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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.
After years of fighting for their rights, pro-life students have finally been given full recognition by the administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Tuesday, KCC learned that the leadership at the university “changed course” and “ finally agreed to recognize a student pro-life group that has been having trouble with college officials”.
Steven Ertelt, writing for the ProLifeNews.com, has the full story.
Two weeks after members of Make Up Your Own Mind filed suit against the school, the pro-life organization, affiliated with the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center, finally ended its year-long battle to gain official status and be allowed to choose leaders based on their pro-life views rather than opening themselves up to abortion advocates.
“We have apologized to [the organization] for the delay in determining their status and notified them that we are granting the organization recognition,” university spokeswoman Helen Dennison Hebert wrote in an email.
Read the interesting details here. This great news for this publicly funded state university.
Editor’s Note: Just a few years ago, during near the beginning of the Iraq war, liberal students there held a “die-in” to protest this nation’s involvement. KCC wrote at the time that they should go back to class so they can “graduate and get off the dole that is your public education.”
Anyone attending a state university in North Carolina pays very little for it, compared to the true cost. They may “believe” they pay, but that money is only a token of what the true cost is. Additionally, out-of-state students can get a better “deal” for themselves here in North Carolina that they can as an in-state student in their own state. But that’s another matter.
Congratulations to the Pro-lifers at UNC-Greensboro. Cheers to a fight well won!
-Submitted by Congressman John Kline (R-Minn)
As we prepare to honor our veterans today, we remember the sacrifice of those true American heroes who have died and honor those who are still with us.
The tireless efforts of our nation’s servicemen and women and those who served before them have guaranteed generations of Americans the freedom and security we enjoy. While they deserve our gratitude every day, today’s holiday provides our nation an opportunity to come together to honor all veterans, those currently serving, and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
As a nation, we owe more than our gratitude to those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedom and liberty that we all cherish.
May God bless our veterans and their families today and every day, and may God continue to bless America.
Editor’s Notes: Congressman Kline is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and was once stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC He closely worked with President Ronald Reagan. His son has followed him into the Marine Corps.
He is also the father of your blogger’s college suite mate, Kathy Kline Danner,while both were students at Meredith College (in Raleigh), during the mid-to-late 1980s. Danner, is now a Williamson County Commissioner and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Katy’s Conservative Corner is the only North Carolina blogger with permission to reproduce these reports. KCC thanks Col. Formo for her continued research on behalf of the Federation.
NC General Assembly
Defense of Marriage Amendment
The Marriage Amendment passed in the Legislature this week. It will be on the ballot for the May 2012 primary so that the people of North Carolina can vote on it.
The bill states that Article 14 of the NC Constitution is amended by adding a new section that states, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”
A Pro-Marriage Amendment rally was held on Sep 12th at the Halifax Mall adjacent to the Legislative buildings in Raleigh. The rally was hosted by The Upper Room Church of Christ in Raleigh and was attended by a diverse group of concerned citizens of both political parties. As we were walking toward the rally, some of them were saying that they just couldn’t believe that in NC marriage would be controversial.
Inspirational leaders from The Upper Room Church of Christ addressed the crowd, including Pastor Patrick L. Wooden and his wife Pamela. Church coordinators for the event were Wanda Thomas and Anthony Wilson. They did a commendable job in getting people out because it was a huge crowd. Our own Felice Pete, of the congregation and President of the Wake County Republican Women, was there with her new baby, Reagan. What dedication to the Defense of Marriage!
Kevin Daniels, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NC was also a speaker and drew praise for his comments. The rally was inspiring and uplifting while giving evidence that marriage between one man and one woman is beneficial for families and reflects on our nation’s Christian heritage. The people attending the rally made a difference in the legislative vote by showing that they care about the definition of marriage in NC.
During the next eight months there will be much debate from both sides.
The White House has already responded to North Carolinians by stating that “President Obama opposes laws ‘designed to take rights away.’”
In related news, House Republicans are seeking ways to delay the termination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” enacted during the Clinton administration. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) expires on September 20, 2011. In brief, under DADT military members keep their sexuality preferences private.
US House of Representatives
The bill “Amends the National Labor Relations Act to deny the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) any power to: (1) order an employer (or seek an order against an employer) to restore or reinstate any work, product, production line, or equipment; (2) rescind any relocation, transfer, subcontracting, outsourcing, or other change regarding the location, entity, or employer who shall be engaged in production or other business operations; or (3) require any employer to make an initial or additional investment at a particular plant, facility, or location.
G. K. Butterfield (D-1st), David E. Price (D-4th), Larry Kissell (D-8th) Melvin L. Watt (D-12th), and Brad Miller (D-13th).
In a press release, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger said that Governor Beverly Perdue should “stand up to the federal government and defend North Carolina’s right to work status, the state’s most important jobs law that gives North Carolina a competitive edge over other states competing for new businesses.” To date, she has been mum.
