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Because the last two "electable" moderates did so well. Here comes Chris Christie to lead the 2016 primary pack.
Governor Christie's lead among potential GOP presidential candidates has grown, a new national poll released today found.
Twenty-four percent of voters surveyed in a CNN/ORC Poll said they would support Christie for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, that's up from 17 percent in a September survey.
Behind Christie is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 13 percent, Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan with 11 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 10 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 9 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 7 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each with 6 percent. Another 6 percent said they planned to vote for someone not listed, 2 percent said they don't support anyone and 6 percent said they had no opinion.
Yawn. It's far too early to get excited about these polls, except to note that
the media would love for Christie to get the nod. Wny? Because the same polls
inevitably also show the Hilldabeast trouncing Christie in a head-to-head
matchup. And we all know how much the media would love to see her in the
White House, with Lizzie "Faucahontas" Warren as Veep. So count on them to
push the Christie juggernaut for all it's worth, right up until he clinches
the nomination, then they'll turn on him like the rabidly partisan attack
dogs we all know they are.
They're still clinging to the "too much traffic will crash our New And Improved website" excuse. So sorry Obamabots, no Healthcare.gov for you this weekend!
White House officials are urging their own allies to avoid the ObamaCare website they've spent the last two months trying to repair.
The administration, ahead of its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov, specifically is asking allied groups not to drive traffic to the site this weekend -- out of concern that a surge in users could crash the page. A White House official, who confirmed they made the request in a meeting earlier this week, said they want to first see how the website handles traffic before encouraging grassroots efforts to enroll more people.
That's Obama, lowering expectations since 2008!
Meanwhile, Organizing For Assholes, aka Dear Leader's Ministry Of Propaganda, is busy distributing pro-Obamacare talking points, and encouraging their Obamabot zombie army to pitch this turkey to their presumably rational family members over Thanksgiving dinner.
Because Obamabots are the voice of reason, or so Mooch's frantic fund-raising emails would lead you to believe. They've even got propagandized Thanksgivukkah cards! These guys have thought of everything. Except, you know, how to actually code a website.
Just repeat after me America. No matter how big your turkey is this
Thanksgiving, Obamacare is the biggest turkey of all. And since we're
mixing metaphors, when the inevitable Obot cousin pipes up with her
paean to bureaucratic ineptitude, remind her that Dear Leader himself
is asking folks to lay low for a few more weeks, and finish with "put
a fork in it Toots, Obamacare is done."
NJ Blue Cross and Blue Shield isn't buying what Obama is shoveling. They're not willing to deal with the uncertainty of keeping what he calls a "crummy" health plan around for another year, even if he wants them to.
So another 90,000 New Jerseyans are getting booted off their affordable Basic And Essential health plans and into the nightmare of Obamacare.
Ninety thousand New Jersey residents next year will lose their low-cost bare-bones health plans issued by the state's largest insurer — forcing them to purchase new Obamacare policies, possibly with subsidies, or pay a fine.
The announcement by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey came just 90 minutes after Governor Christie said he would leave the decision about whether to renew all kinds of canceled health policies to the insurers, which President Obama said earlier this month they could do with state approval.
Calling the Affordable Care Act "a mess," Christie said, "New Jersey has decided to let the free market dictate the way forward."
The most popular type of coverage for people who buy their own insurance — a so-called basic and essential plan — would have to be redesigned to do away with its $600 annual limit on preventive care, $700 limit on visits to doctors for illness and $500 limit on outpatient testing, according to the state Insurance Department.
Such a redesigned plan "would cost substantially more," Horizon said in a statement. We do not consider that a viable option for our individual members."
Who buys B&E plans? Young, healthy people, who don't require a lot of medical attention. Who does Obama need to subsidize all the sick, elderly folks signing up for Obamacare? Young, healthy people!
Welcome to Wealth Transfer on an astronomical scale.
Or as the Obamunists describe it, From each according to his abilities, to
each according to his needs.
It's Smart Diplomacy™, the Muslim-in-Chief way. Taking a page out of progressive nutjob Bill de Blasio's playbook, Barack Obama is distancing the U.S. from any diplomatic contact with Pope Francis and The Vatican, by moving our ambassador to a closet in the Italian Embassy.
The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.
The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe.
It's unsafe. Really. That's their excuse.
Unsafe for those in the grip of devil, that's for sure. Being in the presence of so much holiness must be unnerving for Obama's heathen hordes, because they can't really walk around in their "I had an abortion" T-shirts like they do at the White House.
But unsafe as in "insecure?" Gimme a break.
As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.
Oh brother. And we can't possibly make it safe, now can we. Nope. Gotta shut it down, and if that pokes a stick in that Francis feller's eye, well that's just icing on the cake, now isn't it. After all, who does he think he is, acting all Catholic by tellin' us enlightened progressives we shouldn't force nuns to pay for birth control. We'll show him!
This afternoon I spoke with former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson. He wanted me to tell CV readers:
"It's another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican — and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
"The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican."
Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
And of course Obama is determined to undo every single one of President Reagan's accomplishments. Reagan stood up to Iran; Obama is kissing their ass. How did Iran celebrate his appeasement? By chanting "Death To America!" at the site of our former embassy in Tehran. Wanna bet Obama plans to reopen that embassy? "Safety" be damned?
This president is inexorably moving the United States into alignment with the Muslim world and away from our traditional allies like England and Israel. And now he's sending a clear message to the world's Catholics — submit.
The fundamental transformation of America continues…
May Almighty God have mercy on our souls.
Caliph Barack I doesn't like Republicans.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party.
I think he means impediment to "dictating," not governing. And I'm damn glad to do it! Because someone has to try and stop this Marxist Muslim madman from destroying our great nation.
And get a load of his "rare self-assessment."
"I'm not a particularly ideological person," he said, adding he still is passionate about giving people a fair shake, about the environment, and working for peace and national security. "But I'm pretty pragmatic about how we get there."
Wait, he's not "ideological?"
Have you ever read anything funnier in your life? No? Me neither!
Obama is the embodiment of radical progressive ideology. He spends every waking minute waging class warfare while demagoguing anyone who disagrees with him. His administration lives for "payback" against their perceived enemies. He refuses to compromise. He refuses to negotiate with Republicans, while giving away the store to our enemies. He hates everything the Founding Fathers believed in, because he worships at the feet of Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright while lapping up the rantings of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. His ultimate goal is no less than the destruction of Judeo-Christian Western Civilization.
