Obamacare

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ObamaCare still unpopular - despite Obama's sales pitches

A full month after the vote by the US House to push their own version of health care "reform" through despite the opposition of the American people, and after more speeches and sales pitches by Obama and various members of Congress, ObamaCare is, well, STILL unpopular with a majority of Americans.

It's so unpopular that the latest Rasmussen poll shows that 56% of Americans think it should be repealed.

Support for repeal of the recently-passed national health care plan is
proving to be just as consistent as opposition to the plan before it
was passed.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone
survey finds that 56% of likely voters nationwide favor repeal, while
41% are opposed.
Those figures include 48% who Strongly Favor repeal
and 29% who Strongly Oppose it. ...

Just 35% of voters believe the new health care law will be good for the
country, while 52% believe it will be bad
. These numbers have changed
little since the March 21 House vote to pass the health care bill.

Bottom line?  The majority of public opinion, and the strength of that opinion, is STILL with those who oppose ObamaCare.  Which might have something to do with why Obama and the Democrats are eager to move on to other subjects and get it out of the news.

 

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Members of Congress to lose insurance due to ObamaCare?

In what is probably one of the funniest and most deliciously ironic side-effects of ObamaCare, the New York Times reports that, buried deep in the 2,700 plus pages of the bill, there is language that would appear to kick members of Congress off of their current government insurance plans and put them into the new "exchanges" that the bill created.

The problem?  Well, the exchanges don't exist...but the bill is now the law of the land.

From the Times:

The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.

The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

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More Hidden (Tax) Gems in ObamaCare

Another day, another find within the massive, 2,700-plus page ObamaCare legislation.  This one concerns a new program, snuck in the Senate reconciliation bill just two days before the vote, concerning home health care.

Via the Washington Times:

The health care bill signed into law by President Obama is full of
hidden time bombs. One costly provision buried in the lengthy
reconciliation bill at the last minute has taxpayers covering long-term
at-home care for the elderly. Through the so-called Community Living
Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS Act), Americans will find
between $150 and $250 taken out of their paychecks each month to cover
this program nobody knew about.

Democrats claim this isn't a controversial program, but if they
really believed that, they wouldn't have had to sneak the provision
into the reconciliation bill. But it was snuck in the reconciliation
bill only two days before the House vote.

All of which proves Nancy Pelosi was right when she said that they needed to "pass the bill, so that you can find out what's in it".

 

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Bart Stupak can't stand heat; to retire from kitchen

Imagine this... only three weeks after his ObamaCare vote.

In case you haven't heard, Michigan Representative Bart Stupak, the "pro-life" Democrat who initially led a group of similar Democrats in opposition to ObamaCare on the grounds that it would fund abortion - and who ultimately capitulated to Obama and Pelosi in order to pass the bill - has decided not to run for re-election this year.  He wants to "spend more time with his family".

Via CBS:

Had Stupak sought re-election, he would have faced challengers from both the left and the right backed by interest groups angered by Stupak's health care vote.

Stupak negotiated with Democratic leaders down to the eleventh hour for stricter abortion language in the health care bill, but he ultimately voted for it after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order assuring the new laws will keep taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. ...

On the left, the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America has been working to defeat Stupak and instead elect his Democratic primary challenger Connie Saltonstall.

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Barack, Your Fired!

I recently hired a new employee, actually my organization is so enormous the majority of "bosses" were required to agree with my decision. Our business is one of the most lucrative in the world. We were built on a simple and bold philosophy over 200 years ago and we've maintained a production level and work ethic that is the envy of the Globe. When we hired this employee, he came highly recommended, he attended all the appropriate academic institutions. Although he was very inexperienced we believed we needed a "fresh" and "bold" new start. For many of my fellow owners he seemed to be the only available prospect who could lead us to salvation.

You see for as long as we have been in existence, we've found ourselves perpetually warding off hostile take overs. There has always been an evil entity that has conspired dismantle what we labored so hard to create. Most readers would agree in this dog eat dog world an aggressive adversary is an inevitable prospect, there's always some other organization that's hungry to be on top. Unfortunately for us however, it hasn't been the threat of a foreign entity jockeying to take us over that has jeopardized our very existence, it has been the mutiny from within.

