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  • State of the Union: Up in Smoke for Us

    02/11/2013 10:53:46 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 24 replies
    yahoo voices ^ | 2-11-2013 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Jan. 1, 2014, will find the fat lady singing for my husband and me. That is when smokers will have to "cough up" extra money for their health insurance because of a provision of the Affordable Health Act. I am 60, which means that I will pay $5,000 extra. My husband at 54 will pay more than $4,000 extra each year. Mind you that this is on top of the insurance payments we already make.
  • Video: Say, where are those ObamaCare premium price cuts?

    02/11/2013 10:01:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/11/13 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House on Sunday stepped up pressure on Republicans to adopt a short-term budget patch that would cancel the $85 billion in spending “sequesters” due on March 1, saying that government spending is still needed to prop up a stubbornly sluggish economy. Late last week, White House officials laid out a list of potential cuts they would have to make if the sequesters aren’t averted, saying they’d be forced to kick children out of the Head Start education program and cut federal loans to small businesses. The officials even warned that more American workers could die as a result...
  • Economist Admits Deficits Pose Long Term Problem, Suggests Remedies

    02/11/2013 8:47:25 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | John Semmens
    While Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman has been arguing that now is not the time for us to be worrying about the federal government’s debt, he does admit that a long term solution is necessary. “In the short run we can always inflate the currency as a means of defaulting on federal obligations,” Krugman said. “But in the long term there are significant demographic problems that require a real solution.” One of the significant demographic problems cited by Krugman was the aging population. “As people get older they tend to need more medical services,” Krugman recounted. “With our advanced...
  • How Roberts Was Blackmailed To Support ObamaCare

    02/11/2013 5:05:53 AM PST · by libstripper · 69 replies
    libertycaucus.net ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Trip, Jr.
    Many of us have questioned what caused Roberts to switch his vote on ObamaCare at the last minute, as reported by CBS, and doing so, so late that the Conservative Justices were forced to rewrite their majority opinion to be minority dissent. These facts may answer that question. In 2000 Justice Roberts and his wife Jane adopted two children. Initially it was apparent that the adoptions were "from a Latin American country", but over time it has become apparent that the adopted children were not Latin American, but were Irish. Why this matters will become evident. In 2005 the NY...
  • Was Chief Justice John Roberts Blackmailed To Support ObamaCare?

    02/10/2013 8:02:21 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 54 replies
    PatrionAction.net ^ | 02/10/2013 | Katie Baker
    Many of us have questioned what causedRoberts to switch his vote on ObamaCare at the last minute, as repo..., and doing so, so late that the Conservative Justices were forced to rewrite their majority opinion to be minority dissent. These facts may answer that question.
  • Ambush at Hilton Hollow

    02/10/2013 7:12:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    February 9, 2013 Ambush at Hilton Hollow Russ Vaughn Wow! The commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force the world has ever seen walked right into an ambush with no cover, no concealment, and no security at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Forced to sit at the dais and suck it up while a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Benjamin Carson, debunked the concept of Obamacare as well as pointing out the president's seeming indifference to the national debt, Obama did his best to smile but he simply could not suppress that droned-out...
  • The Coming Obamacare Recession

    02/10/2013 4:51:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/6/2013 | Brandon Crocker
    Actually, we already saw it last quarter and there’ll be no escaping it this year. To the shock of many, U.S. GDP shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012 by 0.1%. Immediately, however, economists and commentators flooded the media with reassuring explanations. Super Storm Sandy reduced economic activity in the areas it ravaged; worries about the fiscal cliff and sequestration dampened business spending and government defense spending; businesses let inventory levels dwindle. Even the Federal Reserve commented that the GDP drop was the result of “weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors.” All this is true, to some extent. But none...
  • Now States Cutting Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs

    02/09/2013 11:14:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/9/13 | Joel Pollak
    The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--they are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance. Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if...
  • Catholics: Changed HHS Mandate Is Old Wine In A New Bottle