So yeah, I'm damn proud to impede this president. And his ignorant sycophants. Every chance I get. Because I'm a patriot. And because America is bigger than any pissant little narcissist.
They say "social justice," I say "theft."
Irvington, NJ plans to seize mortgage contracts via eminent domain. Not houses. Not land. Investments. Investments they've decided are "overvalued." So they're gonna force the bank to take a haircut. At the point of a gun.
Like I said, theft. Here's how it'll work.
Irvington is the second municipality in the country to declare its intent to use eminent domain to purchase homes in foreclosure, behind Richmond, Calif. Support for the tactic is gaining traction nationwide in municipalities besieged by foreclosures. Irvington's neighbor Newark, as well as Brockton, Mass., Chicago, and Yonkers, N.Y., have floated or are studying the idea.
But the practice, which gives municipalities the power to circumvent mortgage contracts, acquire loans from bondholders, write them down and give them back to the bondholders, is controversial. It has drawn zealous opposition from Wall Street, real estate groups and some in Washington.
According to Cornell University law professor Robert C. Hockett, who helped devise the plan, eminent domain works because only government has the power to forcibly sidestep mortgage contracts.
The eminent domain plans focus on so-called private label security mortgages, or ones that are not backed by the U.S. government. And that worries some who believe the use of eminent domain could cause investors not to put money in mortgage-backed securities.
"By investing in this type of security, you risk the potential that a municipality, without anything you have control over, says, 'It's OK to take that contract and give it a substantial haircut.' That's the risk you take? It's unquantifiable," said Tim Cameron, managing director and head of SIFMA's asset management group. The group represents security firms, banks and asset managers.
Cameron said that the financial industry wonders if eminent domain could be a slippery slope and that it penalizes people who save and invest.
"Where do you stop?" he asked. "If we do it with homes, why couldn't we do it with credit cards?"
Of course it penalizes people who save and invest. And it penalizes schmucks like me who pay their bills. But it rewards deadbeats, and deadbeats vote Democrat, so there's that.
And the government of Yonkers, NY is interested too.
Chuck Lesnick, president of the Yonkers City Council, said it wants to use eminent domain. Lesnick said he's been talking with other officials elsewhere about the proposal.
"It's really an example of paying Peter without robbing Paul," Lesnick said. "We're allowing people to remain in their homes because of a government action, and it's not costing taxpayers any money."
Got that? He's paying Peter without robbing Paul. But robbing Tim? These guys don't give a shit about Tim. He's the banker. He's rich. This is Social Justice. People deserve to keep the houses they can't actually pay for.
It's mind-boggling to me. They're rewarding deadbeats. Government is supposed to ensure everyone is treated fairly in commerce. That means no free rides, and no rewriting the rules on-the-fly. But here comes Irvington, where instead of forcing people to honor the contracts they signed Big Government is arbitrarily gonna give 'em a mulligan.
You'd have to be an idiot not to rush on out and buy the biggest, baddest, most expensive house you can find. Who cares if you can't pay it back? The government will simply tell those mean bankers to cut your debt down to whatever pittance you decide you're willing to pay. And voila! You get a free house. And the do-gooders get to pat themselves on the back.
Meanwhile, all semblance of order and consistency in lending and investing is destroyed. And since bankers aren't stupid, they'll soon decide to never again lend money in Irvington. Not for houses. Not for cars. Not for furniture or big screen TVs. Why should they? There's no upside, and there's always the spectre of being completely wiped out at the stroke of some bureaucrat's pen.
Seizing mortgages is tyranny. And rewarding irresponsibility is a sure-fire
path to anarchy. America, we are doomed.
Anyone here remember a guy who ran for president and promised to get us out of Afghanistan? You know, something about undoing all the damage wrought by that evil warmonger Bush? It was in all the papers.
Anyway, yesterday President Dronekiller released the specifics of his new security agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and darn if it doesn't keep U.S. troops in harm's way until after 2024.
You read that right, Two Thousand Twenty Four.
If a draft agreement between the Obama administration and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is finalized, U.S. troops will remain in that country indefinitely — instead of being withdrawn at the end of 2014, as the administration has said.
This is a confession of failure. America's longest war is nowhere near its end.
This Agreement shall enter into force on January 1, 2015.… It shall remain in force until the end of 2024 and beyond, unless terminated pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article [requiring two years written notice]. [Emphasis added.]
Under the proposed agreement, the U.S. government would continue to train, arm, and assist the Afghan military. "In addition," the unsigned document continues, "the Parties acknowledge that continued U.S. military operations to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates may be appropriate and agree to continue their close cooperation and coordination toward that end."
Oh, and we (ie, the taxpayers) get to keep picking up the tab for the Afghan army too. Because otherwise they might start to hate us, or something.
The only conclusion I can make is, that Obama fellow really likes war. Well, except when he has to use it to protect Americans.
Curiously though, all those anti-war demonstrators who came out against Bush aren't protesting Obama's endless wars. I'm sure there's a rational explanation for that. Oh, right, they're just a bunch of partisan tools.
Barack Obama, the first guy to adorn himself with a Nobel Peace Prize while
perpetually waging war. Yes Toto, we definitely aren't in Kansas anymore.
Dear Leader is making up the rules as he goes along, because, it's good to be king! And because it'll probably help Democrats retain control of the Senate. Nevermind that the law says "October 15th," November 15th it is!
The Obama administration plans to delay the start of next year's ObamaCare enrollment period, a move pitched as a way to give consumers and insurance companies more time to study their options -- but which also conveniently pushes the second round of enrollment past the 2014 midterm elections.
A Department of Health and Human Services official confirmed the change to Fox News. The decision does not affect those trying to enroll this year, despite the myriad problems with the launch of the law and HealthCare.gov. Rather, it affects those who will sign up late next year for 2015 coverage.
The administration will allow consumers to start signing up on Nov. 15, 2014, as opposed to Oct. 15. Enrollment will last until Jan. 15, 2015, instead of Dec. 7.
Their transparently ridiculous motivation? To give us "more time" to evaluate our options. As if an entire year isn't enough time, but one more month is!
