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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 ›


Invading Your Privacy: The New ObamaCare Tax Form

We’ve been talking about ObamaTax all year long, but here is a grim reality. ObamaCare is going to happen by law unless it is stopped and at this point, it doesn’t look like that will happen. Americans for Tax Reform is giving us a look at the new ObamaCare tax form. On top of being long and complicated, the form ... Read Full Article ›


The Not So Affordable Obamacare Taxes

The government will mandatorily instruct and consult in regards to living wills, power-of-attorney, and other end-of-life business Political pundits have been eating crow since the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. Nobody foresaw that the individual mandate to buy insurance would be judged as a tax. Everyone expected the court to find the individual mandate unconstitutional since it would be forcing Americans ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Regulations Impose Heavy Costs

California’s compliance costs put at $3.4 billion. Government regulations, even reasonable ones, are essentially hidden taxes. They are costs imposed by government. Someone pays the cost of implementing them, and for the consequences they spawn. We often note that it is people who ultimately pay taxes. Not corporations. Certainly not governments. Institutions pass along the costs of meeting these hidden ... Read Full Article ›


Surprise: PA College Slashes Instructors’ Hours to Avoid Obamacare

Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare. “It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the ... Read Full Article ›


Not Cooperating With Obamacare

National Review – The Corner November 25, 2012 Wesley J. Smith The Hill has an interesting story reporting on Republican governors refusing to set up state exchanges under Obamacare — which could save the states money since they are on the hook for costs in excess of federal grants. That means the feds will have to do it on a ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare Faces the Implementation Iceberg

Defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, can be forgiven for some post-election triumphalism. But their joy is likely to be short lived. Because the law put off implementation of most key provisions until after the 2012 election, voters cast their ballots on November 6 without knowing what Obamacare’s true effect will be on their tax ... Read Full Article ›


Pizza Industry Hopes to Head Off New ObamaCare Regulation

Pajamas Media November 20, 2012 Pizza Industry Hopes to Head Off New ObamaCare Regulation that May Force Price Hikes and Slice Off Thousands of Jobs Finding out what’s in ObamaCare’s onerous regulations Bryan Preston When Rep. Nancy Pelosi infamously declared that we have to pass ObamaCare in order to find out what’s in it, she wasn’t kidding. Buried in the ... Read Full Article ›


10 Insurance Questions for Obamacare Supporters

1. President Barack Obama repeatedly tells us that one reason national health care is needed is that we can no longer afford to pay for Medicare and Medicaid. But if Medicare and Medicaid are fiscally insolvent and gradually bankrupting our society, why is a government takeover of medical care for the rest of society a good idea? What large-scale government ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare entitlement has seduced the young

The Washington Times November 20, 2012 Steve Deace Taxpayer-funded abortion. Dozens of poison-pill taxes. The precedent that the federal government can order you to buy something you don’t want. If you think any of these points are why the implementation of Obamacare is such a threat to freedom and liberty, think again. That’s not to say that the aforementioned problems ... Read Full Article ›


New England Journal of Medicine Blasts Obamacare

Obamacare will do little to address two of the three major problems facing the U.S. healthcare system — holding down costs and boosting the quality of care for patients, according to a scathing article published in this week’s prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. The “perspective” piece notes that while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is likely to ... Read Full Article ›


CBO: ObamaCare Offers Biggest Pot Of Deficit Cuts

Investor’s Business Daily November 16, 2012 JOHN MERLINE A Congressional Budget Office report on ways to reduce the deficit, released last week to help guide budget negotiators in the upcoming “grand bargain” talks, contains one eye-opening item. It turns out that the single biggest pot of potential deficit savings available to lawmakers is … ObamaCare. In its list of “options ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare to Jack Up Insurance Premiums: WalMart

If you haven’t already heard from your employer about open enrollment — well, brace yourself. Premiums are high and rising. According to a survey from the National Business Group on Health, employers expect their health insurance costs to increase 7%. And, 60% of those employers plan to ask workers to pay higher monthly premiums. Case in point, WalMart stores – ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges”

National Review November 9, 2012 Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable Now is not the time to go wobbly. Michael F. Cannon President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion ... Read Full Article ›


Beware: ObamaCare Now Reality

NY POST November 30, 2012 Beware: ObamaCare’s now reality BETSY McCAUGHEY President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in the US Senate end any possibility of repealing the Obamacare health law. It will roll out as written, imposing major changes soon on you and your family. If you are uninsured because you can’t afford it, help may be on the way. ... Read Full Article ›


A Referendum on ObamaCare and Liberty

Wall Street Journal November 5, 2012 A Referendum on ObamaCare and Liberty Without an immediate course change, the health-care law will become irreversible. CHRISTOPHER DEMUTH On Tuesday, Americans will go to the polls to choose whether or not to nationalize their health-care system. The choice for president will have numerous other consequences. But in most cases we will be choosing ... Read Full Article ›


