Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26:  Ron Kirby holds a ...

Ron Kirby holds a sign while marching in protest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Image credit: Getty Images North America via @daylife)

It was one of candidate Obama’s most vivid and concrete campaign promises. Forget about high minded (some might say high sounding) but gauzy promises of hope and change. This candidate solemnly pledged on June 5, 2008: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year….. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.”  Unfortunately, the experts working for Medicare’s actuary have (yet again[1]) reported that in its first 10 years, Obamacare will boost health spending by “roughly $621 billion” above the amounts Americans would have spent without this misguided law.

What this means for a typical family of four

$621 billion is a pretty eye-glazing number. Most readers will find it easier to think about how this number translates to a typical American family—the very family candidate Obama promised would see $2,500 in annual savings as far as the eye could see. So I have taken the latest year-by-year projections, divided by the projected U.S. population to determine the added amount per person and multiplied the result by 4.

Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four – Forbes.

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In the News: US Ranks 17 in Measure of Economic Freedom

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This week, the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report revealed that the U.S. ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom—a steep fall from our 2nd place ranking in 2000. The United States’ long-term trend of declining economic freedom is worrisome. Joshua Hall, associate professor of economics at West Virginia University and one of the report’s authors, explains why to the Daily Caller:

“I think I would view the report as a kind of canary in the coal mine. These are warning signs that we’re becoming over-regulated, we’re spending too much, we’re racking up too much debt. We need to understand that our current economic prosperity was dependent in large part on the government sticking to its core functions.”

Read the rest here.

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This week, the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report revealed that the U.S. ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom—a steep fall from our 2nd place ranking in 2000. The United States’ long-term trend of declining economic freedom is worrisome. Joshua Hall, associate professor of economics at West Virginia University and one of the report’s authors, explains why to the Daily Caller:

“I think I would view the report as a kind of canary in the coal mine. These are warning signs that we’re becoming over-regulated, we’re spending too much, we’re racking up too much debt. We need to understand that our current economic prosperity was dependent in large part on the government sticking to its core functions.”

Read the rest here.

In the News: US Ranks 17 in Measure of Economic Freedom.

Pelosi: Death of 40-hour work week means freedom to ‘follow your passion’

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Americans with a lot free time on their hands thanks to Obamacare can spend it pursuing their happiness instead of earning a living, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.

 

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Candy Crowley read Pelosi part of a letter signed by union goon James Hoffa Jr. that described Obamacare’s impact on employers as a way to “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week.”

 

nancypelosi“That’s pretty tough from a loyal Democratic constituency,” said Crowley, sometimes considered a pretty loyal Democratic constituency herself.

 

Pelosi was unfazed.

 

Some parts of Obamacare need to be clarified, she acknowledged, but losing that 40-hour work week will really free Americans to “pursue your happiness … follow your passion.”

“Obverwhelmingly, for the American people, this is a liberation,” the San Francisco millionaire said dreamily, possibly confusing “the American people”  who have to make a living with her fellow guests at George Soros’s wedding Saturday in New York

Pelosi: Death of 40-hour work week means freedom to ‘follow your passion’ – BizPac Review.

As we keep hearing about governmetn shutdown, what really happens when government has shutdown in the past…. read here.

ALL Charges Dropped Against Dad Who Was Arrested After Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public Meeting

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The Baltimore County State’s Attorney is reportedly dropping all charges against Robert Small, the Maryland parent who was arrested after speaking out against Common Core at a public meeting last week.

Small was forcibly removed from the public forum in Towson, Md., and charged with second degree assault of a police officer and disturbing a school operation. If convicted, he faced more than 10 years in jail.

State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger told WBAL Radio that it was “clear that Mr. Small violated the rules of the meeting and disrupted the meeting.” Further, Shellenberger defended the arrest and resulting charges.

“It was also clear that the Officer acted appropriately and did have probable cause to make an arrest on both charges,” he added. “The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office has just received and reviewed the facts of this case. In the interest of justice, further prosecution will not accomplish anything more. Therefore, the charges have been dismissed.”