"This change is good news for consumers, who will have more time to learn about plans before enrolling and an open enrollment period that's a week longer."
With new regulations set to ban more policies and the prospect of millions of Americans being dumped from their employer-based health insurance, next fall promises to be a painful season for ObamaCare implementation. But by delaying the start of the enrollment season, the White House may be able to push some of the outrage past Election Day and perhaps spare vulnerable Democrats.
How does Obamacare lower your insurance costs? By severely limiting your health care provider choices!
As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals.
The Obama administration made it a priority to keep down the cost of insurance on the exchanges, the online marketplaces that are central to the Affordable Care Act. But one way that insurers have been able to offer lower rates is by creating networks that are far smaller than what most Americans are accustomed to.
The decisions have provoked a backlash. In one closely watched case, Seattle Children's Hospital has filed suit against Washington's insurance commissioner after a number of insurers kept it out of their provider networks. "It is unprecedented in our market to have major insurance plans exclude Seattle Children's," said Sandy Melzer, senior vice president.
The result, some argue, is a two-tiered system of health care: Many of the people who buy health plans on the exchanges have fewer hospitals and doctors to choose from than those with coverage through their employers.
A number of the nation's top hospitals — including the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and children's hospitals in Seattle, Houston and St. Louis — are cut out of most plans sold on the exchange.
In most cases, the decision was about the cost of care.
But don't worry America. That "two-tier" thing is only temporary. Soon nobody will be able to keep their doctor, because next year is when those employer-sponsored plans get deep-sixed by Obamacare's rules.
A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.
The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.
An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, shows the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predict up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.
Hmm. 100 million very pissed-off people, mad-as-hell in fact, facing uncertainty in their health care situation, and walking into a voting booth for the 2014 mid-term elections. Yeah, that's a recipe for Democratic Party electoral success.
And gee, that vile snake Dingy Harry Reid just eliminated the Senate filibuster, because appointing a few second-tier Marxists to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is more important than respecting 200+ years of decorum and tradition.
So OK, you guys want nuclear? I've got nuclear.
When Mitch McConnell becomes Majority Leader and declares that only 51 votes are required to repeal Obamacare, or overturn Roe v. Wade, well, I don't want to hear Peep One from any of you libtards lurking in the WyBlog shadows.
And after that? We move on to the
Real Fun. Because that's what happens when you repeatedly and purposefully
lie to the American people. Sorry Barry, if you like your job, you
can't keep your job.
Earlier this month a judge ordered Jon Corzine to make 100% restitution to MF Global's clients. But Corzine has other ideas, and he's appealing the ruling.
Jon Corzine and other ex-managers of bankrupt MF Global Inc. are appealing a court ruling calling for 100 percent repayment of customers of the failed brokerage, they said in court papers.
A notice of appeal was filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan by Corzine, the ex-New Jersey governor and onetime Goldman Sachs Group co-chairman, and by managers targeted in a lawsuit including senior executives Bradley Abelow and Henri Steenkamp. They are challenging a Nov. 5 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn that would allow all missing customer funds to be returned by the end of the year.
Corzine and other parties previously objected to the distributions, saying in past court papers that they would allow the trustee for customers, James Giddens, to improperly assign funds that could be part of the general creditors' estate.
The distributions require the court to find that there is a shortfall in the customers' estate of at least $632 million, and advance funds from the general estate of $233 million, according to court papers.
James Kobak, a lawyer for Giddens, said in the Nov. 5 hearing that there is only $837 million in the general estate, and he hopes the amount will be "fortified" by further recoveries. The only potential source of more recoveries is a lawsuit against Corzine and the other managers brought by customers who claim mismanagement led to the company's downfall.
Translation: Jon Corzine doesn't want to repay the folks his firm ripped off.
He still refuses to accept responsibility.
Which, of course, makes him Just Another Typical Democrat.
Government of the people, by the people, and for the people has in fact perished from the Earth.
The Census Bureau "faked" their 2012 election jobs report. Why? To re-elect Obama, that's why. It's what I predicted when Obama subsumed the census under the auspices of his partisan White House cronies. And of course I was right.
The IRS launched a full-frontal assault on Tea Party and other Conservative groups, and kept them out of the 2012 election. Why? To re-elect Obama, that's why. They're unionized public employees, and the public employee unions are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democratic Party.
The DOJ continues to defy the Supreme Court's invalidation of their interference in Texas elections. Why? To elect more Democrats in Texas, that's why. They want to turn Texas "blue," and they'll stop at nothing to achieve that goal.
The Secretary of Education chastized "white suburban moms" who dared to question Common Core. Why? To inflame racial tensions, that's why. Angry Blacks are motivated to keep voting Democrat, and the Democrats are currently in deep doo-doo over the Obamacare fiasco. Ergo, they need those votes to hang to their Senate majority in 2014.
The Federal Reserve cares not one whit about saving and investment, it serves only one master, you guessed it, The Democratic Party. And they're driving our economy right over the Weimar cliff, because printing money and passing it out like candy to subservient voters is easier than building a foundation for strong markets and vibrant commerce.
The sad truth is that our government no longer represents "we the people." It marches to the tune of one particular political party: The Democratic Party. And thus we can no longer trust it. Because they are not acting on behalf of all Americans; nay, they are consumed with only one ideal — power — and every action they take is weighed as to how it will benefit the Democratic Party.
Of course, my liberal friends see this trend as a Good Thing.
In the end they'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
God save us from the "hegemonic uniformity" of the "one line of thought", "fruit of the spirit of the world that negotiates everything", even the faith. This was Pope Francis' prayer during mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, commenting on a passage from the Book of Maccabees, in which the leaders of the people do not want Israel to be isolated from other nations, and so abandon their traditions to negotiate with the king.
They go to "negotiate" and are excited about it. It is as if they said "we are progressives; let's follow progress like everyone else does." As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope noted that this is the "spirit of adolescent progressivism" according to which "any move forward and any choice is better than remaining within the routine of fidelity." These people, therefore, negotiate "loyalty to God who is always faithful" with the king. "This is called apostasy", "adultery." They are, in fact, negotiating their values, "negotiating the very essence of being faithful to the Lord."
