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  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • Donald Trump Just Publicly Embraced the WORST Part of Obamacare [VIDEO] [Ind. Mandate]

    02/19/2016 12:18:37 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 265 replies
    PoliStick ^ | February 19, 2016 | Matthew K. Burke
    Donald Trump: “I like the mandate.” Donald Trump has often promised to repeal the “disaster” that is Obamacare and he’s right, it is a disaster.But at Thursday night’s CNN Republican Presidential Town Hall in South Carolina, Donald Trump embraced what is easily the worst part of Obamacare, the anti-free market “individual mandate” which forces Americans to buy only government-approved health care insurance, whether they want to or not.To justify his support for the Obamacare mandate, Donald Trump uses leftist talking points of not wanting people to “die in the streets,” as if they has ever happened in America — before...
  • Obamacare Tightens Yoke on Small Business

    01/04/2016 3:17:26 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/4/2016 | David Catron
    One of the worst of Obamacares ill-conceived provisions went quietly into effect on January 1. The employer mandate, previously inflicted only on businesses with 100 or more employees, will now be imposed on those with as few as 50. This mandate will prevent countless small employers from hiring workers they would otherwise have hired and incentivize many others to replace full-time employees with part-timers. It is such an obvious job killer that the Obama administration delayed enforcement until after the 2014 midterms, the liberal Urban Institute has called for its repeal, and it has even been obliquely criticized by Hillary...
  • The GOPs Obamacare Mandate Strategy: Dont raise the cutoff to 40 hours.

    01/08/2015 7:23:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2015 | The Editors
    Republican leadership has an odd idea for one of its first big policy pushes of this Congress: a change to Obamacare that threatens to make the law worse. The idea, expected to come to a vote in the House on Thursday, is to change Obamacares requirement that most employers provide full-time workers with generous health insurance, a rule known as the employer mandate. (Or the employer shared responsibility provisions, if you prefer Gruber-speak). It sets the definition of full-time work at 30 hours a week. Republicans have been making the case for some time and no small number of...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (yes, mo' Gruber)

    11/18/2014 8:27:40 AM PST · by Riflema · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/18/12 | Catherine Rampell
    ..."He also serves on the Massachusetts board that oversees the states new health care exchanges. Along with these credentials, Mr. Grubers position as an adviser to the influential Congressional Budget Office also left him perfectly positioned to advise the White House on health reform. The most important arbiter of everything was the C.B.O., said Neera Tanden, who was a senior adviser for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. ...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law

    11/13/2014 1:57:21 PM PST · by Ray76 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    After Massachusetts, California came calling. So did Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They all wanted Jonathan Gruber, a numbers wizard at M.I.T., to help them figure out how to fix their health care systems, just as he had helped Mitt Romney overhaul health insurance when he was the Massachusetts governor. Then came the call in 2008 from President-elect Obamas transition team, the one that officially turned this stay-at-home economics professor into Mr. Mandate. Creating a good model from scratch would have taken months, maybe years, said Lawrence H. Summers, who was the director of President Obamas National...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (NYT 2012 article cites Gruber as influence)

    Mr. Gruber has spent decades modeling the intricacies of the health care ecosystem, which involves making predictions about how new laws will play out based on past experience and economic theory. It is his research that convinced the Obama administration that health care reform could not work without requiring everyone to buy insurance. And it is his work that explains why President Obama has so much riding on the three days of United States Supreme Court hearings, which ended Wednesday, about the constitutionality of the mandate. Questioning by the courts conservative justices has suggested deep skepticism about the mandate, setting...
  • Appalling: NY Times editorial distorts, misleads, and lies to readers on HHS Mandate

    03/23/2014 1:07:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/23/2013 | Dustin Siggins
    With many political debates, I try to give opponents the benefit of the doubt on intentions. Sure, raising taxes is a bad thing, but some politicians and pundits believe higher taxes will benefit society. Some people think we need to spend more, and others really fear climate change.When it comes to the HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate, however, I’ve almost stopped being that generous with the left’s media and thought leaders. This New York Times Magazine editorial is a prime example as to why. Almost from start to finish, the piece misleads and misdirects readers about the mandate, its opponents, and religious...
  • When Obama Rewrites Obamacare, Why Doesn't Anyone Sue Him? Senator Mike Lee explains.