    02/09/2013 5:05:04 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 8, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare: Faced with a string of court losses to those defending the First Amendment and religious liberty, HHS reworded its contraceptive mandate. But those who were fooled once won’t be fooled again. While liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, on these pages, and others have declared the new Health and Human Services regulations forcing religious institutions to violate their consciences as some sort of victory for the Catholic Church, any more such victories will surely mean the end of religious liberty in this country. Certainly the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not accept what HHS calls an "accommodation" as...
  • Obamacare 2016: Expect Insurance Premium Hikes of About $400 Per Family

    02/09/2013 11:18:02 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    <p>There were a lot of taxes in The Affordable Care Act that Nancy Pelosi famously said "we have to pass the bill so that we can find out what's in it." The American Enterprise Institute has tracked some of the taxes enacted on the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and they are expected to raise billions — in the short term. However, those costs still have to be paid, and consumers are expected to shoulder many of them in 2016.</p>
  • Ben Carson for President

    02/09/2013 9:37:14 AM PST · by Katya · 78 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/08/2013 | Review and Outlook
    "Whether this weekend finds you blowing two feet of snow off the driveway or counting the hours until "Downton Abbey," make time to watch the video of Dr. Ben Carson speaking to the White House prayer breakfast this week. Seated in view to his right are Senator Jeff Sessions and President Obama. One doesn't look happy. You know something's coming when Dr. Carson says, "It's not my intention to offend anyone. But it's hard not to. The PC police are out in force everywhere."
  • New plan: mandatory gun insurance

    02/09/2013 9:26:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 9, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    What to do if the nation fails to fall in line behind new gun grabbing legislation and doesn’t want to put limits on ammo capacity? How about if they rebel against the idea of taxing the heck out of ammo? What if it just seems like there simply isn’t a majority on board with new gun control legislation? Well, if you follow the Obamacare model, you could always consider making extra insurance on weapons technology mandatory. If you can’t force people to do what you want, force them to buy insurance: That seems to be the strategy of the liberal...
  • Obama: Sequester (his idea) would deal 'huge blow to middle-class families'

    02/09/2013 7:04:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama warned in his weekly address that the sequester would deal a "huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole" and urged Congress to strike a compromise deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic cuts. "There’s certainly no reason that middle-class families and small businesses should suffer just because Washington couldn’t come together and eliminate a few special-interest tax loopholes, or government programs that just don’t work," Obama said. "At a time when economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress, we shouldn’t allow self-inflicted wounds...
  • Pennsylvania, Indiana issue tentative “no, thanks” to Medicaid expansion

    02/09/2013 6:18:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration has made it abundantly clear that it would really just be oh so very helpful if all of the states would voluntarily comply with their proffered Medicaid expansion deal; ObamaCare really needs everybody to cooperate in order to work properly, so it’s really most unfortunate for them that the Supreme Court ruled last June that states were within their rights to decline the expansions without the threat of the total loss of federal Medicaid funding being held over their heads.It was something of a boon to the Obama administration when Republican governors John Kasich in Ohio and...
  • Dr. Benjamin Carson – National Prayer Breakfast (Transcript) - February 7, 2013

    02/09/2013 5:39:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 22 replies
    www.lybio.net ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dr. Benjamin Carson
    Thank you so much. Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Mrs. Obama, distinguished guests – which included everybody. Thank you so much for this wonderful honor to be at this stage again. I was here 16 years ago, and the fact that they invited me back means that I didn’t offend too many people, so that was great. [LAUGHTER] I want to start by reading four texts which will put into I want to start by reading four texts which will put into context what I’m going to say. Proverbs 11:9 With his mouth the Godless destroys his neighbor, but through...
  • Guns are the New ObamaCare