"And this is a contradiction: we do not negotiate values, but faithfulness. And this is the fruit of the devil, the prince of this world, who leads us forward with the spirit of worldliness. And then there are the direct consequences. They accepted the habits of the pagan, then a further step: the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and everyone would abandon their customs. A globalizing conformity of all nations is not beautiful, rather, each with own customs but united, but it is the hegemonic uniformity of globalization, the single line of thought. And this single line of thought is the result of worldliness."
Progressivism replaces God with The State, and Jesus with the state's sovereign. But the state is a false god, because in order to give to one, the state must take from another. Yet God gives freely to all.
American (small-c) catholics who are in bed with the state will not like hearing
these truths. But His Holiness speaks truth nonetheless.
Attention Kulaks, hoarders will be punished!
During her confirmation hearing Thursday, Janet Yellen, President Obama's nominee to become chairman of the Federal Reserve, said she will pursue policies that hurt people who try to build up wealth, claiming that impoverishing savers serves the collective good of society.
"I understand that savers are hurt by this policy," Yellen said under questioning from Republican Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns about low interest rates.
Johanns told Yellen that her policies "are very, very hard on certain segments of our society."
"You know, explain to the senior citizen who is just hoping that a CD will earn some money so they don't have to dig into the principle," Johanns asked, "what impact you're having on a policy that says we're going to — for as far as the eye can see or foreseeable future — keep interest rates low."
"They are hurt by that policy," the senator added.
Yellen said she agreed. "But you know, if we want to get back to business as usual and a normal monetary policy and normal interest rates, I would say we need to do that by getting the economy back to normal."
She also suggested savers should be willing to see their wealth eaten away for what the Federal Reserve considers the greater good of society.
She argued that savers "play many different roles in the economy" and if they "take into account the broader array of interests they have in a strong economy, they would see that these policies — even though they may harm them in one respect — are broadly beneficial to them as I believe they are to all Americans."
When I read her testimony on Friday I was flabbergasted. It is the Official Policy of our government to discourage saving? I mean, sure they spend money like drunken sailors, but do they really want us to live beyond our means too?
Why yes, yes they do!
The goal is to "unlock" capital, and if it takes explicitly devaluing cash to do it, well, that's what Keynesians do. No matter that there is no sane place to invest that capital, perennially low interest rates reward borrowers. And the Obama Administration has shown a propensity to bail out dicey investments — Solyndra, GM and Chrysler, Goldman Sachs come to mind — so why wouldn't they throw as much money as they can grab at any cockamamie "investment" that comnes along.
Except, and this is key here, they've been doing that for going on 5 years now, and our economy still sucks. More of the same isn't going to change anything; it's just wishful thinking to believe otherwise.
Easy money encourages irresponsibility. Oh, now I get it. Irresponsibility is the sine qua non of Obamabot slackers nationwide.
Reaganomics: Build a billion dollar business in your parents' garage.
Obamanomics: Live in your parents' garage.
Apparently, all is going according to plan.
President Obama's proposed fix for ObamaCare may not work in practice, according to state insurance regulators who would help implement the policy.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) suggested Thursday that the plan to allow insurance companies to offer non-compliant health plans into 2014 is not logistically feasible.
"It is unclear how, as a practical matter, the changes proposed today by the president can be put into effect," said NAIC President Jim Donelon in a statement.
Or as Gary Coleman would say:
Here in New Jersey the answer is already "no." You can't have your old plan back.
New Jersey's insurance leaders were struggling Thursday to figure out if they had the tools to carry out the "fix" that President Obama is trying to make to his embattled health care law.
Many said the repair the president wants — allowing people who like their current health insurance policies to keep them for another year — might not be possible anymore, now that cancellation notices have already gone out.
Small employers have announced new benefit packages. And insurance companies have not set rates for plans — including a popular low-cost policy chosen by more than 100,000 state residents who buy their own coverage — that they thought could no longer be offered.
Too bad fellas. Resurrecting those old plans isn't actually Obama's goal. Nope, he's just turned you guys into The Designated Scapegoats. From now on when folks complain about Obamacare he'll merely point at the Big Bad Insurance Companies and say "blame them for not doing what I told them to do."
And like I keep telling you guys, his low-information sycophants will happily go along. Once again, when the country needed action, Obama provided words. But his words are magical dontcha know, so now it's up to the Rainbows and Unicorns to swoop in and make everything right.
If they don't? You know the answer to that one. It's Republican obstructionism! Or those greedy insurance companies undermining his munificence. Because nothing is ever Obama's fault. Nothing.
Be sure to write that down so you don't forget.
The pure partisan mendacity of today's Obamacare announcement is breathtaking.
Dear Leader hath proclaimed:
"The rollout has been rough so far… The numbers yesterday mean Americans want affordable health care… Americans who have plans before the Care Act can keep those plans. Today we expand that… Insurers can extend those plans until 2014… I will not accept plans that wish to repeal the whole law… It's important that we're honest and straight forward… The Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people."
Translation: Democrats are getting creamed in the polls. They're in danger of losing their Senate majority in the 2014 midterm elections. Ergo, he's gotta postpone the pain until after Harry Reid is firmly re-ensconced as Majority Leader.
But come this time next year? It'll be deja vu all over again. No matter how "honest and straight forward" he pretends to be.
Hey, what if Obama's postponement is illegal? Because it probably is.
There's a catch with president's proposed solution. The president is not proposing that the law be changed to allow all health insurance plans grandfathered into Obamacare's eligibility requirements.
No, instead the White House is saying that it will use "enforcement discretion" to allow illegal health insurance plans to be able to still be sold. That is, the Obama administration will not enforce the penalty on individuals for not having eligible health insurance plans and they'll allow the insurance companies to still sell so-called bad plans -- plans they technically can't sell under Obamacare.
"Under the White House's approach, the Department of Health and Human Services will notify the nation's state insurance commissioners that they have federal permission to allow consumers who already have such insurance policies to keep them through 2014," reports the Washington Post.
It's good to be king!
Obama's proposal is an extra-legal solution to a big problem for millions of Americans around the country.
"I don't see within the law how they can do this administratively," said Speaker John Boehner in a press conference on Capitol Hill. "No one can identify anything the president could do administratively to keep his pledge that would be both legal and effective."
The proposed White House fix so that Obama can honor his commitment is also likely to create more problems and to further distrust the American people have for this administration, which makes law based on what it chooses to enforce while sidestepping the constitutional process that is in place.
So basically it's the same wink-and-look-the-other-way "fix" he created for the Employer Mandate. The people are mad at him so he won't enforce a law he's been telling us is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Suddenly those "crummy" plans are just Fine And Dandy, at least until he wrings more political mileage out of keeping them around.
This president's dishonesty is staggering in its audaciousness. And you know what? His sycophants will eat it up. They always do.
Unanimously, the Bishops emphatically decree: We Will Not Comply.
The nation's Catholic bishops have a message for President Barack Obama: They would rather pay fines, no matter how much they would be, before they comply with the HHS mandate that compels groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued a "Special Message" at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. They unanimously passed the special message, which can only be issued as such meetings and strongly condemned the HHS mandate.
They said that, with its "coercive mandate," the Obama administration "is refusing to uphold its obligation to respect the rights of religious believers."
"Beginning in March 2012, in United for Religious Freedom, we identified three basic problems with the HHS mandate: it establishes a false architecture of religious liberty that excludes our ministries and so reduces freedom of religion to freedom of worship; it compels our ministries to participate in providing employees with abortifacient drugs and devices, sterilization, and contraception, which violates our deeply-held beliefs; and it compels our faithful people in business to act against our teachings, failing to provide them any exemption at all," they said.
Unlike the Nuns On The Bus and their cafeteria-catholicism this Special
Message carries with it the full weight of the Magisterium of the Roman
Catholic Church. So, as a lawyer friend always writes at the end of her
correspondence to a client, please be guided accordingly.
Because, really, why should the guy running DHS have an original thought?
The Obama administration was accused Wednesday of providing cribbed answers to 23 questions in the form the Senate received for the hearing of its nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, charged that the White House "cut and pasted" Jeh Johnson's responses to the committee.
Coburn, the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, charged at the start of Wednesday's hearing that some of the answers provided by Johnson are the same as those provided by previous nominees.
"These are the exact words [given] to the committee before," he said. "We want to get your thoughts, not some legislative assistant's."
In one example, Johnson's questionnaire answer states that if confirmed he would: "continue to sustain common DHS intelligence standards as well as build privacy and civil rights protections into its operations, policies, programs and technology deployments from the outset of their development."
In July 2011, then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agency: "builds privacy and civil rights and civil liberties protections into its operations, policies, programs and technology deployments from the outset of their development."
In another example, Johnson's questionnaire states: "Critical infrastructure is the backbone of our country's national and economic security. In addition to the federal buildings where millions of Americans work and visit each day, it includes power plants, chemical facilities, communications networks, bridges, highways, and stadiums."
Napolitano submitted written Hill testimony in March 2013 that in part stated: "Critical infrastructure is the backbone of our country's national and economic security. It includes power plants, chemical facilities, communications networks, bridges, highways, and stadiums, as well as the federal buildings where millions of Americans work and visit each day."
Johnson, a multimillionaire lawyer from Montclair, NJ, is virtually unknown in law enforcement circles. But he did raise a bundle of cash for Dear Leader's two election campaigns, so clearly he's qualified to run the largest intelligence and security bureaucracy in the universe.
Well that, and the fact that as Pentagon General Counsel, Johnson personally drafted the legal authority for Dear Leader's use of armed drones to kill American citizens anywhere in the world. Which of course makes all of us safer, because this Administration would never consider the domestic use of deadly force against random Americans.
But if they wanted to, Jeh Johnson is exactly the right guy to make it all nice and legal. So long as he dots his i's and crosses his t's there's no reason to fear him.
It took County Clerk Chris Durkin a week to do it, but the provisional ballots from last Tuesday's election have finally been tallied. And I'm happy to report that Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli are officially victorious!
Of the 10 provisional ballots that were certified, 6 went for O'Donnell, 5 for Capozzoli, 4 for Grace Kerrigan, and only 2 for Maureen McNish. Which means Kerrigan and McNish still came up short.
|Tom O'Donnell, (R) incumbent||1086|
|Pat Capozzoli, (R)||1080|
|Maureen McNish, (D)||1073|
|Grace Kerrigan, (D)||1069|
Congratulations gentlemen! You successfully defeated Dick Codey's demented
dreams of demagogic Democrat dysfunction. He can strut up and down Bloomfield
Avenue all he wants, but in Town Hall the adults remain firmly in charge.
I don't know how he kept a straight face.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal. And any deal with Iran would not allow them to own a nuclear weapon.
He was addressing a joint press conference with Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister.
"US President Obama is a man of his word," Kerry said. "He said in his speech before the UN that the US will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon and this is our policy to which we are committed."
You mean like that "red line" in Syria? Let me guess, Baghdad Bob was unavailable for comment...
But hey, let's take Kerry at his word. "Obama is a man of his word."
Parsing that, I see "word." Singular. As in one single word to define the man.
For Barack Obama, that word is "me."
"Me" is Barack Obama's favorite word.
Every other word out of his mouth is a
lie. Including "and" and "the."
Well look who's trying to drag the Pony Express kicking and screaming into the 21st Century — Amazon.com! They've announced a deal to provide Sunday deliveries for Amazon Prime members via the U.S. Postal Service.
Amazon says it is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.
The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available to Amazon Prime members in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas at first. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.
Now you guys know I love to rag on the dinosaurs in the Post Office. But this time I gotta give 'em kudos for thinking outside the UPS box. Rather than cutting back on service, they're willing to try the exact opposite — enhancing their service to fill a void. And why not? Amazon promises "2 day" delivery, and last I looked Sunday was a day. Ergo, Sunday delivery!
Now if we could only convince Amazon to team up with HealthCareGlitch.gov...
Today's Big Government is Teh Fail:
"Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day. What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage."
If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
And if the people of this nation continue to embrace the lies of Progressivism, then the future of America is Detroit.
Our grandfathers stood strong to defeat fascism. Today far too many of us embrace it, and call it by its new name — Obamacare. For 220 years the president was answerable to the people. But now this president considers the people to be answerable to him.
Think about that. And pray for the America that was, that she may be reborn
before it's too late.
It's like a list of all the cool kids. And me. Which is quite an honor, and I'm humbled and thankful.
