ICE and Border agents are not being included in the ‘immigration conversation’. Their health and safety are a major concern for the agents. Instead of working for his members, Trumka busily touts Obama saying; “Unions did have at one point some differences on the issue, but the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now. We’ll be at the table the whole time this thing is being developed to make sure it meets the needs of workers.”. But, the agents say ‘NO”.
“We went directly to the Obama administration as well as the AFL-CIO with real matters of life and death for unionized American law enforcement officers and they shunned us,” explained Crane, “we’re talking about 50,000 AFL-CIO affiliate members. We asked both the AFL-CIO and President Obama for help with corruption within our respective Federal law enforcement agencies, climbing officer suicide rates, assaults against officers, and perhaps most alarming, offenses against pregnant female employees. Following the White House meeting, the Obama Administration cut us off. Cecilia Munoz refuses to correspond with us, and President Trumka hasn’t so much as made one public comment fighting for the safety of AFL-CIO federal law enforcement officers. He just doesn’t speak on behalf of our union workers.”
Does this seem like an intelligent approach to disease carrying rats?
The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand in an effort to protect children and pets.
The more we hear about Obamacare (the pride and joy of the Progs) the more distasteful it becomes. The bill is so convoluted and the lies that accompanied BO’s “signature legislation” make it impossible for the average American to understand just how draconian it will be. This new law is not about anyone’s health care, it is about making things ‘equal’ and ‘fair’. The law is so horrible our legislators decided they should not be included in the government ‘exchanges’.
• Lower health-care costs. One key talking point for ObamaCare was that it would reduce the cost of insurance, especially for non-group insurance. The president, citing the work of several health-policy experts, claimed that improved care coordination, investments in information technology, and more efficient marketing through exchanges would save the typical family $2,500 per year.
That was then. Now, even advocates for the law acknowledge that premiums are going up. In analyses conducted for the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado, Jonathan Gruber of MIT forecasts that premiums in the non-group market will rise by 19% to 30% due to the law. Other estimates are even higher. The actuarial firm Milliman predicts that non-group premiums in Ohio will rise by 55%-85%. Maine, Oregon and Nevada have sponsored their own studies, all of which reach essentially the same conclusion. …
• Smaller deficits. Increases in the estimated impact of the law on private insurance premiums, along with increases in the estimated cost of health care more generally, have led the Congressional Budget Office to increase its estimate of the budget cost of the law’s coverage expansion. In 2010, CBO estimated the cost per year of expanding coverage at $154 billion; by 2012, the estimated cost grew to $186 billion. Yet CBO still scores the law as reducing the deficit.
How can this be? The positive budget score turns on the fact that the estimated revenues to pay for the law have risen along with its costs. The single largest source of these revenues? Money taken from Medicare in the form of lower Medicare payment rates, mostly in the law’s out-years. Since the law’s passage, however, Congress and the president have undone various scheduled Medicare cuts—including some prescribed by the law itself. ….
• Preservation of existing insurance. After the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of health reform in June 2012, President Obama said, “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your insurance.” This theme ran throughout the selling of ObamaCare: People who have insurance would not have their current arrangements disrupted.
This claim is obviously false. Indeed, disruption of people’s existing insurance is one of the law’s stated goals. On one hand, the law seeks to increase the generosity of policies that it deems too stingy, by limiting deductibles and mandating coverage that the secretary of Health and Human Services thinks is “essential,” whether or not the policyholder can afford it. On the other hand, the law seeks to reduce the generosity of policies that it deems too extravagant, by imposing the “Cadillac tax” on costly insurance plans.
As always, the Progs only see what they wish to see, not the reality of what ‘is’. The moral imperative argument is falling apart in the face of reality. If you think it isn’t one giant unbelievable mess, particularly with the states which have opted out setting up exchanges, then you still have way too much faith in government problem solving. Another ‘incentive’ to stay on the government dole instead of striving for success. After all, when becoming successful is being punished by the federal government in their draconian overreach, why the hell bother? HHS is failing miserably. Even the left leaning are beginning to notice the failures.
Under the new healthcare law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is supposed to certify whether states are prepared to run an independent exchange by January 1st, 2013. Problem: more than half the states in the country didn’t even apply to run their own exchanged. So HHS moved the deadline from November 16th of last year to December 14th. And then again, when states still declined to apply. Now states have until February 15th to decide whether they want to run an exchange, or have the federal government step in and do it for them.
- Obamacare ‘Glitch’ Allows Some Families To Be Priced Out Of Health Insurance (huffingtonpost.com)
- IRS: Cheapest qualifying family health-insurance plan will be $20K (hotair.com)
- Obamacare Sticker Shock; Expect Insurance Premiums to Soar; Aetna CEO Says Some Rates Will Double (globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com)
- Encounter with a Low-Info Voter (americanthinker.com)
- ICE Agents Shut Out of Immigration Reform Talks By White House (freedomoutpost.com)
- ‘YOU DON’T SPEAK FOR US': ICE Agents Union Tells Off Trumka, Opposes Obama’s Immigration Agenda (patdollard.com)
- Poor Richard: Trumka stomps foot over invalidation of NLRB recess appointments (twitchy.com)
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