In Ohio, Obamacare to Increase Individual Insurance Premiums by 55-85%

In Ohio, Obamacare to Increase Individual Insurance Premiums by 55-85% Avik Roy With the Presidential election one week away, it’s worth reviewing how Obamacare will impact the residents of key swing states. In Ohio, as elsewhere, Obamacare will drive up the cost of private health coverage, especially for those who buy insurance on their own. A non-partisan study found that, ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare Drives More Americans To The Public The Dole

SALLY C. PIPES:  The U.S. Census recently announced that the number of Americans without health insurance in 2011 fell for the first time in three years, to 48.6 million. That’s a decrease of 1.3 million from the 2010 figure. Sounds like good news. But a closer look at the data suggests that this drop is illusory. Even worse, the report ... Read Full Article ›


The REAL PROS of Obamacare

It’s almost impossible to turn on the news these days without hearing about Obamacare or its official title, the Affordable Care Act. Between those declaring it to be the worst thing since Hitler and those singing its praises, it can be very difficult to understand exactly what Obamacare is and what its benefits are. What are the benefits of Obamacare ... Read Full Article ›


The REAL CONS of Obamacare

There is no question that if you’re looking for a polarizing piece of federal legislation, you don’t need to look any further than the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. People on every side of the aisle are either praising this landmark legislation or cursing the day this legislation was passed and enacted. There are a number of misconceptions ... Read Full Article ›


Biden: Planned Parenthood ‘Under Law Cannot Perform Any Abortion;’ Planned Parenthood: We Did 985,731 In 3 Years

Planned Parenthood ‘Under Law Cannot Perform Any Abortion;’ Planned Parenthood: We Did 985,731 In 3 Years Terence P. Jeffrey ( – Vice President Joe Biden said at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Friday that Planned Parenthood “under law cannot perform any abortion.” Planned Parenthood itself has published fact sheets indicating that it did 985,731 abortions in just the three years ... Read Full Article ›


Business Owners Battle Obamacare for Religious Freedom

Snipped from “Federal Court Aborts Contraception Mandate” “Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys obtained the first-ever order against the mandate on behalf of Hercules Industries and the Catholic family that owns it. The administration opposed the order, arguing, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business.[…]   Two days from now, ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare’s Rhetoric vs. Its Reality

Robert J. Samuelson Just recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued an 18-page, single-spaced notice explaining how to distinguish between full-time and part-time workers under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The difference matters, because the act requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health insurance for those workers. At the same time, no company has to buy insurance ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare’s Uncertainty Cripples States And Providers

GOV. BOB MCCONNELL AND REP. FRED UPTON – Without repeal or delay, the full implementation of ObamaCare is now less than 15 months away. Yet citizens and policymakers face a mounting level of questions, fears and frustrations. Unfortunately, the administration’s continuing silence on its plans leaves patients, states and Congress with more anxiety than answers and taxpayers on the hook ... Read Full Article ›


Obama backs IPAB ‘death panel’ again, despite bipartisan support for repeal

‘What this is, is a group of health care experts, doctors, et cetera, to figure out, how can we reduce the cost of care in the system overall?’ Matthew Boyle DENVER — During Wednesday evening’s presidential debate, President Barack Obama repeated his support for the controversial Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — often dubbed by conservatives as Obamacare’s “death ... Read Full Article ›


ObamaCare Threatens Minority Jobs

President Obama’s health-care plan was supposed to help uninsured minorities, but it’s actually hurting them. One restaurant chain after another is cutting full-time slots to avoid ObamaCare. Earlier this week, the owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden announced it’s shifting to more part-time staff to offset the cost of complying with the new employer health mandate. Minorities account for ... Read Full Article ›


Poor, Middle Class Hit by Obamacare Mandate Tax

With campaign season in full tilt, Americans are being inundated with rhetoric regarding the various tax proposals touted by President Obama and Governor Romney. Given that these discussions usually involve paeans to the middle class and promises to keep their tax rates low, one tax in partcular has received surprisingly little attention: the “penalty” levied on all Americans who do ... Read Full Article ›


AARP Stands by as Obama Gets Mugged by Reality

The President’s erstwhile ally in the Obamacare debate says it doesn’t want to get involved. During last week’s presidential debate, realizing that he was taking a beating on the Medicare solvency issue, Barack Obama issued the following cri de coeur: “AARP thinks that the savings that we obtained from Medicare bolster the system, lengthen the Medicare trust fund by eight ... Read Full Article ›


Obamacare Robs Medicare of $716 Billion to Fund Itself

Last week, a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report updated the amount of money Obamacare robs out of Medicare from $500 billion to a whopping $716 billion between 2013 and 2022. According to the CBO, the payment cuts in Medicare include: A $260 billion payment cut for hospital services. A $39 billion payment cut for skilled nursing services. A $17 ... Read Full Article ›


Informed Independents Cool to ObamaCare

Presenting facts about even popular aspects of the health-care law had a side effect: increasing support for Mitt Romney. Just a few days ago, the conventional wisdom about the presidential campaign was beginning to take hold: Mitt Romney’s candidacy had failed to catch fire, and Barack Obama’s re-election was almost certain. Wednesday’s debate upended that notion. While there is still ... Read Full Article ›