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Obamacare's War on Work and Wages - September 12, 2014

 INSURANCE NEWS NET - The Labor Department confirmed last Friday that more than five years after the recession ended, the labor force participation rate continues to collapse. It sits at 62.8 percent, near its 36-year low and down 0.5 percentage point from this time last year.

 In addition to fewer Americans working, many of those still working have part-time jobs, and wages have stagnated. According to the latest Labor Departmentfigures, 7.3 million Americans want full-time employment but are stuck in part-time jobs.

An abundance of recent evidence shows that the president's health care law bears much of the blame for the economic stagnation of the last several years. Today,CNBC reported that "rising health-care costs have created a big overhang on small to mid-sized employers, who are peering into the economic horizon and see few reasons for optimism." One economist, writing in the Wall Street Journal onSeptember 8, estimated that Obamacare will cause a three percent drop in employment and work hours, and a two percent drop in GDP and worker income. That's double the amount estimated by CBO in February, suggesting that the total loss in worker compensation caused by the president's health care law will exceed$2 trillion between 2017 and 2024. It is just one more way the law is not working for Americans.

The health care law contains more than 20 tax increases that will directly cost Americans more than $1 trillion over the next decade. One of the most destructive is the employer mandate, which taxes businesses with more than 50 full-time workers up to $3,000 per full-time worker if they fail to offer employees an expensive health insurance package.

One health economist calculated in 2013 that Obamacare's "essential benefit package" translates into a minimum health benefit of $2.28 an hour for individual coverage and $5.89 an hour for family coverage.

A recent analysis from the American Action Forum confirms that Obamacare is directly responsible for destroying jobs and lowering wages for workers at small businesses throughout the country. The researchers found that Obamacare's regulations and premium increases have reduced employment by more than 350,000 jobs nationwide at businesses with between 20 and 49 workers.

The study also assessed Obamacare's impact on worker pay, finding that businesses have already started adjusting for Obamacare's higher costs, even though the administration has delayed the employer mandate. It found that Obamacare is already responsible for reducing pay by at least $22.6 billionannually at business with between 20 and 99 workers. On a per worker basis, employees at businesses with 50 to 99 workers have already lost an average of$935 annually. Employees at businesses with 20 to 49 workers have already lost an average of $828 annually as a result of Obamacare.

Without reform, the job losses and wage reductions caused by Obamacare will likely continue as the employer mandate takes effect over the next two years.



Obamacare lives. That may be one of the most sweeping consequences of the 2012 presidential election. By winning a second term, President Obama has essentially ended (weak) Republican hopes of rolling back his signature "Affordable Care Act" (sic) before it takes full effect. 

"Obamacare is the law of the land," said (a pathetic) House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio on Nov. 8.

With its immediate future secure, the health-care law now enters a crucial 12 months. Federal and state officials must race to prepare for Jan. 1, 2014, which is opening day for some of the "Affordable Care Act's" (sic) most far-reaching provisions. As Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (C-KS) noted in congressional testimony this past spring, "2013 will be a critical year for building the infrastructure and business operations" needed to expand health insurance coverage to millions of low-income Americans. 

Tax hikes.  Whatever the outcome of the budget negotiations, taxes on the successful and small businesses are certain to rise.  The increase will put this payroll tax at 2.35 percent for folks in those income levels took effect on Jan. 1, 2013.  The "Affordable Care Act" (sic) also mandates a new 2.3 percent tax on "medical devices," set to begin on the same date. The Internal Revenue Service hasn't yet issued final regulations setting the boundaries for what this levy will hit, however. Among the issues here is whether things often sold to consumers as well as health-care professionals, such as latex gloves, will be subject to the new tax.

Insurance mandate. The US government doesn't require you to have health insurance – yet. But that day is coming. That day is Jan. 1, 2014, to be precise, when the "Affordable Care Act's" (sic) individual mandate takes effect.  Starting then, adults who don't have health coverage will have to pay a fine (or tax, as the US Supreme Court ruled) of $95 per year, or as much as 1 percent of income – whichever is greater. This is scheduled to rise year by year, topping out in 2016 at $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of income. For families, the fine goes from a maximum of $285 or 1 percent of household income to $2,085 or 2.5 percent of income, over the same period.



Presidential candidate Obama said in 2008 that what, "...Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion...added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."  The debt is now over $16 trillion, having risen over $6 trillion in just four years under Obama.

Then as President, Obama said in 2009 that it's time our, "...Government starts living within it's means. We start taking responsibility for our deficits. That's why, when I was sworn in as president, I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term."  Of course, that was pure 100% Horse Hockey.

Fast forward to 2013.  Our statist President now has a completely different attitude toward runaway spending and our crushing national debt.  In an interview with ABC News Obama now says, "...My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance." Later in the interview Obama also says, "...We're not gonna balance the budget in ten years...."


According to the Social Security Administration Trustees Report ,"...Projected long-range costs for both Medicare and Social Security are not sustainable under currently scheduled financing and will require legislative action to avoid disruptive consequences for beneficiaries and taxpayers. If lawmakers act sooner rather than later, they can consider more options and more time will be available to phase in the changes, giving the public adequate time to prepare. Earlier action would also help avoid adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people dependent on program benefits."

And who are these Trustees who say Medicare and Social Security are "not sustainable"?  Are they evil radical rightwing kooks?  No.  They are Obama's own cabinet members including Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, along with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. So Obama's own staff knows our nation's social safety net is going bankrupt, and recommends doing something sooner rather than later, but Obama does NOTHING.  In fact he demonizes others who offer a fiscally sound path forward by saying Republicans want to "throw granny off the cliff". 