    02/08/2013 4:48:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Michael Hammond
    In May, 2009, Republican senators took the unusual step of inviting a pollster to speak to them at their weekly lunch. The pollster told them, in effect, that, if they opposed health care reform, the party would suffer large losses in 2010. The same bogus polls are being used to push Republicans into destroying the largest remaining component of their “ground game” — the Second Amendment community. If they resist, as we, with some difficulty, forced them to do on ObamaCare, they will take the Senate in 2014. Guns are the new ObamaCare. In many senses. First of all, you...
  • Oh, good: ObamaCare may help raise supermarket prices, too

    02/07/2013 5:52:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 7, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    ObamaCare’s benevolent promise to help control and curtail healthcare-related costs is already going magnificently bust; why not just extend the consequences of heightened compliance costs and pricey taxes to an entirely other but equally indispensable economic sector while they’re at it, right? As the Federal Drug Administration so munificently explains, part of ObamaCare’s overall purpose is to help provide Americans with all of the tools they need to lead healthier lives (with a universal healthcare system that requires society to absorb the costs of individuals’ daily health-related decisions, what choice do they have but to butt into those decisions?) —...
  • No Deal! Bishops to Administration: You Can't Force Lay Catholics to Act Against Faith

    02/07/2013 1:48:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Thursday signaling to the Obama Administration that the bishops will not make a separate deal to exempt Catholic institutions from an Obamacare mandate that requires health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs that leaves lay Catholic business owners and individual employees still subject to the mandate. “In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs that they proclaim on the Sabbath,” said Cardinal...
  • 'If they'd treated a dog like dad, the RSPCA would have blown the hospital apart'.....

    02/06/2013 11:17:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | Sophie Borland, Daniel Martin and Paul Bentley
    FULL TITLE: 'If they'd treated a dog like dad, the RSPCA would have blown the hospital apart': Families of victims of Stafford hospital scandal tell their stories Families of victims of the Stafford Hospital scandal have revealed harrowing details of how their loved ones died. Here are some of their stories: What I witnessed on the wards I will take to my grave Ellen Linstead, 67, died on December 13, 2006, of C.difficile and MRSA after being admitted with bone cancer. Her daughter Deb Hazeldine said wards were ‘filthy’ and she had to wash faeces off her mother’s hands. She...
  • Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food labeling rule under ObamaCare

    02/06/2013 7:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/6/13 | Shannon Bream
    If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone. (Snip) The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets
  • National Evangelical Association urges Obama administration to drop HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 3:50:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lsn ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations with more than 45,000 congregations, have released a statement urging President Obama to drop the proposed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on contraceptive and abortifacient coverage, even after the administration offered a limited ‘compromise’ slightly expanding religious exemptions to the rule. “The minor modifications announced today still require many Americans and their religious organizations to either violate faith and conscience or face heavy financial penalties,” wrote the group on Friday. “At the very least he should exempt all religious employers who object on grounds based in religiously informed...
  • Sweet: ObamaCare is going to cost us 127 million+ hours a year

    02/06/2013 12:46:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Just a little midweek, midday roundup of a few of the most recent ways in which the Affordable Care Act is just not going according to plan. “Unexpectedly,” of course.The House Ways and Means, Education and Workforce, and Energy and Commerce Committees have teamed up on a new report called the “ObamaCare Burden Tracker,” meant to function as “a real-time online resource to help the public keep track of all of the new government mandates, rules, and red tape as a result of ObamaCare.” Every hour and dollar spent complying with the Democrats’ health care law are time and resources...
  • College Students Get Stung By ObamaCare

    02/06/2013 12:42:52 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | February 5, 2013 | Alieta Eck MD
    College students will soon wake up to the fact that they have been had. While they were overwhelmingly supportive of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or “ObamaCare”) when their charismatic President was championing it, they will not be pleased when they find out that there is a huge price they will have to pay. ObamaCare will be anything but affordable. Apparently, New Jersey is the only state in the nation that currently requires all college students to have healthcare coverage. This has always been a bare-bones plan costing from $100-600 per year. The new healthcare regulations will...
  • Archbishop Chaput slams phony ‘compromise’ on Obamacare HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 10:03:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LSN ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PHILADELPHIA, February 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Monday condemned the Obama administration’s proposed ‘compromise’ on the HHS birth control mandate in his weekly column for his diocesan newspaper. “The White House has made no concessions to the religious conscience claims of private businesses, and the whole spirit of the ‘compromise’ is minimalist,” the Archbishop wrote in the column, called Making Sense of Another Ambiguous ‘Compromise.’ At issue is the HHS mandate requiring private employers to provide health care plans that include contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs to female employees without copays. Churches are currently exempt...
  • CBO: Entitlements, ObamaCare To Make Up 53% of Federal Spending

