My friend Ed Morrissey has the latest in the long line of ACA consequences that that Democrats PROMISED would never happen....
Just another sign of progress for the underemployed! Thanks to the beneficence of ObamaCare, thousands of part-time workers in Florida will become free … free of their employer-provided health care, that is. Universal Studios Orlando had offered health insurance to part-time employees until this year, but will no longer do so thanks to the added costs and mandates of the ACA:
Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government’s health-care overhaul.
The giant theme-park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that it will offer health-insurance to part-timers “only until December 31, 2013.”
And why will those plans be cancelled? Because they don’t meet the ObamaCare/IRS standard, even though are certainly better than nothing at all:
Like a lot of folks here in Utah, I have been following the John Swallow story closely. I have not said anything on the subject, because I suspect that there is still a LOT of dirt that is going to come out during the course of the very active investigation. However, this story from yesterday caught my eye. Utah Democrats are already trying to make political hay out of the situation.
Attempts by Democratic lawmakers to ask tough questions of embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow during a budget hearing were swatted down Friday by Sen. Daniel Thatcher, chairman of the appropriations committee who ruled them out of order.
"If there was something that happened that was untoward, that should be shaken out in a court of law and not in an appropriations meeting," argued Thatcher, a West Valley City Republican and an ardent Swallow supporter.
Now I have dealt with Senator Thatcher in the past. He's a very nice man, but a bit politically naive at times. However, he is absolutely CORRECT in this case. An Appropriations Committee hearing is neither the time nor the place for the kind of questions Senator Dabakis was asking.
Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is also chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, called the scandal embroiling Swallow "the gorilla in the room" and questioned whether the new Republican attorney general can effectively run the office.
No doubt it is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. However, this is an APPROPRIATIONS Committee hearing. You are there to talk about the appropriations requests - nothing more. That's not to say that there shouldn't be hearings on the issue - I do think that there should be. However, those hearings need to be held in the APPROPRIATE Senate committee and Appropriations is not the appropriate committee.
I had the pleasure of hearing Kitty Werthmann speak here in Salt Lake a couple of years ago. For those that don't know, Ms. Werthmann was a young child when Adolph Hitler rose to power in her native Austria. Because she lived through those dark, dark days, she has a unique view of our current place in history. Now I am going to throw this out here up front for the benefit of my liberal friends. NO ONE IS COMPARING THE PRESIDENT TO HITLER. We are comparing policies and (more importantly) the mindset of certain political movements. If you seem to think that a specific politician fits what is described here - well that is YOUR problem...not mine
“I am a witness to history.
I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history...
She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers.
Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.
Hitler was welcomed to Austria
Last week's State of The Union speech got a lot of love from the President's sycophantic followers, but according to the AP, didn't share that love. The AP took a look at the speech and found it to be factually challenged.
President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.
OBAMA: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs."
THE FACTS: That's in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.
Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.
And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.
Remember last week's State of the Union Address (more on that shortly) where the President said "Already the Affordable Care Act is helping to reduce the growth of health care costs."? Well, as with so many of his statements, the devil is in the details - as many states found out just a few short days later....
Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president's health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can't get private insurance.
In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said Friday the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking new applications. People already in the plan will not lose coverage.
But I thought the whole reason we had to have this bill rammed down out collective throats was so that those who had no insurance were able to get it? To help those that the evil, looking out only for the bottom line health insurance companies were screwing over?
Yet more in the "I told you so" category......this one from a doctor.
Many promises were made to different groups to sell the new health care law to a skeptical public. Having watched the medical insurance games - government and private - for my whole career, I thought these promises were too good to be true.
What is coming to light now is like "The Big Con" that Robert Redford's character skillfully pulled off in the classic movie The Sting. Only the Pelosi-Reid-Obama trio forced through an even bigger "Sting" on the entire country, especially the very constituencies they promised their health care law would help.
While some may think that "The Big Con" is being a bit hyperbolic, Dr. Vliet lays out a good case why it is not.
Another in what is sure to be a long thread of "I told you so" posts.....
