Hawaii’s ObamaCare Insurance Exchange Closing Down: Will Still Cost Taxpayers Nearly A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars

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Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal and Twitchy.

So ObamaCare is driving costs up, huh?

What was it President Obama said about how ObamaCare would affect healthcare costs?

Oh yeah, now I remember!

“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” June, 2007

Yeaaahhh, riiggghhhtttt…

“This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. And it will help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” March, 2010

Oh, it’s paid for all right. It’s paid for on the backs of the hard working taxpayers of America, you know – those bitter clinger types.

“This law will cut costs and make coverage more affordable for families and small businesses…” June, 2010

“And one question people ask:  How is it possible to do all this and keep costs down?  Well, part of what we did was build into the law all sorts of measures to assure that the growth of health care costs would start slowing down.  And it has….All told, since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, we have seen the slowest growth in health care costs on record…And it turns out, lo and behold, actually, the prices came in lower than we expected — lower than I predicted.” September, 2013

Hold on!

Before we even get to the article, look what happened with his lies and rhetoric.

Before the Affordable Care Act became law, he went from saying ObamaCare would LOWER costs to saying that costs were still rising, just slower than he expected…

“Shake My Head”

The statist NEVER participates in introspection to see if he might have done something wrong, or to see if there was something he neglected to do. And in Obama’s case, it’s just easier and more fun to blame the GOP.

But enough of that, on to the story!


 

The Hawaiin health exchange is an abysmal failure, costing the taxpayers 205 million dollars in the process. Now it’ll cost the taxpayers an additional $30 million to make the change from a state exchange to the federal exchange, for a total cost to taxpayers of $235 million dollars, or nearly a quarter of a billion bucks!

 

  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Hawaii Health Connector will immediately set in motion a contingency plan to shut down operations. The Health Connector will cease new enrollments this Friday, discontinue outreach services May 31, transfer its technology to the state by Sept. 30 and completely eliminate its workforce by Feb. 28. Residents of Hawaii will have to re-enroll in the federal healthcare.gov exchange to ensure coverage next year. Migrating to healthcare.gov is estimated to cost $30 million. Nearly $205 million in federal grants were awarded to build and operate the Hawaii Health Connector online marketplace.

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Record Number Of Hospitals Close: ABC News Article Never Blames The “Affordable Care Act”

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Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri to close due to ObamaCare

Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com.

Remember when Obama uttered these famous words lies over and over and over ad nauseam? Well here are a few reminders, of the nearly 40 times that Obama said them:

“If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too.  The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.” Barack Obama, June 6, 2009.

“No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise:  If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” Barack Obama, June 11, 2009.

“And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. 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.” Barack Obama, June 15, 2009.

“Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.” Barack Obama, July 18, 2009.

“If you’ve got health insurance, it doesn’t mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can’t jerk you around.” Barack Obama during first Presidential debate, October 3, 2012.

Well, evidently keeping your hospital wasn’t included in that, but then who are we kidding? Keeping your doctor and/or your health insurance wasn’t included in those lies, either.

After 45 years of providing health care in rural western Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.

Ceiling tiles are going for 25 cents, the room doors for an average of less than $4 each, the patient beds for $250 apiece. Soon, the remnants of the hospital that long symbolized the lifeblood of Osceola, population 923, will be torn to the ground.

Sac-Osage is one of a growing number of rural U.S. hospitals closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.

“Money just kept drying up,” said Chris Smiley, a former operating room nurse who was the last chief executive of Sac-Osage and is now overseeing its liquidation.

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.

An additional 283 rural hospitals in 39 states are vulnerable to shutting down, and 35 percent of rural hospitals are operating at a loss, according to iVantage Health Analytics, a Portland, Maine-based firm that works with hospitals.

Most of the rural hospital closures so far have occurred in the South and Midwest. Of those at risk, nearly 70 percent are in states that have declined to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act, although some experts are hesitant to draw a cause-and-effect correlation.

