” Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.
‘ I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News. ’Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.’
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term ‘volunteer’ literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they’re on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare’s employee-mandate rules.
Since the Obamacare law doesn’t specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work – either as volunteers or real employees – are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them.
In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many above the 50-worker threshold.
That could cost department of life-savers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Those that dump their volunteers into the federal insurance exchanges would still have to pay an annual $2,000 fine for each ‘employee’ after the first 30.”
The law of unintended consequences is the only consistent expectation one should have of any State policy . Due to the pols desire to always be passing some law or other and being seen as doing something no law is ever well thought out enough that it doesn’t end up generating more problems than it solves .
” Nationally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that volunteer fire departments make up 71 per cent of America’s 1 million firehouses. Another 16 per cent are ‘mostly volunteer…’ “
” It could take a year to secure the risk of “high exposures” of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday.
” When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week.
” It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”
The most interesting quote from the security expert in the video reveals that because HealthCare.gov is a Federal program if your personal information is compromised the government has NO OBLIGATION to inform you of that fact . Think about that before you sign up with the help of that convicted felon Navigator from ACORN .
” Bill Elliot was a cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums. He was talking about paying the ObamaCare fine, going without health insurance and “letting nature take its course.”
He went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance.
Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003.
That’s a rather strange coincidence.”
He promised as much …
This is despotism … pure and simple
” Last week, A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case was released, of which I am proud to be the editor. The book compiles the discussions and debates about the Affordable Care Act that occurred on the legal blog the Volokh Conspiracy, supplemented with new material. The posts are stitched together into a narrative structure. As a result, you can see the constitutional arguments against the Affordable Care Act develop in real time, from before the law was passed all the way to the Supreme Court.”
The contributing author’s roster in a virtual who’s who of the libertarian legal movement and as such this book is destined to become a classic in the history of the fight against Statism.
” The contributors are Randy E. Barnett, Jonathan H. Adler, David E. Bernstein, Orin S. Kerr,David B. Kopel, and Ilya Somin, most of whom are closely associated with Cato in one way or another.”
Buy it … Read it .
” On August 7, 2009, one former Alaskan Governor said this about Obamacare, “seniors and the disabled ‘will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care.” It was roundly dismissed as crazy by the political left. In fact, it was Politifact’s 2009 Lie of The Year.
Four years later, MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin admitted yesterday on the Steve Malzberg Show for Newsmax TV that death panels are included in Obamacare. And that they’ll be used to control costs.
STEVE MALZBERG: I think they focused on the death panels which will be coming, call them what you will. Rationing is part of it.
MARK HALPERIN: I agree. Huge. It’s going to be a huge issue, and that’s something else about which the President was not fully forthcoming and straightforward.”
Once again the truth wills out . Despite the best efforts of the MSM and the career liars of the Democratic party the facts have become known and they are as Sarah Palin and other prominent conservative figures on the right have maintained for years . Rationed care is built into Obamacare and rationed care is a de facto death panel .
The fact is that you the individual will not be in charge of deciding what medical care is available to your terminally ill loved ones . The decision of life and death will be left up to a government appointed bureaucracy to which there is no appeal . Don’t you feel safer already ?
While it should be obvious to even the lowest information voter that Obama and his snake oil salesmen have been lying about the details of Obamacare that is hardly the most disturbing aspect of the scandal . That accomplishment belongs to our “free and independent” press , yes the very “gatekeepers” that are supposed to be the public’s bulwark against corruption in the political arena .
As the facts are presently laid to public view it becomes ever more apparent that the very people that were vilified as “kooks” and “conspiracy theorists” by the press because they dared read the bill are being proven correct which goes a long way towards exposing the complicity of the MSM in foisting the unconstitutional mess that is Obamacare on their trusting viewers.
” Loathe peaceful holidays? Detest the spirit of agreeableness and good will that tends to pervade during this time of year? Well, if you’re longing for it to be ’tis the season of debates, irritations, and shouting matches, you’re in luck: The Obama administration thinks the holidays are the perfect time to gather round and discuss … Obamacare.
Wary about the effect bringing up the most polarizing political topic among your relatives and friends who likely span the blue-purple-red spectrum will have? Don’t be, because President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action has launched a website with helpful tips about how to have “the talk.” (Here’s my first tip: If any adolescents or preteens are present, you might want to use a different phrase than “the talk” when broaching the subject if you don’t want an instant exodus.)
