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  • We Told You So (Obamacare is making health care less affordable)

    01/20/2013 5:25:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/20/2013 | Robert Tracinski
    As the Affordable Care Act--otherwise known as ObamaCare--begins to be implemented, we are seeing its first big consequence: it is making care less affordable. The New York Times reports that "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." "Even though"? In fact, Obamacare is simply doing what a lot of people predicted it would. Critics of ObamaCare warned that it would produce precisely the kind of...
  • Changing America's course: An interview with Stanley Mack

    01/20/2013 2:48:38 PM PST · by SincerelyAmanda · 1 replies
    The Communities at The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2013 | Amanda Read
    . . . "To this district and anybody who intends it harm, or anybody who wants to allow it to just exist and fester: This is a wake-up call for all conservatives, Republicans. This is a wake-up call for our nation," says Mack. "There is no other reason that we have allowed the issues to go this far, and to continue the dogma and lip service that we’re getting from some of our elected officials." In the midst of a challenging era, Mack won't be an ideologue bound by negative talking points. On the subject of making Alabama's budget more...
  • How a GOP Governor Walked Arizona into Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Trap

    01/20/2013 2:27:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/19/13 | Avik Roy
    One of the most transformative aspects of Obamacare is that it conscripts state governments for the purpose of providing subsidized health insurance to their residents. Most red states have done their best to refuse, by declining to expand their Medicaid programs, and by passing up the opportunity to set up state-based insurance exchanges, through which Obamacare’s subsidies would flow. But a handful of Republican governors are doing their part to implement Obamacare. Arizona’s Jan Brewer, in particular, is proposing to do so in a way that sheds a lot of light onto the trap that Obamacare has set for state...
  • Obama Admin Rebranding Healthcare 'Exchanges' as 'Marketplaces'

    01/20/2013 11:42:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/20/13 | Ben Shapiro
    Democrats understand that when they are losing a political fight, their best move is to change the political lexicon. When progressivism fails, they become liberals; when liberalism fails, they become progressives. Now they’re using that rhetorical trickery to try to save the wildly unpopular centerpiece of President Obama’s first term: Obamacare. Obamacare sets up what were originally termed state health care “exchanges.” These “exchanges” were supposedly set up to pool risk between health care insurance companies. Of course, if the market saw a benefit in such pooling, it would have done so already. In fact, many insurance companies already pool...
  • Flashback: Palin Predicts Obama Admin. Using Health Care to Curb Second Amendment Rights

    01/20/2013 12:22:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 19, 2013 | Tony Lee
    On August 1, 2009--just seven months into President Barack Obama’s first term--former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin predicted Obama would attempt to leverage health care to "take away" the Second Amendment rights of Americans. In a speech to National Rifle Association members in Anchorage, Alaska, Palin said Americans should be “wary” of this “tie-in” because Obama would attempt to “take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan”: And by the way, [with] health care being so big in D.C. right now, be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs. Because it will crop up: a tie-in...
  • Hospital Will Stop Delivering Babies, Thanks to Obamacare

    01/19/2013 11:21:23 PM PST · by kathsua · 11 replies
    Life news ^ | 1/17/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obamacare legislation contains no safeguards to stop taxpayer funding of abortions or abortion businesses. Now, a Pennsylvania hospital has indicated it will stop delivering babies thanks to Obamacare. The Obamacare law is causing physicians to cut the number of patients they see or leave their practices entirely — resulting in problems like this one. As AP reports: A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms. The Windber...
  • Tony Lee: Palin Predicted Obama Using Health Care to Curb Second Amendment Rights

    01/19/2013 7:36:56 PM PST · by Bratch · 58 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 19 2013 | Stacy Drake
    Via Breitbart: On August 1, 2009–just seven months into President Barack Obama’s first term–former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin predicted Obama would attempt to leverage health care to “take away” the Second Amendment rights of Americans.In a speech to National Rifle Association members in Anchorage, Alaska, Palin said Americans should be “wary” of this “tie-in” because Obama would attempt to “take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan”:And by the way, [with] health care being so big in D.C. right now, be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs. Because it will crop up: a tie-in...
  • L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa: Keep ‘Non-Serious Criminal’ Aliens in U.S. to Make Us ‘Safer’

    01/17/2013 8:42:58 PM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-18-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona No, this is not an episode of the Twilight Zone, nor an escaped mental patient ranting on camera before being taken away in a straight jacket. This is the sitting mayor of America's 2nd largest city, and a predicted Democrat Presidential candidate for 2016. But that doesn't make it any less crazy. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday urged this much at a National Press Club appearance by supporters of illegal alien amnesty: "It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals," said Villaraigosa. "Our neighborhoods will be safer and our...
  • Jerry Brown will push for 'pathway to citizenship' for immigrants

    01/19/2013 7:53:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan. 18, 2013 - | Jim Sanders
    Gov. Jerry Brown is thrusting himself into the federal fight over creating a "pathway to citizenship" for millions of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States illegally. "I expect to play a role in the national effort for comprehensive reform," Brown said in a statement released by his office Thursday. "I'll be directing some efforts on national reform."
  • No reason to panic about a dip in the birth rate

    01/19/2013 4:18:01 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 23, 2012
    I have no doubt that Jeff Jacoby’s concern about America is genuine (“Beware the baby bust generation,” Op-ed, Dec. 16). However, I think his panic is misplaced. For one, the birth rate during the baby boom was the aberration. In the late 1970s, America’s total fertility rate was at its lowest, at 1.79 births per woman. It inched back up in the following three decades, and has only recently declined again, to about 1.9. Most likely, this is a function of the economy, and the rate will rise again. The average American woman wants two children — unchanged from the...
  • Declining birthrate poses challenge to California's future

