Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category
With the beginning of the new year, more of the provisions of Democrats’ massive, unpopular health care law are going into effect and news reports are, again, popping up illustrating all the negative impacts on health care this ill-conceived law will have.
The New York Times reported last week, “Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the insurers’ filings with the state for 2013.”
Politico adds today, “If you work for a small business, your next health insurance premium may give you sticker shock. Many of the small-business and individual insurance policies are working the health reform law’s 2014 fees into their 2013 bills, contributing to double-digit premium increases for some people. All those new consumer benefits packed into the health reform law — birth control without a co-pay, free preventive care and limits on when insurers can turn down a customer — had to be paid for somehow.”
“Insurers say they have no choice but to increase premiums to cover those costs,” Politico writes. “But it’s hitting pocketbooks sooner than some people expected, and that’s causing controversy. Everyone, even many of the law’s supporters, admit premiums are going to go up under the health law — although many people will get subsidies to help pay for coverage. Many of the costs — and the priciest benefits — were pushed beyond the 2012 election to 2014. But if the public revolts when they see 10 percent,15 percent or 20 percent rate hikes, already shaky support for the health law could suffer. . . . Now, insurers are being proactive, arguing the health law is driving the increase in prices. ‘There’s a massive new health insurance tax that starts in 2014,’ said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for industry group America’s Health Insurance Plans. ‘For policies that are sold in 2013 and extend into next year, there’s going to be taxes imposed. … As a result, like all taxes, they will be reflected in premiums charged.’”
Meanwhile, the health care law is already resulting in cutbacks at health providers and is likely to hurt job creation in the years to come. In a story titled, “Delaware Hospice lays off 52 workers amid federal changes,” the Delaware News Journalwrites, “Delaware Hospice’s Chief Executive Officer Susan Lloyd said Wednesday the nonprofit healthcare provider has laid off 52 workers in a restructuring necessitated by shrinking federal reimbursements. The job cuts, which carve significantly into the organizations 400-member staff, impact jobs in all departments in Delaware, and in Delaware and Chester counties in Pennsylvania, Lloyd said. . . . . Lloyd said the cuts were unavoidable and represent a national trend of providers adapting to changes in health care reimbursement. . . . ‘The decision was not made lightly and it is a direct result of a consequential decline in census and the need to position the organization to meet additional changes and challenges that the hospice industry anticipates with health care reform.’”
And USA Today reported recently, “Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say. Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. ‘It will have a negative impact on job creation’ in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses that employ at least 50 full-time workers — or the equivalent, including part-time workers — must offer health insurance to staffers who work at least 30 hours a week. Employers that don’t provide coverage must pay a $2,000-per-worker penalty, excluding the first 30 employees.”
Republicans warned about all these consequences as Obamacare was being debated, but Democrats and President Obama ignored them and the disapproval of the American people. In December 2009, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said, “It’s abundantly clear that the more Americans learn about this bill, the more they oppose it. And now we know the same goes for businesses. Businesses that can’t insure workers face stiff fines, resulting in lost wages and jobs, according to the independent Congressional Budget Office. What’s more, studies suggest that this so-called employer mandate would have a disproportionate impact on low-income, entry-level workers. At a time of [high] unemployment, we should be doing everything we can to create jobs. This bill would only lead to more lost jobs.”
And the night Democrats jammed the bill through the Senate, Leader McConnell said “[H]ere’s the reality: the Democrat bill we’re voting on tonight raises health care costs. That’s not me talking — that’s the administration’s own budget scorekeeper. It raises premiums — that’s the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office talking. It raises taxes on tens of millions of middle class Americans. . . . It forces people off the plans they have — including millions of seniors.”
This terrible legislation still needs to be repealed and replaced, but until then it will unfortunately continue to raise premiums, raise health care costs, hurt care, and hurt jobs.
The Heritage Foundation announced Thursday that U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will become the next president of the organization. He takes over for Edwin J. Feulner, the man who first envisioned the think tank in 1973 and has led it as president for the past 36 years.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s own website,
Under his leadership, Heritage helped launch missile defense under President Ronald Reagan and welfare reform under President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich. During the past four years, Heritage has led a principled fight against Obamacare and has taken a lead in advancing the case for entitlement reform.
The American Conservative Union’s Al Al Cardenas congratulated Senator DeMint:
With a lifetime ACU Rating of over 97%, Senator Jim DeMint has been an indispensable conservative leader in the Senate and we look forward to continuing to work with him to advance the important cause of liberty and limited government.