The original article, cited above from ABC News goes out its way to avoid blaming the Affordable Care Act in the closings of these hospitals, but this passage really brings it home:

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.”

The closest the article comes to laying blame on President Obama’s signature legislation is here:

That means they often have a higher percentage of patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, a pair of government health care programs that pay a lower reimbursement rate than private-sector insurers. Hospitals that rely heavily on those government programs have been particularly hard hit by federal budget cuts and provisions in the 2010 federal health care law that reduced charity care reimbursements and changed other payment criteria.

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SCOTUS Smacks Obama Down On The (Un)Affordable Care Act

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Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

So we DO still have some rights in this country, huh?

Who’d a thunk it?

Almost 6 1/2 years into his presidency, President Barack Obama still hasn’t read that part about freedom of religion in the First Amendment.

At least, I’m assuming he hasn’t. If he has, then the former constitutional law professor should have no excuse why his administration keeps on losing so many cases involving Obamacare’s contraception mandate in front of the Supreme Court.

The latest case involved Roman Catholic organizations in the state of Pennsylvania. In a ruling late Wednesday night, Justice Samuel Alito issued an injunction which prohibited the government from enforcing the Health and Human Services contraception mandate on the Diocese of Erie and the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

If applied, the mandate would have forced the dioceses and their related organizations — which include Catholic Charities, Catholic schools and other social service groups — to provide abortion-inducing drugs to those it covers under Obamacare.

Lest you think that this is just a partisan ruling, it’s worth pointing out a certain “wise Latina” issued a nearly identical injunction on New Year’s Eve of 2013.

In that case, Justice Sotomayor ruled that the government must brief the court on why the Little Sisters of the Poor should be forced to provide abortion-inducing contraception before the HHS mandate was applied to them.

According to Life Site News, that briefing is due to take place next week.

The Diocese of Erie and Diocese of Pittsburgh case is only the latest loss for the government when it comes to the contraception mandate. In addition to the Little Sisters of the Poor ruling, they’ve also lost cases involving Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College and the University of Notre Dame. (H/TRight Wing News)

“How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message?” said Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

“For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not ‘religious employers’ worthy of an exemption. That argument has always been absurd. Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the court has protected them.

“The government really needs to give up on its illegal and unnecessary mandate,” she concluded. “The federal bureaucracy has lots of options for distributing contraceptives — they don’t need to coerce nuns and priests to do it for them.”

That argument is pretty straightforward and common-sensical — to everyone but the president and the members of his administration, apparently.

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Another ObamaCare Success Story: 1 In 5 New Jersey Residents Are Enrolled In Medicaid!

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Sooner or later, everyone will be dependent on the government.

At least that seems to be the trend.

Medicaid, the public health insurance program expanded under the Affordable Care Act, now covers nearly one out of every five New Jersey residents, according to the latest enrollment figures.

More than 420,000 people signed up for insurance since New Jersey allowed more people to into the program, according to Valerie Harr, director of the division of medical assistance and health services for the N.J. Department of Human Services.

About 80,000 of those people already qualified for the program under the old income guidelines – but didn’t realize it until they attempted to enroll in Obamacare policies and found they were poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.

All told, 1.7 million New Jersey residents will now have the bulk of their medical expenses covered by Medicaid.

Obamanomics — it’s Trickle Up Poverty!

Of course, the Obamabots / Hillarians* consider putting 20 percent of New Jersey on the dole a success. Because they’re not paying for it.

But, those of us who are still dumb enough to be working for a living?

BOHICA.

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The Grandpappy Of ObamaCare Circles The Drain: UK’s NHS In Trouble

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Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal.

You mean the only problem with socialism is that you REALLY DO run out of other people’s money to spend??

African AIDS Tourists Overwhelming England’s NHS

Writing at The Commentator, Vincent Cooper shines a spotlight on the fiscal tsunami engulfing the United Kingdom.

…the NHS is so short of resources that patients in some areas had to be treated in a hospital car park. But if that is true, was not Nigel Farage right to condemn the health service for putting the treatment of foreigners above the needs of those who have paid for that health service and now find themselves being treated in a car park?