Ed and Doug do fine work over there and the real honor here is that I can call them "friend." We've never met in person but I love them both like brothers, because we share a deep and abiding reverence for this great nation and we stand in solidarity against the forces of darkness seeking to undermine America.
And that goes for the other 24 recipients of their esteem. We are warriors all, fighting the good fight for Freedom and Liberty. May God have mercy on our foes.
In Bill de Blasio's NYC abortion is going to be mandatory.
De Blasio said that, in order to ensure a sufficient number of abortionists to meet the high demand, he will also continue to force doctors who train in city hospitals to perform abortions as a routine part of their training. The mandate is a NARAL-backed program that began under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and which de Blasio referred to as "groundbreaking."
Mandatory abortion. Welcome to China.
And to give all those new baby killers have a place to hang their hats, de Blasio vows to erect a Planned Parenthood Charnel House on every block.
The city in which 41 percent of pregnancies end in abortion has elected a new mayor who is pledging to partner with Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to expand their businesses even further by providing them with "city-sponsored" space to set up shop.
The goal, of course, is a 100% abortion rate. Blood in the streets, alongside a river of tears.
Bill de Blasio, who was elected Tuesday with 73 percent of the vote, also pledged to help abortionists wipe out their main competition — pro-life crisis pregnancy centers — which he refers to as "sham" clinics. These centers offer women financial and logistical assistance to either keep their babies or place them with adoptive families.
LifeSiteNews reported that de Blasio expressed his view that since crisis pregnancy centers refuse to perform abortions, they do not offer "legitimate health care." He has promised to continue the city's appeal of a court order striking down a law aimed at closing down these centers.
Should the court appeal fail, however, de Blasio states he will "craft new regulations to prevent [crisis pregnancy] centers from masquerading as legitimate health care providers."
Adoption, it's illegitimate, and soon to be banned in New York City.
Infanticide, it's the New Normal.
You guys elected Joseph Mengele as mayor. Good luck with that.
Dear Leader is really, really sorry that you misunderstood him.
Obama told NBC News, "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find in a tough position as a consequence of this."
Which would be pretty cool, if just last week he hadn't told us we were being cancelled for our own good. As in, the policies we had were, to quote him now, "junk."
Let me guess. Today's new spin is, one man's junk is another man's treasure.
Well, to coin a phrase, don't touch my junk.
As for why he's changing his tune, well, the website is eating his lunch. And since it's all about Him, if the website makes him look bad, it can't be his fault.
The over / under on Sebelius being the Scapegoat To Be Named Later is currently running at even money. But George Bush is still 5 to 1.
Look, here's the dirty truth.
Truth #1: Obama had to say something. Vulnerable Senate Democrats spent 3 hours yesterday whining to him about their diminished re-election prospects. And Obama whined right back about how his signature legislative achievement is being hijacked by racists. Because how else could the unicorns not have delivered the perfect web site on time and under budget?
Lost in both their posturing is this — the only person who gives a shit about average Americans getting hosed by Obamacare is Ted Cruz. Senate Dems only care about keeping their jobs; Obama only cares about not tarnishing his legacy. But Ted Cruz stood up for you and me. And for his trouble he was practically run out of town on a rail. Patrick Henry can relate.
Truth #2: The current trickle of health insurance cancellations is only the tip of the iceberg. The tsunami is coming in 2015 when Obama's illegal one year postponement of the employer mandate expires. Because as it stands, at least 51%, and more likely 69% of all employer-sponsored health plans will be deemed "deficient" (aka "junk") under Obamacare.
And we all know what that means. If you like your employer-sponsored plan, you can't keep your employer-sponsored plan. But guess what? You'll be eligible for a shiny new Obamacare plan, just as soon as you can log in to the federal Exchange, where you'll discover it costs 3x what you were paying for ½ the actual benefit.
I suppose your president will eventually apologize for that too.
But no, he won't respect you in the morning.
Chris Christie's coattails turned out to be shorter than a list of Barack Obama's successes. Thanks to his landslide victory over Barbara Buono exactly one Assembly seat flipped Republican, and the State Senate remains firmly under Steve Sweeney's iron boot.
Thanks Governor, you're really a team player. So hurry up and switch to the other team already, because you sure aren't helping the Republican cause. Last year you did more to ensure Barack Obama got re-elected than you did for a single down-ticket Republican. Oh, Ken Cuccinelli thanks you for your help too; way to impress all the idiots who chose you to head up the Republican Governors Assocation. You do realize that in order to have a Republican Governors Association you need to actually elect Republican governors, right?
And please, spare us your delusions of presidential grandeur. I'd prefer not to lose the House and miss out on flipping the Senate just so your ego can strut across a faux-bipartisan national stage.
Last night was the very definition of a pyrrhic victory. You might have won,
but New Jersey, and America, lost. Big time.
Even if you win by 4 votes, it's still a win!
Under Votes 523
Over Votes 0
|Dem - Maureen T. McNISH||1,071||24.96%|
|Dem - Grace F. KERRIGAN||1,065||24.82%|
|Rep - Thomas O'DONNELL||1,080||25.17%|
|Rep - Pasquale CAPOZZOLI||1,075||25.05%|
But remember Hugh Hewitt's words of wisdom: if it's not close they can't cheat. It's close. The guy counting the votes has a cousin on the Caldwell Council. And, now pay attention here, his cousin wants to be mayor, and will run next year.
With so slim a margin there will be a recount. And Mr. Durkin will have to certify provisional ballots, which could change the outcome. Gee, I wonder how fair he'll be.
But for now, Tom O'Donnell has won re-election. And Pat Capozzoli will join Tom in keeping Caldwell firmly in the Republican column for one more year.
UPDATE 06 Nov 2013 16:49:
Let the cheating begin!
Kerrigan and McNish refuse to concede.
"We have not conceded and it is not official yet," said McNish. "It's definitely close. … We are looking at our options."
It could take until at least Monday, Nov. 11, for the Caldwell Council race to be decided, according to a spokeswoman at the Essex County Clerk's Office.
Counting of provisional and emergency ballots cast in the race will be counted starting Friday, and the results are expected to be released no earlier than Monday, said the spokeswoman.