Saul Alinsky would be proud of our statist President.  In "Rules for Radicals" Alinsky writes, "Our cause had to be all shining justice, allied with the angels; theirs had to be all evil, tied to the Devil; in no war has the enemy or the cause ever been gray." (Alinsky 1972: 3)

So who is Barack Obama and what do we know about his past?  One thing we know is that in 1998 he was a featured speaker at a tribute to communist author and Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky.  Watch this video to learn more:

So what is the connection between Barack Obama and Saul Alinsky and how is it relevant today?  President Obama's December 6, 2001 Osawatomie, KS speech was literally a Marxist attack on America right out of the pages of Rules for Radicals. The president of the United States said that the United States of America, as founded, "has never worked."  He went on to say that the free market is "a license to steal." 



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Colorado Obamacare Exchange Doesn’t Know Who Is Enrolled  

Daily Caller
July 14, 2014
By: Greg Campbell

Connect For Health Colorado, the state-run health care exchange set up under Obamacare, will spend some $4 million in the coming year to convince Latinos to enroll through the program, even though exchange managers have no idea whether Latinos are underrepresented among their existing customers.

While the health-care exchange collects demographic data, no one has analyzed it, according to the Denver Post. Exchange managers are just assuming that fewer Latinos have signed up because that’s what independent studies have shown. The money will also be used to target young people and other specific demographic groups without knowing who among them have already enrolled.

The Post reported that the exchange hasn’t performed “basic analysis” of its own data to determine whether the $4 million expense is justified.  

One-Fifth of New Enrollees Under Health Care Law Fail to Pay First Premium 

The New York Times
February 13, 2014
By: Robert Pear

WASHINGTON - One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say.

Matthew N. Wiggin, a spokesman for Aetna, said that about 70 percent of people who signed up for its health plans paid their premiums. For Aetna policies taking effect on Jan. 1, the deadline for payment was Jan. 14, and for products sold by Coventry Health Care, which is now part of Aetna, the deadline was Jan. 17.

Obama administration officials said they did not know how many people signing up for coverage had paid their premiums because the government had not finished building the “back end” of the computer systems needed to pay insurers.

ObamaCare: $56,819 To Sign Up Each Enrollee In Hawaii 

Yahoo! News
February 14, 2014
By: Investors Business Daily

How much does it cost taxpayers to sign up one ObamaCare enrollee? In President Obama's home state of Hawaii, it's $56,819.

The Obama administration gave Hawaii $205 million in grants over the past three years to set up its state-run exchange. But so far, only 3,614 Hawaiians have filled out applications — just 40% of the state's enrollment goal.

Even if Hawaii were to reach its 9,000 target, it would still cost nearly $23,000 for each enrollee.

Washington, D.C., meanwhile, received $133.6 million in federal grants to build its exchange, but so far has signed up just 5,090 — for a per-enrollee cost of $26,242. 


March 2013 - The budget committees of both chambers of Congress released their budgets ahead of President Obama's budget - marking the first time in 92 years that Congress kicked off the budget process instead of the President.

The House budget, under the helm of Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), delivers a balanced budget in 10 years by slowing the annual growth in federal spending from a projected 5 percent to 3.4 percent. The budget focuses on reducing spending by addressing the government's health care cost problem with reforms to Medicare and Medicaid and, importantly, repeal of Obamacare.  The Ryan budget's main weaknesses are a lack of Social Security reforms - the biggest federal spending program - and maintaining Obama's tax hikes.

The Senate budget, under the helm of Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA), makes no attempt at balancing the budget - ever. Instead, the Senate budget would ramp up spending immediately and raise taxes yet higher while continuing chronic deficits that rise higher in later years. The Senate budget would leave the nation even worse off beyond the 10-year budget window by failing to curb the growth in entitlement spending.

Both the House and Senate budgets have their weaknesses. However, the House budget would shrink deficits quickly and then eliminate deficits completely by balancing the budget in 10 years. Despite its shortcomings, the House budget undertakes important entitlement reforms in Medicare and Medicaid and rolls back other spending.

The Senate budget, on the other hand, would spend more and tax more and still would not come even close to balancing the budget. The Senate's failure in addressing the growth in entitlement spending means U.S. spending and debt would continue growing and threaten a debt crisis in the future that would make all Americans worse off—especially the poor and the middle class. 


March 2013 - Sen. Marco Rubio challenged some of the stereotypes affixed to the Republican Party on two hot-button topics, abortion and gay marriage, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that his positions on the issues make him neither a "chauvinist" nor a "bigot." WATCH VIDEO HERE.

"In order to work together with people you disagree with, there has to be mutual respect," the Florida Republican told the annual, three-day conference in National Harbor, Md. "That means I respect people that disagree with me on certain things, but they have to respect me, too".

"Just because I believe that states should have the rights to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe that life, all life, all human life is worthy of protection of every stage in its development does not make you a chauvinist."


March 2013 - A couple of thoughts on The Sequester, which was originally proposed by the White House. Obama's plan is to maximize the pain Americans feel as a political calclation so he can blame Republicans, then use it to help House Democrats win seats in the 2014 midterm elections.  Here's my proof:

 White House economic adviser Gene Sperling: "My belief is that as this pain starts to gradually spread to communities affected by military spending, to children who need mental health services, to people who care about our border security, I believe that more Republican colleagues who are concerned about this harm to their constituents will choose bipartisan compromise on revenue raising tax reform with serious entitlement reform."

Democratic Representative Steve Israel: "The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now."