Mr Miliband’s solution to hospital car park treatment in the NHS is to promise £2?5 billion in extra funding. But such a promise shows the Labour Party to be in total denial about the nature of the economic problems facing the NHS.

Consider this fact. Public Health England estimates that of the almost 108,000 people who are HIV positive, almost 60,000 are from Africa. The cost to the NHS of anti-retroviral drug treatment for these African health tourists is well over £1 billion annually and rising, as more and more Africans and others hear about what’s on offer from the tax payer.

And it’s not only HIV tourists. There is the same costly problem with Hepatitis B, another big crowd-puller from all over the world to the NHS, and a disease which can be even more costly than HIV to treat.

But the costs of health tourism to the tax payer are not confined to medical treatment alone. Many of those HIV tourists would be in receipt of housing and other welfare allowances, quite possibly for the rest of their lives.

…The British Labour Party, once a genuine British workers’ party, has now morphed into a fanatically pro-immigration welfarist party that uses the NHS for its own political ends. It turns all debate on the NHS into a party political competition about who will pour the most money into a voracious NHS bottomless pit.

Unless we eradicate the scourge of Obamacare, that’s the future of health care here in the U.S.

Please consider: “The Marxist-Democrat Left is using illegal immigration to destroy America“.

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.

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ObamaCare Is Working So Well In New Jersey Almost No Doctors Are Willing To Accept It

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Five years since it was shoved down our throats in the dark of night, and despite all the debacles encountered along the way, ObamaCare’s supporters continue to insist it’s “working.” Their definition of “working” must be different from mine. Because even if it might have succeeded in forcing people to buy health insurance, those people can’t find a doctor who’ll take it.

The Affordable Care Act has provided a path for 420,500 low-income New Jersey residents to gain insurance through the Medicaid program, but a new study says the state ranks last in the nation in doctors willing to treat them.

Just 38.7 percent of New Jersey physicians said they accepted new Medicaid patients in 2013 — far below the national average of nearly 69 percent, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Jersey is the only state where fewer than half of the doctors accepted new Medicaid patients. California, at 54.2 percent is second-lowest in the nation.

New Jersey also ranked at the bottom in a 2011-12 survey of 8,158 physicians, when 46 percent of primary care doctors said they had planned to take on new Medicaid patients.

Can you guess why?

Obamacare is long on promises, and short on payments.

New Jersey’s Medicaid physician reimbursement rates — among the lowest in the country despite the state’s high cost of living — have long suppressed doctor participation in the program known as NJ FamilyCare.

Are you surprised by that? Of course you aren’t.

Obamabots believe doctors should work for free.

Notice how they don’t hold themselves to the same standard.

A report by NJ Advance Media in February detailed the problems people on Medicaid have finding a doctor who will see them. Making the situation even more challenging to patients, an investigation of the insurance company lists of participating providers revealed those lists to be inaccurate or out-of-date.

Bad info from the ObamaCare website? Say it ain’t so!

Of course it’s so. The whole thing is a train wreck.

It’s the illusion of health care.

The doctor won’t see you now. So, don’t get sick.

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ObamaCare In A Self-Created Death Spiral

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Hat/Tip to IOTWReport.com.

Could it really be crumbling under its own weight?

With premiums rising and the young and healthy dropping their coverage, signs are that the death spiral is well underway for the Affordable Care Act. Even if SCOTUS gives the government yet another gift and rules that the Feds can give out subsidies to citizens in states that didn’t set up their own exchanges, it won’t be enough to save this monstrosity from imploding.

According to Sean Parnell at The Washington Times, Obamacare is repeating the same mistakes made by 8 states in the 1990s. Basically, you can’t force wealth redistribution fast enough to take all that is needed from those who have to give to those who demand.

In other words, like British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously said:

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend.”

Read the full story here.

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Today’s ObamaCare Trainwreck Update: The IRS Taketh, Small Businesses Still Getting Hosed

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Can you believe it’s been 5 long years since ObamaCare went into effect?

