ObamaCare Requires Nutritional Information on Vending Machines?

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ObamaCare, beyond increasing health insurance premiums, causing people to lose hours at work, causing millions of people to lose their plans, and causing thousands of jobs, also apparently forces vending machines to display nutritional information.  Wyblog has more…

Obamacare requires you to read a nutrition label before buying chips from a vending machine

Because nagging the crap out of you makes you healthier. And it makes do-gooder bureaucrats happy.

Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.

Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, says the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year. It estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least that great.

Now, please remember that nutritional information is already on the individual snacks sold in the machine, so what’s the point of having it on the machine as well?  If someone is going to ignore the package, they will equally ignore the machine.

And, come to think of it, would not the ADA mandate that the nutritional information be also available in Braille?  After all, if you are going to be asinine, why limit yourself?  I think if they Braille mandate isn’t in the act, a lawsuit needs filed to force it.  And while we are at it, will people that are not native English speakers be able to benefit from the government’s nanniness?  I demand that the nutritional information also be offered in Spanish!

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Lies About Obama’s ObamaCare Lies

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz is at it again.  She is boldly lying about the fact that Obama, as well as any democrat that spoke of it, KNOWINGLY lied about it…

We know that the administration knew that ObamaCare would force companies to dump people.  Then, the administration can blame the companies for doing what ObamaCare requires of them.

And it’s not working.

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#ObamaCare Damage: College Students Priced Out of Market

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Last November, college students voted for Barak Obama in overwhelming numbers.  Now, they are being repaid for that loyalty- in the form of losing their insurance.  Wyblog has more of the irony…

Low information Obama voters shocked to discover they can’t buy low-cost health insurance

College students in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. And now they’re shocked to discover that his signature legislative achievement hits them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

It was a health care shocker for college students in New Jersey who found out that they can’t buy low-cost health insurance at their schools because of the Affordable Care Act.

Now, they are at the risk of being without insurance, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported.

Many students have found themselves in health care limbo this semester. Community colleges in New Jersey used to offer cheap health insurance for hundreds of dollars a year but they had to drop the practice because Federal Law prohibits the sale of bare bones policies.

Under the Affordable Care Act it would have cost more to run the program and the cost would have been passed on to students.

“More than a thousand dollars per student and that is dramatically different,” said Union County Community College, Vice President of Administrative Services, Stephen Nacco said.

Students like Carlos Arias depended on the low-cost health care.

“I’m kind of healthy right now but I am worried that when something happens I’m not going to go to the hospital,” Arias said.

I almost, and I mean almost, feel sorry for these people.  They bought into the lie, and swallowed hard.  And, a ton of them vehemently supported all of this.  But, like all useful idiots, they got their reward; an all expense paid vacation to the glorious underside of the bus.

Keep on voting for and supporting regressives, kids, and you’ll get used to being totally screwed by people that rely on your naivete.

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#ObamaCare Lies: Now, Millions Will Lose Their Employer Based Coverage as Well

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We’ve been covering that nearly 16,000,000 Americans will be losing their insurance due to #ObamaCare.   This is in the individual market, where individuals go to purchase plans for themselves and their family members.   I’ll be quoting an article by Avik Roy at Forbes.  I strongly recommend you read the whole thing. 

Here is the reaction of Jay Carney to those losses…

On Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney attempted to minimize the disruption issue, arguing that it only affected people who buy insurance on their own. “That’s the universe we’re talking about, 5 percent of the population,” said Carney. “In some of the coverage of this issue in the last several days, you would think that you were talking about 75 percent or 80 percent or 60 percent of the American population.”

In other words (my translation, so to speak)…

F*ck them, we got the control we want, those 15-16 million people can go pound sand.

But, it’s not just going to be 16,000,000 that lose their coverage.  There are going to be a lot more…

But Carney’s dismissal of the media’s concerns was wrong, on several fronts. Contrary to the reporting of NBC, the administration’s commentary in the Federal Register did not only refer to the individual market, but also the market for employer-sponsored health insurance.

Section 1251 of the Affordable Care Act contains what’s called a “grandfather” provision that, in theory, allows people to keep their existing plans if they like them. But subsequent regulations from the Obama administration interpreted that provision so narrowly as to prevent most plans from gaining this protection.

