Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a “sleeper issue” with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers
Comments: Well, well, Nasty Nancy was right! We had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.
Using the terminology of Chief Injustice Roberts, this should be correctly designated as a "TAX," not a fee, right?
Obamacare. The gift that keeps on taking. Unless, of course, you´re Sandra Fluke and now you get free $9 birth control pills!
AUSTIN — If you want a friend in politics, they say, get a dog. And if you want a political ambassador, you might want to do the same. The top candidates for governor, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, are flying their canine flags as they aim to succeed Gov. Rick Perry — another dog-lover.
As he joined Catholic clergy from both sides of the border calling for a change in U.S. immigration laws, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller recalled meeting a child whose recently deported parents were killed in Mexico. In September, Catholic border bishops shared a meal with 50 detained children in El Paso, García-Siller said. They offered harrowing stories about their paths to get into the U.S. and their detentions at the hands of U.S. authorities.
Martin Bashir slur Howard Kurtz It´s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she´s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That´s now toast.
Officials say increases could send waterfront property values plummeting. SEGUIN — Owners of lakefront and riverfront homes in Guadalupe County and elsewhere in the nation are facing huge increases in their premiums for federal flood insurance. In a presentation at Tuesday’s session of Guadalupe County Commissioners Court, County Attorney David Willborn described the potential impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed by Congress in 2012.
While they’d disagreed in their “summit” meeting, in the aftermath Tip continued to reserve final judgment on the president. Still reluctant to blame him for the harm resulting from his administration’s policies, Tip expressed it this way: “I don’t think he believes his program is hurting anyone because he doesn’t know it. He doesn’t realize the severity of his cuts. If he knew, they wouldn’t go that far.” As for Reagan, he had his own sense of his opponent, and it was one tempered with affection. According to Max Friedersdorf, “We would go in and want the president to fire
AUSTIN — Sen. Wendy Davis´ widely-telegraphed political plans debuted a week ahead of schedule Thursday when sources reported that, as expected, she will run for governor. The Fort Worth senator has told large donors and elected officials that she will seek the office, said a Democrat familiar with her decision. Two additional Democrats said they had received telephone calls from Davis saying she´ll announce for governor. She said her analysis showed the race was winnable, said one.
AUSTIN, Texas — Minority rights groups that sued over voting maps passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 want the state to pay for a roughly $6 million legal tab. The Republican-drawn maps were thrown out by a San Antonio federal court and never used. Groups that include the Mexican American Legislative Caucus consider that a victory and want reimbursement for the money spent fighting in court
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting