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01/21/2013

As Obamacare Gears Up for Implementation, Enthusiasm for it Falls

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the individual mandate and President Obama’s re-election removed all doubt about whether Obamacare would become the law of the land. But in 2012, even as the historic decision was handed down by the highest court and even as a majority of the electorate decided to give the president four more years, enthusiasm toward... Read Full Article

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01/18/2013

Whole Foods chief backs off ObamaCare ‘Fascism’ Claim

Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey is backing off his controversial comparison of ObamaCare to “fascism,” but he’s not easing off his criticism of the health care overhaul. Mackey, who has long spoken out against the 2010 health care law, took heat earlier this week after saying in an NPR interview that the policy is not so much socialism as it... Read Full Article

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01/18/2013

Obamacare Critics Were Right

In the frantic effort to actually implement Obamacare, some of the law’s champions are grudgingly coming to acknowledge that many of its critics’ key concerns were right. The latest example is the insurance companies’ panic over the perfectly obvious fact that the law is designed in a way that will encourage young and healthy people to avoid getting insurance until... Read Full Article

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01/18/2013

5 ways Obamacare May be Harmful to Your Wealth

Obamacare has made sweeping changes to the U.S. health insurance system that will make coverage more expensive for everyone. The law calls for a range of tax increases and Medicare cuts to cover the cost of mandates that will affect the finances of everyone who pays for health insurance. Here are five ways Obamacare will hit your wallet and what... Read Full Article

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01/16/2013

Southwestern Pa. Hospital to Stop Baby Deliveries Because of Obamacare

WINDBER, Pa. –  A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms. The Windber Medical Center, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is losing two obstetricians and two others... Read Full Article

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01/14/2013

Colleges Roll Back Faculty Hours in Response to Obamacare

As employers prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act, it’s not just low-wage fast food workers who are feeling the heat. Adjunct faculty from at least four universities will also see their hours cut as colleges try to reduce the number of full-time employees whose health care they need to cover. The four schools are Florida’s Palm Beach State College,... Read Full Article

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01/14/2013

Raiding Medicare: How will Seniors Pay for Obamacare?

The following is an excerpt from the new book “Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Law.” Everyone knows that if you don’t pay attention to maintaining and repairing your car, you limit its life. The same is true of human beings as they age. We need medical care to avoid becoming clunkers — worn out, parked... Read Full Article

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01/14/2013

Obamacare is all about Death and Taxes

Prior to the November elections, I received an email that was chilling. It was about the new Obamacare rules. Before I discuss the Obamacare taxes that are kicking in this year and next, I want to share excerpts from it. The email was from an individual whose son-in-law has a brother who is a surgeon at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.... Read Full Article

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01/14/2013

Obamacare is a Job Killer

‘I would like to black those days out — does that tell you how bad they were?” says Carl Schanstra, owner of a small Illinois parts-assembly firm. During the recession, his sales dropped by around 50 percent, and Schanstra was forced to take a calculated risk: He downsized considerably, reworked his business strategy, and invested his life savings to tide... Read Full Article

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01/10/2013

Tips for Making Money from Obamacare (until it goes bankrupt)

Because it looks like we’re stuck with Obamacare (unless Chief Justice Roberts grows tired of media adulation before other constitutional challenges to the law reach the Supreme Court), here are some tips to help you make money from the law: If you’re like most people, you’ll be able to qualify for generous subsidies from the federal government to purchase health... Read Full Article

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01/10/2013

IRS Warns Employers: Do Not Try to Avoid ObamaCare Insurance Mandate

(CNSNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with clever schemes to avoid Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue “anti-abuse rules” to discourage employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes. “The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under... Read Full Article

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01/10/2013

Obamacare will be GOP’s savior in ’14

Nolan Finley-I’ve just returned from a few days in Washington, where the conversation continues to center on whether Republicans can regroup and rebound from their disappointing defeat in the November election. Thoughts on what the GOP must do range from improving their Spanish to standing up in gay weddings. But I think 2014 will be a huge Republican year. The... Read Full Article