The police officer involved in the incident was off duty and working as a security officer for the event. He apparently intervened at the request of Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance’s chief of staff.

Dance issued a short statement on the public meeting on Common Core State Standards, hosted by the Maryland State Department of Education. However, he failed to even mention the fact that Small was removed and arrested.

In the statement, obtained by WBAL, Dance said:

We appreciate the Maryland State Department of Education for holding a Common Core State Standards Townhall meeting in Baltimore County last week.  Excellent questions were asked and answered that evening. Questions that were not answered due to time constraints will be addressed.  We will post the questions and answers on our website by the end of the week.

The meeting helped us realize that we must do a better job of communicating what the Common Core is and what it is not.  We have to ensure that our parents and community members understand that the Common Core allows us to implement our own curriculum, written by us, for us. This gives us the flexibility to ensure that we are meeting the needs specific to our children in Baltimore County.

ALL Charges Dropped Against Dad Who Was Arrested After Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public Meeting | Video | TheBlaze.com.

Student refuses to remove cap in Bromley College unless Muslim women remove their headdresses

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From the South London newspaper the News Shopper

A STUDENT asked not to wear her cap in Bromley College says she won’t agree unless Muslim women remove their headdresses as well.

Caroline Powell, of Sevenoaks Way, Orpington, is attending Greenwich University, which uses facilities in Bromley College, Rookery Lane.

While inside the Bromley College buildings, the 39-year-old has been told repeatedly to remove her cap, but believes that, while Muslim women are allowed to wear headdresses, this represents “double standards”.

The 39-year-old told News Shopper: “It started in September last year when I got stopped at the door by a woman and she said ‘you need to take your cap off’. “It is a small black leather cap but it’s part of my identity. She said ‘you need to take it off, they are the rules’. “A Muslim woman walked in behind me and I asked if she was going to ask her to take off her headdress. ..”

Bromley College explained to Miss Powell her cap should be removed for security reasons. “They said it was so they could ID all users of the college, so nothing can obscure their face. But all these Muslim women are walking in with scarves across their face.”

Miss Powell has continued to make a stance, and over the last few months tensions between her and staff have increased to the point she fears she will be thrown off the course.

She said: “If one rule is made for all then fine, but I am not going to be treated like this when everyone else is allowed to do what they want. I feel it is totally double standards.”

Student refuses to remove cap in Bromley College unless Muslim women remove their headdresses > New English Review.

‘Beat Lamar’ demands Devaney resignation in letter to GOP Executive Committee

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'Beat Lamar' demands Devaney resignation in letter to GOP Executive Committee | Humphrey on the Hill

Thirty-two Tennessee tea party leaders have signed a letter calling for the resignation of Chris Devaney as state Republican chairman for allegedly violating party rules with an endorsement of Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2014 primary. (Previous post HERE)

A news release on the letter from the “Beat Lamar” organization — it says the Executive Committee should fire Devaney if he doesn’t resign — is below. The full letter text (pdf) is HERE.

Meanwhile, Brent Leatherwood, tells The Tennessean (HERE, part of a political notebook) that the reported endorsement statement, made in a party fundraising letter, was a “vendor error” and Devaney has talked with state Rep. Joe Carr to explain the mistake.

Asked today for comment on the “Beat Lamar” letter, Leatherwood sent this reply via email:

“As we have said before, the letter wasn’t an endorsement and shouldn’t be viewed as such. This is a case of someone disregarding facts in order to create an issue for personal political gain.”

Here’s the news release:
Spring Hill,TN–On Monday BEAT LAMAR and local Tea Party groups from across the state of Tennessee sent a letter to Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney demanding his resignation. Citing violations of the Tennessee Republican Party’s by-laws in which Devaney effectively endorsed incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander in a contested primary, the letter stated:

“In concert with the local Tea Party groups and activists in Tennessee that have signed this letter, BEAT LAMAR, a project of the Real Conservatives National Committee, an independent expenditure Super PAC, hereby demands your resignation as chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.”