Can you believe there are still deluded people out there who like Obamacare?

Not for long. The pain, it is coming.

Half of the households that received subsidies to help pay health insurance premiums last year under the Affordable Care Act will probably have to repay some of that money to the federal government, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Sorry suckers!

Taxpayers generally receive subsidies in advance, with the amount based on their projected household income for the year the insurance policy will be in effect. But they must then reconcile the estimate with their actual income when filing federal taxes. Kaiser estimated that subsidy recipients who underestimated their incomes will owe $794 on average.

There goes your refund. Please make your check payable to Obama For America Ready For Hillary and don’t forget to mail it in by April 15th.

Speaking of pain, small business is bearing the brunt of ObamaCare’s onerous record-keeping requirements.

Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn’t have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.

Brad Mete estimates his staffing company, Affinity Resources, will spend $100,000 this year on record-keeping and filing documents with the government. He’s hired two extra staffers and is spending more on services from its human resources provider.

The Affordable Care Act, which as of next Jan. 1 applies to all companies with 50 or more workers, requires owners to track staffers’ hours, absences and how much they spend on health insurance. Many small businesses don’t have the human resources departments or computer systems that large companies have, making it harder to handle the paperwork. On average, complying with the law costs small businesses more than $15,000 a year, according to a survey released a year ago by the National Business Association.

“It’s a horrible hassle,” says Mete, managing partner of the Miami-based company.

That’s $15,000 the business can’t spend on raises, or expansion, or supplies. It’s wasted, a lost opportunity really, dragging our economy down.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to Senate Democrats.

A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to delay a key portion of ObamaCare because the results could be “harmful and disruptive.”

The letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester and independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats.

“We are writing to share our concerns regarding scheduled changes to the definition of the small group market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” the senators wrote in the letter, dated March 12.

“Under the law, employers with 51 to 100 employees will be included in the ACA’s definition of small group market starting in 2016. Instead of providing stability, we believe expanding the definition will force those historically defined ‘large group plans’ into the ‘small group market,’ where they could experience higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage. We therefore encourage you to delay the effective date in the definition change for two years so the market can more smoothly transition to the new rules.”

Wait, I thought ObamaCare was working swimmingly and all the kinks were worked out! How can these senators say it causes “higher premiums, less flexibility, and new barriers to coverage?”

Because the small group marketplace (aka SHOP) still isn’t built, that’s why. It’s 2 years behind schedule. And I’ll know you’ll find this hard to believe, but it’s actually more of a trainwreck than the original ObamaCare web site.

As a guy who’s already stuck in the hell that is ObamaCare’s small business marketplace, let me tell you, it’s worse than you can imagine. Choices? Yeah, we have “choices.” Between Expensive, Ridiculously Expensive, and Donald Trump Couldn’t Afford This Plan. We liked our insurance. We didn’t get to keep our insurance. And our employees are not happy. Not one bit.

Just wait until thousands and thousands more hapless schmucks are subjected to the same fate. No wonder these senators are worried, people who are pissed off at ObamaCare might not vote for HillBillary. They might even decide to put that Ted Cruz feller into the White House. And then where would progressivism be?

ObamaCare, it’s so great they have to force you to buy it, and then they have to keep postponing the really scary parts so they can retain their hold on power. No wonder it’s so popular!

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Thanks To ObamaCare Nearly 200,000 In Colorado Will Lose Health Plans

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Hat/Tip to Cardigan at IOTWReport.com.

And the Lie of the Year is the gift that just keeps on giving, unfortunately; and 200,000 Coloradans are learning this the hard way. Gee, I wonder how many of those folks losing health care coverage in that Blue state voted for Obama?

Buyers remorse, anyone?

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ObamaCare is causing even more Americans to lose their health insurance policies. Even if they like their policies, they can’t keep them. This time it’s happening in Colorado.

Nearly 200,000 insured Coloradans will lose their health-care plans next year under the state’s embattled ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.

State insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar touched off an outcry Friday by confirming to news outlets that health-care policies covering 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because they fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Read the full story here.

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Supreme Court Will Never Decide Obamacare’s Fate

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Hat/Tip to Scott Rasmussen at Right Wing News.

An excellent Op-Ed by pollster Scott Rasmussen, presented here, in its entirety.

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There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether the Supreme Court will save or destroy the president’s health care law, known to many as ObamaCare. At least one writer went so far as to suggest the court might be preparing to undo the nation’s safety net.

To suggest that such talk is absurd is a gross understatement.

Remember, we have no idea what the Court will decide. Some people following the oral arguments closely concluded that supporters of the law have reason to be optimistic. Just a few years back, however, the analysts watching the oral arguments concluded that the Court would rule against ObamaCare — and they were wrong. Chief Justice John Roberts surprised everyone and found a creative way to keep the law alive.

The Court might be similarly creative again this year. They have great latitude on what to decide and how the decision will be implemented. It’s even possible to imagine them ruling against the law but staying the order for a year or two giving Congress a chance to deal with it.

But the larger issue is that the Supreme Court does not have the final say on it. Public opinion and the reality of how the law works will ultimately decide its fate.

That scares some supporters of the law. They fear a scenario where the Court undoes a major piece of the ObamaCare puzzle and makes the whole law unworkable. Since the law has never been popular with voters, they assume that the current Congress would not replace it.

There’s some truth to that. The law was passed over voter opposition only because the Democrats had a unique and temporary hold on both the White House and Congress. There’s no way today’s Republican-controlled Congress would support anything like President Obama’s pet plan.

But, even if the Court sides with the Administration on the current case, the health care law will remain vulnerable as long as it is unpopular. If consumers continue to see it as more of a burden than a benefit, the unpopular parts of the law will eventually disappear.

And there are many unpopular parts of the law. The biggest, of course, is the individual mandate. It’s not just that people are being forced to buy insurance that’s troubling to many; it’s the fact that the mandate forces people to buy more insurance than they need. That makes it more expensive than most people want (or are able) to pay.

There are a couple of other things that may heighten opposition to the law in the coming months.

Millions of people will find out in the next two months that they owe the government a lot of money because they didn’t have insurance last year. Millions more will find out that the subsidies they received for health insurance last year were too high and that they also owe the government a lot of money. That’s not likely to produce a lot of warm feelings toward the law.

The bottom line is that the fate of ObamaCare is in the hands of the American people. Given the continued unpopularity of the law, that should worry the president’s team far more than what the Supreme Court will decide.

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More ObamaCare Problems: California Sends Out 100,000 Incorrect Tax Forms

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Hat/Tip to YahooNews.

From the laughably awful website, to the hundreds of broken promises, ObamaCare is the headache to Americans that just keeps on giving.

California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

Covered California acknowledged that it sent out inaccurate coverage information on 1095-A forms and is in the process of sending out revised forms, said spokesman James Scullary. In all, the state sent out 800,000 forms for the first time this year.

“We certainly apologized for any inconvenience,” Scullary said. “It’s all a new process and this is the first year there’s a connection between health care and taxes.”

This latest debacle is just one more reason why average Americans hate this law. Add this to the tax penalties people are beginning to see and it’s easy to see why there is not ONE poll which shows a plurality of voters liking this law.

The mistake brings another headache for people struggling to understand the new tax penalties. The federal health care reform law requires most people to have insurance or face a tax penalty that increases each year.

The penalty for a person who makes $40,000 a year will increase from $299 in 2014 to nearly $600 in 2015. And a family of four with that same income would see fines increase from $500 to nearly $1,000.

Read the full story here.

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CONGRATULATIONS, TEXAS: Valerie Jarrett Working Behind the Scenes To Cede Your State To Mexico

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Here’s the other version of the postcard Jarrett didn’t show Americans. Texico, here we come!

Hat/Tip to Doug Ross Journal.

Even more proof that the left always looks 10 years down the road, while the GOP looks confused.

