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The Fiscal Cliff’s Hidden $1 Trillion Tax Hike

There is a hidden $1 trillion net tax hike in the “fiscal cliff” that no one is talking about. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare’s twenty new or higher taxes amount to a net $1 trillion over the next decade, 2013-2022. These tax increases are already permanent law due to Obamacare. They include the medical device tax, the ... Read Full Article ›


Obama Administration: We Can and Will Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and ... Read Full Article ›


Hobby Lobby’s Emergency Application to Supreme Court: Sotomayor

Having been away, I’ll catch up quickly on Wednesday’s order by Justice Sotomayor, in her capacity as circuit justice for the Tenth Circuit, denying the emergency application by which the individual members of the Green family and their two closely-held family businesses sought an injunction, pending appeal, against the HHS mandate. That order puts the Greens in the appalling position ... Read Full Article ›


The Seventh Circuit Blocks the HHS Mandate for a Private Business: Sotomayor Squashed

Late yesterday afternoon (Friday), the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a ... Read Full Article ›


Hobby Lobby, Obamacare and the Loss of America’s Soul

As for religious liberty, liberals like Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, rather than uphold religious liberty, facilitate Barack Obama’s effort to redefine the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. Jeannie DeAngelis In America, established rights such as religious liberty and the right to bear arms are currently under attack. Liberals are in charge and they seem to feel that ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Opponents Going About Health Care Reform All Wrong

While all eyes are or aren’t on Washington this holiday season as we near our collective jump off the fiscal cliff in the New Year, there is another battle well under way in our state capitals over, you guessed it, the president’s signature health care overhaul. Upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts’ ... Read Full Article ›


EDITORIAL: Obamacare’s costly new year

The re-election of President Obama means Uncle Sam is only going to grow larger. As the new year arrives, Americans are likely to see with their own eyes the consequence of their choice of chief executive as health care costs escalate thanks to Obamacare. Provisions of the law that take effect in the new year will reveal the true price ... Read Full Article ›


Hobby Lobby faces Millions in Fines for Bucking Obamacare

Washington (CNN)– Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare The company opposes providing some contraceptives to employees through its company health care plan on religious grounds, saying some contraceptive products, like the morning after pill, equate to abortion. ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Could Drive Little Sisters of the Poor Out of the US

A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters ... Read Full Article ›


DC Area Child Care Services Announces Closure Due to Obamacare

Washington-area child care service “Mommy Relief” told its clients in an email today that it would cease business Dec. 22 because of provisions of the Affordable Care Act: “By way of explanation, the business model that we have been using for the past several years will not permit us to continue under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It did not ... Read Full Article ›


Court Reinstates Obamacare Lawsuits

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the Obama administration by ruling in favor of two Christian schools suing for exemptions from the Obamacare contraception mandate, the Becket Fund announced. The Court ruled that two lower courts inappropriately dismissed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College’s suits, and reinstated the two schools’ lawsuits. The Court also mandated that ... Read Full Article ›


The Emerging Obamacare Truth Is Disarray

A remarkable truth about Obamacare is how many aspects of its initial programs and initiatives are already in disarray. The Obama team is woefully behind its own schedule for implementing features of the legislation. The critical regulations outlining what the Obamacare insurance benefit will look like was supposed to be out more than six months ago. Now it looks like ... Read Full Article ›


Waiting for Obamacare The Doctor Won’t See You, Now

A few years ago, my small local hospital asked a Senate staffer if she could assist them in obtaining federal money for a new building. So she did, expediting the process by which that particular corner of northern New Hampshire was deemed to be “under-served” and thus eligible for the fed gravy. At the ribbon-cutting, she was an honored guest, ... Read Full Article ›


Get Ready for the Costs and Chaos of Obamacare

Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” At the time, March 2010, Pelosi’s words accurately described the Democrats’ just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement ... Read Full Article ›


Only 15 States Establish Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges

National Review – The Corner: Wesley J. Smith Only 15 states have fully cooperated with Obamacare by establishing state exchanges. From the CNBC story: “Only 15 states have told the federal government they plan to operate health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for two-thirds of the country” ... Read Full Article ›