    01/19/2013 4:23:50 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    Daily News ^ | 01/18/2013 | By Susan Abram and Matt O'Brien, Staff Writers
    California is losing its children. After decades of simultaneously worrying about and cashing in on its ever-growing population, the Golden State now awaits a new challenge: too few children and, eventually, too few skilled and able-bodied workers. "Kids are no longer overrunning us. Now they're in short supply," said Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California. "It changes the priorities for the state." The number of California babies born each year began dropping steadily in 2007, according to state public health records, but the birthrate began slowing years before. From 2002 to 2011, there was a statewide...
  • Killing The Golden Goose (California)

    01/19/2013 7:47:55 AM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://crazifornia.com ^ | january 18, 2013
    California’s dislike of business, and willingness to tax it into oblivion, is storied. As State Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) is quoted saying in Crazifornia: I am tired of my constituents and other business owners here being treated like pinatas by regulators and politicians who smack them around until some fine or penalty falls out. Or some newly created tax liability – like the new retroactive (to 2008) tax that’s going to smack the Golden State’s golden goose upside the head. Henry Blodget explains in Business Insider: As a way of encouraging entrepreneurs and investors to start companies in California, the...
  • LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for federal immigration reform

    01/17/2013 3:45:02 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA ^ | January 14, 2013 | John North
    WASHINGTON (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the national spotlight Monday calling for federal immigration reform. With so many priorities in Washington D.C. right now, the mayor said he doesn't want this issue to fall off the radar screen. Villaraigosa spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and called repairing the nation's broken immigration system an economic imperative. He wants a pathway to citizenship as the core of any reforms. "No human being is illegal. No human being should be illegal. We must enshrine this principle into the heart and soul of this country's immigration...
  • Officials Expect Surge in Illegal Immigration

    01/19/2013 8:28:17 AM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies
    KRGV TV ^ | Jan. 17, 2013 | KRGV
    WESLACO - A surge in illegal immigration could be in the Rio Grande Valley's near future, officials said. Officials said this is the time of year when more immigrants venture into the United States. Border Patrol agents said the Rio Grande and border fence segments are little deterrent for those determined to cross the international boundary. "We're going to focus our resources towards a threat. So when we have people coming in, we'll put our resources in that area," Border Patrol Spokesman Henry Mendiola said. "A lot of these folks come for seasonal work or some type of employment. When...
  • Reid insists immigration reform must include path to citizenship

    01/18/2013 6:38:24 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 18, 2013 | Tovin Lapan
    Searchlight —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is hoping to build an immigration reform bill with bipartisan support but that some related issues are not up for debate in his view.Meeting Thursday morning at his Searchlight home, Reid outlined his top priorities for the U.S. Senate in 2013, including immigration reform, to reporters who cover the Southern Nevada Hispanic community. “There will be nothing done in my Senate (on immigration reform) without a pathway to citizenship,” he said.
  • Can Vt. afford health insurance for undocumented immigrants?

    01/17/2013 6:57:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    WCAX-TV 3 CBS ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials overseeing the state's transition to a single-payer health care system say providing health insurance to undocumented immigrants would not likely cost taxpayers much money. Lawmakers asked the Green Mountain Care Board to examine the costs of coverage for people who are here illegally. But officials say it's difficult to nail down a price tag because there are no firm numbers of how many undocumented people live in Vermont. It's estimated to be between 1,500 and 3,000. "But we did learn, I think, enough kind of useful facts about the demographics of the population and some...
  • The time bomb in Obamacare?

    01/19/2013 5:31:15 PM PST · by Kolath · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/2012 | George Will
    A willow, not an oak. So said conservatives of Chief Justice John Roberts when he rescued the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a.k.a. Obamacare — from being found unconstitutional. But the manner in which he did this may have made the ACA unworkable, thereby putting it on a path to ultimate extinction.
  • Health insurance exchange myth, fact (Idaho RINO Governor)

    01/18/2013 6:25:43 PM PST · by narses · 19 replies
    CDA Press ^ | Friday, January 18, 2013 10:49 am | Gov. Butch Otter
    From the office of Gov. Butch Otter: Myth - Rejecting a state-run health insurance exchange will ensure Idaho will not be part of any exchange. Fact – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires every state to have a health insurance exchange. The question is not whether Idaho will have an exchange, but rather who will build and administer the system – the federal government or the state. Ignoring the law would invite increased federal involvement in our state affairs through regulation of our insurance markets, forfeiting the creation of jobs in Idaho to other states, adding to...
  • House Democrats Renew Push for Health Insurance Public Option

    01/17/2013 10:46:49 AM PST · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | William Bigelow
    On Tuesday, 44 House Democrats joined Rep Jan Schakowsky in her bid to submit H.R. 261, legislation supporting a “public option.” When ObamaCare was passed in 2010, the “public option” was removed, but like the seven-headed Hydra, another head has grown in its place. Schakowsky claimed, "Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better. The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums."
  • 11 States Getting $1.5B to Set Up Obamacare Exchanges, But Half the States Won’t Do It

    01/18/2013 6:30:39 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1-18-2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is giving another $1.5 Billion in taxpayer money to eleven states to build their new health insurance exchanges. But it appears that half the states will let the federal government do it for them. The “Exchange Establishment Grants” announced on Thursday will go to California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Vermont. “These states are working to implement the health care law, and we continue to support them as they build new affordable insurance marketplaces,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Starting in 2014, Americans in all states...