    02/12/2014 7:36:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 11, 2014 | John McCormack
    President Obama has repeatedly suspended parts of the Affordable Care Act without the consent of Congress. The latest unilateral action happened Monday night, when the administration announced another delay of the employer mandate, the law's provision that businesses with more than 50 employees must provide their employees with insurance starting in 2014 or pay large fines. In July, the president decreed the mandate wouldn't be enforced at all in 2014, and last night administration officials declared that businesses with 50 to 99 employees wouldn't be penalized in 2015. Republicans have denounced such actions as "lawless." But if what the president...
  • Business Owners May Face $100-Per-Day Penalty Under ObamaCare (beginning Oct. 1)

    09/10/2013 4:02:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 9/09/13 | Kate Rogers
    Small business owners who thought they were off the hook for ObamaCare regulations until 2015 may be in for an expensive wake-up call next month. Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Acts health-care exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine. The requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size. Going forward, letters are to be distributed to any new hires within 14 days of their starting date, according to the Department of Labor.
  • UPS Drops 15,000 Spouses from Insurance Plan, Blames Obamacare

    08/21/2013 8:18:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 21, 2013 | Kate Andrews
    From the Atlanta Business Chronicle: The decision comes as many analysts are downplaying the Affordable Care Act's effect on companies such as UPS, noting that the move reflects a long-term trend of shrinking corporate medical benefits, Kaiser Health News reports. But UPS repeatedly cites Obamacare to explain the decision, adding fuel to the debate over whether it erodes traditional employer coverage... Rising medical costs, combined with the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, have made it increasingly difficult to continue providing the same level of health care benefits to our employees at an affordable cost, UPS said in a...
  • Delay of ObamaCares Employer Mandate Shows How Nervous Feds Are about What Lies Ahead

    07/08/2013 9:11:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 8, 2013 | Michael F. Cannon
    Many have speculated that the Obama administration isnt prepared to roll out ObamaCare. Some have speculated that even if the administration were prepared, the rollout would still be chaotic with job losses, rate shock, employer dumping, and the like. But since the Obama administration has been remarkably secretive about the status of its implementation efforts, no one has a better perspective on its preparedness, and the potential for chaos, than the administration itself. Thats why the decision to delay the implementation of ObamaCares employer mandate for one year is so illuminating. Implementing the law without the employer mandate will definitely...
  • Obama Admin Gives Up Forcing Bible Publisher to Obey HHS Mandate

    05/06/2013 6:02:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    In a huge victory for pro-life advocates taking on the controversial HHS mandate, the Obama administration is giving up its effort to force a Bible publisher to obey it. The mandate has generated massive opposition from pro-life groups because it forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties. The Obama administration opposed an order a judge gave temporarily stopping enforcement, arguing that Tyndale House Publishers isnt religious enough for an exemption from the mandate, a component of ObamaCare that forces employers, regardless of their...
  • 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...
  • IRS Threatens Employers

    01/16/2013 12:09:28 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    CCHF ^ | 1-16-13 | Twila Brase
    The gloves are coming off. We're 11 months from full implementation and the real-world impact of Obamacare is hitting the newswires. Taco Bell and Wendy's just cut the hours of hundreds of employees to avoid the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate. These workers will not only not have health insurance, they will have less money to pay for it and may be forced into Medicaid under the individual mandate. Now, the Internal Revenue Service is warning employers not to avoid the employer mandate. The IRS issued a 144-page notice which says they will soon issue proposed regulations with "anti-abuse rules."...
  • Democrats Find Out What's in ObamaCare and Don't Like It