Restaurant Chains Ditch Plans to Cut Workers’ Hours in Response to Health Care Law

The company that owns the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants backed down Thursday from its plan to cut employees’ hours in response to President Obama’s health care law. Darden Restaurants — one of several restaurant firms embroiled in political controversy over employees’ health care benefits — said Thursday it will not follow through with plans to cut workers’ hours. ... Read Full Article ›


Guide to Obamacare Taxes for 2013 and 2014

Many Americans could face higher tax bills Jan. 1, 2013, as a result of four health care-reform law changes.Here’s a look at what’s about to hit — unless Congress otherwise acts — and how you may be able to minimize the impact to you. What’s Coming Jan. 1 1. Limit on flexible spending account (FSA) contributions. Today, employers set their ... Read Full Article ›


Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Healthcare Overhaul Law

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the ... Read Full Article ›


Tennessee Says NO to Obamacare Insurance Exchanges

Nevin Batiwalla: Staff Reporter- Nashville Business Journal Tennessee will let the federal government set up a health insurance exchange in the state as part of Obamacare, Gov. Bill Haslam announced today. Haslam, who opposed President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, had previously said that the state running its exchange would be the “lesser of two evils.” Today, however, ... Read Full Article ›


As ObamaCare Mandates Explode, So Will Insurance Costs

Investor’s Business Daily: December 10, 2012 Health Care: The official title of ObamaCare is the “Affordable Care Act.” But the rush to add coverage mandates for every health service under the sun guarantees the law will fail to live up to its name. In a recent New York Times article, chiropractors and acupuncturists bragged about how they’re getting their services ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Taxes Veterinarians and Pet Owners

Obamacare’s new taxes will soon apply to medical equipment that’s used by both physicians and veterinarians — and pet owners will ultimately foot the bill — according to Heritage Foundation. According to the conservative policy organization, the Internal Revenue Service published a rule Friday covering “dual-use” equipment and supplies. That could include “examination gloves, sterile catheters, infusion pumps, etc.,” according to ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare May Hike Your Pet’s Health Care Bills

The Heritage Foundation: Lachlan Markay American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Sales Tax Will Cause Premiums to Rise By $10k Over 10 Years

The Washington Examiner Joel Gehrke President Obama’s health care overhaul contains a tax that will drive up premiums for individuals, families, and even Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, according to a new study released by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Obamacare “imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increase to $14.3 billion in 2018, ... Read Full Article ›


The Opening for a Fresh ObamaCare Challenge

By defining the Obamacare mandate as a tax, one that will not be uniformly applied, the Supreme Court ran afoul of the Constitution. DAVID B. RIVKIN, JR. AND LEE A. CASEY ObamaCare is being implemented, having been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in June in a series of cases now known as National Federation of Independent Business v. ... Read Full Article ›


IRS Finalizes New Tax For Medical Devices In Healthcare Law

(Apparently the Government seems to think businesses dont pay taxes and that we should all be punished for being successful business owners..even the single business owners with no employees…) Patrick Temple-West The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday released final rules for a new tax on medical devices, products ranging from surgical sutures to knee replacement implants, that starts next ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare: The Resistance Endures

National Review: December 6, 2012: To advise Obamacare opponents to “accept defeat” when vigilance could deliver victory is Vichyism. Former Romney adviser Avik Roy now advises conservatives “to accept the defeat of the movement to repeal Obamacare.” Conservatives should instead shift their energies to “the most desired conservative outcome of all: a fiscally sustainable, fully reformed set of health-care entitlements.” ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare Fallout: Walmart Ends Insurance For New Hires

Andrew Breitbart’s – Big Government: December 1, 2012: John Nolte And so the government takeover of our health care system begins: Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company’s policy obtained by The Huffington Post. … Walmart ... Read Full Article ›


Domino’s: Obamacare Requires 34 Million Pizza Nutrition Signs

The Washington Examiner: November 29, 2012: Paul Bedard New Obamacare regulations targeting the fast food and grocery store market that require signs detailing calorie and nutritional information on every product will force pizza makers like Domino’s to post up to 34 million different signs in every store: One for every possible pizza order. “It’s not like a Big Mac. Pizza ... Read Full Article ›