    02/06/2013 9:47:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 5, 2013 | Matt Cover
    According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), entitlements and ObamaCare spending will comprise 53 percent of all federal spending over the coming decade, totaling $24.9 trillion. In its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday, the CBO projects that Social Security will account for $11.149 trillion in spending from 2014 to 2023 while federal health care entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare, will spend $13.85 trillion. (That total includes TRICARE, CHIP, and “other” spending listed by the CBO under healthcare.) ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies, exchange costs, and other spending are expected to cost the government $949 billion...
  • The CBO quietly hikes the price tag on ObamaCare's insurance subsidies by 29%

    02/06/2013 4:28:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/05/2013 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare's insurance subsidies offered via the health law's exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO's new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That's an increase of nearly 29%. [snip] The CBO also expects 7 million...
  • CBO: 7 million Americans to lose employer insurance under Obamacare

    02/05/2013 8:38:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/05/2013 | Philip Klein
    President Obama famously promised Americans that if they liked their health care plan they could keep it, but a new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 7 million Americans will lose employer-based insurance as a result of his national health care law. In 2022, by CBO and JCT’s estimate, 7 million fewer people will have employment-based health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” the CBO announced in its new budget outlook released on Tuesday. This is up from an estimate of 4 million last August, mostly reflecting the effects of tax changes. In a July...
  • The Unconventional Ted Cruz: He's doing precisely what he promised on the campaign trail.

    02/05/2013 6:37:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/05/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough. In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and...
  • The Al and Amy Show

    02/05/2013 4:10:37 PM PST · by BlueBerrier0341
    The Jason Lewis Show ^ | 2-5-13 | Jason Lewis
    Boy, it’s great to be liberal in Minnesota. While the usual suspects remain ever vigilant for any hint of political malfeasance involving Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar get off scot-free for voting in favor of Obamacare’s medical devices tax before they were against it.
  • Ohio to expand Medicaid, despite Gov. John Kasich's opposition to Obamacare

    02/05/2013 2:54:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 2/4/13 | Sarah Jane Tribble, The Plain Dealer
    Gov. John Kasich today joined the growing ranks of Republican governors who will expand Medicaid... However, the brief also said that Ohio would "reverse this decision" if the federal government failed to cover nearly all of the cost of expansion, as it has said it would. The expansion of Medicaid fulfills an option under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide coverage to adults living at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the ability to opt in or out of the program, but they...
  • ObamaCare Exchange Subsidy Cost Hiked By $233 Billion

    02/05/2013 2:39:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 2/5/13 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare´s insurance subsidies offered via the health law´s exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO´s new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That´s an increase of nearly 29%.
  • Obamacare Punishes Smokers: Why not the Promiscuous? (Commiecare™ to cover HIV/AIDS?)

    02/05/2013 2:19:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare outlawed underwriting by health insurance companies. In other words, if we are diagnosed with cancer, run 10Ks, have diabetes or a family history of heart attacks, we all pay the same price. Fine. But there is one big exception. Smokers, who can be charged a huge insurance surcharge for their unhealthy habit. **SNIP** This financial stick is entirely political. Notice we never hear experts wanting to “punish” the promiscuous for the cost burden they inflict on the health care system. Yet people who sleep around, like smokers and the obese, cost the rest of us plenty–what with promiscuity leading...
  • Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’ - Bishops Must Take ‘Right Action Whatever Cost’