Whether the issue has been preserving our economic freedom, standing up for the rights of the unborn or preserving American exceptionalism and protecting our national security, Jim DeMint has been there for conservatives and the American people.
I also congratulate and thank Dr. Ed Feulner who has spent a lifetime as a giant in the conservative movement and wish him well as he remains an important intellectual leader at Heritage.”
TAMPA High atop the Republican National Convention on a Wednesday evening, this blogger has a fantastic view of everything. The delegates are milling about on the floor, media rushes about to get interviews, and speakers struggle to keep the attention of the audience.
Again, Wednesday evening, the Texas delegation is dressed alike, this time, with light blue shirts and cowboy hats. The North Carolina delegation, for photo day, chose to wear seersucker suits to stand out on the floor. This blogger has loaned her jacket out to a cold neighbor, here in the Tampa Times Forum. The Forum is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team.
This convention has been as fun as advertised, though a bad back has slowed your blogger. She rented a scooter for the week and the RNC sent over a special Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) van that travels back and forth to the convention each day.
As regular readers may know, this blogger travels quite often to hear political speakers and has been active in politics since the age of six. After becoming seriously involved in the GOP and in the conservative movement at age 18, this 45-year-old no longer gets too excited at political speeches. It seems like after nearly 30 years in politics, we’ve seen and heard it all. KCC just doesn’t get too excited about it anymore.
However, something remarkable happened last night. Ann Romney happened.
She spoke about her life as a a wife, as a daughter of a Welsh coal miner, and the mother of five sons. Mrs. Romney discussed how it all started. How she went to a dance with Mitt. How they dated and fell in love.
They were married way too young because they were “crazy in love”, and at 22 she found herself the mother of their first son. She had no clue what to do. We’ve heard that story before.
Mrs. Romney told the crowd that things weren’t always easy, but she and Mitt could depend on one another and they knew they could clear every obstacle. She talked about how her husband, despite the demands of his work, always made time for his family. Mostly she showed his human side. If there were any doubts in this blogger’s mind about Mitt, Ann Romney’s speech took care of them.
Wednesday night’s theme was “We Can Change It”. Your blogger thinks a better theme would be “We Can Change It BACK” or “We Can Change if FORWARD”. Change is now a scary word after Mr. Obama came into office and raped & pillaged our nation.
The liberal media keeps writing about Romney’s “problem with women”. Polls are showing however, that among married women, Romney has a huge lead! Romney does not have a “women problem”.
He has a “liberal women problem” and there is simply nothing that can be done about that!
More to come….
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s largest advocate for economic freedom, announced today the roll-out of a significant new effort in response to the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care law.
AFP President Tim Phillips said, “While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, this is far from over. AFP will continue to work to defeat President (Barack) Obama’s unaffordable, irresponsible, unaccountable law that burdens the American people with a crushing new tax.”
The ad begins airing today in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin.
“Not A Tax” is just one part of a multi-tiered effort that includes online activism and significant grassroots action in over a dozen states. The total budget for this effort is $9 million.
According to North Carolina’s statewide director, Dallas Woodhouse, the North Carolina portion of the ad buy is $1 million. ”This is a vital state in the upcoming national election” he told a group the Craven County taxpayers, meeting in New Bern on Thursday evening.
Ironically, on the final run day of “The Private Sector is Fine“, your blogger noticed that the Obama team had finally gotten on the air to dispute it.
Watch the ad below:
Join the North Carolina Americans for Prosperity as they hit the road headed for Greenville, New Bern, and Wilmington for their “Not Doing Fine” events. (See video, below.) You may have seen President Obama declare that the private sector is “doing fine” while thousands are out of work and companies are struggling with executive branch demands, such as Obamacare.
It’s costing companies so much that they cannot afford to hire more workers that the cycle of recession continues. Yet, our clueless President continues to thumb his (very large) nose at the problem.
What can you do? If you live in Eastern North Carolina, come on out to the following events and let your voice be heard. Local TV and news papers, plus KCC and other bloggers will be on hand to record what YOU think. Don’t miss out!
Wednesday, June 27 ”It’s Not Doing Fine” Events
AFP staffers will collect “It’s Not Doing Fine” petitions and talk with citizens about how they can fight Obama’s disastrous policies. Stop by for free food, beverages and conversation!