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01/09/2013

WEIRD: Obamacare Prohibits Feds from Collecting any info on Lawful Gun Owners

This is an oddball post if I’ve ever seen one. Before final passage of the bill, Harry Reid managed to slip into Obamacare protection for gun owners that prevents the government from collecting any information relating to “lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition“. This was added, according to CNN, as a “relatively benign way to make sure... Read Full Article

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01/08/2013

Three Approaches for Managing Pre-Obamacare Health Insurance Costs

(Reuters) – Having just earned his master’s degree in written communication, Eric Kaplan should feel triumphant. But his academic success has been tempered by a failure outside the classroom: He can’t find health insurance he can afford on his earnings as a freelance writer. GET HIRED Like many other Americans waiting for key provisions of the Affordable Care Act to... Read Full Article

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01/07/2013

Tea Party Senator Admits Obamacare Repeal Bills Will Fail, Plans To Introduce One Anyway

Newly sworn-in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed to fulfill his campaign promise to introduce a “day one” bill repealing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, even as he admitted a repeal will never pass. During his campaign, Cruz proclaimed, “We must and will repeal every syllable of every word of ObamaCare.” But in a press call on Thursday, Cruz told reporters... Read Full Article

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01/07/2013

More Evidence of Death Panels in Obamacare

The foundations for health-care rationing and even so-called death panels may have already been quietly laid in largely unreported sections of President Obama’s health-care legislation. There is also concern for preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and so-called life preferences. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, called for the establishment of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.... Read Full Article

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01/07/2013

Businesses Cutting Worker Hours, Freezing Hiring to Avoid ObamaCare Penalties

The so-called employer mandate to offer health coverage doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. But to determine whether employees work enough hours on average to receive benefits, employers must track their schedules for three to 12 months prior to 2014 — meaning many are restructuring payrolls now or will do so early next year. About a quarter of businesses... Read Full Article

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01/07/2013

Health Insurers Raise Rates Bigtime Despite ObamaCare

California, Florida, and Ohio see double-digit increases! (Newser) – America’s health insurers are raising rates by up to 26% despite the fact that President Obama was dead-set on curbing such increases, the New York Times reports. California’s Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, and Blue Shield of California have proposed increases of 26%, 22%, and 20%, respectively, on certain customers, while insurers... Read Full Article

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01/04/2013

Welcome to the Doctor’s Office — Your Papers Please

I recently took my daughter to our pediatric ophthalmologist — a physician she has seen for several years, and with whom we have a very good relationship. Upon arrival this time, the receptionist gave me three new, additional forms to fill out. These forms were not the usual update forms. This new paperwork required specific demographic information. As I filled... Read Full Article

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01/03/2013

As 2013 Begins, Get Ready For An ObamaCare’s Tax Onslaught

The third wave of ObamaCare taxes began on January 1, the latest blitz before the tsunami of changes from the health overhaul law hit in 2014. These new and higher taxes are being levied to partially pay for ObamaCare’s massive new subsidies for private health insurance and expansion of Medicaid. The most controversial of the latest ObamaCare taxes is the... Read Full Article

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01/03/2013

Obama’s Tax Bill Comes Due

So Congress has passed a bill to avoid the tax cliff, hallelujah. This is the way to look at it if you have a pre-Copernican view of politics where Washington is the center of the economic universe. The better way to see it is that the tax bill on the private, productive part of the economy is now coming due... Read Full Article

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12/31/2012

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

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12/31/2012

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

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12/31/2012

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

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12/31/2012

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

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12/31/2012

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

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12/27/2012

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

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12/27/2012

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

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12/27/2012

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

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12/19/2012

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

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12/19/2012

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

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12/19/2012

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

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12/16/2012

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

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12/15/2012

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

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12/14/2012

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

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12/14/2012

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

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12/12/2012

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

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