To Reconcile Obamacare
The other day, the Politico reported that a handful of Senate Republicans are now considering reconciliation as a vehicle for tax reform. Reconciliation, you may recall, is the process by which the Congress fast tracks changes to the budget. In 2010, Obama and the Democrats used reconciliation to pass Obamacare. Reconciliation is a potent weapon in the Senate arsenal because it only requires 51 votes | Read More »
Harvard bitten by the Obamacare monster that it helped spawn.
Hope that you don’t have an allergy to schadenfreude, because this is the pure stuff: ” For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.” Turns out that adding | Read More »
Millions of Obamacare subsidy recipients may need to pay back-taxes.
The problem for Democrats is not exactly this: “As many as 3.4 million people who received Obamacare subsidies may owe refunds to the federal government, according to an estimate by a tax preparation firm… H&R Block is estimating that as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act benefited from subsidies that were too large, | Read More »
Reminder to the Uninsured: Obamacare Fines are Coming
An important Obamacare deadline is approaching. People who don’t have health insurance have until February 15, 2015, to purchase a plan or they will face a hefty penalty doled out by the IRS in 2016, which will be either $325 per adult or 2% of a family’s income, depending on which is higher for an individual or family. The Hill notes that insurance companies are trying to remind | Read More »
The problem with Obamacare is not that it is called ‘Obamacare.’
(H/T: @seanhackbarth) Kathleen Sebelius, of course, has this precisely backwards. Sebelius, who resigned in April following the botched roll out of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, said that current issues involving the Affordable Care Act have to do with its commonly used name. “Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot | Read More »
ObamaCare and the centralization crusade
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in the Wall Street Journal that ObamaCare is positively crushing independent physicians, very much by design. The horde of little collectivist grubers who boiled forth to craft the Affordable Care Act are big believers in “consolidation,” a crusade Gottlieb entreats Republican reformers to resist: The law’s defenders view this consolidation as a necessary step to enable payment provisions | Read More »
Put ‘HHS Adviser’ on Jon Gruber’s nameplate at the Oversight hearings next week.
Now, isn’t this special. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking lawmakers not to seat ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber next to Medicare’s top official when the two testify on Capitol Hill next week. HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation Jim Esquea wrote to the House Oversight Committee with the request, stating that government witnesses are “almost always afforded an opportunity” to sit alone | Read More »
Executive Amnesty + Obamacare = Businesses Getting $3000 to Hire Illegals over Citizens
Much has already been said about the problems with President Obama’s amnesty decree, but thanks to a quirk in Obamacare, we can add another to the list. Now, businesses with more than 50 employees will, in essence, be getting $3000 for hiring illegal aliens granted amnesty over lawful citizens of this country. Here’s how the Washington Times describes it: Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will | Read More »
Chuck Schumer quietly starts distancing Democrats from Obama for 2016.
I’m just going to summarize it: Senator Chuck Schumer today ever-so-casually indicated that working first on Obamacare was a mistake; that, in fact, Congress should have instead worked on pretty much anything else besides Obamacare; and that himself opposed starting first on Obamacare, but all those Obama supporters in the Obama administration were so adamant that Obamacare be put in place right away. Also: how about | Read More »
RedState Weekly Briefing: Obama’s Immigration Edict, More Obamacare/Gruber Lies, and the Cosby Rape Allegations #RSWB
This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, Caleb Howe, and I discuss Obama’s immigration edict, the latest Obamacare woes and Gruber lies, and the media coverage of the Bill Cosby rape allegations versus the coverage of Co-Founder of the Human Rights Campaign, and friend and donor to Obama, being charged with sex with a minor. We should be live just after | Read More »
Bernie Sanders – The Purest Leftist Possible in 2016.
So Diogenes wandered the City of Demville with his lamp. His shoulders sagged, his expression grew hang-dog. He searched in vain for one honest man other than Jonathan Gruber. Ah, but his eyes lit up and his frown turned around. There was one man….one honest man on the American Left. That one last defender of the faith was, alas, not a registered Democrat. He is | Read More »
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Obamacare is About to Bankrupt a Whole Bunch of Small Businesses
The crushing costs of compliance with the regulatory burdens of Obamacare have already been well documented, especially as they pertain to small businesses. But as small businesses prepare their corporate tax returns next year, many accountants are warning that, based on Department of Labor guidelines issued after the election, countless small businesses are about to be hit with a huge tax penalty that they simply | Read More »
Gruber and Iraq WMD: a tale of two deceptions
Okay, I admit it. My headline is a bit of a troll but now that you’re reading stick with me for a few minutes. The Gruber story continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. While Dr. Gruber has been prolific in puffing up his role, the administration has pulled out all the stops to deny Gruber was anything other than one of the | Read More »
The government needs to start respecting us
Jim Geraghty at National Review takes note of an ad for ‘s runoff, in which Republicans are charged with showing Barack Obama “so much disrespect,” and sees a bigger lame-duck Democrat campaign theme struggling to crack out of its eggshell: Watch for this maneuver more in the coming months. Barack Obama has lost the Democratic control of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Democrats in | Read More »