ObamaCare Aftermath

During the debate over ObamaCare, Democrats countered opposition to the bill by saying that, once it became law, it would become more popular.  Echoing that theme, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated they "had to pass this bill, so you can see what's in it".

Well, now that it is law, some unpleasant surprises are cropping up.

Over the course of the last few days, major corporations have announced that they will be facing multi-million dollar losses as a result of the bill.  They have made these announcements as part of disclosures required by the Securities and Exchange Commission because they're publicly traded companies.  But, that hasn't made Democrats happy.  On Tuesday, Democrat Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued letters to those firms demanding they come to his committee and explain themselves.

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and
Commerce Committee, on Friday fired off letters to the heads of
Caterpillar, Verizon, AT&T and Deere after they and other firms
reported that the health care overhaul would dig deep into their bottom
lines. 

Caterpillar claimed it would raise costs by $100 million in the
first year and imperil coverage for its 150,000 employees and retirees.
Deere estimated it would raise expenses by $150 million. 

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Pro-abortion Groups Want to Make ObamaCare More Pro-abortion

Leave it to Planned Parenthood, NARAL and NOW to think that the Senate version of the ObamaCare bill wasn't pro-abortion "enough", but it's not hard to imagine that they would think so.

What they object to is the pro-life fiction that was written into the Senate bill by Democrat Senator Bill Nelson which uses accounting gimmicks to try and deny the government funds get used to subsidize abortion.  But in the end, it's just a shell game.  But Planned Parenthood can't even abide the fiction.  They're opposing Obama's executive order, which does nothing more than reiterate Nelson's Senate bill language.  They want it all out in the open.

Of course, as everyone who knows anything about how our system of government works, a presidential executive order doesn't stand up to a law passed by Congress.  Don't believe me?  Just ask Planned Parenthood:

"Politically, it's unfortunate that the president was put in a position to sign this executive order," Planned Parenthood's Rubiner said. "But the important thing is that substantively, it has no impact on the force of the underlying law."

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New Study: ObamaCare would destroy up to 700,000 jobs in ten years

Remember "Jobs, jobs, jobs"?  That's what Obama and the Democrats told us they were going to focus on a few months ago after that big upset win by Scott Brown in Massachusetts, (after he campaigned almost exclusively against ObamaCare).

Well not only have they not changed their focus to jobs, we've spent another two months mired in debating their health care takeover scheme.  And now comes a study from Americans for Tax Reform and the Beacon Hill Institute that projects ObamaCare would cost the economy around 700,000 jobs by 2019.

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has urged
passage of the massive health reform plan moving through Congress as a
way to create up to 400,000 jobs.  Speaker Pelosi bases her claim on a
report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) in which the Center
estimates that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
would create 250,000 to 400,000 jobs per year over 10 years.

This estimate by CAP amounts to a hurried effort to add academic
heft to the claim that national health care reform offers a collateral
benefit in the form of an economic “stimulus.” It turns out, however,
that its methodology, stripped of unsupportable claims about savings in
health care costs, shows just the opposite of what CAP intended. PPACA
is a job killer, not a job creator.

ObamaCare contains 19 different tax increases

When a piece of legislation reaches over 2,700 pages, it becomes pretty likely (if not a certainty) that it will contain lots of things that most people aren't aware of.  And you can pretty well increase those odds in inverse proportion to how fast the bill's proponents are trying to push it through.  So it is with ObamaCare.

A new analysis of the massive legislation by ATR shows that it contains over nineteen tax increases.  Yes, tax increases.  Big government is not a free lunch, remember.

Of course the President and the Democrat leadership have spent all their time talking about who's going to get insurance, and how it will be a great thing for the latest hard case they hold up as a public relations prop to push the bill, but they fail to speak at any length about any hardships brought on by the increases in taxes to pay for the monstrosity, (to say nothing of lost liberties, choices, higher debt, bigger federal government, etc.).

Here's s summary of some of the taxes in the bill:

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