Actions Have Consequences

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President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase earnings for 16.5 million low-wage Americans but cost the nation about 500,000 jobs, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday. (WP)

Then they can pay for ObamaCare! They just might not have a Job…:)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Obama administration to scale back draft regulations under ObamaCare that would force restaurants to post nutritional information on their menus.

“Specifically, the proposed rule limits the ability of businesses to determine for themselves how best to provide nutritional information to customers,” (The Government knows best always, right?) the lawmakers wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. “As a result, the proposal harms both those non-restaurants that were not intended to be captured by the menu labeling law as well as those restaurants that have flexibility and variability in the foods they offer.” 



Pizza places and grocery stores in particular have complained about the draft standards, saying they would be all but impossible to maintain. For instance, there are 34 million different combinations of pizza toppings, according to an industry trade group. It’s impractical to require that they list calorie counts for all of the options, they say.



“Yet, to date there is little evidence to suggest that the FDA has considered these alternatives,” the lawmakers wrote to Hamburg. “Instead, it appears that the FDA has withdrawn from interacting with affected industries and instead proceeded on a path that will unnecessarily burden many small businesses across the country.” (The Hill)
THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA!  And no grubby Congressperson or Pizza joint is going to stop us from our holy mission to force you to do the right thing and make you less fat!

We’ll just remove the source… 🙂

And, of course regulations like this and a $3 raise in the minimum wage won’t have any effect on a businesses bottom line or cause them to go out of business.

And if it does, who needs them.

The equivalent of about 2.5 million Americans will quit their jobs, cut their hours or stop looking for work during the next decade because of new benefits available under the health-care law, according to recent Congressional Budget Office estimates that have renewed debate over the program’s effect on the economy.

The White House and its allies argue that the government has a role in addressing a failure of the health-insurance market: the high prices and coverage restrictions that have kept health coverage out of reach for so many people. Like Social Security, which provides a safety net so people can retire, the health law may have the effect of leading some Americans to stop working, they say.

We are from the Government and we are here to help you…:)

But they called the impact positive, arguing that people have for too long been stuck in jobs that are a poor fit or that they dislike, simply for the benefits. While some people may make the calculation to just work less to keep more generous benefits, many will use their time to do something more productive, such as start their own business or take care of family members, advocates of the new law say.

Government assistance is so much more satisfying, after all…Sponge off other people, after all, they’ll be making more money to pay for it. 🙂

All you have to do is lower your expectations and swallow your pride and the government trough is open slop for you!

Here little piggy!…

Extending the maximum length of benefits beyond 26 weeks made highly educated unemployed people “more ‘relaxed’ and more patient in selecting jobs,” wrote Lei Fang and Jun Nie in a new working paper, “Human Capital Dynamics and the U.S. Labor Market.” Had unemployment benefits not been extended, they estimated, “the unemployment rate during the 2010-2012 period would have been 0.5 percentage point lower than the actual level.”

Their findings follow earlier research by Makoto Nakajima, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Mr. Nakajima estimated extended jobless benefits accounted for 1.2 percentage points of the jump in the unemployment rate from the end of 2007 to the fall of 2009. (WSJ)

And now for the Orwellian doublespeak of the week: “You can’t say the Affordable Care Act has killed job growth,” <WH advisor> Schiliro told an audience at a Kaiser Family Foundation presentation Wednesday. “In the 46 months since it passed, over 8 million jobs have been created… No one would say the Affordable Care Act created those jobs, but you can’t say the ACA has killed job growth.”

You can’t say it created those jobs, but I just did! You can’t say it killed jobs, because that is not the Agenda Message so stop saying that!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the financial crash and resulting recession lost the U.S. economy 8.8 million jobs.

The Congressional Budget Office issued a report concluding that the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs would be lost because Obamacare’s structure incentivizes less work with more taxpayer subsidies.

Business leaders such as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) estimate that the Health Insurance Tax will reduce employment by up to 262,000 jobs by 2022. (DC)

The Labor Participation is the lowers it’s been in 35 years! Yet, we have 14 million new Americans since Obama came into office.

And after all, that’s why the employer mandate has been put off several times, because it’s just so good for everyone! 🙂

The employer mandate will only begin in 2015 for businesses with 100 or more full-time employees, the Treasury Department announced. Companies with between 50 and 99 employees will be exempted from the law for another year — unless a company fires workers to make it beneath the threshold for the delay.

