Obamacare’s coming. Love it or hate it, President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday cleared the last major hurdle toward implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Businesses are being forced to take a fast and hard look at how to handle the shift in health-care benefits and potential costs that are part of the law that goes fully into effect in 14 months. “This is here to stay,” said J.D. Piro, a senior vice president at Aon Hewitt who leads the company’s health law consulting group.
Ditto to #1. As a CEO myself, it´s already given me considerable pause re: new hires, investments, etc. I´m using more Indian resources and part-timers. Businesses will adjust, but it will dampen hiring, wages, productivity and growth. The Euro baby sitter model leads to certain stagnation, not growth. But, we knew that. It´s just that 50% of Americans did not. Sad. Very, very sad.
What you will see over the long haul is non-union skilled workers will become self-employed contractors and unskilled workers will be employed less than 30 hours per week and will have to cobble together multiple jobs to stay afloat. Employees will be required to pick up more and more of their health insurance costs themselves.
#5 I doubt the Republican will do that. My guess is that they will agree to an increase in the debt ceiling in exchange for promises of future budget cuts. We all know that game and the cuts will of course never materialize. I´m beginning to think the established Republicans can´t take a stand against the Democrats on anything and are as much of the problem as the Democrats.
I´m not sure about that #6. Won´t the insurers have to gouge the young workers to pay for the 30mm newly covered? My plan is simple. Cancel my coverage, pay the fine, and reinstate anytime I really need coverage. And I know that I am not the only one thinking this. As to jobs, my friend who employs 500 in the theater business is cutting all but a handful back to 30 hours. Sorry young people, you wanted the hipster, you get his policies.
Affordable Care Act? What a load of horse manure. This wonderful law has caused me to lose my health care at the end of the year. Why? Because the premiums have become to expensive. With no raises for two years and a doubling of my contribution not to mention that EVERYTHING has risen in price it literally was insurance or food money.
That’s fine, #8, but there may not be a doctor there when you sign up again. As a practicing physician, I can tell you that a great many of those MD’s now in the workforce won’t be there under ObamaNocare, and there aren’t many in the pipeline.
What will happen? The technicians and nurses in your doctor’s back office will be your doctor, and should you, Heaven forbid, progress to the dire circumstance of needing a real doctor, you won’t be able to understand a word he says.
It boggles the mind that this monstrosity is going to be foisted on a certain percentage of us and not the ones granted waivers because they tossed a coin or two in Zippy´s kitty. I saw a post recently that someone´s health care cost had doubled and a teacher was only paying 4 cents a paycheck for hers. I assumed the person worked at an educational venue. And nary a word is heard about what is coming. Except from some in the white middle class.
By far the best strategy is to no longer be an employer.
However that may be tough. Instead consider: offering no health insurance for anyone. None, zero, zip. Pay any fines. You will rid yourself of hassles, costs of administration and reporting, and minimize legal costs. You will have to pay your employees more.
Going commando may not be the best solution but consider it.
Now we get to see what those 10,000 IRS new hires are up to.
Like with all bad public policy, the unintended consequences will become legion. This will be aggravated by the fact that smart folks and businesses will find ways to adjust and work around this monstrosity. This innate American creativity will further undermine the law and, certainly, its ostensible intentions. But I´m still wondering if one of its prime intentions was to hobble the medical system to the point that single payer becomes a logical solution. Wouldn´t that be special!?
In any case, the elites, especially the liberal elites, and the well-positioned were never concerned about the implementation of this law. They knew they would not have to depend upon ObamaCare because they would have the resources to secure the first-class medical care their position gives them.
Look what I found in my e-mail box today--I didn´t even know they had my e-mail address.
Happy Birthday from Medicare! We wish you well in the upcoming year. Our records show you are currently up-to-date on your preventive services. Congratulations on using Medicare to help you stay healthy. We will send you emails in the future as you become eligible for other Medicare preventive services that will be listed in the calendar below to assist you with planning and scheduling your appointments.
So they´re watching me. Do they know what I eat? If I brush my teeth regularly? Take my statin drugs? Have a BM every day?
That "We will send you emails in the future as you become eligible for other Medicare preventive services" creeps me out. If those preventive services they want me to have don´t all show up on my file, will they round me up with other noncompliants? Send me to a remeducation camp?
And don´t think government health insurance will be any different!!!
My husband, who is a physician, is meeting tomorrow with a hospital group to negotiate the possibility of selling his practice. What a shame...he is an accomplished head/neck cancer surgeon of 25+ years and there is no way his practice can survive Obamacare.
