Make Up Your Minds: Andrew Cuomo Will Tax You If You DO Have Health Insurance

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Andrew Cuomo explaining how much he wishes to tax you…

 

Democrats love taxes. They’ll tax anything, anyway they can. Their mantra is Pay up, sucka!

But even by their standards, this latest Catch-22 is over the top.

As we all know, if you don’t have health insurance, Obama will tax you.

But now, if you DO have health insurance, Andrew Cuomo will tax you.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new budget includes a nearly $69 million tax on health-insurance policies to pay for the administrative costs of continuing New York’s ObamaCare health exchange, The Post has learned.

The levy is intended to make up for federal funds no longer available to the states as of this year. Adding up to about $25 per person insured under the plan, the cost is almost certainly going to be passed on to consumers.

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The tax is being called a bait-and-switch by opponents of Cuomo’s decision to start a state-run ObamaCare health exchange in New York. Had he not done so, they argue, there would have been no need for the tax.

“There was no indication that there would be a new tax to pay for this. We had plenty of debate on ObamaCare. I never heard this mentioned,” said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R-Troy).

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Because ObamaCare is so gosh-darned wonderful, right? A bargain at twice the price! Or something.

The important thing is that we pay. And then pay some more.

Democrats. Meh.

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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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ObamaCare, So Successful That People Can’t Afford To Use It

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Hey Obamabots, what good is “affordable” health insurance if it costs you too much to use it?

In a survey taken in the fall, The Commonwealth Fund, a private, independent health care research organization, found that about 40 percent of adults nationwide who had high-deductible private insurance plans reported delaying care because of the cost.

In another, the Gallup Poll, which annually asks about health care cost and use every November, reported that the percentage of Americans who had insurance and chose not to go to a health care professional for a routine visit or a need because of cost hit an all-time high of 34 percent.

“Last year, many hoped that the opening of the government health care exchanges and the resulting increase in the number of Americans with health insurance would enable more people to seek medical treatment,” Gallup said. “But, despite a drop in the uninsured rate, a slightly higher percentage of Americans than in previous years report having put off medical treatment, suggesting that the Affordable Care Act has not immediately affected this measure.”

The problem is easy to identify but difficult to solve. Health care is extremely expensive in the U.S., and to keep from busting their budgets, companies that provide coverage to their employees and families increasingly are turning to plans that keep monthly premiums lower by increasing deductibles and charging more for out-of-pocket costs, said Linda Schwimmer, vice president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

“More and more of [the cost] is being put on the employee, and because of that, they’re reluctant to get the care they need because they’re concerned about the cost,” she said.

Once again proving that the Affordable Care Act is a total misnomer.

ObamaCare will never cut costs. It can’t. Not with all of it’s mandates and required coverages. So to artificially lower the up-front cost of health insurance it had to hike the back-end copays and deductibles that kick in when we actually go to use it.

The result? Pay through the nose, or go without medical care.

Given the abysmal Obama economy, the choice is clear. Feed your kids, and skip the colonoscopy. To most folks a $4,000 deductible might as well be $400,000. And those $75 prescriptions buy a whole lotta diapers.

The best part is, Obama knew he was hoodwinking us. And he didn’t care. That’s the real story of Jonathan Gruber.

Gruber’s attempt to downplay his role in the ACA is unconvincing, for reasons we suggested here. But the most damming comments by Gruber were not his “glib” words about the American public but his accurate analysis of the Affordable Care Act. For instance, in one of the videos that became controversial, Gruber is taped saying“What the American public cares about is costs. And that’s why even though the bill that they made is 90% health insurance coverage and 10% about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control.” That is not glib; regardless of whether you think the law was sold deceptively in the way Gruber suggests, his understanding of the law’s focus on coverage over cost is correct. Whether or not Gruber was “the architect” of the law, whether or not his more noxious comment can fairly be associated with the law, he understands the law—and that is damming enough.

They purposefully obfuscated ObamaCare’s effects. Obama lied, health care died.

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Yay ObamaCare, NJ Businesses Again See Double-Digit Health Insurance Increases

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Nineteen times Barack Obama promised to lower our health insurance premiums by as much as $2500 per year.

We’re still waiting.

Small businesses continue to see double-digit increases in the cost of employee health care, according to a survey released by a major business group Thursday, which found 87 percent of those polled provide coverage.

The survey by New Jersey Business and Industry Association found that health-care costs rose by 24 percent in the last year for businesses that have between one and 24 employees, and by 16 percent for those with between 25 and 49 workers.

