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Morning Briefing for August 11, 2009

REDSTATE MORNING BRIEFING

FOR AUGUST 11, 2009

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HEALTHCARE FACT OF THE DAY

Providing Businesses With an Incentive to End Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s “Affordable Health Choices Act” contains an “employer mandate,” or a legal requirement that all American businesses with 25 or more employees offer health insurance to their workers.

The penalty for failing to comply with this mandate to offer employees health insurance is a $750 fine per full time worker per year.

In 2008, employer-provided insurance policies averaged $4,704 a year for individuals and $12,680 for families, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This means employers would be able to save $4,000 per worker (or $12,000 per family) by ending their employee health benefit programs and simply paying the federal government the fine.

Source: Senate HELP Committee bill fact sheet, pp. 7-8.

1. Left-Wing Hypocrisy on Obamacare. See 2005 and Social Security Reform

2. Another problem with the Democrats’ Healthcare Legislation

3. The F-22 – Why Does This Surprise You, General?

4. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Hides From His Constituents

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HEALTHCARE FACT OF THE DAY

Providing Businesses With an Incentive to End Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s “Affordable Health Choices Act” contains an “employer mandate,” or a legal requirement that all American businesses with 25 or more employees offer health insurance to their workers.

The penalty for failing to comply with this mandate to offer employees health insurance is a $750 fine per full time worker per year.

In 2008, employer-provided insurance policies averaged $4,704 a year for individuals and $12,680 for families, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This means employers would be able to save $4,000 per worker (or $12,000 per family) by ending their employee health benefit programs and simply paying the federal government the fine.

Source: Senate HELP Committee bill fact sheet, pp. 7-8.

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1. Left-Wing Hypocrisy on Obamacare. See 2005 and Social Security Reform

This is left-wing writer Josh Marshall from 2005:

What the hell is Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) thinking? She’s holding a townhall meeting on Social Security tomorrow in Baton Rouge, the same day President Bush is holding his Bamboozlepalooza event in Shreveport.

But Landrieu’s event is open to the public, no tickets required. I’ll bet her staff hasn’t even put together a Landrieu-loyalty oath yet or done background checks on people who want to ask questions.

Back in 2005, George W. Bush intended to advance social security reform. The left was up in arms. They were sending droves of protestors to congressional townhalls to shout down members of Congress. Protests were held around the nation. The Teamsters, SEIU, and others fully mobilized their members to kill it. The “In This Together Campaign” organized anti-reform townhalls, then attacked members of Congress for not showing up at them. The same group sent participants into townhalls to cause problems, protest, and oppose reform efforts.

But that was back in 2005 when dissent was patriotic and the activists were funded by Hungarian billionaires.

In 2009, dissent is Nazism and protestors are not authentic since they show up on their own dime without subsidy. In Barack Obama’s America, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.

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2. Another problem with the Democrats’ Healthcare Legislation

There is another problem with the Democrats’ healthcare legislation that hasn’t been talked about much. It makes a heck of a tradeoff.

In exchange for universal healthcare under a government run plan, Donald Luskin points out an independent analysi that says we’ll see wage stagnation.

That’s right — in exchange for healthcare, don’t expect to ever get a pay raise if you are poor or middle class.

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3. The F-22 – Why Does This Surprise You, General?

There’s a nice little piece over in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal authored by General Merrill McPeak, expressing his dismay at the premature termination of the build-out of the originally-planned fleet of the F-22 Raptor – the air-superiority fighter.

“The future air combat capabilities we should build are based on the F-22, a stealthy, fast, maneuverable fighter that is unmatched by any known or projected combat aircraft.”

The kicker comes when you get to the end of the piece, and read the general’s byline:

“Gen. McPeak (ret.), Air Force chief of staff from 1990 to 1994, was a national co-chair of Obama for President.

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4. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Hides From His Constituents

Congressman Gerry Connolly is the president of the Democrats’ Freshman class in the House. He’s quick to get out in front of the cameras and complain when it seems that his constituents may be forced to pick up the tab for Obamacare, but that hasn’t stopped him from supporting a bad bill. And like many other Democrats this August, he seems intent on avoiding his constituents’ personal feedback.

Connolly’s only ‘August recess’ meeting takes place at the very end of the recess – in September, in fact. It’s unannounced. It’s in a gated facility. And the gated facility is a community of retirees – who are probably less likely than others to record the session and upload it to the internet.

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