“The Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013,” wrote the administration on page 34,552 of the Register. All in all, more than half of employer-sponsored plans will lose their “grandfather status” and become illegal. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 156 million Americans—more than half the population—was covered by employer-sponsored insurance in 2013.

But, I think it’s important to mention that the grandfather clauses for Labor Unions seem to have gone untouched.

Coincidence, no doubt.

So, not only are the millions that buy insurance on the individual market getting hosed, it looks like almost half of employer plans are going to  get the ax as well.

Remember this…

That was a lie, and they knew it!

And by the way, the plans that you will be able to choose from are likely to be a lot more expensive, and have higher deductibles.   After all, men really need to pay for maternity coverage!

And, once again, if you voted fro Obama, you voted for this.  We warned you, but you wanted a freebie.  Too bad, you’re paying for it now.

H/T: Twitchy

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13 Democrats, Who Knew You Would Lose Your Plan, But Lied, Are up for Re-election in 2014

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If you are one of the estimated 16,000,000 people that are going to lose your plans under ObamaCare (and that’s just in the individual market), you might just be a tad bit upset.  After all, you’re going to be forced to buy another plan, and it’s going to cost a lot more, likely have a much higher deductible, and probably offer less.  Let’s be honest; you’re probably po’d right now.  Well, killing this turkey is a few years off, but you can get yourself some payback in 2014.

Here are the names of 13 democratic Senators that KNEW you were going to lose your plan, and deliberately lied about it!

Here are 13 Democrats running for election in 2014 that knew you’d lose your health insurance but promised you could keep it:

1) Gary Peters – Michigan

“If you’re covered and you like your insurance, you can keep it.”

2) Bruce Braley – Iowa
ObamaCare would “allow Americans to maintain their choice of health insurance.”

3) Mark Pryor – Arkansas

ObamaCare would “protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans.”

4) Mark Begich – Alaska

“If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want. That we keep that patient-doctor relationship very strong.”

5) Mary Landrieu – Louisiana

“I am voting for this bill because it achieves The goals I laid out at the beginning of this debate: It drives down Costs and expands affordable health care choices for millions of families and small businesses in Louisiana and around the nation.”

6) Dick Durbin – Illinois

“First and foremost, it stays true to the President’s call that if you like what you have, you can keep it.”

7) Jeff Merkley – Oregon

Oregonians “are going to be able to keep the doctor they have because the goal isn’t to change that. If they have a plan they like, we want them to be able to keep that.”

8) Kay Hagan – North Carolina

“We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.”

9) Chris Coons – Delaware

“If you have job-based health insurance you like, you can keep it”

10) Brian Schatz – Hawaii
“A fundamental element of the proposed reform is a public option in health care. If you like your health care coverage, you can keep it.”

11) Ed Markey – Massachusetts

“Under our proposal, if you like your current health-care plan, you can keep it.”

12) Jack Reed – Rhode Island

“If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it.”

13) Mark Warner – Virginia

“I’m not going to support a healthcare reform plan that’s going to take away the healthcare you’ve got right now or a healthcare plan that you like.”

They lied then, and they’re going to lie in the future.  And, in 2014, they’re going to lie about lying, and hope you have forgotten about it.  If one of these is your Senator, think of them every month, when that heftier premium comes out of you account, or when you have to worry about illness, because you can’t afford insurance anymore.  Or, remember them when you get your pay, and are reminded that you hours have been cut. Remember them if you lost your job, and no one is hiring.  And, remember them if your employer used to provide coverage, but can no longer afford it.

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ObamaCare Damage: Are People Being Given Lowball Quotes?

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If this claim is correct, not only does the ObamaCare website fail to enroll you, gives false information to insurance companies, and is a open air market for identity theft, it also gives you lowball numbers as to what your premiums will be.  The Conservative Intelligence Briefing has more…

h/t Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. As a former customer of eHealthInsurance.com, I can tell you that that website never gave me a “teaser” rate that was half what I ended up paying. In fact, I got a plan (for about $80 per month, with a $2,800 deductible) that went down in price each year over the four years I was carrying it.

But as CBS News reported this morning, Health Care dot gov’s new price-quote option — designed to let you see a price before entering all of your personal information — is low-balling everyone’s premiums. If you’re 49 or under, it quotes you a rate for a 27-year-old. If you’re between 50 and 64, it quotes you a rate for a 50-year-old. The result is that the site will always lowball your price unless you are exactly 50 years old, by somewhere in the range of 50 to 80 percent. Just watch:

As the quoted post indicates, if a private company did this, they’d be charged with fraud. But, since this is government that we’re talking about, they are exempt. Then again, didn’t the president say that prices WOULD go down, and that if “you like your plan, you can keep it?”