Employers on average paid $7,416 for employee coverage and $11,352 for parent-child coverage, the survey found. They paid $15,600 on average for husband-wife coverage and $19,116 for family coverage, according to the survey.

“Employers are paying more than ever for health benefits,” said Christine Stearns, NJBIA’s vice president for health and legal affairs. “Eighty-five percent of companies reported their health-care costs went up over last year.”

Ayup, my day job is certainly going to pay more than ever for health benefits. A whopping 21 percent more next year, bringing the per employee cost to $8,652 and family coverage to $26,640 a year. I guess that means we’re above average, probably in more ways than one.

Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster for me and the folks I work with, no doubt about it. Yet there are still die-hard liberals who insist the law is “working.” Delusion runs deep, it seems. Because there is no universe where these kind of annual premium increases are sustainable for a small business. Obamacare is going to break our backs. If anyone really believes that’s good for America, please tell me why.

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Here’s Why ObamaCare Cost 30,000 Wal-Mart Part-Timers Their Health Insurance Coverage

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Hat/Tip to Jason Pye at Freedom Works.

Looks like the rising costs of ObamaCare are once again, taking their toll on the average American who works for a weekly paycheck, trying to support their family.

Wal-Mart has joined the ranks of employers that have been forced to drop health insurance for some 30,000 part-time workers, according to a report from the Associated Press. The big box retailer — which has struggled with sales and recently lowered its profit forecast for the year — made the move to adjust to rising healthcare costs under ObamaCare:

The announcement comes after Wal-Mart said far more U.S. employees and their families are enrolling in its health care plans than it had expected following rollout of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Wal-Mart, which employs about 1.4 million full- and part-time U.S. workers, says about 1.2 million Wal-Mart workers and family members combined now participate in its health care plan. And that has had an impact on Wal-Mart’s bottom line. Wal-Mart now expects the impact of higher health care costs to be about $500 million for the current fiscal year, or about $170 million higher than the original estimate of about $330 million that it gave in February.

And not only is Wal-Mart going to pay significantly more for its sponsored insurance plans, its employees are going to see higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs to as a result of the increased costs of coverage under ObamaCare:

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it’s raising premiums for all of its full-time and part-time workers: For a basic plan, of which 40 percent of its workers are enrolled, the premiums will go up to $21.90 per pay period, up from $18.40, starting Jan. 1.

Wal-Mart also said that changes in the co-insurance, or the percentage workers pay before coverage kicks in, for the health reimbursement accounts and the health savings accounts will result in the company paying 75 percent of the eligible costs of doctor visits, tests, hospitalization and other services within the network after employees meet their deductible. That’s down from 80 percent.

The author of this piece, Jason Pye does an excellent job of using President Obama’s own words against him.

Back in 2009, President Obama claimed, “Families will save on their premiums; businesses that will see their costs rise if we do nothing will save money now and in the future,” adding that “whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill.” Yeah…about that.

The examples of ObamaCare’s broken promises to families and businesses keep piling up. From the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” line to the promise that health insurance premiums would fall by $2,500, ObamaCare just keeps failing. And it’s failing because this government-centered, top-down “solution” — one with a new stream of coverage mandates as well as new taxes and fees — has done little more than exacerbate the problems President Obama claims it’s solving.

 

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More Americans Than Ever Say ObamaCare is Harming Them, and Obama is a Failure, Too

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Who you gonna believe, Obamabot propaganda, or your own lyin’ eyes?

Over a quarter of Americans now say Obamacare has personally hurt them, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Twenty-seven percent of Americans say the health-care law has hurt them, up from 19 percent in May. The percentage saying Obamacare has helped still lags behind, up to 16 percent from 10 percent earlier this year.

Count me among the 27%. Obamacare is costing my family more money, for crappier coverage, with daily hassles over formerly routine stuff like prescription renewals. My doctor hates it too.

Apparently that’s not a bug.

According to the Obama administration, however, this is what the public can expect when Obamacare is working as intended. The White House has repeatedly declared victory on Obamacare; the health-care law’s new chief, Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell, is calling for the public to “move beyond the politics,” she told The Washington Post this week.

If you like getting screwed, you can keep getting screwed…

As always, a majority of Americans oppose the health-care law on principle. Fifty-three percent of those polled disapprove of the health-care law, while just 41 percent approve.

You know what who else the public hates? Obama.

