» Obamacare tax change will benefit union insurance plans
Look at this:
The rules change, first proposed by the White House earlier this month, was announced by the Health and Human Services Department on Monday evening.
Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, is a law. It was written by Congress (or minions thereof), and signed into law.
Laws can only be amended or revised by the same procedure. Or that’s the way it used to be done. Now it’s done by unelected, unaccountable bureaus, agencies and departments. Constitution be damned.
The change exempts “self-administered, self-insured group health plans” from the law’s reinsurance fee.
The shift will raise the cost of the tax for those who do pay to $44 a year. It had previously been $42. In essence, the change is forcing those who don’t get the exception to pay an extra $2 for those who do.
The phrase “self-administered, self-insured group health plans” would include multi-employer plans. These are also known as “Taft-Hartley plans” and are widely provided by organized labor groups to their members.
In other words, the unions that worked so very hard to help steal two elections for (THHO)Obama and dhimmicrats in general, finally got some relief from the results of their actions – and everybody else gets to pay for their relief.
That relief is made possible by HHS – a department, not Congress – deciding who is immune to law.
Like I said before, Constitution be damned. Gee, I wonder which department, agency or bureau is going to take on the task of striking the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution?
» Senate Republicans oppose Obamacare exception for unions
… introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit the administration from granting tax exceptions from Obamacare to multi-employer health insurance plans. The bill is called the Union Tax Fairness act in recognition of the fact that most such plans are managed by organized labor.
Still trying to do things the Constitutional way, eh, R’pubs? Silly rubes, it don’t work that way anymore.
“Unions should not be granted a special exemption from Obamacare’s reinsurance tax just because the president fears further union backlash on his signature law. These unions agreed to pay this tax when they endorsed Obamacare, but now that they are finding out what the law means for them and their plans, they want out. Rather than granting special backroom deals to political allies, the administration should support fairness for all by permanently delaying the law for every American,”
» No, Obamacare isn’t fixed
HHS is claiming to have made more than 400 software fixes, raised system capacity to 50,000 simultaneous users, increased speed, reduced the error rate to less than one percent, and increased the stability of the system.
But it’s hard for outside observers to declare this a success based on this blitz of numbers, because at the start of the repair process, HHS never provided the public with specific goalposts against which the site’s progress should be judged.
an HHS chart – which Zients boasted about – shows system uptime now at 95.1 percent (excluding scheduled maintenance), which compares to 42.9 percent a month ago. But, the industry standard is for websites to be available for users 99.9 percent of the time. Anything below that is considered a failure and 95.1 percent is a disaster.
We won’t even know the extent of the problem until insurers start getting flooded with applicants, which hasn’t happened yet due to the problems with the front end of the website.
… even though there has been progress made on healthcare.gov two months after its launch, the site is still far from delivering on its original promise to make shopping online for health insurance as easy as buying plane tickets on Expedia or Orbitz. And the less visible back end problems may still create significant obstacles for those hoping to be covered in the new year.
» THE AWESOME EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT: White House Considered Scrapping $500MM Healthcare.gov Site
A half a billion dollars of our money was thrown away on this P.O.S. website?
And they were ready to scrap it?
Who was fired? Who was disciplined?
And this was just the website: the actual Obamacare disaster hasn’t even truly begun. What happens to the 129 million Americans who have lost or will lose their insurance?
Here’s a helpful hint for John Boehner: you took 40 phony votes on repealing Obamacare.
Now take a real vote. Force Democrats in the House to make a stand.
Repeal this monstrosity and put as much pressure on the Senate Democrats as they can withstand.
» COMMUNIST PARTY CHAIR: SAVE OBAMACARE BY CALLING DETRACTORS RACIST
Kinda makes me wonder where the heck he’s been for the last five years. Calling detractors racists has been at the top of the dhimmicrat tactics list since day one.
» Former White House Official on ObamaCare: ‘It still escapes me how they f—ed up this badly’
» Beware of Happy Talk on Immigration
“The American people are skeptical of big, comprehensive bills, and frankly, they should be,” Boehner told reporters. “The only way to make sure immigration reform works this time is to address the complicated issues one step at a time.”
While all this talk sounds nice, the bird really wouldn’t be carved in the end. The House and Senate eventually would have to come together, and that’s where liberals are likely to reassemble the pieces, throw in some more, and try to stuff the whole monstrous turkey—including amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants—down Americans’ throats.
» Ed Meese: We’ve Seen the Effect of “Amnesty” Before
In the mid-’80s, many Members of Congress advocated amnesty for long-settled illegal immigrants. President Reagan considered it reasonable to adjust the status of what was then a relatively small population …
The path to citizenship was not automatic. Immigrants had to pay application fees, learn to speak English, understand American civics, pass a medical exam, and register for military selective service. Those with convictions for a felony or three misdemeanors were ineligible.
Today they call it a “roadmap to citizenship.” Ronald Reagan called it “amnesty.” And he was right.
Why didn’t it work? Well, one reason is that everything else the 1986 bill promised—from border security to law enforcement—was to come later. It never did. Only amnesty prevailed, and that encouraged more illegal immigration.
He forgot to call us racists.
… didn’t read your lil (THHO
)Obama tactics handbook did ya, there Mitch?
» MITCH MCCONNELL: TIME FOR GOP ESTABLISHMENT TO ‘STAND UP TO’ TEA PARTY
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican up for re-election in 2014, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Friday that he believes it is time for the GOP establishment to stop conservatives and Tea Partiers.
“They’re [SCF] participating in ruining the [Republican] brand,” McConnell said. “What they do is mislead their donors into believing the reason that we can’t get as good an outcome as we’d like to get is not because of a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president, but because Republicans are insufficiently committed to the cause—which is utter nonsense.”
Well, he’s right … sorta. Republicans are committed. The real ones, I mean. But they are the minority in the GOP, the majority of the current GOP leadership are RINOs – and they are insufficiently committed.
Besides, according to the RINOs and their pardner naysayers, the Tea Party is dead. What’s all the fuss about?
» U.S. general leads fresh assault on Obama policies
Vallely says Obama has so degraded and demoralized the military in multiple ways – including a major purge of senior officers, with almost 200 relieved of duty over Obama’s five years as commander-in-chief and nine generals this year alone – that those remaining cannot speak out for fear of being forced out of the military.
Essentially, Obama’s counterinsurgency, or COIN, doctrine is a form of warfare that makes soldiers trained to fight tank battles shift to a combat style that emphasizes politics, cultural awareness and protecting the local population from insurgent attacks …
The result looks like failure
“The truly sad story is that many of the brightest graduates of the three major service academies, witnessing what the social experiment on diversity … is doing to the U.S. military, are leaving the service after five years,” he told WND. “We are being left with an officer corps that can be made to be more compliant, that is, exactly what Obama needs to effect his long range goals for the U.S. military.”
Bottom line, said Vallely: Military officers today lack any confidence in Obama as commander-in-chief. Yet, instead of speaking up, he said, they are preoccupied with covering up incidents so they don’t affect their career, rather than meeting the greater need of “boldly leading their soldiers.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/u-s-general-leads-new-assault-on-obama-policies/#lcQE8PtV8Wiwpw6U.99