It might be easier to count the times that this administration has told the truth, rather than compile the lies.

Oh, and by the way, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  We warned that this would be a disaster.  Elections have consequences.

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Good for Thee but not for me: Democrat Congressman, John Larsen, Suggests it’s “Unfair” to Subject Congress to ObamaCare

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Doug, over at Daley Gator named Democrat Congressman John Larsen “weasel of the day” yesterday.  I think he earned it.  Here is why…

Via Forbes:

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) was being debated, proponents were accused of saddling Americans with inferior and expensive health care while keeping generous coverage for themselves at taxpayer expense. To rebut that allegation and build confidence in the bill, a provision was added mandating that members of Congress – and their staff members – get their coverage through the new exchange system the bill set up. Now that the time to sign up for exchange coverage is nearing, a Democratic member, Rep. John Larson (D., Conn.), is saying that “this is simply not fair” – as key staff members head for the exits to avoid Obamacare.

Politico reports that “many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain” and notes that “[t]he problem is far more acute in the House, where lawmakers and aides are generally younger and less wealthy.”

OK then, John Larsen thinks that it’s OK when “less wealthy” Americans lose their coverage, or have their work hours cut, or lose their doctors.  He doesn’t even bother to speak to that.  And how about the companies that will never hire more than 49 workers?   That’s OK, but when it impacts Congressmen and their staff?  Well then, “this is simply not fair.’

Translation:  This legislation was written for those people out there.  It can’t possible apply to us, we’re important! 

Our Democrat/Progressive Socialist friends always tell us it’s about “fairness,” or  “equality.”  It’s about neither, and it never was.  It’s about control.  And, it’s about the fact that Socialism (or whatever false label you want to slap on it) doesn’t create equality, or fairness.  Instead, it creates two classes:  Those in control, and those being controlled.  There are very few in control, and a massive amount being controlled.  And, the gap between them is wide.

But, just keep on watching MSNBC, and they’ll tell you it’s a good thing!

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Is It Time For Conservatives To Start Thinking Long Term?

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In the world of business, especially in the corporate world, they make use of short-term, mid-term, and long-term planning. Typically this begins at the department head level. Someone(s) further up the chain then consolidates these plans into plans for the division and those plans will be consolidated to produce short, mid, and long.term plans for the corporation. Short-term might mean one year, mid-term might mean three years, and long-term might mean ten.years, just as an example. The short-term plans are typically the basis for annual budgets. Mid-term plans alert management to many things they need to be doing in the way of more detailed planning.  An example might be that a new product is scheduled to come on-line in that three-year period and, therefore the marketing people must begin finalizing their marketing approach for the new product. Long-term plans typically don’t change much from year to year. They are useful for many reasons one of which is that they often show certain trends that are appearing that must be watched because if they continue they can have major impacts on the business.

Obviously, planning is useful in many, if not all, aspects of life, right? And, one more thing before I end this short lesson of the principles of planning. There is a Cardinal rule in planning. This cardinal rule states that a plan is not a plan until it is put in writing, A plan that is not put in writing is not a plan. It is an idea. Plans and ideas are two very different things. Plans in writing are never cast in concrete. Plans can always be modified, changed, and improved upon. In other words, plans are living documents.

Let’s talk briefly about how America got in the mess it is in today? There is no single or short answer to that question. But, an important part of the answer is that some people applied some very effective short, mid, and long-term planning to make America what it is today.