President Jarrett is reportedly the driving force behind a campaign designed to turn Texas blue through illegal immigration, thereby ensuring that all presidential elections end up with a Democrat victor.

According to Capitol Hill sources, de facto president Valerie Jarrett wants Texas and its 38 electoral votes… badly. More troubling is she has apparently been working very hard to make the state turn blue in the very near future, a result that would finalize far left control of the United States in every national election to follow. Jarrett is doing so with a combination of hundreds of thousands of recent immigrants flooding the state, combined with billions of dollars in federal giveaways like ObamaCare that will unofficially pledge those new votes to the increasingly far left/progressive/globalist Democratic Party…

 

 

 

Jarrett is hinting at 743,000 “more people” immediately coming into Texas via the president’s executive amnesty. Logic dictates that within just a few more years this number would easily surpass the one million mark (and likely already has) – a coordinated invasion via the federal government into the only state that gives voters a choice between Republican and Democrat in national elections. The only state that makes such a choice have any semblance of being competitive.

One million votes represents the difference between Texas giving a Republican its 38 electoral votes in a national election or those votes going Democrat. It is the difference between Texas being a blue state, or remaining a red state. Valerie Jarrett has been working very hard to permanently alter the Texas electoral landscape to ensure it forever after favors far left Democrats in future elections.

Read the full story here.

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Six Million Taxpayers To Owe IRS For ObamaCare Tax…Wait, It’s Not A Tax, So, Penalty Or Fine Or Oh Alright, It’s A Tax

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Hat/Tip to Newsmax.

In 2009, President Obama and George Stephanopoulos got into a feisty discussion on whether ObamaCare was a tax or a penalty or a fine or a…*sigh*

not a tax is a taxAnyway, it went something like this:

GS: “Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?”

To which, Obama offered his standard, rambling response…

BO: “Well, hold on a second, George. Here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average—our families—in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances.  And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’s . . .”

GS: “That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.”

BO: “No. That’s not true, George. The—for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore . . .”

GS: “But it may be fair, it may be good public policy—”

BO: “No, but—but, George, you—you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.”

At this point in a bold move, especially by someone from the left side of the spectrum, Stephanopoulos turned to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for clarification and to challenge Obama on what a tax is…

GS: “I-I don’t think I’m making it up, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: ‘Tax, a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.'”

And then, obviously not pleased with Stephanopoulos pushing him on this, he attacked, Alinsky-style, with ridicule.

BO: “George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s dictionary, that the definition of a tax increase indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise you wouldn’t have gone to the dictionary to check the definition. What we, if what you’re saying is…”

So Stephanopoulos defended himself…

GS: “I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.”

Again, Obama went with Alinsky in then applying ridicule to ALL who oppose him.

BO: “My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but . . .”

GS: “But you reject that it’s a tax increase?”

BO: “I absolutely reject that notion.”

That was then, and this is now….

Well, as we all know, the Supreme Court, namely Chief Justice John Roberts, stabbed all of America in the back by twisting statutes to call this albatross a tax.

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As many as 6 million U.S. taxpayers will have to paypenalty tax of as much as 1 percent of income because they went without health insurance in part or all of 2014, the Treasury Department said.

The penalty tax, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is designed to force people to sign up for health insurance using the expanded options and financial assistance available under Obamacare. The penalty tax would apply to about 2 percent to 4 percent of all taxpayers for 2014.

Tax filing for 2014 opened Jan. 20, and the Internal Revenue Service’s Form 1040 — for federal income tax — includes a new Line 61 asking if the taxpayer has health insurance. Three-quarters of taxpayers won’t have to do anything more than check that box, said Mark Mazur, the department’s assistant secretary for tax policy. The remainder will have to to take additional steps, though most won’t pay a penalty, he said on a conference call with reporters.

I guess the only thing left to ask is that if it “absolutely” isn’t a tax, why is the IRS doing the collecting?

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CBO: Obama To Leave Gargantuan Deficits For Next President

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Hat/Tip to Conn Carroll at TownHall.com.

