Thursday, October 3, 2013

Note to congressional Democrats: You can change your mind on Obamacare. It's allowed. Really. You can. We won't tell.

If MSNBC's anti-gun lefties like Ed Schultz can do a 180 on a hot-button issue like guns, then Democrats can change their minds about President Obama's signature Obamacare. More on this later.

President Barack Obama promised to provide healthcare insurance to some 30 million Americans without it. He promised to do so more cheaply than under the current system, without lowering quality for anyone. He promised: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.
Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

Obamacare requires carriers to take on people with pre-existing conditions and to allow young adults up to 26 years of age to remain on their parents' plan. Oh, and all this while "bending the cost curve" of health care downward and lowering the deficit.

Early results are in -- and they are not pretty.

Obamacare defines a full-time worker as one who works 30 or more hours a week. So some employers, especially those in food service, have simply cut hours for workers. According to a survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 74 percent of small business owners say have or intend to reduce hours, put off hiring or fire people.

Even Teamsters union President James Hoffa, once an avid supporter of Obamacare, now wants major changes: "[Obamacare] will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. ... The unintended consequences ... are severe," and "perverse incentives are causing nightmare scenarios."

For people who buy their plans individually -- about 10 to 15 percent of the nongovernment insured buy plans this way -- many will face higher costs than they do today, in some cases (SET ITAL)much(END ITAL) higher costs. Forbes magazine cites a study that predicts nearly 100 percent rate increases for young men, and more than 50 to 60 percent increases for young women.

For Obamacare to "work," the young and the healthy must sign up -- otherwise the estimated costs for Obamacare go out the window. Here's the problem: For a relatively small amount, they could have bought insurance before now -- but chose not to. Obamacare is betting that these healthy young adults will buy health care insurance at prices more expensive than today's rates -- rather than face a first-year fine of $95 on their 2015 taxes. What if they don't pay the fine? The IRS's maximum punishment is to take the penalty from the scofflaw's current or future tax refund -- assuming there is one. Is this enough leverage to force healthy young people to buy a product many neither want nor believe they need?

Obamacare's prime Democratic sponsor, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., now calls Obamacare "a train wreck." Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants a delay on the Obamacare mandate for individuals, the mandate on employers having already been postponed for one year.

This brings us to MSNBC's Ed Schultz, and the ability for even the most strident to reconsider when faced with facts.

Schultz, after the Sandy Hook tragedy, characterized the Founding Fathers as intolerant, homophobic, misogynistic slave-owners. He teed off on the Second Amendment. "But dammit," he said, it's the guns. Period!"

Then something extraordinary happened: Schultz changed his mind. Oh, he won't flat out say it. But after the recent mass shooting at Navy Yard in D.C., one expected Schultz to again attack the "antiquated" Second Amendment. Instead Schultz said: "Why should there be restriction on people who are law-abiding citizens that don't have mental health issues? That are law-abiding citizens? That pay their taxes? That do everything they're supposed to do? But then every time there's a mass shooting we're going to have a conversation about what I can own in this country. This is freedom, isn't it? ... And what is at the crux of all of this is freedom! You can go out and purchase a firearm!

And there are groups out there that want to limit that and the types that you own because some crazy guy went in and shot up a workplace!"

Que pasa?

Call this speculation, but in June, the Obama-ordered CDC study on defensive uses of guns came out.

According to the study, Americans use guns for defensive purposes "at least" as often as they are used to commit crimes. The CDC's report even cites studies that put the number of defensive uses of firearms as high as 3 million times each year.

"Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent," said the CDC, and when the victim uses a gun for self-defense, studies "have found consistently lower injury rates ... compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies."

So the evidence is in. Obamacare proves, once again, that there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Congressional Democrats, as with Schultz, you can change your mind when faced with facts. Just say you "evolved."

Republican Party Offers To Pay to Keep WWII Memorial


The Republican National Committee has boldly called out their counterparts over at the DNC, namely Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join them in keeping the World War II Memorial open during the current government shutdown. The RNC is offering to pay for 30 days of security to keep the memorial open.


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RNC Chairman Reince Preibus said that closing down the memorial was “not right” or “fair” to those who fought in the war, and that the DNC should pony up some of the fundraising they have been receiving off the government shutdown.

The RNC said that, “when the House Republicans proposed legislation to keep open the nation’s parks and monuments, President Obama promised to veto it.”

Here is Chairman Priebus’ statement from the memorial: “The Obama administration has decided they want to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, even taking the unnecessary step of keeping the Greatest Generation away from a monument built in their honor,” said Chairman Priebus.

“That’s not right, and it’s not fair. So the RNC has put aside enough money to hire five security personnel to keep this memorial open to veterans and visitors. Ideally, I’d hope to hire furloughed employees for this job. “Seeing that the DNC has bragged about fundraising off of the government shutdown, I’d invite my counterpart, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to join with us in keeping this memorial open.