About 100 years ago, some serious thinker who truly believed in the teachings of Karl Marx arrived at the conclusion in groups and by individuals that their dream of a workers paradise, their dream of defeating capitalism was not going to be achieved by the use of force. These people concluded that they would have to take the long-term view of gradually defeating capitalism from within. They looked at the United States of America, the bastion of capitalist free enterprise and realized that they had a serious problem.  They realized they would have little chance of convincing America’s working class that their worker’s paradise was a better way to go. The reason, of course, was that the American working class was enjoying great benefits from America’s capitalist economy. Their quality of life was improving rapidly. It never occurred to these socialist thinker that they might be wrong; that maybe capitalism was better than their ideas. These thinkers were convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that their worker0s paradise was the very best way for mankind to live together. For them it was like a religion. And so, they began putting together short, mid, and long-term plans to destroy capitalism in America from within. And yes, they put their ideas into writing and, thereby, converted their ideas into plans. Articles and even books were written and circulated among like-minded people so that they could add to, and modify them, or write plans of their own and circulate them. In this way they developed, although somewhat vague, at first, plans for remaking America. They were convinced that by this approach, Americans would one day wake up and find that they were living in a socialist country. These plans were not secret. They were not bashful about talking about their plans in public.

Well, it is now 100 years later and we all know how well their plans have worked out for them, don’t we? America today is almost where they want it to be.

Tell me something. How many times over the last couple of years have you heard/read a conservative blogger or pundit cry: “What is wrong with we conservatives? Why can’t we learn from the successes of the left and use some of their same strategies and tactics to slow down their progress and eventually reverse the course America is on?” Many times, right? But, what I haven’t seen, although they may be out there somewhere, is any of us converting our ideas in to plans.

What I am asking you, dear friends, is isn’t it time to face reality and accept that we are not going to get our America back in the short-term. Short of a miracle, that is not in the cards, is it? So, isn’t it time for conservatives to start converting our ideas into short, mid, and long-term plans?

On Thanksgiving day, I came across an article by Andrew Klavan. I have to admit that I didn’t know that Andrew Klavan wrote articles. I thought he only made his “Klavan on rhe Culture” videos that we enjoy so much, it goes to show how out of touch I can be. The title of his article is “The Long Game . Interestingly the article was published on November 7, 2012, the day after we all learned that Barack Obama had won a second term. Unlike most of us armchair quarterbacks, he was not pointing fingers or making suggestions about what the Republicans must do now. Instead, Mr. Klavan took and idea and turned into a written plan. He is taking a long-term view on what conservatives need to be doing. The tag line to  his article says: “Three areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually.” The three themes he addresses are:

  • The mainstream news media
  • The entertainment industry
  • Religion for intellectuals

I hope you will read Andrew Klavan’s article because I would like to hear your opinions on a few things. First, I would like to know if you agree that is time for conservatives to start taking a longer view and develop the short, mid, and long-term plans to get our America back. And, there are two things about planning that I should have mentioned at the start. One is that no matter the term of the plan, the starting point is always the goal or objective of the plan. Once there is agreement on what the goals or objectives are, only then can we begin to fill in the details of a plan on how to achieve those goals. The other important point is that the short and mid-term plans need to fit or complement the over-all or long-term plan. It doesn’t matter if the long-term plan is vague. That’s the norm. The short and mid-term plans over time will improve and clarify the long-term plan.

Besides that, I would like to know what you think about…. I almost said his ideas, but it is more than ideas it is something approaching a plan….the three aspects of Klavan¡s  plan. Do you agree with what he is saying or would you have other key themes in your plan? And, most importantly for me is, do you think Klavan’s plan could be a seed to provoke other conservative thinkers to turn their ideas into  suggested plan that other can chew on and eventually arrive at a good but vague long-term plan that conservatives will buy into and begin the long process of getting America back; if not for us, then for future generations of Americans.

Well, now you know what I’m thinking.  What are your thoughts?.

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What Does The Future Hold For Us? What Is The Real Problem? Who Is The Real Enemy? What Is Their Objective?

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[Folks, forgive me if I ramble today. But, that is the mind-set I am in.]

No one can see into the future. That is a given. And yet, it is absolutely necessary to be concerned about our future and, therefore, try as best we can to anticipate what is coming. To do otherwise would be to stick our collective heads in the sand. There is really only two things we meer mortals can in trying to project into the future. One is to be observant about what has happened, what is happening, and what is likely to happen (looking at trends) and connect the dots and see where the lines that are formed are pointing. The other important tool we have is history. There are so many lessons we can learn from history. History does repeat itself. It is truly amazing how inept mankind has been in learning from history.

In the week that has passed since the election, many conservative pundits and bloggers have been busy analyzing what went wrong and making suggest of what we patriots can do to take our America back. There are many different opinions and many different ideas about what we should do going forward. I say to these people GOD BLESS YOU!  God _Bless _ You! Because that tells me that there are many patriots out there who have not thrown-in the towel. And, I am not surprised by that. True lovers of freedom never quit. Now, it is true that many of the bloggers I follow have been silent this past week. Others have announced that they will be posting less often. I suspect most of them will come back.

