” 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 .