Well, sure. The Democrats who run the County Clerk's Office need the weekend
stuff the ballot boxes "discover" a stack of
provisional ballots which purely coincidentally will put their team
over the top.
And in a year or 2 another one of Chris Durkin's or Joe DiVincenzo's henchmen will join Carmine Casciano and Samuel Gonzalez in prison for vote fraud. Purely coincidentally, or so we'll be told.
I was tied up with Real Work this morning, but better late than never, here's a quick list of the coveted WyBlog endorsements for today's election.
Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli for Caldwell Council!
Chris Christie for NJ Governor. But not for president.
Marie Lanfrank and Charles Alberta for Caldwell - West Caldwell Board of Education.
"Yes" on Public Question #1 (Veterans raffles).
"NO" on Public Question #2 (Constitutional Amendment for minimum wage).
And, from outside my district, here's some folks I'd support if I lived where they do.
Phil Orphanidis for West Orange Board of Education.
Chris Mulhall for Mayor of Honey Brook, PA.
Rob Hermansen for Mahwah, NJ Council.
Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia Governor.
Back to our local races, even though it's like peeing in the wind given how
most Essex County voters are genetically incapable of voting for Republicans,
anyone with a brain will refrain from voting for the three stooges —
Codey, McKeon, and Jacey — and instead will pull the levers for
Laura Ali and Angelo Tedesco. Why? Because Joe D doesn't want you to,
This year's "feel good" public question calls for enshrining a minimum wage of $8.25 per hour in the New Jersey State Constitution.
Don't fall for it.
You won't be "helping the working poor." You'll be pricing them out of the job market.
Economist Thomas Sowell explains why:
"It would be comforting to believe that the government can simply decree higher pay for low-wage workers, without having to worry about unfortunate repercussions, but the preponderance of evidence indicates that labor is not exempt from the basic economic principle that artificially high prices cause surpluses. In the case of the surplus of human beings, that can be a special tragedy when they are already from low-income, unskilled or minority backgrounds and urgently need to get on the job ladder, if they are ever to move up the ladder by acquiring experience and skills."
New Jersey already has an underclass — undocumented immigrants — working in the shadows for cash under the table. A constitutionally-mandated minimum wage won't apply to them. And setting the minimum wage artificially high will send more jobs into that limbo, where they'll still get done, just not by the folks our crusading intelligensia are pretending to help.
What good is mandating a minimum wage of $8.25 per hour if all the jobs at that pay grade require skills the entry-level job seeker doesn't have?
And, not to put too fine a point on it, but raising the minimum wage disproportionally and adversely affects low-income minority groups, especially low-skilled black teenagers.
The effects of the minimum wage have been concentrated on the groups that the
do-gooders would most like to help. The people who have been hurt most by the
minimum wage laws are the blacks. I have often said that the most anti-black
law on the books of this land is the minimum wage law."
— Milton Friedman
The current jobless rate for black teens is 37.8%. For black male teens it's 43.3%. Before you vote "yes" on Question 2 ask yourself this — will reducing the available number of entry-level jobs help change those statistics for the better?
No. It won't. Not in a million years.
If someone is eking out a living in an entry-level job the solution to her problem isn't a mandated increase in her salary with no commensurate improvement in her skill set. Heck, if that idea worked we could just set the minimum wage at $100 per hour and everyone would live happily ever after.
But if she takes it upon herself to improve her skills, either via education or on-the-job training, then employers would seek her out, and bid up the price of her labor. In effect each of us has the power to set our own minimum wage, determined solely by how hard we are willing to work.
Ergo, vote "NO" on Public Question number 2.
The two ladies running for Caldwell Township Council are emphasizing a platform of "civility." As in, they'll be the "nice folks", keeping rancor out of the public eye.
But make no mistake, rancor will still be on the menu. Only it'll be unleashed behind the scenes. Because as Democrats, Grace Kerrigan and Maureen McNish are only interested in one thing — power.
As in, the power to fire township employees.
The Democrats on our council want that power; nay, they crave that power the way a shark craves fresh meat. Earlier this year they tried to override an ordinance formally investing that power in the hands of our Borough Administrator.
Democrat Councilman Edward Durkin felt that the mayor and council should be involved in the decision making of hiring and firing.
"I would like to know who works in town," noted Durkin. "If I pass them in town, I would like to know who they are if they work for the borough," Durkin said. Fellow Democrat and Councilman Frank Rodgers agreed with Councilman Durkins' opinion.
How disingenuous can these gentlemen be? They can easily "know who works in town" by visiting town hall more than twice a month. No, what Mr. Durkin and his henchmen desire is to fulfill a vendetta the Caldwell Democratic Party has nurtured since 2010. They want Gordon Lawshe's head on a platter.
Whether you personally like Mr. Lawshe is immaterial here. He's an employee of the Caldwell Comunity Center, and as such his employment is subject to oversight by Director Rob Paterson and Borough Administrator Paul Carelli. Political interference in municipal hiring decisions reeks of cronyism and corruption. The ordinance which passed in August puts the council firmly outside of the employment process, which of course is where they belong.
But it passed with Mayor Dassing casting the deciding vote. Meaning a 5-1 Democrat council majority can revoke that ordinance at the first opportunity.
So, if you vote for Kerrigan and McNish, you are in effect voting to politicize borough hiring decisions, and you're complicit in putting Gordon Lawshe on the street.
Can you imagine the free-for-all if the Democrats get their way? Suppose a hypothetical Chris Wysocki got pulled over for speeding 4 times last year. He decides to run for council, and maneuvers his fellow councilmen into firing the police officers who cited him.
Yeah, that's good government!
Well, what the Democrats plan to do in town hall is no less execrable.
Back in July I overheard a rabidly partisan Democrat plotting to "put our people back in town hall." Need I remind you what his people did the last time they ruled Provost Square? Or would you enjoy seeing more eyesores like those multi-family monstrosities at the corner of Lane and Bloomfield Avenues erected on the vacant lots around town?
So let me ask you. Should these guys really be put back in charge of awarding no-bid contracts in the dark of night?
Mayor Dassing has presided over a rebirth of Caldwell government. Our town is now run like a business, with solid financial controls and a definitive set of checks and balances. Why would we throw all that away just to settle some silly personal score, against a guy who's actually doing a good job?