To no ones (on the GOP side of the aisle) surprise, another report came out saying that what was promised in the Affordable Care Act is not going to become reality. Logical Lady Betsy McCaughey sums up the news for the New York Post.
The central parts of ObamaCare don’t roll out until 2014, but the wheels are already falling off this clunker. The latest news from four federal agencies is that 1) insurance will be a lot less affordable than Americans were led to expect, 2) fewer people than promised will get insurance and 3) millions of people who have coverage through a job now will lose it, thanks to the president’s “reforms.” Oh, and children are the biggest victims.
The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable.
It's for the children....or so Democrats say....until they run afoul of the teachers unions and then it's to hell with the children. Logical Lady Mary Katherine Ham has been on a roll of late. Her latest post at Hot Air talks about how Democrats, doing the teachers union bidding, killed Washington DC's Opportunity Scholarship Program - a program designed specifically for poor, minority children.
It is a beautiful thing, and all too rare, to find an education program that works for at-risk students, for those with low incomes, across all racial groups. That is what Washington, D.C. found in the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarships to thousands of mostly low-income and minority students, who have used them since 2005 to get out of failing public schools and thrive in private schools.
The scholarship program was the result of a hard-fought grassroots battle by District parents led by Virginia Walden-Ford, whose own son had been given a private scholarship she credited with his academic and professional success. She wanted that opportunity for other students. As was to be expected, teachers unions and nearly all Democrats in Congress aligned against her, but Ford is no stranger to fighting for a quality education against formidable foes. She and her twin sister were among the first black students to integrate Little Rock’s public schools on a larger scale after the Little Rock Nine. She’s the kind of woman the press would lionize, and rightly so, if she didn’t happen to be on the school-choice side of the issue.
But she is, and in 2005, with Republican control of the Senate and some help from a few Democrats, public school students in D.C. got a scholarship, at no cost to the D.C. public school system, which got matching funds to appease detractors.
Fast forward four years, and a Democratic Senate does the unions a solid in 2009:
Alternate Title - "It's OK As Long As It's OUR Guy Doing It"
You know it's not going to be a good segment when Bill Maher admits ".....the Democrats view is' God what he does would be AWFUL if a Republican did it'...", it's going to be a rough segment. Then Newsweek editor Tina Brown goes a step further.
Imagine yourself in this scenario. You pull into your street and you see a strange car parked in your driveway (when no one is home). Then you see someone standing in your open front door - crow-bar in hand. What would you do? For a Layton resident, this is not academic....it really happened.....
Police said Clare B. Niederhauser, 64, was driving toward his home at 2536 E Gentile Avenue when he saw a passenger car in his driveway and a man at the doorway holding a prybar.
This homeowner, a conceal carry permit holder, proceeded to his home and....
Niederhauser approached the man with the pry bar, who was identified as 47-year-old Robert Santos Cruz, and held him at gunpoint, according to a press release.
Back in 2010, Democrats rallied around their President and overwhelming shoved ObamaCare down the throats of the American people who vehemently opposed the bill. Many conservatives pointed out the various unenforceable parts of the bill (like the now repealed CLASS Act) and the MULTITUDE of job killing tax increases that were being put into place as a result of the bill. The President, Democrat legislators and the media all rushed to assure that the things those stupipChicken Little Republicans were saying were never going to happen because "Dear Leader" said that it wouldn't happen. Well now that some of these Senators who voted for ObamaCare (cough Amy Klobuchar cough) are up for re-election, and several thousand high paying jobs in the medical device industry have gone away in their states, now they are hell bent to overturn yet another provision of ObamaCare that they had assured us was going to be a good thing....the medical device tax.
My first post on HotAir.com was about the art of repealing Obamacare. The media scoffed at the many attempts House Republicans had made in this allegedly polarizing and fruitless endeavor, which was actually neither partisan nor futile:
The fact is this is only the second vote on total repeal, the first one coming in January of 2011 after Americans elected a wave of 63 new Republicans to, you know, repeal ObamaCare. Both votes for full repeal, in 2011 and 2012, were more bipartisan than the vote to pass ObamaCare, with three and five Democrats crossing over to the Republican side, respectively. And, I know we all love when we can work together, across the aisle, to get things undone. Beyond that, many of the votes on the Washington Post’s list feature far more Democratic defectors to the anti-ObamaCare side than the other way around.