I will never understand why doctors didn´t raise a stink at the very contemplation of this monstrous ObamaCare change to our medical system. Didn´t they have a responsibility to speak out loud and clear on this and take a stand for their profession? And now many of these doctors are quietly selling their practices???
#13 That was me. I am a media clerk, support staff personnel, you know, second class employee. As of this past Friday I resigned from our health care plan because I cannot afford it and yes, teachers are paying 4 cents for the same plan. Right now I am home with the flu, the real flu not the fake kind we always say we have when we get sick. 103 temp. severe shakes, aches and pains. If this had happened after the first of the year I would not have gone to the doctor. Too expensive at $150 A visit. Thanks obamacare you a hole.
Roberts left the door open for states to refuse to set up insurance exchanges if this happens obamacare is fizzled. The 16 original states that filed the suit against the unaffordable health care law have already voted to refuse to allow the law to function. Remember obe stole the presidential election but 30 to 32 states will now be governed by Republicans.
I don´t know what my family is going to do. Hubby and I have been married for 20 years (and 8 kids later) and have always, always kept health insurance. There were times where we sacrificed and took Cobra when a new job had a waiting period but we always made sure we were covered. Two of my children have Type I Diabetes (or auto-immune diabetes), both are on insulin pumps, CGMS and blood glucose meters. We have seen our premiums rise over the last 2 years and our coverage drop. Right after the election hubby´s job (GM financial of all places!) announced they were dropping everyone´s coverage. It would cost hubby and I around $2500 a month out of pocket for our diabetic children. It breaks my heart to think of them having a lesser standard of living by losing their insulin pumps, CGMS and testing less often. Thanks voters of the party of the free crap!
"I´m running for Senate for the same reasons that I ran for Congress," says Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), "and for the same reasons that I joined the Army: to serve my country and expand freedom." He´s calling me from his car, minutes after launching his campaign against two-term incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor, vulnerable in the polls despite the fact that he and his family have been an Arkansas political institution for decades. While only a freshman Representative, Cotton has made a strong impression already. His resumé--Harvard, Iraq, Afghanistan, Congress--speaks for itself.
ATLANTA — The most expensive public high school ever built in Georgia opens Wednesday in an old I.B.M. office building. With 11 stories, a 900-car parking deck and views fit for a corporate executive, the school, North Atlanta High, looks very much like the fancy office buildings and glittery shopping strips that populate its Buckhead community. The school cost about $147 million. That is small change compared with the Robert F. Kennedy high school complex in Los Angeles, built in 2010 for $578 million — a figure critics liked to point out was more expensive than
“NBC interviewer-in-chief” Jay Leno joined Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday night to preview his sitdown with President Obama, and was remarkably candid about his own political views. Leno reminisced on his long history of interviewing politicians and presidents on his show, and told O’Donnell he likes Obama, admired his remarks on Trayvon Martin, and that personally, he’s a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. Leno said Obama was very “eloquent” talking about Martin and his own racial experiences, praising him for “speaking from the heart.” (Snip) Leno reminisced about his past political interviews, told O’Donnell Rick Perry was “just too narrow-minded
First lady Michelle Obama’s next healthy eating campaign seeks to motivate kids to eat their vegetables with a little help from her friends in hip hop. Her Let’s Move! program has partnered with big names like Dr. Oz, Jordin Sparks, and Doug E. Fresh on 19 songs directed at children and teens at risk for obesity. The group also plans to produce ten music videos from its album Songs for a Healthier America--which have titles like U R What You Eat and Veggie Luv. The album is due out September 2013.
The decision to close a broad swath of American embassies and diplomatic posts across the Middle East in response to a terror threat was not an overreaction, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his first remarks on the new security precautions. The U.S. security posture throughout the Middle East, and especially in Yemen, was heightened after officials intercepted a message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to a top ally in Yemen telling him to "do something." A worldwide travel alert was issued, along with the slate of embassy and consulate closings. Americans can still plan vacations, Obama said Tuesday,
NEW YORK— There was a time when the neighborhood hospital was a cornerstone of New York City life. But for a growing number of city residents, the trip to have an appendix taken out or get treatment for a broken leg is increasingly being measured in miles rather than blocks. Since 2000, 19 hospitals across the city have closed due to financial pressures, and nos. 20 and 21 are underway. It´s part of a long-simmering trend in health care, experts say: Small, independent hospitals, especially those that serve the poor, are finding it hard to pay the bills.