Sources: ncga; Observations from Sep 12 Marriage Amendment Rally and General Assembly; Washington Blade, ”White House Responds to N.C. Marriage Amendment by Chris Johnson, Sep 13, 2011 and “House GOP Seeks to Delay End to ‘Don’t Ask’” by Chris Johnson, Sep 15, 2011; News Release: “Berger: Perdue Shoud Stand Up to NLRB, Encourage Job Growth,” Sep 15, 2011; and house.gov.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on this volatile issue and to see how those on the opposing side stand, your blogger suggests you check out her friend, Pam Spaulding‘s blog, Pam’s House Blend. KCC does not see members of the Republican Party and the Libertarian and unaffiliated voters as a “sure thing” in the vote for this amendment. Many of these people feel that this is a case where the “government needs to keep hands off”, and these people, if compelled, will get out and vote against the amendment in May. We shall see how this goes in the ensuing months!
Roughly 15 bloggers attended, including those from the liberal, and competing NetRoots Nation, which was being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Many of their attendees were staying at the Minneapolis Hilton, the RightOnline convention hotel..
Fellow blogger and friend, Nice Deb, taped this interesting, and occasionally testy exchange that runs just over 27 minutes. Every second is well worth the watch for a Herman Cain fan or political junkie interested in the GOP primary.
The normally genial Atlanta businessman became angry when Evan McMorris-Santoro, a writer for the liberal blog Talking Points Memo, asked whether Cain would apply “special precautions” in hiring Muslims.
“If you’re trying to make me lose my cool, you’re almost succeeding,” Cain said, after McMorris-Santoro raised the question — one Cain had addressed at some length to begin the press conference — and when the TMP writer attempted to reiterate the question, Cain roared back: “I never said I would use any special precautions!”
Cain then apologized for having raised his voice.
RightOnline was held in Minneapolis last weekend. The event, sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity, completed it’s 4th annual gathering. Previous events were held in Austin, Pittsburgh,and Las Vegas. The 2012 edition will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, next summer.
North Carolina was one of three charter states in this organization and your blogger was proud to be the blogger representing the old North State!
See also: Herman Cain Raises Voice, Holds Ground by Warner Todd Huston
Much more coverage and wrap up of Right Online coming up!
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
MINNEAPOLIS Andrew Breitbart introduced “Undefeated: The Sarah Palin Documentary” at Right Online Friday night. He told his audience that this film is about fighting back against the mainstream media and the hard left. ”I am nothing compared to Sarah Palin”, he continued.
“I have been through nothing compared to what Sarah Palin has been through.” She is strong and she can light up everything. She can go to a town of 25,000 people and get 50,000 to show up. I’m not a woman but when I saw this film, I felt like a woman, Breitbart continued.
Her child Trig became a target. Because she took photos with him, Breitbart told viewers that it became okay to go after a special needs child. He added that “the RNC sat on the sidelines and let all this happen, back in 1998.”
“She took on the corrupt Alaska Republican Party and seemingly every Democrat in Alaska was behind her. Today the mainstream media won’t report it. They don’t discuss her past and how courageous and popular she was and is. They just kick her in the rib cage”, added Breitbart.
He’s glad that other Tea Party people like Michele Bachmann are standing up for her.
She is not a national joke, but rather a national icon and an American Icon!
“This film will hit the media like a nuclear bomb because it is the truth. People tried to correlate the Gabby Giffords shooting to Sarah Palin, in yet another nutty attempt to bring the Governor down.”
Director Steve Bannon added, “This version is not the final version. The version going to theaters will be PG-13 but this is the Unrated version. The music will be different.”
The opening montage is fast paced and disgusting, filled with liberal rants from Hollywood icons using the “f” word as Gov. Palin’s middle name. The term “retard” is used by supposedly tolerant liberals about young Trig, and she’s further deemed a “media whore”.
The unrated version is truly shocking in its first few minutes. Prior to the screening, children and all under 18 were asked to leave the room.
Opening credits state that the film is inspired by her book “Going Rogue“.
She starts out by discussing the Exxon Valdez. It was a night mare scenario she says. Her husband, Todd, used the word “heartbreaking” as the land and the sea are sacred to the state’s natives. It was an economic and social disaster and would change Alaska forever.
Palin said, “Banks reposed scores of commercial fishing vessels. Divorces, alcohol abuses and suicides soared. I was a young mother to be. I hadn’t planned on running for office but looking back, I could see how that tragedy planted a seed in me.”
The film then turned to the corruption that was rampant in the Republican party, especially in leadership positions in the 1980s and 1990s. The filmmakers documented the history of corruption in politics since then, until Palin changed everything. Then-Oil and Gas Commissioner Palin went public with this corruption, standing up in the face of opposition in her own party, she took on powerful people. The film calls her “right and courageous”.
According to the film,
she gave up her six figure salary in the process and earned praise from everyone but those in the Republican high command. She even took on corrupt Governor Frank Murkowski who didn’t take kindly to being crossed.
