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01/25/2013

Smokers May Not Be Able To Afford Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. WASHINGTON – Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Obama’s health-care law, according to experts who are teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the... 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

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

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

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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12/19/2012

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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12/12/2012

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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12/12/2012

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

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12/12/2012

Do Americans Understand the Gravity of What Happened in the Supreme Court?

Town Hall – June 29, 2012-Neal Boortz The True Impact of the Obamacare Decision Do Americans – do you — really understand the gravity of what happened in the Supreme Court yesterday? Do you have any idea at all how the power of the Imperial Federal Government of the United States has been exponentially increased? Answer? No, you probably don’t.... Read Full Article

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12/10/2012

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

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12/10/2012

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

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12/10/2012

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

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12/09/2012

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

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12/09/2012

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

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12/07/2012

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

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12/06/2012

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

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12/06/2012

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

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12/06/2012

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

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12/01/2012

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

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12/01/2012

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

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