Almost as many people signed up with the federal government´s permanent worker disability program as got jobs in March, according to two sets of government data, continuing a troubling trend throughout the Obama recovery. Last month, 81,804 workers left the workforce to join the Social Security Disability Insurance program. So far this year, nearly a quarter million workers have joined the program. Over the past four years, 4 million left the workforce to go on disability.
One....More...Time...it is not in the political interest of the liberal/left to have a economically robust and independent middle class. Make as many as possible dependent on government subsidy and you will control the government.
The #1 reason that so few on disability return to the work force is that Social Security makes it incredibly difficult to do so. They established "Ticket to Work" to help with this, but that program is so bureaucratic that virtually no one uses it. Yet if you try to go back to work and don´t use "Ticket to Work", you can lose your access to Medicare/Medicaid (depending on whether you are on SSDI or SSI). For a person with disabilities, access to healthcare is critical.
Let them all take an annual test to see if they are actually in need of handouts. Like we saw earlier this week (was in the UK?), millions will not bother because they know they are not in need, just lazy.
In Virginia I can´t get weekly unemployment benefits because I would have to attend workshops that last from 9-4 even though school lets out at 2:30. Then I need to apply to two jobs a week, even though there aren´t that many in my town. I could go on disability though, because I have a serious muscle condition. With no jobs in sight, there´s a part of me that doesn´t blame people for doing this.
Nearly four in 10 seniors worry ObamaCare will cause them to lose doctors they like, despite President Obama´s repeated promise to the contrary, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. That translates into nearly 16 million people age 65 and over. Their concerns appear to be justified. Many seniors are, in fact, already losing access to their doc tors, and more than half a million are losing access to plans they liked this year, as $200 billion in ObamaCare-mandated cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program start to take effect. Earlier this month, seniors learned that UnitedHealth (UNH) is dropping thousands
Just 18% of the uninsured have bothered to go to one of the ObamaCare exchange websites, according to a recent Gallup survey. And only 22% say they plan to buy an ObamaCare plan next year. That same week, a Reuters poll found that 56% of the uninsured oppose ObamaCare. Just 44% view it favorably. In other words, the uninsured are, if anything, more opposed to the law than are the public at large. Given the mounting fury over millions of policy cancellations and the federal exchange website debacle, these findings garnered little public attention. But they should.
Recovery: The latest GDP report shows that President Obama´s policies continue to weigh down the economy. Now 51 months old, his recovery is by far the weakest since the Great Depression. At 2.8%, real growth in the third quarter was higher than expected, a rarity. But the latest government data also hinted at weakness, as consumer and business spending slowed. In short, the strong growth everyone predicted at the start of the year is a no-show, just as the previous predictions of prosperity just around the corner proved false. It also means that Obama´s recovery — now more than 4 years old — Byline corrected to site style.
Sleaze: President Obama has been selling ObamaCare with the zeal of a TV pitchman. But if his product is so great, why are his own people terrified about the reaction when people actually see what he´s peddling? The product is good," Obama said in a speech on Oct. 21. "It´s high quality and it´s affordable." In that same speech, he said ObamaCare insurance is "really good," and "a good deal." He said "the prices are good" and "have come down." In Boston on Oct. 30, he called it "a better deal from insurers," adding that "the deal is good. The prices are low."
Revolt: In 1989, angry seniors forced the repeal of a costly new Medicare benefit just a year after it passed. It´s time for the millions now being savaged by ObamaCare to rise up and do the same. When he was selling ObamaCare to the nation, President Obama said: "We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away." Across the country, millions of Americans are now discovering this was an expensive lie. These are people who buy insurance on their own in the
As he was rushing in the tech world´s "best and brightest" to fix the badly bungled ObamaCare exchange website, President Obama tried to minimize its importance, claiming that it was a relatively minor problem. "The Affordable Care Act is not just a website," Obama said at a hastily arranged Rose Garden event Monday. "It´s much more." He said the law was providing good insurance and that "prices have come down." [snip] But even if the website problems are eventually fixed, much of the rest of the law isn´t living up to Obama´s promises, either.