BEAT LAMAR and the local Tea Party groups added a timeline for Chairman Devaney’s resignation, as well as a promise that should he fail to resign, the signators of the letter will undertake a “highly visible public campaign” to secure his ouster:

“In the event you have not submitted your letter of resignation as chairman to the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, the signators of this letter will formally request that the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party fire you. In addition, we will immediately undertake a highly visible public campaign in which we will enlist the assistance of every member of the Tennessee Republican Congressional delegation, every Tennessee Republican state legislator, and every one of the state’s 95 Republican Party county chairmen to secure your ouster.”

“Constitutional conservatives around the country are putting the Republican establishment on notice,” said Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR. “We are not going to let them get away with breaking the rules any more. They’ve tried to malign Ted Cruz in Washington, and they’re trying to shut out constitutional conservatives from fair primary elections here in Tennessee. We are simply not going to let them do that any more,” Leahy stated.

In addition to Leahy and BEAT LAMAR co-founder Lorie Medina, leaders of many of the most active Tea Party groups in the state signed the letter, including Ben Cunningham of the Nashville Tea Party, Mark West of the Chattanooga Tea Party, Lynn Moss of the Mid-South Tea Party, Doug and Kay and White of the Tri-Cities Tea Party, J. Lee Douglas, founder of the 9-12 Project Tennessee, Mary Cook of the Blount County Tea Party, David Vance of Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District Tea Party Coalition, Rosine Ghawji of the Memphis TEA Party, Gary Johnston of the Roane County Tea Party, Chris Beach of the Rutherford County Tea Party, and Keith Edward and Steve Lane of the Rutherford County Campaign for Liberty.

The letter to Chairman Devaney, dated Monday September 23, was sent via e-mail and certified mail today. All 66 members of the Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committee were copied on the email.

BEAT LAMAR is a project of the Real Conservatives National Committee, an independent expenditure Super PAC based in Spring Hill, Tennessee that focuses on the development of a conservative ground game infrastructure.

‘Beat Lamar’ demands Devaney resignation in letter to GOP Executive Committee | Humphrey on the Hill.

Paul wants to end health care subsidies for chief justice

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Arguing federal workers should not get special treatment, Rand Paul says he does not want taxpayers subsidizing the personal health-care plans of any federal employee — including Chief Justice John Roberts — anymore.

With some in Congress arguing lawmakers and their staff should not get subsidies to cover their health insurance as President Obama’s health-care law goes into effect, the Republican senator from Kentucky told The Daily Caller on Sunday that he’s going to start pushing a constitutional amendment that goes even further.

Paul’s proposal — outlawing any special exemptions for government employees — would mean all federal workers would have to purchase health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges instead of getting taxpayer-funded subsidies. Some critics say those subsidies amount to special treatment. The Obamacare health insurance exchange opens Oct 1.

“My amendment says basically that everybody including Justice Roberts — who seems to be such a fan of Obamacare — gets it too,” Paul told TheDC by phone on Sunday from Mackinac Island in Michigan, where he won a straw poll of potential Republican candidates for president in 2016.

“See, right now, Justice Roberts is still continuing to have federal employee health insurance subsidized by the taxpayer,” Paul said. “And if he likes Obamacare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives Obamacare to Justice Roberts.”

Roberts famously voted to uphold the constitutionality of Obama’s unpopular health-care law when it went before the Supreme Court last year.

Paul’s constitutional amendment says no federal employees should get special exemptions from laws. The senator also plans to push a proposal requiring that Congress and all federal employees rely on Obamacare for their insurance.

His proposal comes after outrage from conservatives about a so-called “exemption” for members of Congress and their staff from Obamacare.

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Paul wants to end health care subsidies for chief justice | The Daily Caller.

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