Obama will still be screwing America and Americans even after he is out of office. His policies will explode the debt and deficits unless measures are taken to curb the insane spending his programs will incur.

Federal deficits may have been falling since the end of the recent recession, but thanks to spending increases in major health care programs, including ObamaCare, deficits are set to explode in 2017, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Thanks to the recent recession and President Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus, the federal budget deficit reached an all time $1.4 trillion high in 2009. Then, as the economy slowly improved and Obama’s stimulus trickled to end, the deficit began to fall. According to the CBO, the deficit will continue to fall to $467 billion in 2016. 

Immediately after Obama leaves office, however, deficits are expected to rise steadily thanks mostly to growth in mandatory health care spending programs like ObamaCare. By 2025 the CBO estimates that our nation’s federal deficits will again top $1 trillion a year. For comparison’s sake the highest deficit ever under President Bush was $458 billion.

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The CBO reports that spending is embedded in future budgets, much like time bombs waiting to explode.

According to the CBO, in 2017 the federal government will be spending $384 billion a year on Medicaid, almost double what it spent before Obama became president. Spending on ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges is also set to rise from $15 billion in 2014 to $93 billion in 2017.

Now Obama has GOT to know this, I mean these are HIS policies that will pile the debt on the backs of hard working Americans everywhere. But does he worry? Does he suggest ways to decrease the pending tsunami of spending?

No.

In fact, he wants to put MORE debt onto the backs of those hard working Americans I just spoke of.

Despite this deficit time bomb, Obama only wants to spend more. Asked whether Obama’s 2015 budget would hike spending over current levels, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters earlier this month:

“The President has been pretty clear about the fact over the last two weeks that now is exactly the right time for us start making some policy decisions that invest in middle class families.”

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ObamaCare Penalty: Big Shock At Tax Time

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Hat/Tip to Tom Howell, Jr at the Washington Times.

President Obama said that it’s absolutely not a tax, except when his lawyers argued for the law in front of the Supreme Court, then it WAS a tax.

More to the point, it is Big Government getting into our wallets, tax or not – We The People are left holding the bag.

Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their ObamaCare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.

The Affordable Care Act requires those who didn’t have insurance last year and didn’t qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household income as their penalty.

How much higher?

Hold on…

TurboTax, an online tax service, estimated that the average penalty for lacking health insurance in 2014 will be $301.

“People would hear the $95, quit listening, and make an assumption that that was what their penalty was going to be,” said Chuck Lovelace, vice president of affordable care for Liberty Tax Service. “I think that a lot of people will be surprised when they get in there and find out that their penalty is [based] on their household income.”

The penalty is designed to prod Americans to buy insurance and the penalty for not having it is scheduled to rise considerably: to a $325 minimum or 2 percent of income in 2015, and to a $695 minimum or 2.5 percent of income in 2016.

Thank you, Mr. President. You’re forcing hard working Americans to pay for health insurance for those who won’t work, or won’t get health insurance on their own. And you lied about your law, to boot.

But where do those hard working Americans turn to for help in navigating this mess?

They won’t be able to turn to the IRS, even though the ObamaCare penalty is a tax, the IRS is whining about budget cuts, saying they’re not going to be able to help over half of the folks who call them.

Tax experts said mixing ObamaCare with the annual tax filing season is a major adjustment, and it comes even as the IRS, blaming budget cuts, says it won’t be able to even answer a majority of help calls, and those who do get through will have to wait an average of 30 minutes.

I just can’t go on…the irony of an agency which targeted Conservative Americans for political retribution and spent lavishly on their conventions and “training sessions” is now complaining about a smaller budget.

Let’s see, do we cut back on our lavish get-togethers, or on being able to help answer taxpayers’ questions?

Hmm….

Why, we have to cut down on services, of course!!

Read the full story here.

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Thanks ObamaCare, NJ Health Insurance Premiums Rising Faster Than Ever

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Nineteen times Dear Leader promised he’d reduce our health insurance premiums by $2,500 per year.