The IRS regulations on the delay make it very clear that only companies that shrink from 100-plus full-time workers just before the delay for “bona fide business reasons” will be exempted from the mandate to have coverage.

The government that is going to force you to go out of business or fire people must approve of the reasons or else you won’t be allowed the benefit of their benevolence!

Nice. 🙂

It’s good to be the King! or the King’s Minions! 🙂

Oh, and that choice thing…

California’s health care exchange promised potential customers they would have enough physicians to choose from. But some new enrollees, including an Alameda County woman, are discovering that their doctor choices are extremely limited.

Julia Turner is surprised that she even has to search for a doctor. When she signed up for a policy through Covered California late last year, her long-time physician was listed as participating in her Blue Shield plan. It turned out; however, that he is not accepting patients with her Blue Shield policy, purchased on the Covered California exchange.

When Turner called around to find someone else to treat her, she got more frustration. “The only doctors accepting new patients are urgent care clinics,” Turner told KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch.

None of the doctors are located in the city in which she lives. Instead, Turner said, “They are in areas of East Oakland that have a lot of violence.”

Which I’m sure is some rich person’s fault, or “income inequality”.Don’t worry, Obama will demand they get paid more and everything will be alright!

Promise! Trust Him, he’s got your back! 🙂

When KPIX 5 contacted all of the 41 doctors on the list Blue Shield provided to Julia, it found only four of the doctors were actually accepting new adult patients, and only one of them was board certified.

The California Department of Managed Health Care said there is no law that requires the insurer’s provider list to be accurate. However, state law does require insurers to have an “adequate” network of doctors. That means there must be at least one doctor for every 1,200 enrollees within 15 miles of their home.

But many enrollees, in both Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans purchased on the exchange said they are struggling to find even one doctor willing to take new patients due to what are now being call “narrow networks.”

The narrowest networks – those with the fewest doctors – are in some of the Northern California counties with the lowest median household income and the highest number of Medi-Cal recipients. Alameda County falls into that category.

Pat Johnston of the California Association of Health Plans, the industry group representing the insurers, admits there some issues with doctor availability. Johnston calls it a “tradeoff.”

 

“Remember one of the factors here is trying to make it affordable,” he explained. He admits that depending on the insurer, there are fewer provider options for enrollees who purchase the subsidized policies on the exchange.

 

Those you trade Freedom (of Choice) for “security” deserve neither, and you’ll likely get it too! But be happy, it’s not the Government’s fault!! They are here to save you! 🙂

After all the pressure the insurer rolled over and made nice for her. but…“This is not what we were promised. I see those (Covered California) commercials now and I want to scream,” Turner said.

And Obama wants to mess with you even more, rejoice! 🙂

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The Lie of The Year 2013 Crowned

“Doh” is now defined as “Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish,”

Nearly 40 times over 4 years, mind you…

Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’

(Politifact)

…the American Medical Association in 2009: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Pants on Fire!

“What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” –Barack Obama, Monday, November 4th, 2013.

False

“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.” Valerie Jarrett, Monday, October 28th, 2013.

It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system.

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.

But the promise was impossible to keep.

So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.

Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief.  Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.

For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013.

37 Times in 4 years. It was a lie!

“We weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place, and I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position, a better position than they were before this law happened. And I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said.” —Obama November 2013

Says the pathological liar!

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi defended Obama’s statement as accurate and blamed insurance companies. “Did I ever tell my constituents that, if they like their plan, they could keep it? I would have, if I’d ever met anybody who liked his or her plan, but that was not my experience,” she said.

Says the crazy woman who looks like she’s had more plastic surgery than Joan Rivers! (I know that below the belt….ah, so what, like she cares what anyone thinks).

So why would you ever trust them again?

Not that I ever did to begin with,mind you…

This the fourth time in five years the “Lie of the Year” has been about this one health care law. So it must a superior piece from superior beings, right?
🙂

Otherwise, the winners break down like this:

  • In 2009, Sarah Palin won, for her insistence that Obamacare would include “death panels.”
  • In 2010, it was Republican consultant Frank Luntz’s assertion that Obamacare would lead to a “government take over of health care.”
  • In 2011, various Democrats were given the title for saying that Republicans had voted to end Medicare.