Last week, CNN´s Wolf Blitzer made waves when he opined that the ongoing problems with ObamaCare might be reason to delay the program. "They had three years to get this ready," he said. "If they weren´t fully ready, they should accept the advice Republicans are giving them, delay it for a year, get it ready and make sure it works." Blitzer later said he was only referring to the ObamaCare exchange website. But as the rollout continues, there´s increasing evidence that an across-the-board delay would make sense — even to supporters of the law. Ongoing glitches, for example, could make
Health Reform: The White House says it will fix all the ObamaCare glitches and soon everything will be working fine. That´s about as believable as all the other ObamaCare promises. If anything, problems are getting worse. Six months ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told lawmakers that everything was on track for a successful ObamaCare launch on Oct. 1. Now, after a week of massive technology meltdowns that even the ObamaCare-backing USA Today called "an epic screw-up," Sebelius wants us to believe this is actually good news: Traffic to the site exceeded "even optimists´ expectations." And all that enthusiasm for
Irony: While President Obama refuses to consider any delay of ObamaCare, his liberal base is waking up to the fact that "free" health care is awfully expensive. And that they´re the ones getting stuck with the bill. This would be funny if it weren´t so hazardous to the country. The news is full of stories of people — many of them ObamaCare supporters — who are only now discovering what Democrats managed to impose on the country. A story in the San Francisco Chronicle, "Health Insurance Shoppers Suffer Sticker Shock," notes how one resident, Shelly Ross, "was looking forward to" ObamaCare "because
Opposition to ObamaCare hit new highs just as it officially gets off the ground, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. The survey found 54% oppose the law, up from 50% in September and 47% in July. More than half want the law delayed a year as part of any deal to raise the debt limit. The survey also found that ObamaCare is having a real and negative impact on jobs. Nearly one in 10 said that either they or someone in their household has had their hours cut back because of ObamaCare. That translates into as many as 9 million people. Meanwhile,
Glitches: The federal government had 1,288 days to build the ObamaCare exchanges, where millions are supposed to enroll. Yet they were crashing across the U.S. on opening day. Your health care is in the best of hands. Since late last year, administration officials told anyone who´d listen they were on track to open the ObamaCare exchanges on time by Oct. 1. Last December, Gary Cohen, who has been heading up ObamaCare implementation efforts, told state regulators that "10 months from today, people will be signing up for health insurance." The next month, he said again that "yes, we will be ready." In March,
In a speech at a Maryland community college last week promoting his namesake health reform law, President Obama mentioned the word "benefits" 10 times. Free preventive care, coverage for children up to age 26, a better drug plan for seniors. "We´re giving more benefits and protections," he said. But there was one word Obama didn´t mention once in his entire 51-minute talk. And that word was "mandate." That´s despite the fact that a central feature of ObamaCare is the requirement that all those adoring young people buy insurance or pay a fine, and is the key to whatever chances of
Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.” “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn´t charge food stamps. He didn´t ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that´s really where we ought to be,” McDermott said in response to Republican critics of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In September, the House approved a plan by Republicans to cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next
The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions. This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out
MIDDLETOWN, Del.- Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson´s fifth-grade classroom. Today´s students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend? "It´s hard. But you can handle this," Lawson tells them. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in kindergarten through high school. In 45 states and the District of Columbia, Lawson and and other teachers are starting to use the standards
Gov. Chris Christie’s “bizarre behavior’’ in refusing to say he’ll support a possible GOP challenger to Gov. Cuomo next year could derail his chances to become president, state and national GOP insiders have told The Post. “Christie already has a problem with many Republicans refusing to forgive him because of his embrace of [President] Obama and his socially liberal policies,’’ said a nationally prominent GOP operative. “But this bizarre behavior in suggesting he won’t help a Republican defeat a Democratic governor, and a Cuomo no less, could finish off his chances of becoming his party’s nominee for president in 2016,’’ the
Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu´s remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not
A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since. Supporters of the policy say politics, not science, is driving the proposed change, which would heighten the risk of
President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president’s faulty health care law. Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public’s attention after the program’s rollout Oct.
Former Obama advisor David Plouffe appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning and predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval rating would rise over the next few months, following the increasing functionality of the Affordable Care Act. “This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up. The economy continuing to strengthen. Hopefully no Washington shutdowns.
So the troubled site apparently now works 90 percent of the time. That should be good news for Obama—but the question is whether Obamacare will get the mass enrollment it needs. HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it. The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, is finally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online. In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of