Repeat after me: Barack Obama is a lying sack of shit.

Since ObamaCare kicked in, health insurance premiums in New Jersey have risen faster than ever.

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the cost of premiums in New Jersey each year have risen faster than the national average, according to a study released today by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

Premiums for New Jersey employer-sponsored health coverage climbed an average of 4.4 percent a year from 2003 through 2010 to $5,153 per single person, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund. But from 2010 to 2013, the average premium rose 6.4 percent a year, to $6,200.

The spike was even greater for family policies. Pre-ObamaCare, premiums rose by 4.7 percent a year, but escalated to a 7.4 percent average jump annually from 2010 to 2013. The total cost of a family policy in New Jersey was $17,396 in 2013.

New Jersey is among 10 states where premiums climbed 6 percent or more each year from 2010 to 2013. Similarly high increases were felt in Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming, according to the report.

I’m thinking that 7.4 percent number is a little low. My day job’s small group plan’s premiums rose an average of 18 percent a year over the same time period. And that’s for crappier coverage with higher deductibles and whopping out-of-pocket / coinsurance costs. Pre-ObamaCare we had an awesome Aetna plan which really was “affordable.” Post-ObamaCare our prescription drug copays have trebled, the family max out-of-pocket quadrupled, and the number of doctors in our network went way down. For this we pay premiums that are almost double what they were 6 years ago.

The only person who ever told the truth about ObamaCare was Jonathan Gruber.

Oh, but the Obamabots will call him (and me) a liar, and claim ObamaCare is “working.” 9 million more people are insured! OK, then riddle me this, Batman. The US population is about 320 million. So to allegedly help 2.8% of the people, Obama screwed over the other 97.2%.

Yeah, that’s some mighty fine government work alright. No wonder he’s the Best President Evuh.

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Supreme Court: Mark Levin Submits Amicus Brief In ObamaCare Subsidy Battle

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Hat/Tip to Katie Pavlich at TownHall.com.

The Godfather of the Modern Conservative Movement is once again defending liberty and attacking the never-ending statism from the left.

Conservative radio host and Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin has submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in King v. Burwell, the ObamaCare legal case that will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 5, 2015. The case addresses whether “the Internal Revenue Service may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Essentially, the case looks at whether federal subsidies are legal and available to people living in states that did not set up their own Obamacare exchanges.

“This is a case about first principles. The Executive Branch has not only exceeded the boundaries of the legislative power, but has done so in an effort to circumvent the principles of representative government to avoid securing the consent of the governed,” the brief states.

“The Constitution separates the powers of government to protect the liberty of the American people and prevent the tyranny of a self-aggrandizing government. Attempts by the Executive Branch to assume the legislative function deprives the People of an open debate conducted by their politically accountable representatives and is antithetical to the Constitution’s design.”

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Ben Carson: ‘Bunch of Crap’ That Obamacare Can’t Be Undone

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Hat/Tip to Melissa Clyne at Newsmax.

Ben Carson spoke out recently about the stupidity behind the idea that ObamaCare cannot be eliminated.

Dr. Ben Carson said Friday on Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum” that he doesn’t think any of the ObamaCare architects actually believed the program would work, but that they viewed the law as “moving the ball toward the goal” of a government-controlled, single-payer system.

“Healthcare is a gigantic issue, and there’s no question that the system was broken and that we needed to do something about it,” Carson said. “What we did not need to do is create another massive government program, and we need to be looking at different ways of taking care of it, putting responsibility back into the hands of patients and to their healthcare providers.

“There are things that can be done. We keep listening to people saying ‘the horse is out of the barn, you can’t get it back in there, end of story,’ that’s a bunch of crap. We can do anything. This is America.”

He went on to say:

Putting healthcare in the hands of government bureaucrats fundamentally shifts the power equation in this country, he continued.

“It takes it away from the people and puts government at the pinnacle. The people are supposed to be at the pinnacle. The government is supposed to conform to our will, not us to their will.”

Read the full story here.

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