“These brave Americans have sacrificed so much for our country. House Republicans have acted to keep parks and monuments open; Democrats are standing in the way. We want to do what we can, in the face of the intransigence from the White House, to support our veterans.

“If the White House complains that such action is not permitted, I’d simply remind them that their unilateral action to give exemptions from Obamacare to big business and their political allies wouldn’t seem permissible either.

If they can go to such lengths to protect their political interests, surely they can do something to support the interests of those who fought in World War II.” 

Opting Out Of Obamacare: Need To Know

by / Personl Liberty Digest

Opting Out Of Obamacare: Need To Know
So what if you don’t want to have anything to do with the government-managed insurance being sold under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Or what if you simply don’t even know how to tell whether you’re a candidate to enroll in insurance under the Obamacare exchanges, or whether you’d be eligible for an entitlement (er, subsidy) if you do?
There are exemptions that, under the law, prevent you from having to enroll:

Having your own insurance policy either through an employer or direct coverage is one; Medicare/Medicaid is another. Veterans Healthcare, children’s State-funded programs and others also exempt you from having to either buy a policy or pay a penalty.

But those are exemptions for people who already are covered. What if you just want to opt out and claim an exemption that prevents you from having to pay the penalty? Well, there are a number of ways (H/T: The Christian Science Monitor for the compilation):
  • Being without insurance for less than three months of the year.
  • Being an illegal alien.
  • Being in jail.
  • Being a member of a recognized Indian tribe.
  • Being too poor, as determined by your tax filing (or your eligibility not to file).
  • Being unable to acquire coverage that’s more than 8 percent of your household income (though, if early anecdotal reports are true, that would seem to include a very great number of people).
  • Being a member of a “recognized” religious group that objects to insurance coverage in principle. An entire article could be written about what a joke it is to have the government validate your religious beliefs with a “recognition,” but that’s the law as it stands.
There are also a number of hardship exemptions at the exemptions page.

If you don’t meet one of these qualifications and you don’t have outside insurance, expect to pay a penalty that starts relatively small (as “little” as $95 per person in 2014) and increases in succeeding years ($695 per person by 2016).

The penalty will be determined based on new healthcare information you’re required to submit to the government on your 2014 Federal tax form. You’ll then either have to submit the penalty as a part of your tax payment or, if you’re in line for a sufficiently sizable return, it will simply be deducted from the amount the government “owes” you.

Despite all the early “glitches,” the open Obamacare signup period for 2014 remains fixed, with a cutoff date of March 1, 2014.

In other words, you have until March 1 of next year to figure out the least-costly path through this new era of socialized health coverage — or hope Congressional conservatives figure out a way to derail the whole mess.

Obamacare can be defunded without Senate approval

When the House passed legislation to defund ObamaCare but would keep the government running through mid-December, the Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) stated that they would not budge on Obamacare and the legislation was defeated.

On Monday, Dr. Harold Pease, an expert on the United States Constitution, stated that the authority in dealing with Obamacare funding belongs to the U.S. House, not the U.S. Senate and that the House is doing this all wrong.

Pease said, “Everything hinged upon funding which was given exclusively to the House of Representatives, the only power that they alone had.”

Pease went on to say, “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. To fund anything, in this case Obamacare, first approval is required by the House of Representatives.”

“If that does not happen taxpayer money cannot be spent. The people, through their representatives to Congress, have determined, after a three-year closer scrutiny of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), that it does not protect the patient, is not affordable and is not even workable; hence in the interests of the vast majority of the people needs to be defunded.”

When the United States Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare in 2012, Chief Justice Roberts stance on Obamacare coincides with the intent of the U.S. Constitution, explained by Pease, and the powers between the House and Senate.

According to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Obamacare cannot be implemented and is not considered the law of the land, contrary to Democrat claims.

Bubba Atkinson of the Independent Journal Review wrote, “Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was unconstitutional. That is how the Democrats got Obama-care going in the first place. This is critical. His ruling means Congress can’t compel American citizens to purchase anything, ever. The notion is now officially and forever, unconstitutional. As it should be.”

“Next, he stated that, because Congress doesn’t have the ability to mandate, it must, to fund Obama-care, rely on its power to tax. Therefore, the mechanism that funds Obama-care is a tax,” said Atkinson. “He struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama-care idea that the federal government can bully states into complying by yanking their existing medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obama-care, basically said to the states — “comply with Obama-care or we will stop existing funding.” Roberts ruled that is a no-no.”

When the House attached Obamacare to the legislation in funding the government, it made a mistake in doing so and the funding of Obamacare should have been separate, thereby giving the Senate no power in denying the Houses’ request to defund Obamacare.

Pease said, “House opposition to funding Obamacare would have been far more powerful if made a “stand alone” bill not attached to general funding, but it is not. “Stand alone,” having no other parts, would have left the Senate no wiggle or compromise room once it went to them, nor would there be for the Joint Conference Committee thereafter that reconciles any differences between the two houses. There would be nothing to reconcile, Obamacare is merely defunded.”