A clear majority of Americans describe President Obama’s tenure as a “failure” according to a new poll released Monday.

The survey from IBD/TIPP indicates that 53 percent of adults in the United States now characterize Obama’s presidency as a “failure,” while 41 percent chalk it up as a success. Half of the people who live in states won by Obama see his tenure negatively, as do 59 percent of those aged 25-44 years old.

There’s that “41 percent” figure again. Who are these deluded Obamabots?

Xbox-playing basement dwellers, and Lena Dunham fan-grrls!

Some of the key groups remain solid in their support of the president, though. More than three-quarters of voters aged 18-24 see Obama’s presidency as a success, as do 54 percent of single women.

Hey, sooner or later the slackers are gonna have to find a job. And then, uh oh, the only jobs left are part-time.

Starting this year, the United States’ working population will face three major employment disincentives resulting from the very benefits the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides: (1) an explicit tax on full-time work, (2) an implicit tax on full-time work for those who are ineligible for the ACA’s health insurance subsidies, and (3) an implicit tax that links the amount of available subsidies to workers’ incomes.

A new study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University advances the understanding of how much these ACA taxes will reduce overall employment, and why. It concludes that the reduction will be nearly double that projected by previous analyses. Labor markets ultimately will reduce weekly employment per person by about 3 percent — translating to roughly 4 million fewer full-time-equivalent workers.

No wonder the Obots are so enamored with raising the minimum wage. It’s all they’ll ever earn, at whatever crummy job they manage to slither into. Hey, elections have consequences dontcha know, and not to put too fine a point on it, but you idiots voted for this shit.

You know, before it’s too late, we should raise the voting age back to 21 and repeal the Nineteenth Amendment. Responsible government might ensue.

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Study finds ObamaCare will NOT reduce number of uninsured: Thanks alot Barack!

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The UN-Affordable LESS-Care Act

 

Hat/Tip I Hate The Media.

So we screwed up the greatest healthcare system in the world, spent billions of dollars on websites that don’t work, ruined millions of health insurance polices for hardworking Americans – killing a few people in the process, by the way – and legislated the largest single tax increase in world history… for what?

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ObamaCare DOESN’T Work?

 From the National and State Impact Analyses of the ACA on Insurance Prices and Enrollment Beyond 2014:

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Nationally, we estimate an initial decrease in the uninsured with greater use of the private health insurance subsidies, but over time health plan prices are likely to increase faster than the value of the insurance subsidy. As a result of the declining purchasing power of the insurance subsidy, the implementation of the qualified health plan requirements and the end of the reinsurance and risk corridor programs we estimate a significant reduction in the private insurance market in 2017 with steady declines continuing for the rest of the decade.

 

Read the full study here.

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Al-Qaeda Franchise Owner Discouraged by Government Regulations

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I just want to kill the infidel.  Why must I provide health insurance?

I just want to kill the infidel. Why must I provide health insurance?

For as long as he could remember, Abdul wanted to run his own business.

“I wanted to work for myself and make a living doing it.” he said.

And I also wanted to kill the infidel. Hey, who wouldn’t.  And I’m good at killing the infidel.  Granted, not as good as I am at boy love, but pretty damn good nevertheless.

At the age of 20 Abdul opened his first al-Qaeda franchise, offering out of work Muslims the chance to kill infidels, as well as deliver delicious breakfast sandwiches.

My store became famous for the terror it struck into the heart of the Jew-loving infidel.  And for our delicious breakfast sandwiches.  People would come from miles around for the chance to kill.  And have a delicious breakfast sandwich.

So successful was Abdul that within a few years he had opened ten more al-Qaeda franchises.

But with success, came government regulation.

Someone from the mayor’s office dropped by and asked for the ingredients to our delicious breakfast sandwiches.  He wanted to make sure they were gluten-free and low calorie.  ”We just want to make sure your suicide bombers are healthy.  We can’t have them packing on the pounds” he told me.

Abdul gave him his ingredients, hoping he would go away.

The next thing I know five people came back, but this time they were Feds.  They asked me how many employees I had.  I told them the number varies of course depending on the last suicide bomber.  That wasn’t good enough for them.  They told me I had to provide health insurance for all my employees.  ”Health insurance is a right” they said.  ”Wouldn’t it make your bombers happier to know that they won’t have to worry about medical insurance?” Medical insurance?  They’re killing themselves I told them. They won’t have to worry about medical insurance when they are in paradise with their 72 virgins.  That didn’t matter.  They sued me $10,000 a day until I provided insurance.  Boy did I ever learn my lesson.  You can’t appease the government. It only encourages them.