    02/05/2013 2:05:36 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | February 4, 2013 | Archbishop Chaput
    To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence). – Augustine The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that prudence is the auriga virtutum, the “charioteer of virtues.” It’s “right reason in action,” the...
  • Pathway to citizenship could increase Obamacare cost up to $300 billion over a decade

    02/05/2013 1:54:12 PM PST · by illiac · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | Caroline May
    Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for ObamaCare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced. However, should the provision fall by the...
  • Cancer screening delayed by Obamacare

    02/05/2013 1:42:49 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    MediBid ^ | 02/04/2013 | Constance Uribe, MD
    The federal government has once again driven a wedge between patients and physicians by creating its own criteria for the screening of these two prevalent malignancies. Instead of trying to improve on something that was working pretty well, Washington decided to scrap the idea because it did not fit the current agenda. Our own government is avoiding early diagnosis and treatment of these two known killers, turning a blind eye as these malignant terrorists invade our bodies. Only Washington could take something as straight forward as cancer screening and turn it into a complicated quagmire, and a deadly one at...
  • Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?

    02/05/2013 1:35:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Peter Weber
    Why did the Tea Party–backed governor of Ohio just say yes to a key part of President Obama's health care law? Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so — Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too — but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather...
  • Krugman: U.S. Needs Death Panels, Sales Taxes

    02/05/2013 12:35:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 5, 2013 | Joel Griffith
    Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor, "Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there is this question of how we’re...
  • Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    02/05/2013 12:16:07 PM PST · by illiac · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/13 | Steven Dinan
    President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade. But the non-partisan agency also expects fewer people to have to pay individual penalties to the IRS...
  • Kasich embrace of Obamacare program angers some conservatives

    02/05/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    By accepting the provision included in President Barack Obama's health care law expanding federal Medicaid funding, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined four fellow Republican governors in welcoming part of a program their party has campaigned vehemently against. He also drew the ire of some Republican activists, who had viewed him as a model of small government conservatism and a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination.
  • Sebelius: ObamaCare is the law of the land, so you might as well help us implement it

    02/05/2013 11:01:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us.Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every type of political pressure and fiscal inducement they can to coerce...
  • Government Shouldn't Define 'Church'

    02/05/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act. While exempting churches and some religiously affiliated institutions, such as hospitals and universities, from supplying the coverage, the new proposal calls for their employees to receive stand-alone private insurance policies providing birth control coverage at no cost. Insurance companies will foot the bill, but only the naive can possibly think the cost won't find its way back to the institution in the form of higher health premiums. Numerous lawsuits filed against this and...
  • *Action* Alert for Michigan Grassroots! Stop Medicaid expansion in MI- Support Senate Bill 0041

    02/05/2013 5:24:12 AM PST · by jenk · 7 replies
    Grassroots in Michigan ^ | 2/5/13 | Joan
    It was reported in the Detroit News yesterday that Gov. Snyder will make a decision on Medicaid expansion THIS THURSDAY! “Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder will fire the first shot in the next health care skirmish Thursday when he recommends in his budget presentation to the Legislature whether Michigan should open Medicaid to as many as half a million more residents.“ Medicaid is a VOLUNTARY program Medicaid Expansion is VOLUNTARY Medicaid expansion WAS being forced by on the states by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until the Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare. They ruled that the expansion was unconstitutional.Therefor,the Federal...
  • Common Sense Hijacked for Obama Propaganda

    02/05/2013 5:10:43 AM PST · by scottfactor · 13 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 02/05/13 | Gina Miller
    Common sense is both a noun and an adjective. As a noun, common sense—good judgment—is becoming a rare and precious commodity in our world today, especially from Washington politicians; thus, it describes little of what comes out of our nation’s capital. Yet, I have noticed that whoever it is that puts the words in the mouth of Barack Obama (or whatever his name is), has latched on to “common-sense” as an adjective to describe what can only be regarded as tyrannical, unconstitutional dictates that the communist cabal controlling our federal government is currently shoving in the faces of the American...
  • How to BLOCK OBAMACARE in Your State