One of the problems that I strongly feel must be addressed in the coming weeks and months by we patriots, is to come to a general agreement of what our real problem is that we are facing together. Right now there is no agreement among us. The first step in solving a problem is not only to recognize that there is a problem; but to clearly define what the problem is. It is pf paramount importance to identify who our real enemy is. What faces us is complex in the extreme. In my experience. the best way to solve complex problems is to break it down into less complex parts and attack those parts separately. Although complex problems have many parts to them, if the problem is properly identified, those parts all point to the same thing. They all point to some end point X. When we have collectively identified the real problem we are facing and who are real enemies are, then we will have a clearer picture of what X is. Only when we have done this can we begin  to assess the strengths and weaknesses of our enemy and begin to develop strategies that give us the best chance of defeating them.

I can not emphasize enough how important I think it is that WE IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM,  IDENTIFY THE ENEMY, IDENTIFY THEIR GOAL. To that end, I intend to dedicate this blog to bring us together to debate exactly that, at least for a while. I have some ideas that I will throw out for discussion. Some of them you will not like. In some cases you will undoubtedly think that the old man has his tin-foil hat screwed on too tight again. That’s okay! All I ask of you is not to abandon me in this effort. If you think I am wrong, please make your case. Most importantly is if you have other ideas, put them out there so we can all debate them.

Tomorrow I am going to challenge a commonly held opinion by conservatives. Keep the faith, my friends. Join me in trying to come to agreement about what the problem is, who the enemy is, and what their objective is. This is important. Very, very important! I have never been so sure of anything in my life. If we fail to do this, we will be like Don Quijote tilting at windmills.

Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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ObamaCare Damage Roundup: It Costs Almost Twice as Much as Promised, and Millions Might Lose Their Plans

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Are Conservatives and Libertarians prophetic?  Or do they just have a good grasp of the obvious?  While I’d like to think that we’re able to see the future, the reality is that we can integrate information from a variety of sources, and make reasonable predictions about future events.  Consider ObamaCare-when we were told that Congress had to pass it “so we can see what is in it.”  While the contents were supposedly a mystery, promises were made, like it being revenue neutral, costing approximately $900,000,000,000 over the first ten years.  However, Conservatives pointed out that there were many accounting tricks done to meet that number, and that the likely cost would be significantly higher.  After all, Medicare overran it’s cost projections by an order of magnitude, just as most all government entitlements do.  Why would ObamaCare be any different? Well, the CBO has proved that assertion to be quite correct.  Michele Malkin has the details…

Earlier in the week the CBO found that the “Affordable Care Act” is going to make health care so affordable that it will cost at least twice as much as originally advertised:

The Congressional Budget Office has extended its cost estimates for President Obama’s health care law out to 2022, taking in more years of full implementation, and showing that the bill is substantially more expensive — twice as much as the original $900 billion price tag.

In a largely overlooked segment of the CBO’s update to the budget outlook released Tuesday, the independent arm of Congress found that the bill will cost $1.76 trillion between now and 2022.

That only counts the cost of coverage, not implementation costs and other changes.

So then, just as we predicted, the law is going to cost almost twice as much as originally projected!

But, at least we’re going to keep our own plan, just as President Obama promised, right?

Well, that too appears to have been something of a fabrication.  Again, reality interferes with the narrative…

As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided coverage because of President Obama’s healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.

The figure represents the worst-case scenario, CBO says, and the law could just as well increase the number of people with employer-based coverage by 3 million in 2019.

The best estimate, subject to a “tremendous amount of uncertainty,” is that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people will obtain coverage through their employer each year from 2019 through 2022.

Hmm, it looks like a lot of people are going to lose their plans.  There have already been anecdotal evidence of people losing their plans.  I would predict that will only get worse.  The reasoning is simple…the law places so many demands on the system (Cloward-Piven) that many companies will drop their coverage and pay the related fine, as it is cheaper.  Also, many companies may change to less expensive plans.  Either way, I think it’s safe to predict that a lot of people will be sent to the public system, and eventually, less and less private plans will be available-just as the regressives want.

This is just the beginning folks.  It’s going to get worse.

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