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

    12/05/2012 9:02:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/5/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    The Obama administration has been consistently arguing since announcing a years grace period for some religious organizations to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the Department and Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate, that the controversy over religious freedom and the mandate is over and the Catholics are happy. That, as has been pointed out here before, ignores all the lawsuits pending. And that they are not just from Catholics. Today in New York, a judge dismissed Justice Department claims that the Archdiocese of New Yorks lawsuit in response to the coercive mandate is unnecessary....
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people (OBAMACARE)

    09/19/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 18 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | September 19, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans most of them in the middle class will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.
  • CBO raises estimate of those hit by Obama health care tax

    09/19/2012 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Six million Americans will pay the health care tax rather than obtain coverage under President Obamas health care law, according to a new Congressional Budget Office estimate Wednesday a 50 percent increase over CBOs estimate of just two years ago. CBO also said there will be 30 million people without insurance, though all but the 6 million will be exempt from the tax. The exempt Americans are a combination of illegal immigrants and those with incomes too low to pay income taxes. The agency said the government will collect about $7 billion from the tax in 2016, and $8...
  • Obamacare Mandate: Sterilize 15-Year-Old Girls for Free--Without Parental Consent

    08/11/2012 11:34:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies ^ | 8/10/12 | Sabrina Gladstone
    ( - Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized the regulation earlier this year. It says that all health care plans in the United States--except those provided by actual houses of worship organized under the section of the Internal Revenue Code reserved for churches per se--must provide coverage, without cost-sharing, for sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved...
  • Now the ObamaCare mandate honors religious freedom?

    07/29/2012 8:20:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 2, 2012 | Steve Aden
    The Left, by its very nature, is ideologically driven. Ideology has a tendency to crowd out reason for the sake of vision. Witness the fact that certain members of the Left now want Americans to believe the Obama abortion pill mandatewhich violates religious freedomis, in fact, an exercise of religious freedom. Rabbi Arthur Waskow articulates this clearly in a recent Huffington Post column . In Waskows words, those who oppose the mandate requiring employers to provide insurance covering abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception for their employeeswhether doing so violates their consciences or notare actually attacking religious freedom in the guise...
  • How States Can Reject and Replace Obamacare

    07/28/2012 12:52:52 PM PDT · by PROCON · 8 replies ^ | July 27, 2012 | Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski
    Heres the blueprint for how the states can eviscerate three central pillars of Obamacare, crippling it, and set the stage for replacing it if Mitt Romney takes the White House and the GOP takes the Senate this November. Many are focusing on whether Congress will refuse to fund all the provisions of Obamacare that require federal money. While very important, this is only one barrel of what must be a double-barreled approach. The other is what states can do to dismantle Obamacare. And if we pursue both of these simultaneously, we can defeat Obamacare and safeguard the greatest healthcare system...
  • Obama Aide Rejects Tax Label for Health Care Law (Obama believes Obamacare is unconstitutional)

    07/05/2012 2:44:20 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies
    ny times ^ | 7/1/2012 | ANNIE LOWREY
    Jacob J. Lew, the White House chief of staff, on Sunday defended President Obamas health care law but rejected the tax label that the Supreme Court, in a ruling that mostly upheld the law last week, used to describe the penalty payment required for those who choose not to buy health insurance. The Supreme Court affirmed the so-called individual mandate to buy health insurance on the ground that it might be reasonably characterized as a tax. Since the ruling, Republican leaders have denounced the White House for raising the tax burden on Americans with the law, and they have called...
  • Byron York: 0bama administration denies it argued the ACA mandiate was tax

    07/05/2012 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Question for legal tweeps: Obama campaign is now denying that administration SG ever argued that Obamacare mandate is a tax. Looking at oral arguments, SG Verrilli said mandate is 'justifiable under its tax power.' Can't find him saying 'It is a tax' So therefore: Is Obama hiding behind legal hairsplitting, arguing mandate is constitutional under tax power but is not actually a tax?
  • Pelosi: ObamaCare a Penalty That Comes Under Tax Code