Greenville: 7:00-9:00 am Rep Express Catering, 805 Red Banks Road, 27858
Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton will broadcast live on location from Rep Express.
New Bern: 5:00-6:00 pm Captain Rattys’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 202 Middle Street, 28560
Eastern Carolina News and Views will broadcast live on location from Capt Ratty’s.
Thursday, June 28 “It’s Not Doing Fine” Events
AFP Staffers will be on hand to collect “It’s Not Doing Fine Petitions” and discuss with citizens what we can do to fight Obama’s disastrous policies. Stop by for a great food and conversation!
Wilmington: 5:30-10:30 am Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill (banquet room), 4240 Market Street, 28403
Big Talker Radio with Chad Adams will broadcast live on location from Capt’n Bill’s.
New Bern: 5:00-7:00 pm Bridgepoint Hotel, 101 Howell Street, 28562
Viewpoints with Lockwood Phillips will broadcast live on location from the hotel.
Can’t make it to the events? Sign the petition and spread the word!
Saturday, June 30 Hands Off My Health Care Rally
Raleigh: 10:00 am-3:00 pm Crabtree Valley Marriott
Hands Off My Health Care Rally
Saturday, June 30
Crabtree Valley Marriott, 4500 Marriott Drive 27612
Free lunch and carnival food!
10:00 am Fun activities for children and Freedom Phone banking
12:00 noon Hands Off My Health Care Rally
1:00-3:00 pm More Freedom Phone banking
From a Washington Report, courtesy of Smart Girl Politics:
(WASHINGTON) – President Barack Obama recently halted the implementation of a controversial job-killing regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying he recognized the “importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty” in the economy.
While the President has spoken about, and even launched an effort to evaluate regulations that create unnecessary burdens, agencies in the Obama Administration have regulated in the opposite direction.
Spotlighting these regulatory failures and impacts on job creation is the focus of a newly released report and hearing held Wednesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“The federal regulatory process is broken, being manipulated and exploited in ways that benefit allies of the Obama Administration such as environmental groups, trial lawyers, and unions.
Regulators have, in too many instances, been willing accomplices in the strategy advanced by outside interest groups to circumvent the oversight and accountability checks in the regulatory process,” Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said.
The report released by Chairman Issa and the Oversight Committee documents a flawed and broken system that punishes job creators and stifles economic growth. Key findings include:
· The number of full time regulatory employees is expected to reach an all-time high of 291,676 in 2012;
· The Obama Administration has already imposed 75 new major regulations that will cost more than $380 billion over ten years;
· The Administration has 219 economically significant regulations in the pipeline right now—that, if finalized will impose costs of at least $219 billion on the economy over ten years.
In addition, the report outlines numerous examples in the rule making process where federal agencies and regulators ignored, circumvented or openly flouted direction given by the President.
It spotlighted EPA’s sue-and-settle approach to bypass the process and avoid transparency on a recent lead paint rule with dire consequences for job creators; abuse of the emergency rule making process and use of ‘interim final rules’ regarding Obamacare, causing health plans to lose grandfathered status; and, an ‘enhanced review process’ initiated by EPA of a Clean Water Act provision in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, among others.
“The businesses owners and workers who bear the brunt of these regulations are not Fortune 500 executives, they are main street business owners and workers from around the country,” Issa said. “These firms, their families, suppliers, customers and employees all bear the cost of these new and proposed regulations. For them and businesses around the country, the price is greater than just compliance—it is a hidden tax of uncertainty on our economy,” he added.
Beyond the costs and implications for job creators from regulations, the Oversight Committee eport also pointed out that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the federal agency charged with serving as a watchdog over federal rule making, has failed to take meaningful action to address the breakdown in the process. (Editor’s Note: Your blogger didn’t even know there was such an office. She hopes our next president puts this agency on the chopping block, along with the Federal Department of Education.)
“Thus far, the rhetoric we have seen from the Obama Administration on the issue of regulatory reform has not been matched in deed,” Issa said.
FCC Completes One Facet of Illegal Power Grab – Obama Continues To Remove Internet Freedoms via Net Neutrality
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Less Government President and StopNetRegulation.org’s Editor in Chief Seton Motley issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Paperwork Reduction Act review of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Network Neutrality order. A review which by law should have been done before the vote on the order, rather than after. Which sets up the final order filing with the Federal Register – and enactment.
“The Federal Communications Commission has since the very inception of their Network Neutrality power grab been in serial violation of myriad laws.