Only there hatred of Mitt Romney overwhelmed them in 2012.

But there is plenty of evidence that Sarah Palin was correct. And, of course Frank Luntz’s assertion is the same one I’ve been saying for the past 5 years.

So, remember kiddies, Obamacare is a good and just thing. The liberal media & Democrats say so…and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty rotten liar! 🙂

And you can Trust them to tell you the truth 🙂

It’s not like they granted themselves waivers, or their political allies and friends. Or pushed back pieces of it, like the employer mandate, so as to not damage themselves further in 2014.

Naw, nothing like that at all… 🙂

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The Hippocrite’s Oath

Going on Vacation today.

So this blog may be offline for a bit.

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‘Substandard” and “cut-rate” is what President Obama calls the health plans that millions of Americans have lost, even though they wanted to keep them.

Backpedaling on his promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” Obama is now telling Americans another whopper: The insurance they can get on ObamaCare exchanges is a better deal.

Don’t believe him.

On the exchanges, you may no longer be able to use the doctors and hospitals you prefer. Many exchange plans exclude the top-drawer academic hospitals like Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and New York Presbyterian in New York City.

Instead, the law says exchange plans must cover care at “essential community providers … that serve predominantly low-income, medically underserved individuals.”  (Sec. 1311c(1)C)  That means clinics, public hospitals and hospitals largely serving the Medicaid community.

The law’s authors reasoned that exchange plan customers should be able to shift back and forth between their plans and Medicaid, as their earnings fluctuate, without changing doctors and hospitals.

That’s reasonable, but it’s bad news for consumers who had access to esteemed hospitals and doctors under their old plans and then got pushed into the exchanges.

Medicaid-level care is, sadly, “substandard,” to use the President’s word. A review of the experiences of nearly 900,000 patients undergoing eight different surgical procedures found that Medicaid patients were 50% more likely to die in the hospital after surgery than patients with private coverage.

This review, by researchers at the University of Virginia, is one of several studies proving that Medicaid patients get worse care than patients with private insurance.

But many of the plans being offered on the exchanges are Medicaid with a private label slapped on them. The McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform reports that Medicaid insurers are playing a large role in the exchanges.

Just as many doctors refuse to accept Medicaid, they are also refusing to accept exchange insurance. In California, a Blue Cross plan on the exchange covers 47% fewer doctors than Blue Cross subscribers in California currently get. In New York, only a quarter of physicians have decided to take exchange insurance, because the payments are so low.

Why so low? Because insurers know the low-cost plan will be king in nearly every exchange. All the plans offer the “essential benefit package.” Customers currently have no other way to compare than on price.

That’s despite the law’s promise that exchanges would list each plan’s quality rating and disclose which hospitals and doctors are covered. (Sec. 1311d(4)D) and (Sec. 1311c(1)B).  Why isn’t this information provided, as the law requires?  We can only guess that it’s because ObamaCare administrators don’t want us to see the truth.

Cancer patients whose plans are canceled are getting whacked hardest. They are losing access to the specialized cancer hospitals and oncologists treating them. And they will get meager help, if any, paying for innovative cancer drugs that cost thousands of dollars.

The most troubling provision in ObamaCare’s Section 1311 gives the secretary of health and human services blanket authority to control how doctors and hospitals treat patients. All in the name of improving “quality.” That could mean everything in medicine, such as when your OB/GYN should do a Caesarean.

What that means for you is that if you enroll in an exchange plan, with or without getting a subsidy, your care will be standardized by the federal government with an eye to reducing what you consume and how much it costs.

Your doctor may have to choose between doing what’s right for you and avoiding a penalty. Exchange plans can pay only those doctors who obey whatever regulations the Secretary imposes.

Yet the President claims that people losing their health plans and having to sign up on the exchanges will be getting a better deal. Losing your doctor, shopping blind for a health plan, settling for Medicaid-level care and government controls, all for a premium 41% higher than before and with a deductible that’s doubled? Sounds substandard to me.

Right now, most people getting cancellations bought plans in the individual market. Wait until the other shoe drops in 2014, and millions of people who had on-the-job coverage lose it. The truth about ObamaCare will become so painfully obvious that even the White House lie machine can’t cover it up. (BETSY MCCAUGHEY)
But don’t worry, The Ministry of Truth is here to save you from this so don’t worry, be happy!

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