The two-term Wasilla mayor tossed her hat into the ring and took on Gov. Murkowski and his machine. The film once again used the term courage as she worked hard to get her message out in the primary election. It was “I can get things done”. She knew a lot about oil and gas and she wanted to take care of Alaskans and their constitution. Further, she knew how to pull “from both sides of the aisle”.
At 42, she became Governor. Her inaugural speech was an “Alaska first” speech interweaving spiritual metaphors with God’s blessings into verbal imagery about the state’s beauty and greatness.
Palin continued “We know our way to the courthouse, too.” Palin forced companies with drilling rights to actually drill. She took the popular term “drill, baby, drill” to heart. In short, Mrs. Palin wanted to make sure Alaskans got a fair shake.
Undefeated continues into much more detail, which viewers will enjoy in their local theaters.
Though it sounds like a cliche’, Palin is certainly a maverick. She is tougher than most men and has the admiration of many, including this blogger. Before the screening, KCC had no idea of all the “stuff” that Palin had been through.
Mrs. Palin has been a great help to her constituents in Alaska with her expertise in energy. She says that “People in this country don’t have an energy problem. We have an energy crisis.” The film interviews people who believe it is important where our oil and gas comes from.
60% comes from overseas in often unfriendly nations. Producing our own oil helps create American jobs. Palin believes in the Natural gas pipeline, that would run from Alaska to the lower 48. Apparently Alaska is loaded with natural gas. She says the nation will look to Alaska and away from dirty burning coal.
By this time, her approval rating in Alaska had soared to 80%, a number, the film says, is unheard of among statewide officials.
The final portion of the film deals with her selection for Vice President by nominee, Senator John McCain.
Many conservatives needed a reason to vote for the ticket. Instead of holding their noses to vote for McCain, they rationalized it as casting a vote for Sarah Palin for Vice President.
She declared she was just an average hockey mom who signed up for the PTA.
This woman deserves better. It’s tough standing up, often alone. Sarah Palin is an inspiration to this blogger, whether or not she runs for President! Meanwhile, try to catch her on her national tour, if you can.
NOTE: RightOnline, now in its 4th year, is a conference sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity. It is held yearly in the same city as its liberal counter part, NetRoots Nation. Right Online teaches newbies and veterans alike how to be more effective online.
Your blogger’s dear friend, retired Army Colonel Brenda Formo has contributed another legislative report. We thank her for her research, on behalf of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Women. KCC is a fellow member and has exclusive rights to post. We appreciate Brenda’s service to our great nation and look forward to more posts, soon.
It’s been a busy week at the North Carolina General Assembly. For more, check out the latest at the Civitas Institute, the North Carolina Americans for Prosperity, or at the John Locke Foundation. They are all excellent organizations and all focus on North Carolina issues.
During last weekend’s North Carolina State Republican Convention in Wilmington, former chairman Tom Fetzer appeared with his wife Kate, as guest of honor at a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Fetzer spoke at the closing dinner on Saturday night as he updated the attendees on his private life, and how his cancer treatments are progressing. While he spoke, Kate appeared to hang on every word, clearly in showing true love for her husband.
This blogger wishes them the very best and asks for your continued prayers for the couple and for their 11-month-old son, Thomas.
Despite his sufferings, Fetzer then managed to bring his usual fire for the cause. He urged the group to continue supporting current Chairman Robin Hayes, the Republican party, and the conservative cause. He also asked for the crowd to support newly elected Republican legislators. They can’t do everything, not all at once, he said and they will continue to take flak from Democrats and liberals.
See his short talk below, recorded by this blogger, at the convention in Wilmington. Godspeed, Tom Fetzer. Get well soon!
The Planned Parenthood crowd planned well today. They held their annual rally at the North Carolina Legislative building on the hottest day of the year, with temps reaching near triple digits, and the air conditioning nearly out indoors.
Your blogger has been following their “determined fight” on Twitter. They say these abortion rights are crucial for the doctor-patient relationship. Doctor-patient confidentiality?
Did you know that the abortion doctor never actually sees the “patient” until she is on the table with her legs wide and the “procedure” is ready to begin? In short, there is no such thing as doctor-patient confidentiality because there is no preliminary visit. Most never even remember their doctor’s face.
Additionally, they march for “women’s health”. How is an abortion a “health” issue? It isn’t. It’s about a woman and a man who got together and decided not to have the baby that God conceived.
how many of these so-called “brave” women do you think have actually HAD an abortion? If they have, do you think they’d still be marching? No. It’s the worst thing that can happen to any woman with a soul. The loss haunts a person for years and the sadness never leaves. It’s impossible to just get over and forget, even if she has more children later on.
Next time you see a woman marching for “women’s rights”, ask her if she’s ever had an abortion. If she has and can still march, you’ll know she is cold and hard inside. She is a person who needs a lot of help. If she has not, she’s just a silly idealist.
Something to think about…