This is from 2010
You don’t have to work to achieve a “right.”
via Dan Mitchell
Too many Republican elected officials try to dance around giving a straight answer to a “difficult” question.
The saddest part about this ad is that Progressives and Democrats wouldn’t run ads like this, if they didn’t work.
If our new Health Care law is so good, why are so many Obama supporters asking for waivers??
Among the unions that were recently approved for waivers:
# Teamsters Local 237 in New York, covering over 51,000 workers
# Carpenters District Council of Kansas City Welfare Plan, for 20,898 workers
# Southeastern Iron Workers, for 5,143 policies
# Minneapolis Retail Meat Cutters and Food Handlers for 10,720
# the Fulton Fish Market Welfare Fund for 1,211
Karl Rove previously reported that a disproportionate number of waivers, nearly one-third, were being granted to union workers even though unionized workers make up only 7% of the private work force.
via Gateway Pundit
via Big Government.
via Viral Footage
At the end of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services had granted some 222 temporary waivers to businesses small and large, insurers, labor and other organizations that offer affordable health insurance or prescription drug coverage with limited benefits. On Wednesday, the agency quietly updated its online list, which now reveals a whopping total of 729 Obamacare escapees
I keep reading more and more articles about this or that group asking and getting waivers, and yet all the Networks and MSM outlets keep touting how ObamaCare is a wonderful benefit for Americans. If it’s so great, why do they want waivers. It must somehow be George Bush’s fault.
Here’s a few Unions that are being added to an ever expanding list.
182 waivers, so far, have gone to Big Labor groups across the country.
The Teamsters Union, which hailed Obama last March for “enacting historic health care reform, providing health insurance to millions of Americans who don’t have it and controlling costs for millions more who do,” obtained waivers for 17 different locals.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which celebrated the passage of Obamacare as “an achievement that will rank among the highest in our national experience,” secured waivers for 28 different affiliates.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — which exulted after the health care law’s passage that “finally, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage will be available for millions of working Americans” — saw eight of its affiliates win shelter from the Obamacare wrecking ball.
The Communications Workers of America, which sent its workers to lobby for Obamacare on Capitol Hill as part of the left-wing billionaire George Soros-funded Health Care for America Now front group, snagged a waiver that will spare a hefty 19,000 of its members from the onerous federal mandate.
And the Service Employees International Union, which poured $60 million into Democratic/Obama coffers in 2008 and millions more into the campaign for the federal health care takeover, added four new affiliates to the waiver list: SEIU Local 2000 Health and Welfare Fund, representing 161 enrollees; SEIU 32BJ North Health Benefit Fund, representing 7,020 enrollees; SEIU Local 300, Civil Service Forum Employees Welfare Fund, representing 2,000 enrollees; and SEIU Health & Welfare Fund, representing 1,620 enrollees.
That’s in addition to three other previous SEIU waiver winners: Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees; Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees; and SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees. This brings the total number of Obamacare-promoting SEIU Obamacare refugees to an estimated 45,000 workers represented by seven SEIU locals.
Hmmmm. Hey, maybe this is what’s meant by Redistribution of Wealth? Ya think?
From Gateway Pundit:
FOX News reported:
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has now tripled the number of waivers granted to employers who cannot meet with the requirements of the new law — from a little more than 200 to more than 700.
“Even the Obama administration is admitting by granting these waivers that they better make some exceptions or they’re going to have the unintended consequence of having more uninsured, not less,” according to Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a former official in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004.
John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis says “What’s happening is the federal government is trying to force workers to have a health insurance plan that’s more expensive than they or their employers can afford.”
The law now forces all plans to offer at least 750,000 dollars in annual benefits, but the administration has already granted waivers to McDonald’s and other low wage firms.
Goodman and others fear employers will just drop insurance altogether and pay the penalties, or hire fewer people.
“The cheapest thing for an employer not to do is not to hire people,” Goodman says, “to hire only temporary workers. To hire contract laborers. And then you get out from under the fines. You get out from under the mandates, but is that really where we want to go?”
Via Gateway Pundit.
The “Cut-and-Grow” Congress
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on The Charlie Rose Show.
Rose: So when you look at what the commission said so far — what those two co-chairs said — what do you like and don’t like?
Ryan: What I like is the fact that you have the president’s people that he put in charge of this — Erskine Bowles, who’s a great, very conscientious Democrat — saying that for America to be competitive in the 21st century, we need lower tax rates. We need a lower corporate rate, we need a territorial tax system, which is very important for our competitiveness, and lower tax rates on individuals. So, they’re basically talking about broadening the tax base, lowering the rates. That’s good. They’re also going after spending. Now, there’s some things I would do and some things I wouldn’t do, but they’re going after spending. What they didn’t do in this plan, which I think was a mistake, is they didn’t go after fixing health care. They pretty much skirted around the edge, which –
Rose: Why not?
Ryan: Because I think they wanted to accept the premise of ObamaCare. They wanted to accept the structure and the architecture of ObamaCare, which obviously I have a huge problem with.
Rose: Was there serious conversation about doing something about health care in the deficit commission?
Ryan: There is, and there will continue to be. Alice Rivlin and I plan on putting out our own plan on health care hopefully this week.
Rose: And what would that say?
Ryan: Well, she and I are still talking about it, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but –
Rose: Just give us a hint.
Ryan: We need to deal with Medicare. Medicare has a multi-trillion dollar unfunded liability. That wasn’t really addressed in this plan — very, very little. And so I think you need to address Medicare and Medicaid if you’re going to deal with this. Of the GAO’s unfunded liability figure, which is a $76 trillion figure, almost all of that is health care. You cannot preempt a debt crisis, get this fiscal house in order without dealing with health care, and I do not believe that this health care law does that. Not only do I not believe that, the actuary at HHS tells us the deficit will go up with ObamaCare, health care costs and spending will go up with ObamaCare.
Rose: What did the Congressional Budget Office say though?
Ryan: Same thing. I mean, when you take away some of the smoke and mirrors that were in the scoring that they had to score, it’s a big budget buster.
Rose: But when does the budget busting take place?
Ryan: Now and into the future. Because you have a lot of discretionary spending that you have to implement ObamaCare that was not factored into it. Plus, what they did with ObamaCare is they did six years of spending paid for by 10 years of Medicare benefit cuts and tax increases. Once you get farther down that budget window, the uglier the score gets.
Rose: The president says it’s OK to talk about his health care reform proposal that was passed by the Congress at the edges, but at the core –
Ryan: Yeah, see, that’s where we have a huge disagreement. That’s why, on the XYZ category, that’s where we’re not going to agree with the president on anything. That’s where we’re going to have a very difficult chance to come together. We’re going to have big philosophical disagreements on that.