With fines mounting and restless would-be suicide bombers upset that their premiums had increased, Abdul had no choice but to sell his business.

It broke my heart but what was I to do?  I couldn’t afford the fines.

Chastened by his experience with government regulators Abdul has now opened a new business ten miles offshore in international waters.

I sell nothing but delicious breakfast sandwiches.  And they have gluten.  The nanny state regulators can kiss my jihadist ass!  Of course, I’m still trying to figure out a way to deliver them.  Most of my customers don’t want to swim ten miles.  But what do you expect from soft, decadent infidels.

Abdul is currently working on obtaining his helicopter pilot license so he can deliver his products.

“I can’t wait to fly my helicopter into the Freedom Tower.  Um, I mean deliver my delicious breakfast sandwiches.”

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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The Slacker Presidency, and the Curse of ObamaCare

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The Goal

“Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job.” – Nancy Pelosi

“Obamacare lets people keep their health insurance even if they quit their job to master iambic pentameter.” – Jonah Goldberg

“Now that the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that ObamaCare is the jobs-killer conservatives always claimed it was, the White House has put the spin machine into overdrive. Since they can no longer deny the truth, they’ve decided to convince you that destroying the workforce is a good thing.” – Robert Laurie

“The Democrats once styled themselves the party of workers. Now, they are the party of people who would have been workers, if it hadn’t been for Obamacare.” – Rich Lowry

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What this country needs is not more bad poets; it’s fewer good Democrats.

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ObamaCare Damage: Universal Studios Part-Time Workers to Lose Coverage

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It seem that the part-time workers at Universal Studios Orlando are going to lose their insurance at the end of next year.  The culprit?  ObamaCare!   The Lid has more…

Universal Studios Orlando provides limited health insurance for it’s part time workers…or at least will until the end of the year. The theme park announced that it will stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by Obamacare.

Universal currently offers part-time workers a limited insurance plan that has low premiums but also caps the payout of benefits. For instance, Universal’s plan costs about $18 a week for employee-only coverage but covers only a maximum of $5,000 a year toward hospital stays. There are similar caps for other services.

Those types of insurance plans — sometimes referred to as “mini-med” plans — will no longer be permitted under the federal Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2014, the law will prohibit insurance plans that impose annual monetary limits on essential medical care such, as hospitalization, or on overall spending.

Well, well, well. More people LOSING their benefits due to ObamaCare?

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Elections have Consequences: Health Insurance Premiums to Hit $20,000?

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A reliable axiom would be that government intervention makes thing far more expensive.  Cars, gasoline, and pretty much anything that the government controls or regulates become more expensive.  And with the re-election of Barak Obama, a lot of democrat voters just priced themselves out of the health insurance market.  CNS News has why…

Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS’s assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.

Lol, $20,000 a year?  Doesn’t this fly in the face of Obama’s promise to lower premiums?  Does this jive with Obama’s claim that if people liked their plan, they could keep it?  Why isn’t the media reporting this?

Oh yeah, they don’t report news critical of dear leader.

Here’s a littler more…

For those wondering how clear the IRS’s clarifications of this new “penalty” rule are, here is one of the actual examples the IRS gives:

“Example 3. Family without minimum essential coverage.

“(i) In 2016, Taxpayers H and J are married and file a joint return. H and J have three children: K, age 21, L, age 15, and M, age 10. No member of the family has minimum essential coverage for any month in 2016. H and J’s household income is $120,000. H and J’s applicable filing threshold is $24,000. The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000.

“(ii) For each month in 2016, under paragraphs (b)(2)(ii) and (b)(2)(iii) of this section, the applicable dollar amount is $2,780 (($695 x 3 adults) + (($695/2) x 2 children)). Under paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section, the flat dollar amount is $2,085 (the lesser of $2,780 and $2,085 ($695 x 3)). Under paragraph (b)(3) of this section, the excess income amount is $2,400 (($120,000 – $24,000) x 0.025). Therefore, under paragraph (b)(1) of this section, the monthly penalty amount is $200 (the greater of $173.75 ($2,085/12) or $200 ($2,400/12)).

“(iii) The sum of the monthly penalty amounts is $2,400 ($200 x 12). The sum of the monthly national average bronze plan premiums is $20,000 ($20,000/12 x 12). Therefore, under paragraph (a) of this section, the shared responsibility payment imposed on H and J for 2016 is $2,400 (the lesser of $2,400 or $20,000).”