“The D.C. Circuit Court telegraphed this by throwing out the FCC’s last attempt to impose Net Neutrality, rightly (and unanimously) pointing out that the FCC doesn’t have the authority. The Commission knew in December what they were about to do was illegal – they went ahead with it anyway.
“To avoid the scrutiny of the Paperwork Reduction Act, they violated it too – engaging in the Act’s processes after voting on the Net Neutrality order rather than before, as required.
“The irony of the FCC breaking an array of laws to impose their illegal order – and then expecting us to assiduously adhere to it – is apparently lost on them.
“All of this demonstrates that for this FCC, the ends they want justify any means necessary.”
Editor’s note: Seton Motley is a friend of your blogger and has worked hard following this issue. Americans are blessed to have such a valued watchdog. For more information, please check out the Stop Network Regulation website.
Welcome to North Carolina and Wake County, Mr. President. How sweet of you to remember our 10 percent unemployment rate while hawking your most recent “jobs” bill. Since Stimulus I and II didn’t work out for you, you are back to our important swing state for another try at selling more taxpayer-funded nothingness.
The North Carolina Senate Republican Caucus wrote yesterday that our state is “front and center in the 2012 campaign”. This means we will have to “welcome” you a few more times before the election is done, but we certainly don’t mind reminding you what you’ve “done” for our nation. Thank you for bringing us the largest debt in our nation’s history. Thank you for preventing our nation from being energy independent. Thank you for saddling us with “Obamacare”, an unconstitutional and anti-business heath care “reform”.
The “Caucus” and I are looking forward to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We welcome your hackneyed ideas about more big government power grabs, like you’ve been doing lately with the FCC. North Carolinians love to give up their freedoms, especially when it comes to the Internet. I’m sure we won’t mind all the nice moves your communication czars are making, under your watch and with your approval.
Honestly, if I weren’t recovering from a sinus infection, I’d be in the crowd at NC State University, cheering you on. Enjoy your private event in Apex, formerly known as the “peak of good living”…until you came to town.
Finally, Mr. President, enjoy this short video that my friends over at “the Caucus” made…just for you. Until next time…
It’s a big deal from a Freshman member of Congress and it is a special honor for it to be one of our own from North Carolina. Rep. Renee Ellmers has been chosen by the Speaker John Boehner to give the weekly Republican address to the nation on Saturday.
The announcement came on Thursday:
Washington House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), a small business owner, will discuss Republicans’ job creation plan in the party’s weekly address on Saturday, June 25. With initiatives to empower small businesses and make America more competitive, “A Plan for America’s Job Creators” is designed to get government out of the way so our economy can get back to creating jobs.
“I’m proud to deliver this week’s Republican Address to the nation,” Rep. Ellmers said.
“Our Republican majority has been working hard to focus on the things that matter most to Americans – fixing our economy and creating jobs. It is time that the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress make this their priority as well and work with us to remove the barriers that are inhibiting small businesses from hiring. We have a plan to reclaim a prosperous future for all Americans and now is the time to make it happen.”
Congresswoman Ellmers proudly serves North Carolina’s Second District on the House Committees on Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Small Business, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Health Care and Technology. A registered nurse for more than 21 years, Rep. Ellmers and her husband own a small medical practice in Dunn, a small town 40 miles south of Raleigh. She has been active in community affairs, having served as Vice President of Community Development for the Chamber of Commerce and as President Elect of the Chamber.
“Americans rightly expect their leaders to focus on jobs as small businesses try to overcome Washington Democrats’ ‘stimulus’ policies, and that’s what our plan is all about.”
Speaker Boehner said
“Renee has used her small business experience to promote common-sense solutions that will get government out of the way so our economy can get back to creating jobs. I look forward to hearing what she has to say in the weekly address.”
The Right Online Saturday morning General Session is being streamed LIVE! If you cannot be here, watch the fun unfold at Katy’s Conservative Corner. We are working with Americans For Prosperity to bring Right Online to your home and office. The event begins at 9 a.m. Central, 10:00 Eastern.
The lineup today, though subject to change, includes:
Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN)
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Michelle Malkin – Author, Blogger, and Commentator
Jason Lewis – Author and Radio Host
John Fund – The Wall Street Journal
S.E. Cupp – Author and Conservative Commentator
Ed Morrissey - HotAir.com
Erick Erickson – RedState.com
Guy Benson - Townhall.com