Logical Lady Mary Katherine Ham has a column up at Hot Air on a subject that is near to my heart.
Even addressing the issue of male academic underachievement can result in backlash from people incensed that society would bother caring about the disadvantages of men after spending decades and centuries ignoring the disadvantages of women. I understand that impulse, but as a person who cares deeply about her brothers, father, husband, and the possibility of raising decent men, should the opportunity arise, I have to care. Many others would no doubt feel the same if the problem were addressed with any frequency.
As Christina Hoff Sommers writes in the New York Times, “fairness today requires us to address the serious educational deficits of boys and young men. The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men.”
I say this is near to my heart because, as the mother of a son, I have seen some of the things talked about in the study first hand.
Sommers highlights a new study that sheds light on how early boys are falling behind and why.
A long time tool of the control freaks in government is the idea of a "sin tax"...an excise tax on things that the government deems to be "undesirable" activities. These taxes are on everything from Popsicles to cigarettes. Well, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University did a study on sin taxes across the nation and it's findings are not surprising to the libertarian wing of the conservative movement.
Sin is in, and fat is where it’s at — when it comes to taxes.
Aiming to make American consumers break bad habits, governments across the land of the free are levying a wider array of “sin taxes.”
From cigarettes to sex to soft drinks to bacon, specialty taxes are generating tens of billions of dollars, much of it used to plug budget holes and a host of general purpose items.
“It’s kind of the same story we’ve seen with other taxes over time: When they are implemented they can appear somewhat harmless,” said Adam Hoffer, assistant economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and co-author of “Sin Taxes: Size, Growth, and Creation of the Sindustry,” a new study by the Mercatus Center, a free-market research organization at George Mason University....
...“It’s the same thing with income tax; it becomes a lot easier over time to hike them,” Hoffer said.
Emphasis through out is mine. The problem with sin taxes? They are the most regressive of all taxes.
When NRA President Wayne LaPierre suggested that we put armed guards in each public school, the media responded with scorn and derision, saying that it would turn our schools into something akin to "armed prison camps". That quickly became the meme du jour. However what the meme-meisters don't understand is that, thanks to their hysterical over-reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings - we are already there!
Case in point.....
The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.
Wilson Reyes, a student at Public School 114 in the Bronx reportedly got into a fight with a fellow student in December after he was accused of taking $5 of lunch money that had fallen on the ground in front of him. Responding to a complaint of assault and robbery, the police were called and took the boy to the local police precinct where officers allegedly handcuffed and interrogated him for ten hours, according to the lawsuit.
And this isn't the only instance.
A Bronx school went into lockdown this morning after a campus aide overheard a student talking about his gun -- a toy gun it turned out, officials said.
Lest you think it is JUST New York City or state.....there is this from Pennsylvania...
"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason (1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington
Source: June 14, 1788, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, in Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.380 (Philadelphia, 1836)
Playwright, director and author David Mamet is hardly a "conservative". Raised by Jewish parents in Chicago and educative in progressive institutions, Mamet is an unlikely 2nd Amendment defender, and yet....
Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.
For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and abilities” are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to “the State shall take, the State shall give.”
All of us have had dealings with the State, and have found, to our chagrin, or, indeed, terror, that we were not dealing with well-meaning public servants or even with ideologues but with overworked, harried bureaucrats. These, as all bureaucrats, obtain and hold their jobs by complying with directions and suppressing the desire to employ initiative, compassion, or indeed, common sense. They are paid to follow orders.
In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.
Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.
The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.
“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.
- Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics
- Doing Special Interests Bidding
- Ignoring The Problem
- Global What?
- For The Children
- Today's History Lesson
- Withering Away
- My Way Or The Highway
- Who Could Have Seen THIS Coming
- Doin' The Wall Street Shuffle
- Remember When (Part 1)
- Refusing To Learn
- Hypocrisy Has A Name - It's.....
- Who Said This?
- Those Racist Republicans