OK, you’ve seen it, in the words of the IRS.  Now, what is this supposed to accomplish?  It’s what we’ve called it all along; Cloward-Piven for the health insurance industry, driving people into dependence on government for their health care.  The difference between the tax and the premium is so drastic, that no one in their right mind would purchase insurance.  So, the idea is to kill private insurance.  After all, if you are sick, or have a sick family member, you won’t be inclined to go against the government that provides the health care.

Just as planned.

Oh, and to the people that will no longer have insurance, just remember that elections have consequences.

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Happy Year 2013! We’re in Trouble!

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I’d like to take the moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  However, I might want to add that my wish is by no means a guarantee.  I fear that 2013 is going to be a terrible year, and it will result in hardships of all sorts.  Here are some of my reasons…

1.  Fiscal Cliff jumping:  It appears that we are going to go off  the “fiscal cliff.”  What does that mean?  It means that Obama’s negotiating position was “give me exactly what I want, and nothing less.”  The members of the stupid party, however, made many concessions, and proved themselves to be RINO’s.  They even went as far to offer one of Nancy Pelosi’s former proposals.  But Obama would have none of it.  However, the MSM will not report it this way.  They will portray “dear leader” as the great statesman, willing to debate and deal, but it was the Evil Republicans that caused all the problems.  This is what will happen…

  • You’re taxes, everyone’s taxes, will go back to Clinton era levels.  The MSM will blame the GOP.
  • Medicare and Social Security will be cut.  The MSM will blame the GOP.
  • Military cuts will be made.  The MSM will blame the GOP.
  • The payroll tax cut (which takes money from Social Security) will be revoked.  The MSM will blame the GOP.

Get the idea?  The GOP will be blamed for the whole thing.  The MSM will bleat the narrative like sheep, and there will be enough people stupid enough to believe it.  Then, the cowards in the GOP Stupid Party establishment will, feel the imaginary pressure, and  fold like a bad poker hand.  After that, Obama declares victory, and the MSM hails him as the man that lowered taxes for the middle class!

2.  Financial Collapse?  It’s possible.  I will not consider myself a economist by any stretch of the imagination. I do know that if there is a ton of something, that it becomes less valuable. And, given that our money is funny in the first place, it is becoming more funny all the time.  And, the US dollar is the kind of funny that most people would not find at all amusing.  In other words, it isn’t worth the paper it is printed on, and it’s only a matter of time before reality catches up with the ability of the Federal Reserve’s ability to hide that uncomfortable fact.  So, am I saying the hyperinflation, mega unemployment, and economic activity creeping to a halt is a possibility this year?  Yes, I think it is.  I don’t know enough to say more, but it strikes me as being a possibility.

3.  Religious persecution accelerates.  I can see it becoming more and more like open season on Jesus.  Oh, the Muslims will be given preferential treatment, but Christians and Jews are going to have a tougher  time of it in 2013. ObamaCare is going to force Christians to fund abortion and birth control, and companies and organizations will be targeted for refusing to comply.  Now, this can easily be seen as intentional.  If Christian business people close or sell their businesses to avoid violating the conscience, the Christian influence is weakened in society.  Also, it marginalizes Christians in the business world, meaning that less will go into business in the first place.

The second area to look at are Catholic Hospitals.  They too, are going to asked to violate their conscience to provide for murder.  However, if Obama can get them to go along with the murder plan, the Catholics are hypocrites, and their standing takes a shot.  In other words, they lose influence due to not following their own beliefs.  Better yet for liberals, if the Catholics close their hospitals. or are  shut down by the government, a crisis will be created.  That crisis will give the government greater justification to take even more control of the medical system.  Since single payer is the long term goal, shutting down religious run hospitals is a logical course.

Evil people have always hated Jews.  There are more evil people, therefore more anti-Semitism.  It really is that simple.  With the growth and influence of islam here in the US and abroad, it will become increasingly unsafe for Jews.

Emboldened by Obama’s victory, potential  victories via ObamaCare, and protected by a compliant DOJ, persecution of all kinds might accelerate.  After all, the dad of that Jesus guy doesn’t like  what a lot the liberals do, so even though they claim not to believe in him, they sure do try to silence his followers, don’t they?