“Still, the intent of the Founding Fathers was to give the people, through their House of Representatives, the power collectively to say no to any proposed federal tax, which she is decidedly doing.”

If Obamacare is removed from the government budget, presented, and voted on as a separate bill, Obamacare can be defunded by the House. If that is the case, then the Senate and the President has no constitutional authority to override the House's decision.

The Greatest Generation teaches those in DC a lesson in backbone and courage 
By : Diane Sori

The World War II Memorial...

An open-air memorial, completed in 2004, and funded almost entirely by private donations (mine included)…funded to the tune of $197 million dollars in cash and pledges…funded by veterans, school children, corporations, and everyday Americans just like you and me. Costing $182 million to build, this memorial obviously exceeded its fundraising goals with the excess monies raised now being held on deposit with the Treasury Department to be used by the American Battle Monuments Commission to benefit this memorial and this memorial alone…in other words for any maintenance and repairs needed as the years go by.

With its granite columns standing strong and proud and its reflecting pool catching the tears of many, the majestic ‘World War II Memorial’ (with access 24/7-365) pays homage to the 16 million brave Americans who fought against an evil never before seen and is the monument of remembrance to the 400,000+ Americans killed fighting to keep the world free in what became known as ‘the defining event of the 20th century’…an event in which good eventually triumphed over evil but at such a tremendous cost in human suffering and lives lost.

And as we lose more of the 'Greatest Generation' as each day passes…a generation who gave everything to rescue the world from tyranny…many of those still with us have just one wish…to visit the memorial dedicated to their bravery, their honor, their sacrifice, and their ultimate triumph…and to remember through a haze of tears and sad smiles their fellow comrades who did NOT make it home.

And now enter a government shutdown initiated in its entirety by misguided and misplaced ideology from liberal Democrats and an unyielding president who disgraces the title of ‘Commander-in-Chief.’

And while the shutdown is built mostly upon leftist bravado and scare tactics more than it is on anything of substance, it does unfortunately affect America’s national treasures…treasures that come under the auspices of the National Parks Services …and the World War II Memorial sadly falls into that category.

And as other famous American treasures the likes of our national parks, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln and Washington Memorials, and the national zoo just to name a few, also are affected with closing, the World War II Memorial dedicated to those who gave everything so our generation and future generations could be, do NOT have time to wait out a shutdown…a closing of a place of quiet reflection where memories come alive and peace descends upon those whose time is drawing to an end.

But the World War II Memorial…along with the other memorials on the Mall…was closed as part of the government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Tuesday. And when on Tuesday morning a group of 92 Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight Veterans (Honor Flights flies WWII veterans to D.C free of charge so that these brave men and women may see the very memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifice) were refused entrance to the memorial they decided that NO government shutdown was going to stop them from entering the place they gave so much to see built.

With some being pushed in wheelchairs and some walking with canes…these frail and elderly heroes took down the barriers and pushed aside the rolling fences that blocked their entrance, defying the government shutdown and in doing so they showed more guts, more courage, and more fortitude than any in Congress ever could…making those in power listen to them…listen to their loud and clear voices…as America stood behind them and cheered them on with shouts of, “Thank you for your service!”

“It’s the best civil disobedience we’ve seen in Washington for a long time,” Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) of the Congressmen who helped them push the barriers aside...told those who made it inside the memorial.

And how right he is as this simple act of defiance by a group of aged heroes whose valor has NOT dimmed as they watch their twilight years pass by made their stand all the more powerful for this simple statement that NO government shutdown…NO barricades put in place on orders of a president who does NOT honor them or their service…will keep them out of the place they so rightly built with their blood…with their lives…with their courage.

And because of their actions on Tuesday and again yesterday, while the memorial remains closed to the general public, hundreds of WWII veterans have now been given access to the memorial under the guise of ‘First Amendment Activities (whatever that means in Obamaspeak), and while protesters stand near the entrance to lend their support for the 'Greatest Generation' and their frustration with a government that tried to deny them access to ‘their’ memorial…'their' memorial that they have every right to visit for soon there will be none left from that generation and honoring them will be but honoring a memory of those who gave their all for freedom…for God…for country.

And as these veterans live again within their solemn and private remembrances, Republican members of Congress questioned why an open-air monument would ever be closed because of the government shutdown. And last night the RNC pledged enough funds to keep the memorial open for at least the next 30 days, and as expected the Democrats claim this to be a publicity stunt. But you know what…if it allows our WWII veterans to freely visit this sacred place of memories then stunt or NO stunt we must let it be.

And as far as Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his cohorts are concerned…just try closing down and stopping our WWII veterans from once again entering their memorial…and there will be one memorable photo-op that rest assured they will NOT want to see.