The tips including asking your family and guests coming over for the holiday to bring the information they’d need to sign up for Obamacare, because it’s absolutely not awkward at all to tell someone you’d like him to bring wine and oh, his social security number and annual salary, too. You’re advised to bring up Obamacare during “family time … downtime after meals or between holiday activities.” Perfect: When your family is curled up in chairs in a turkey/stuffing/pumpkin pie-induced stupor, you can cut off the idle reminisces about bygone days and football and kids saying the cutest things, and launch that super festive health-care conversation that’s sure to have everyone bursting into a rollicking round of kumbaya, despite that pesky little fact that poll after poll shows the country is sharply divided on this issue.”
In this new era of Hope & Change™ is nothing beyond politics ? Of course not . We have already seen this demonstrated with the Obama campaign’s “give us your gifts” registry asking for your graduation , wedding and birthday gifts .
Who could forget this highlight of the 2012 presidential campaign ? Obama certainly found a way to top old “Slick Willie” and his Lincoln Bedroom rental scheme and while Bill’s fundraising methods had a distinctly “trailer-trash” appearance to them at least the taxpayers weren’t asked to ruin their holidays in order to further his Statist agenda. That cannot be said for the Emperor Obama .
” Conservatives are outraged over Harry Reid pulling the trigger on the so-called nuclear option in the Senate, making it impossible for Republicans to stop President Obama from nominating anyone he wants to positions in the government.
But some on the right are finding comfort in the theory that Reid’s legislative maneuver could actually make it easier for Republicans to eventually repeal Obamacare — if all the pieces come together in 2017.”
This easily falls into the “be careful what you wish for” category and it is amazing that the Democrats could be so short-sighted in their desire to approve a gaggle of lower court judges . They obviously want to pack the courts in an effort to shore up legal support for Obamacare but that only works with a presumption of a continued grasp on the reins of power . Are they really that confident that they will never be faced with a Republican majority that can now use the majority rule to their advantage ?
This whole messy proceeding leads one to one of two inescapable conclusions … either the Dem’s have more dirty tricks up their sleeves that they believe will maintain them in power for some time to come or they are truly delusional . Which do you suppose it is ? Say what you will about the Dems , and we have little positive to offer on their behalf , they are and always have been willing to fight … unlike their capitulation-prone opponents on the other side of the aisle . This should give us all pause to reflect and not be so confident that the invocation of the “nuke option” will turn around and bite the Dems on the a** .
Read the rest and decide for yourself .
Illustration by Daryl Cagle
Enroll America Director Conspires to Release Private Data for Political Purposes
Above is a news report on James O’Keefe’s latest sting wherein his investigators find the director of the “non-profit” , “non-partisan” organization Enroll America willing to share confidential Obamacare enrollee data to be used for political purposes , a blatant violation of the law . Below is the entire video from Veritas .
Published on Nov 20, 2013
” Texas Enroll America Communications Lead Chris Tarango conspires to release private data to help a political action committee and admits this type of thing has happened in the past.
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Enroll America is a Sebelius-linked group dedicated to signing people up for Obamacare, conspiring to release private data to help a political action committee.
Sebelius’ relationship with Enroll America is under investigation by a government ethics audit and Cause of Action has questioned Enroll America’s tax-exempt status, asking the attorney general of Texas to further investigate this matter.
This is the third video in an investigative series into Obamacare fraud. The first two videos exposed Obamacare navigators counseling applicants to lie and cheat the health care system by erroneously reporting income status and health history.
The full, raw video plays immediately following the exposé.”
God bless James O’Keefe and his team at Veritas Visuals . He continues to go the extra mile in helping make up for the loss of Andrew Breitbart and his brand of unbiased investigative journalism . All who claim to desire truth and honesty in government owe James and his organization a huge debt of gratitude .
” Apparently deep within the bowels of Obamacare is a provision which says that if an insurer who participates in the Obamacare exchanges loses over 3% more than they thought they would they can recoup 50% of that loss from the taxpayer. If the companies lose 8% they can recoup 80% of that loss.”
The anti-crony administration made sure to take care of their insurance company cronies with the Obamacare bill . This along with the fact that the insurance companies lobbied for and helped write the current unworkable legislation explain why a private industry would be so anxious for a virtual “nationalization” of their industry . Their profits were assured from the beginning .
Reminds us again how the Democrats are the party of the people , while the Republicans are the party of corporate interests . Hmmm.
This provision guarantees that even if none of the healthy young sign up for inflated , unnecessary policies in order to cover the costs of the old , the sick and the infirm , something that from the beginning was deemed absolutely essential to make the healthcare overhaul financially feasible , even if no one signs up , the insurance company’s losses are to be underwritten by the taxpayers . Can you say bailout ?
“ Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House, dismissed growing concerns that the political damage from the botched implementation of the healthcare act could harm her party’s hopes of taking over the majority in next year’s midterm congressional elections. Those chances had grown in the wake of last month’s government shutdown, which most Americans blamed on congressional Republicans.
But the political winds shifted sharply against Democrats in recent weeks as the Obama administration grappled with massive problems in signing up people on the new healthcare exchanges designed to expand medical coverage to millions of Americans. The troubles were further compounded when insurers began cancelling existing plans that were substandard under the healthcare act, contradicting claims by Mr Obama and many Democrats that people could keep their plans if they liked them.”
We would like to know if Ms Pelosi has read the bill yet .
Some of her colleagues obviously have . Below are some links that will give the reader some idea of the daunting task M Pelosi faces in trying to get her Democratic compatriots to “Stand Tall” on their “signature legislation” . Good luck Nancy .
Dems to White House: Fix Obamacare, and fast
Obamacare Will Devastate Democrats in 2014
Can Democrats avoid a circular firing squad on Obamacare?
House Democrats abandon president in ObamaCare vote
Dems Seek Cover From Obamacare’s Promise
As we said good luck . You’re going to need it .
The arrogance of the Left continues to amaze . They knew they were lying to us , but it was for our own good , because we are too stupid to make our own choices and need “Big Brother” State to guide us through this life . In the Statist’s eyes we are not competent enough to make our own decisions and run our own lives .
Pelosi Taken Apart By David Gregory On False Obamacare Promises
We have to give David Gregory some small measure of credit today . He took a very hard line on the “if you like it , you can keep it” meme that the Dem’s have been singing from the rooftops for the past three years and pushed , pulled and prodded Nancy Pelosi in an effort to get her to own up to the lie , all to no avail . Ms Pelosi was the obstinate denier to the end , employing every verbal contortion imaginable … she comes off as nothing more than a little Goebbels … ” if I just keep repeating it long enough maybe someone will believe me” . What arrogance , what hypocrisy .
One was left with the impression that even Gregory wanted to reach across the table , grab the little fabricator by the throat and call her a liar . We know that was how we felt .
” The voters who vaulted both Barack Obama and Harry Reid to power and national office are seeing what must be shocking headlines today. On Thursday, the president offered an apology and an unworkable and possibly illegal “fix” to his troubled healthcare law. Today, the Chicago Tribune has had enough and wants the president’s signature law repealed.
In an editorial titled “Stop Digging. Demolish Obamacare” or “Stop Digging. Start Over,” the Chicago Tribune rips into Obama’s signature law.
For perhaps 5 million of those Americans thus far — estimates vary — the Washington-ordered cancellation of their policies is especially maddening. In the past these people took responsibility for their coverage and bought policies that balanced their needs, finances and personal choices. Congress and President Barack Obama, by enacting the Affordable Care Act, in effect ordered insurers to dismantle many of those individual plans — and cancel those policies.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal was particularly harsh :
” The law is so deeply flawed, with so many components in direct conflict with one another, that tweaking just one part will accelerate its collapse.
The Obamacare debacle is just getting started — and it only gets worse from here. Repeal and replace.”
You can read the complete editorials by clicking on the above screenshots .
” We learned a few interesting things from President Barack Obama’s rambling, analogy-filled news conference Thursday.
We learned that there was a fumble. We learned that technology is hard. In fact, the president went on for an extended period of time explaining government’s historical struggles with IT issues. Considering that the entire backbone of the law is dependent on this technology and expertise, how can anyone truly believe that the Nov. 30 deadline set for HealthCare.gov to work properly is going to be met? And why should anyone trust that IT will work better in the future?
We also learned, despite this traditional technology deficit, the president was not “informed directly” about the challenges facing the website, because he would never be “stupid enough to say this is going to be as easy as shopping around on Amazon or Travelocity.” “
We’ve included above the complete press conference from Obama on the HealthCare.gov “fixes” in case you have the stomach for nearly an hour of his buck-passing and excuse-making .
Jon Stewart DESTROYS Obama and Mayor Rob Ford 11/14/2013
As bleeding heart as Jon Stewart is in general one must admit that he has been absolutely unmerciful in his attacks on Obamacare , Obama and Sebelius in the past month and a half . In last night’s episode he also brought out the long knives for Toronto mayor Rob Ford in a hilarious bit about his Honor’s chemically fueled escapades . Good TV … LOL