4.  Hey, I voted for Obama, and ObamaCare took my job!  Yes it did, and it’ll take a ton more before it’s done.  Of the many problems facing businesses, besides tax increases, is the fact that Obama increases their expenses so much that a ton of people are going to lose their jobs.  The estimates run from the hundreds of thousands, to over 1,000,000.  But, if yours is one of those jobs, you’re going to feel the pain.  Millions more may have their hours cut, lose their own benefits, or be forced to accept decreased  benefits.  Oh, and those premiums? Costs have already gone up around 50%.  they are likely to rise even more.

Elections have consequences.

 5.  Gun Control:  For years, the Democrats hid the fact that they were gun grabbers-at least from the under-informed.  The rest of us have always known that the Democrats wanted the guns, but needed a justification.  So, when the opportunity to use dead children to make a political point came, the masks came off , and the reaching has begun.  Having no shame, only lust for power, our leftist friends will keep on trying until either they are defeated by reality, or they do manage to pass something that make no one safer, but interfere with the ability of the average American to protect themselves.  The problem is this; if the gun grabbers go too far, they might find themselves subject to real armed resistance. While this site does not recommend violence, there are many that will no allow themselves to be disarmed.  The question will then be  how many people are the Democrats willing to kill to enforce their law? Hopefully, they will not resort to such a totalitarian plan, but you never know.

6.  Control of information:  If 2012 taught us anything, it taught that the MSM, though weakened, is still the primary means of news for millions of Americans.  Sadly, even though the alphabet networks are essentially propaganda arms of the regressives, they still have enough of an audience to swing the national conversation, and obviously cover for a failed POTUS.  There will be more and more lies, and as long as the uninformed remain blissfully ignorant of what really is happening.  Look for this to expand, as there is going to be a lot of blame to place on others, stories to omit, and facts to ignore if the MSM is to cover for Obama.

I’m sure that there is more, but I think that anyone with a brain will recognize that 2013 is not going to be a good year.  The economy is going to falter, and there is nothing we can do to change it.  People are going to suffer, and the media will either ignore it, or blame it on the usual suspects-namely us.  It’s going to be an interesting year, and not in many good ways.  The “fundamental transformation of the United States will reach a point at which it will be increasingly difficult to hide.  But, that wont stop people from trying.

Note:  I have tried to delay posting this until more was available on the fiscal cliff. However, the Senate did pass a bill, and is gone to the House at the time of this writing. I will cover that more in another post.

Happy New Year, but I doubt that will hold for long.

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ObamaCare Damage: So you Thought You Could Keep Your Plan?

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Remember when President Obama promised all of us that if we like our current health care plans, we could keep them?

Let’s refresh our memories…

Well, like most, if not all, of Obama’s promises.  The real answer seems to be, “not so much.”  We’ve already covered that doctors are changing their practices, causing patients to find another.  We’ve also covered that companies, both large and small, are considering dropping health care coverage all together.

Now, we see that a majority of current health care plans will not pass muster under ObamaCare.  For background, here is an excerpt from Investors.com

Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers.

The documents — product of a joint project of the Labor Department, the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS — examine the effects new regulations would have on existing, or “grandfathered,” employer-based health care plans.

Draft copies of the documents were reportedly leaked to House Republicans earlier in the week. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., posted them on his Web site Friday afternoon.  (View the full report here.)

So, once again, the administration has been caught in a lie.   This is what I think will happen.

1.  To meet the requirements set forth in the legislation, costs will skyrocket.  This has already been well documented.

2.  Many businesses will chose to pay the “fine” for not providing coverage, as it will be far less expensive than actually providing coverage.

3.  The public system will be swamped by people that have had their coverage dropped by their employers.  So much for keeping your plan.

4.  This vast influx into the system will create a crisis, which will, of course, be used as a rationale for creating a “public option.”

5.  The public option, subsidized by the government, will out-compete what is left of the private insurance industry, as they public system doesn’t have to care about the bottom line.  If they run  out of money, they’ll just borrow more from China.

6.  As time wears on, the plan will take it’s toll on private industry.  It will eventually become completely impossible for private business to provide coverage.  It’ll simply be too expensive.

7.  The “crisis” that the government caused, will not be solved by the public option.  It’s not meant to anyway.  The public option is meant to be a transitional step to single payer.  As the crisis deepens, the government will say that the only way to control costs is to control the providers.

8.  Viola!  We have single payer! The government will control the system-top to bottom.

We all know where that ends.  Lots of dead people, horrendous waste, and terrible care.  But who cares, the government will be in charge of it!

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