Jake Tapper peeked recently into that dark room wherein the Obama Administration and its allies in the MSM have consigned the Benghazigate Scandal. Tapper´s was the first and only major report to appear in the MSM, and CNN will air a special on Benghazigate tonight at 10:00 PM EDT. It should be a "must watch" for anyone interested in understanding the event, its genesis, and its consequences. The MSM (except in a blog here) has not touched Tapper´s report, and the special may serve as a second prod to get its members off their collective duffs.
Bubba doesn’t want to touch the NYC mayoral race with a 100-foot poll. Bill Clinton says he and Hillary don´t intend to get within "a hundred miles" of the New York City mayor´s race, using the excuse that they have too many friends who are candidates. “We are a hundred miles from that race and everyone understands that we are not going to be involved as long as our personal friends and people whom we feel obligations are involved,” Clinton told CNN while in Rwanda for the Clinton family foundation.. “Not because it’s a political campaign,
HIROSHIMA, Japan- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged his best to bring about a nuclear-free world and offered better support for atomic bomb survivors Tuesday. "We Japanese are the only people to have experienced the horror of nuclear devastation in war. As such a people, we bear a responsibility to bring about ´a world without nuclear weapons´ without fail," Abe said in Hiroshima during a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city. In his speech at the ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park, Abe pledged Japan would maintain its three principles of
The big scare seems real enough, but only the terminally unobservant would not notice that the timing of it is awfully convenient for the White House and the fans of the security state. Who would put a leash on the National Security Agency now, with all the static, chatter and high anticipation about what mayhem might (or might not) come down on the Middle East? There’s no evident link between the chatter picked up by the NSA about the big scare, and the cellphone conversations of blue-haired Lutheran grannies in Minnesota, teenage prom queens chattering about their boyfriends
Former President George W. Bush was recovering Tuesday from heart surgery after doctors found a blockage in his artery, a spokesman for the family said. In a written statement, the spokesman said: A “blockage was discovered in an artery in his heart” during his annual physical exam. And another statement from his office said this, Fox News reported: “The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday.”
On Tuesday, CBS This Morning pounced on a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) showing that President Obama is now the butt of more jokes on late night TV than any other politician. "Since his re-election, late-night comedians have aimed 300 jokes at the President," CBS´s Jeff Pegues announced. "That´s only 100 fewer than all of those directed at Republican politicians combined." But the real news is how, in two presidential campaigns and in his first term as President, Obama has largely evaded the harsh barbs of TV´s comics.
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, actor Matt Damon recently weighed in with his thoughts on how President Barack Obama has handled the scandals that have engulfed his administration since the spring. Damon, a vocal supporter of the president since his 2008 campaign for national office, said that Obama is overcompensating for his lack of military background with his tough response to controversies like how the government is responding to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The actor said that Obama is allowing himself to “get bullied” and is acting as though is “manhood”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. “If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Preibus said in a statement. In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt,
The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential
Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing." This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC´s Today show. OPRAH WINFREY: It´s so easy during this time: Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing. But you can, you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we´ve come. Really? Martin and Till are the same thing?
In an exclusive interview for The Grio, NBCUniversal’s African-American news and opinion website, Oprah Winfrey weighed in with her unvarnished thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Winfrey said that, in her mind, Martin’s murder and that of Emmett Till in 1955 – whose killers were also acquitted – were the “same thing.” However, she added that it is important to keep in mind how much race relations in America have progressed over the last half-century. In a clip of the interview which aired on NBC’s Today, Oprah told The Grio’s Chris
Two Republican senators said Tuesday that they´ve personally urged the Egyptian government to release Muslim Brotherhood prisoners, after hosting meetings with top officials in Cairo as part of an Obama administration-sanctioned visit. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is in Cairo along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-.S.C., made clear that the two U.S. lawmakers are representing the views of Congress and "do not speak for the White House." Still, they are among the most prominent U.S. representatives in the country this week, as a wave of international mediators tries to nudge the country´s military-backed government to resolve the standoff
NEW YORK — Why doesn´t Anthony Weiner just quit? It´s a question angry voters, pundits and fellow politicians have been asking almost nonstop in the nearly two weeks since the New York City mayoral candidate´s latest sexting bombshell, which has sent his poll numbers plummeting and turned his campaign into a chaotic sideshow. Weiner insists he´s staying in the race no matter what. And experts say that beyond the former congressman´s well-known ego and combativeness, his stance may just be rooted in political calculation. A leading theory: Weiner takes his hits on the campaign trail, gives the media a chance