann for introducing bill H.R. 35, which she says would repeal Obamacare "in its entirety." MyFOX8 stated that CNN contributor and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer says this just proves that the president and Republicans in congress are still on bad terms and that it appears that "they are going to fight the president tooth and nail," despite his reelection.
  • Why Was a 2.3% ‘Medical Excise Tax’ Showing Up on Receipts from Sporting Goods Giant Cabela’s?

    01/05/2013 9:17:20 AM PST · by yoe · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 4, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    January 1, 2013 brought a host of new taxes, fees, and charges to the American people. Some of them were anticipated. Others, like the (Medical Device Excise Tax) (MDET), were not — at least not in this way. How so? Well, the MDET has started showing up on the receipts for purchases made at sporting goods giant Cabela’s. This receipt from one such store in Texas is making the rounds on the web. It shows an additional tax has been added to the purchase, after the local sales tax of nearly 10% was charged. [snip] What is a Medical Excise...
  • “Fantastic Step Forward”: Tens-of-thousands sentenced-to-death on L'pool Care Pathway w/out consent

    01/04/2013 9:27:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Live Action News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Cassy Fiano
    Sarah Palin once warned of death panels resulted from socialized medicine. She was mocked for the label, but the United Kingdom’s NHS hospitals are seemingly striving to prove that Palin was correct. The Liverpool Care Pathway has become notorious for its supposed end-of-life treatment. Over time, it has come to light that the so-called end-of-life “care” really consists of slowly starving and dehydrating patients to death, even children, who are put on the pathway not for being terminally ill, but simply for being disabled. Now, more shocking news has come to the surface. It turns out that half of all...
  • The Republicans -- After Dunkirk

    01/04/2013 7:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    At the Potsdam conference with Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill learned that the voters of the nation he had led for five years through World War II had just voted to throw him out of office. "It may well be a blessing in disguise," said his wife Clementine. "At the moment, it seems quite effectively disguised," replied Churchill. Republicans must feel that way today. For they have survived their own Dunkirk. They may have left their helmets, canteens and rifles behind, but they did finally get off the beach. That Republicans suffered a rout, as the British did...
  • Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

    01/03/2013 8:06:43 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass.
  • MSNBC's Ed Schultz Names Sandra Fluke A 'Hero' For Pushing Free Birth Control

    01/03/2013 6:35:12 PM PST · by drewh · 36 replies
    National Examiner.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | By: Joe Newby
    MSNBC's Ed Schultz named Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown coed who told a congressional panel that students were going broke buying contraception, a "middle class hero" for advocating free contraception, Twitchy reported Wednesday. "Even more hilarious," Twitchy said, "Fluke is boasting about it and preening." "Thx 4 including me in 2012 heroes & allowing me 2 share my friend's story--interview feels like lifetime ago," Fluke tweeted. According to Twitchy, conservatives on Twitter weren't impressed. "@SandraFluke hero? What a joke! Embarrassment is more like it," one person tweeted. "@SandraFluke what have you sacrificed to be labelled a hero? You're an underachieving grad...
  • Christians ‘Stand With Hobby Lobby’ As Company Faces Fine of 1.3 Million Daily for Defying Obamacare

    01/03/2013 4:53:48 PM PST · by rhema · 24 replies
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Christians across the country state that they will be standing with Hobby Lobby this weekend as the popular craft chain continues to defy the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare. Joe Grabowski of StandWithHobbyLobby.com has named Saturday, January 5th as the official appreciation day for the company, when supporters will shop at their local Hobby Lobby outlet to show their support. “On Saturday, January 5th, all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandate’s unfair impositions upon religious individuals and corporate entities are called upon to show their support for Hobby Lobby by shopping...
  • Surprise: Obamacare-wary employers not hiring, cutting hours

    01/03/2013 12:15:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Guy Benson
    The real knife twist in this USA Today piece is the money quote from Mark Zandi, The One’s go-to "independent" economist: Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say. Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. "It will have a negative impact on job creation" in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics…The...
  • The Great New Year Stampede: Americans Rushing to beat Obamacare and gun bans.

    01/03/2013 7:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/03/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a New Year stampede developing that we have not seen for a long time. Gun stores are swamped with panicking customers. They are looking for handguns, semiautomatic rifles, and as much ammunition as they can afford. But buyers are not just camouflaged hunters, conspiracy theorists, and gun hoarders. Instead, many of those purchasing firearms and ammo are so-called ordinary people, convinced that this administration will soon begin to centrally register — and then ban — far more than assault rifles. There were probably lots of reasons why Adam Lanza shot 26 innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook...
  • Medical Excise Tax for Free Healthcare

    01/03/2013 4:22:10 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 5 replies
    http://iowntheworld.com ^ | 1/2/2013 | illustr8r
    1 OK…. Here comes some of those Obama care taxes on Jan 1, 2013. Soon every purchase you make, there will more taxes. On 103.98 I was charged 8.58 for Texas state taxes. And then Obama care medical tax another 2.39. So the more you spend , the more goes to the “so called free Obama care”. #2 O didn’t raise taxes, now did he. Here’s another ObamaTax receipt so you KNOW this is real. They should put ObamaTax on these so people know what they are paying. #tcot #tlot I haven’t bought anything in the New Year yet to...
  • Former State Rep. Scott Plakon Files To Run In HD 29

    01/02/2013 9:36:14 PM PST · by flfreedom · 2 replies
    Florida Political Press ^ | 1/3/12 | Flfreedom
    Newly elected Democrat State Rep. Mike Clelland, who shocked the political world when he upset Speaker-Designate Chris Dorworth in November, did not have to wait long to learn who will be challenging him to retake the seat. While perusing the Florida Division of Elections web site today, I saw that former state Rep. Scott Plakon has just filed to run in HD 29 making this the very first Republican vs. Democrat state race for 2014. Yes, Virginia, the next election cycle has begun! This is good news for Central Florida conservatives as Plakon was chosen ‘Legislator of the Year’ by...
  • Medical Device Excise Tax

    01/02/2013 3:12:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    irs.gov ^ | irs
    On Dec. 5, 2012, the IRS issued final regulations on the new 2.3 percent medical device excise tax that manufacturers and importers will pay on sales of certain medical devices beginning January 1, 2013. In addition, the IRS issued Notice 2012-77, which provides interim guidance regarding the determination of sale price and other issues related to the tax. The IRS developed the final regulations in consultation with technical experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and after carefully reviewing numerous public comments. Generally, under the final regulations, a “taxable medical device”...
  • Five Reasons the Obama Abortion-HHS Mandate Should Upset You

    01/02/2013 6:39:47 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | December 31, 2012
    As we look back on the past year, we conclude that 2012 is a year that will go down in infamy.For the first time in history, the government has attempted to force Americans to pay for the ending of human life – even if abortion violates their religious beliefs.The issue came to a head this summer when the ObamaCare abortion pill mandate was scheduled to go into effect. The mandate forces employers to provide health insurance coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization. And many employers are compelled to provide these in spite of their sincerely held religious beliefs...
  • 'Fiscal cliff' deal repeals part of 'Obamacare'

    01/01/2013 9:21:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Tucked inside the "fiscal cliff" deal is a provision repealing the CLASS Act, a giant unfunded mandate that was part of President Obama's health care law. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program was a priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and was designed to create a program for long-term care for the functionally disabled. Mr. Obama halted the program, saying he couldn't find a way to make it cost-effective. But he had objected when Republicans tried to repeal it outright, saying he wanted to keep it on the books and try to amend it...
  • Why the Democrats' campaign man voted 'no' (DSCC chairman Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo))

    01/01/2013 11:28:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/01/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    **SNIP** “While I do support many of the items in this proposal – for example, extending unemployment insurance, the wind production tax credit and tax cuts for most Americans – I believe they should have come in the context of a comprehensive deficit reduction package,” Bennet said. “Without a serious mechanism to reduce the debt, I cannot support this bill.” “Putting the country on a sustainable fiscal path and bringing our debt under control is incredibly important to our economy and our standing in the world and is a top priority for me,” Bennet continued. “I remain committed to continue...
  • 2012 in Review

    01/01/2013 11:15:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | January 1, 2012 | Armstrong Williams
    Time Magazine has just named President Obama as their Person of the Year. This has been, of course, controversial, and for the usual reasons: much like with the President’s Nobel Peace Prize, one has to wonder what he actually did to deserve it. Surely getting reelected is important, but beside the point; what matters is what you do in office, and I just don’t see much in the way of achievement by the President this year, in which he spent most of it either campaigning or doing nothing to avoid rocking the boat before the election. But Person of the...
  • $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1

    01/01/2013 6:10:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows: The Obamacare Medical Device Tax: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business...
  • New year + new health care law = new tax rates

    01/01/2013 5:26:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON -- The tax man is coming in 2013. And he's wearing surgical scrubs and has a stethoscope around his neck. Five new tax increases take effect Jan. 1 to help pay for the nation's health care overhaul. New provisions of the Affordable Care Act require affluent taxpayers to pay more for Medicare and, for the first time, have their investment income subject to Medicare taxes as well. Also, people who use flexible spending accounts for health care expenses will pay higher taxes. And taxpayers who spend a lot out of pocket on their health care will find it harder...
  • ObamaCare, 2013, and the Start of the GOP Comeback