Re-elect Councilman Tom O'Donnell. Elect Pat Capozzoli. Keep Caldwell
government open and above-board. Send the Democrat Machine a message
— your mendacity isn't welcome here. Because we're better
The choice this Tuesday couldn't be clearer. A vote for O'Donnell and Capozzoli is a vote to keep taxes low. A vote for McNish and Kerrigan is a vote for unlimited spending with zero accountability.
Consider the ladies' recent interview with the Jersey Tomato Press.
As per the borough budget, both candidates said a low tax levy is good but they are not focused solely on a zero tax levy.
"I think we are obsessed with a zero budget," said McNish. "Sometimes harm happens with a zero budget. I was trained with (Caldwell - West Caldwell school business manager) Ron Skopak that we always have to be saving for the future. It's a real concern of mine that we are so concerned about zero budget we are not looking ahead about the infrastructure of the town."
Kerrigan added, "We need to keep taxes low but in an intelligent way. We want to approach the budget intelligently, and see what is needed for the future while balancing out the taxes."
Let's break that down. During her 9 year tenure on the Board of Education, Ms. McNish never met a tax she couldn't hike, a budget she couldn't inflate, and an expenditure she considered too lavish. She directed a tsunami of taxpayer money into the coffers of the teachers union and our students have the drop in test scores to prove just how effective all that cash really was.
As for our town's infrastructure, Tom O'Donnell spearheaded a massive road upgrade and repaving project in the Cedars. He successfully renegotiated the police contract, putting two more officers on the streets. He brought the Faloni property saga to an amicable conclusion. And he did it all without breaking the bank. That sounds like good planning to me; perhaps Ms. McNish could ask her friends on the Board of Education to take a page or 2 from Tom's playbook.
Pat Capozzoli is Tom's kind of guy, no-nonsense, results oriented, fiscally prudent, devoted to making Caldwell the best darn town in New Jersey. They're the right team for us. On November 5th please vote for Tom O'Donnell and Pat Capozzoli for Caldwell Township Council.
College students in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. And now they're shocked to discover that his signature legislative achievement hits them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.
It was a health care shocker for college students in New Jersey who found out that they can't buy low-cost health insurance at their schools because of the Affordable Care Act.
Now, they are at the risk of being without insurance, CBS 2's Christine Sloan reported.
Many students have found themselves in health care limbo this semester. Community colleges in New Jersey used to offer cheap health insurance for hundreds of dollars a year but they had to drop the practice because Federal Law prohibits the sale of bare bones policies.
Under the Affordable Care Act it would have cost more to run the program and the cost would have been passed on to students.
"More than a thousand dollars per student and that is dramatically different," said Union County Community College, Vice President of Administrative Services, Stephen Nacco said.
Students like Carlos Arias depended on the low-cost health care.
"I'm kind of healthy right now but I am worried that when something happens I'm not going to go to the hospital," Arias said.
Hey Carlos, this is the part where I get to say "I told you so."
Here's a future Obama Administration spokesman with your president's official statement on your situation:
My advice to you is to start drinking, heavily.
And that sound you hear? It's me, laughing my ass off on the Schadenfreude Express.
"If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
How many times did Barack Obama say that?
All across New Jersey small businesses are losing their health insurance plans, and seeing them replaced with signficantly more expensive "Obamacare-compliant" plans.
Small businesses across the state are braced for premium hikes and benefit changes as they renew health coverage under the new rules put in place by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But even as some express cautious optimism, they are short on the answers they need to make plans for next year.
Most insurance companies in New Jersey responded to the changes in the law by scrapping their old small-employer plans and designing new ones. In addition, the law changed the method of calculating premiums, which are just beginning to be released.
That leaves a lot of uncertainty surrounding a major business expense. And with only two months to go until new policies start for companies that renew coverage on Jan. 1, premium information is still in short supply.
"We got a letter from our insurance provider in February, saying: 'Your current plan will be discontinued in January 2014,' " said Claire Zweig, co-owner with her husband of Glenbrook Technologies Inc. in Randolph. The letter didn't give any other options, she said. "And I still don't have an option."
She needs to know her choices "so I can present them to my employees, so they can decide what they want," she said. "This kind of benefit is a major part of our budget — major!" The company, which manufactures X-ray equipment, has traditionally paid the full premium for its employees.
"Where are the 2014 rates?" asked her broker, Jeffrey Ingalls of Stratford Financial Group, an insurance consulting firm in Wayne. "We need to make this decision." Insurance carriers are waiting until the last minute to release their premiums amid the turmoil in the industry, he said.
Companies like Glenbrook, with fewer than 50 workers, are not required to offer insurance under the law popularly known as Obamacare. But as they have in the past, many will continue to do so, to attract and retain valued employees.
Next year, however, under the law, each policy must include coverage of 10 "essential health benefits," such as prescription drugs, mental health, and pediatric dental and vision, which means adding benefits to the plans that have been sold up to now in New Jersey. And the effect of the new rating scheme — which calculates each employee's premium separately and adds them together, instead of developing an average premium for the group and multiplying it — is hard to predict.
"Small employers in New Jersey are finding that they cannot keep their policies," said Christine Stearns, vice president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. Premiums for most are rising, she said, in part due to the law.
Gee, I guess I'm lucky then, because our office already knows what our 2014 rates are gonna be. 20% more expensive. Twenty. Percent. (Uh, what happened to that $2500 per year savings Obama promised us?)
And our plan changed. Drastically.
Out is our tried-and-true Aetna POS (Point of Service) plan. It's no longer offered in New Jersey. At any price.
In is a craptacular Oxford HMO, which is the least expensive alternative our agent could find.
Aetna paid 80-20 on the first dollar, with a deductible of $1500 per person, $3000 per family.
Oxford pays 70-30, after meeting the $4000 per person, $8000 per family deductible. And that's "in network" only. Their out-of-network benefit? Zero. Even better, everything has to be pre-certified.
Tell me again how this is "better."
Oh, right, I've got maternity coverage. Me! A single male paying for his own health insurance. Because all plans are unisex now dontcha know. And age insensitive, so that pediatric dental benefit is sure gonna come in handy.
I hate Obamacare with the white-hot passion of a thousand suns.
As for all you Obamabot assholes who voted for it? DIAF.