    07/01/2012 5:15:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | July 1, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    What? The former Speaker is saying ObamaCare is a penalty, not a tax, that is enforced by the tax code...or something. Gregory: Is it a tax? Pelosi: No no, no no. Pelosi: Right, ObamaCare Is Constitutional Under Taxing PowerIs this what Pelosi meant by "passing the bill to see what's in it?" The Supreme Court saw what was in ObamaCare, ruled it a tax, and she, along with top White House officials, are saying it's a tax. It is very clear the Democrats have their talking points together. And yet, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accusing Republicans of being...
  • Why the Individual Mandate is still constitutional

    06/30/2012 7:57:31 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 20 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jamie Dupree
    Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama health law on Thursday, I have received a number of messages from listeners and readers arguing that because the Justices found the individual mandate was a tax, it was unconstitutional, as that plan didn't start in the House. "Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution states that 'All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House,'" is what the Constitution says, these readers argue. They go on to say that since the mandate was added in the Senate, and not in the House, the entire plan should have been found unconstitutional....
  • TRANSCRIPT & AUDIO: Supreme Court: The Health Care Law And The Individual Mandate Day 2

    06/29/2012 9:09:23 AM PDT · by Til I am the last man standing · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/27/12 | SCOTUS
    CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Why didn't Congress call it a tax, then? SG VERRILLI: Well - CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: You're telling me they thought of it as a tax, they defended it on the tax power. Why didn't they say it was a tax? SG VERRILLI: They might have thought, Your Honor, that calling it a penalty as they did would make it more effective in accomplishing its objective. But it is in the Internal Revenue Code it is collected by the IRS on April 15th. I don't think this is a situation in which you can say - CHIEF...
  • Axelrod Wont Say Mandate Is A Tax

    06/29/2012 8:08:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/29/12 | staff
    Axelrod spinning
  • Randy Barnett says Roberts tax power argument is lame but easily fixed

    06/30/2012 6:10:27 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 73 replies
    Washinton Examiner ^ | June 29, 2012 | Philip Klein
    Back in 2010, Georgetown Law professor Randy Barnett, who has been described as the legal architect behind challenges to the health care law,.......Yet in the wake of the Chief Justice John Roberts majority decision to uphold the mandate on taxing power grounds, Barnett has been downplaying the legal significance of that precedent, especially relative to the Courts ruling that the law was not allowable under the Commerce Clause.......Chief Justice Roberts rewrote the (health care) statute to change this from a requirement, or mandate, to an option to buy insurance or pay a penalty, Barnett explained. This is far less dangerous...
  • Fear the 'Mandate Only' Ruling

    06/21/2012 5:25:23 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2012 | C. Edmund Wright
    A lot of reasonable musing has been done as to whether or not Barack Obama is advantaged politically by the Supreme Court striking down or upholding ObamaCare. But it is plausible that the ultimate liberal goals for the nation are advanced the farthest by a split decision -- i.e., the much-discussed scenario where the Court strikes down only the individual mandate, while leaving the rest of the law in place. Certainly the mandate -- as drawn up in ObamaCare -- is the most blatantly unconstitutional part of the bill, and therefore it is rightfully considered the low-hanging fruit of legal...
  • Big Anti-HHS Rally in Minneapolis

    06/08/2012 11:22:47 AM PDT · by IronJack · 6 replies
    Personal observation | 6/8/12 | IronJack
    Just passed by a large anti-Obamacare rally at Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. Looked like 250 - 300 people there, all well behaved but vehement in their opposition to this unconstitutional infringement on our liberties. Turnout was easily five to ten times the maximum any of the OWS rallies drew.
  • Arguing with Intelligent Imbeciles

    02/13/2012 1:12:40 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 16 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 2/9/12 | Noman
    Social networking has its advantages and disadvantages. Among the latter are the occasional dispute one gets dragged into with someone you think is an imbecile; perhaps an intelligent imbecile, but an imbecile nonetheless. That's a harsh judgment, and I'm sure I'm wrong about the person I disputed with, who I don't even know. But, uses of government power inspire passions for and against, and those who meet the outrage of those imposed upon with "tut-tut-you've-got-it-all-wrong" protestations are apt to provoke a reaction. I fell into the trap the other night on a facebook friend's post--another person I don't know--and want...