    01/01/2013 12:45:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Peter Wehner
    Right now the political landscape is grim for Republicans–and in the short term, thanks to the so-called fiscal cliff, things may get grimmer still. But moments like these can pass, often quicker than we think. And next year may turn out to be one in which the pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act–aka ObamaCare–really begin to kick in, from higher premiums to the loss of employer-based health insurance to the start of enrollment in insurance exchanges. It will become more and more clear to the public what a nightmarish law the Affordable Care Act actually is. “The administration is...
  • Pizza magnate wins temporary ruling on contraception coverage dispute (Tom Monaghan)

    01/01/2013 12:31:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2012 | Bill Mears
    The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights. Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had "shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion." "The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a...
  • Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm

    12/31/2012 3:23:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | staff
    Detroit - A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino´s Pizza doesn ´t have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino´s Farms Corp.,near Ann Arbor. Monaghan,a devout Roman Catholic,says contraception isn´t health care but a "gravely immoral" practice. Zatkoff granted Monaghan´s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case.
  • NRA fingerprints in landmark health-care law

    12/31/2012 11:29:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2012 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger
    <p>The words were tucked deep into the sprawling text of President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul. Under the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” was a brief provision restricting the ability of doctors to gather data about their patients’ gun use — a largely overlooked but significant challenge to a movement in American medicine to treat firearms as a matter of public health.</p>
  • It's Official: January 5, 2013 is SUPPORT HOBBY LOBBY DAY (Breitbart, Others Spreading the Word)

    12/30/2012 6:52:59 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Breitbart, roundup of other sources ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Ken Klukowski
    David and Barbara Green, owners of Hibby Lobby “We must obey God rather than men!”—Acts 5:29. Now that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied Hobby Lobby’s application for an emergency injunction protecting them from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate on abortion and birth control, Hobby Lobby has decided to defy the federal government to remain true to their religious beliefs, at enormous risk and financial cost. Hobby Lobby is wholly owned and controlled by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. The Greens are committed to running their business in accordance with their Christian faith, believing that God wants them to...
  • Reid: No Senate vote Sunday night

    12/30/2012 5:03:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Reid: No Senate vote Sunday night Posted by CNN Political Unit (CNN) – Following a day of ups and downs in the fiscal cliff talks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will meet back again Monday, meaning there will be no vote on a deal Sunday night. The chamber will reconvene at 11 a.m. ET, he announced on the Senate floor. Saying there's "still significant distance between the two sides," Reid confirmed negotiations are continuing, nonetheless. "We'll have further announcements perhaps at 11 in the morning. I certainly hope so," Reid added. Monday marks the final deadline for...
  • IRS Proposes Employer Mandate Rules for Health Coverage

    12/30/2012 4:22:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    AccountingToday ^ | December 30, 201 | Michael Cohn
    The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on the shared responsibility for large employers to provide health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.The IRS noted that employers may rely on the proposed regulations for guidance until final regulations are issued. In addition, the IRS posted a questions and answers document on its Web site Friday to explain the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act and the new proposed regulations. Under the provisions, if employers do not offer affordable health coverage that provides a minimum level of health insurance coverage to their full-time employees, they may...
  • Democrats prepare tax-cut bills in case nation goes over 'fiscal cliff'

    12/30/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Leading Democrats are putting together fallback proposals if Washington fails to reach a deal on the “fiscal cliff” that would allow the party to cast itself as seeking to cut taxes. “Of course, I’ve got a backup plan in the event that we don’t succeed here,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday. “I’m sure the White House has one too.” Tax rates are set to expire on most households in January if Congress does not act to extend some of the rates, something some Democrats have long seen as giving their party an advantage....
  • Seventh Circuit Blocks HHS Mandate for Private Business (Disses 10th Circuit "Hobby Lobby" Decision)

    12/30/2012 11:00:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    NROnline/ The Corner ^ | December 29, 2012 | David French
    Late yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out. First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request for a similar injunction. In a key paragraph the court stated: The government also argues that any burden...
  • Report: Obama Makes Threats, Concedes Little During Fiscal Cliff 'Negotiations'

    12/26/2012 5:30:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | Guy Benson
    While most media accounts of the fiscal cliff fiasco have focused on Republicans' travails, few have adequately noted Democrats' starring role in our current dysfunction.  Harry Reid obstructed a vote on the president's plan, Nancy Pelosi whipped votes against her own erstwhile plan, and the president has fully retreated from ideas he supported as recently as last year.  A pre-Christmas Wall Street Journal article walks readers through the failed negotiations, and two recurring themes are woven throughout: (1) Obama has zero interest in meaningful concessions on his end, and (2) Obama is supremely confident in his ability to stick Republicans...