    02/05/2013 2:06:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Here in the darkest days -so far- of the nightmarish Obama era, it seems the monstrous statist power-and-tax-grab known as 'Obamacare' is here to stay... or is it? Judge Roberts might have sold us down the river, but there's still plenty of fight left in conservatives. And it's not just us right-wingers-clingers either: fact is, Dear Leader's unwanted and unloved quasi-nationalization of the US healthcare industry has never enjoyed majority public support in this country- same as the day they rammed it through. At least half the electorate still wants it repealed. We all know we're being screwed here, yet...
  • For insurance exchanges, states need ‘navigators’ — and hiring them is a huge task

    02/04/2013 11:22:36 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2013 | N.C. Aizenman
    Signing up an estimated 30 million uninsured Americans for coverage under the health-care law is shaping up to be, if not a bureaucratic nightmare, at the very least a daunting task. While some people will find registering for health insurance as easy as booking a flight online, vast numbers who are confused by the myriad choices will need to sit down with someone who can walk them through the process. Enter the “navigators,” an enormous new workforce of helpers required under the law. In large measure, the success of the law and its overriding aim of making sure that virtually...
  • John Kasich Accepts Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

    02/04/2013 5:26:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    TPM ^ | 02/04/2013 | Sahil Kapur
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the fifth Republican governor to embrace the provision of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court made optional. The governor unveiled the decision as part of his budget proposal. “We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work,” Kasich said at a press conference in Columbus. “It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars.”...
  • The Canary in the Culture (HHS mandate shows how Obama's government defines everyone's morality)

    02/04/2013 6:53:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2013 | Tom Trinko
    In the olden days miners brought canaries into mines because canaries were very sensitive to toxic fumes and would keel over quickly, giving the miners time to escape before they were rendered unconscious. The HHS mandate is serving a similar function in modern American culture. It's making it clear that liberals believe in an all-powerful government, not the government empowered by the people that is enshrined in the Constitution. Historically in America, the government has rarely collided with the religious beliefs of even extreme groups. A few exceptions, such as Mormon polygamy, were based on common values shared by the...
  • Smith & Nephew Reduces Workforce

    02/04/2013 1:24:16 PM PST · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2013 | MICHAEL WADDELL
    Smith & Nephew eliminated nearly 100 jobs in Memphis and Andover, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 31, as the medical device company cuts expenses in an effort to offset tax hikes included in the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent medical device tax, which took effect Jan. 1. The London-based company, which employs about 1,800 people in Memphis, said the new tax will cost the industry about $30 billion over 10 years. “(The tax) has impacted a number of companies across the U.S.,” said Joe Metzger, senior vice president of corporate communications. “Smith & Nephew is...
  • ObamaCare guarantees "personal information" will CEASE to be personal. Yep, gun ownership info too

    02/04/2013 8:42:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/4/13 | Doug Book
    Being a good, Democrat-run state, Minnesota has decided to build an ObamaCare exchange, turning all healthcare rights and choices of its citizens over to the tender mercies of federal death panels and untrained, IT technicians in Washington, DC. But if anything, that’s the GOOD news for unsuspecting Minnesotans! For all information currently considered “personal” will, at the stroke of a keyboard, become known to countless bureaucracies throughout the State and federal governments. As the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom explains it: “Buried in the text of the Minnesota Obamacare Exchange bill (MNHIX) [is] a tiny but controversial section allowing free-flow...
  • Obamacare’s Pressure Points: There are at least nine stumbling points in its implementation.

    02/04/2013 6:48:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | Thomas P. Miller
    President Obama's reelection, along with the Supreme Court’s ruling last June on his signature health-care reform, may seem to have guaranteed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain the law of the land. But that could turn out to be the easy part of Obamacare. Implementing the ACA's main provisions by January 1, 2014 --- the date on which the law is to take full effect --- presents a more grueling and protracted set of tests.The next round of health-care-policy battles will play out not just before Congress but also in state capitals and health-care markets across the...