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AN OBAMACARE STORM IS COMING…

9 Jan

STORM

Two Obamacare “meltdown” events have yet to happen – and some folks will be blind-sided…

The following is a list of “tips” the White House is providing on their website for insuring you’re properly covered.

Now this is their “disclaimer” so that when something unexpectedly happens, they can say, “Well, we had the directions on our website…”
Here are the two meltdown events coming:

1) When the employer mandate kicks in, millions more Americans will lose their health coverage at their job and be “forced” to shop the insurance exchanges.
2) Those uninformed people, many whom voted for Obama, who did not purchase the coverage mandated will be hit with fines deducted from their tax returns. If they won’t receive a tax return, the IRS will, no doubt, garnish their wages or put a tax lien on their property.

The only hope is for Republicans to win the Senate in November and the presidency in 2016. We can then use the “nuclear option” the Democrats just created to dump this piece of garbage and make some much needed changes to health care in our country.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/12/31/new-day-health-care-coverage

A New Day in Health Care Coverage | The White House

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Obamacare more about power than healthcare

26 Dec

Mark Caserta: Obamacare more about power than healthcare

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Americans have been given a false choice regarding healthcare reform.

There were many viable alternatives for making healthcare more available and affordable in America that didn’t require tearing down the entire system and replacing it with a mandate that all Americans “bow” at the altar of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Internal Revenue Service.

Yet Democrat leadership failed to pursue reasonable solutions which studies have shown would significantly improve healthcare in the U.S. while maintaining an individual’s right to choose the coverage which best suits their needs.

Americans struggling to make ends meet should receive tax breaks commensurate with their income enabling them to afford quality healthcare for themselves and their family. I would personally like to see the money our government sends to other nations outside of humanitarian needs redirected to subsidize healthcare coverage for Americans at or below our nation’s poverty level. America must stay strong to help others!

People with pre-existing conditions shouldn’t be left out in the cold. But we can’t expect insurance companies to simply “absorb” these additional costs. Again, our government should re-allocate foreign aid funding, as well as eliminate their own irresponsible spending, to cover these additional costs in the form of a tax subsidy.

We must allow insurance companies to sell their policies across state lines. We have every reason to believe that healthy competition will reduce costs and provide more options for Americans just as every other U.S. industry.

Tort reform on medical malpractice is needed. Our current system increases costs both directly, in the form of higher malpractice insurance premiums, and indirectly, in the form of defensive medicine when medical services are prescribed simply to circumvent liability rather than benefit the patient.

Employers should be encouraged to offer Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to their employees. HSAs allow individuals to set aside money from each paycheck, before taxes, for future medical care. The American people are much more frugal and conscientious with their money than the government! An HSA may also be an excellent fit with a high-deductible insurance plan.

Pre-Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office, (CBO) there were around 15 million uninsured Americans in the U.S. But based on CBO projections, once Obamacare is fully implemented, and working smoothly, that number climbs to 30 million in 2023!

I submit the Obamacare journey, which has cost our nation billions of dollars, has never really been about providing health coverage for all Americans, but something entirely different.

President Obama and Democrats sold Obamacare on a series of lies knowing it would result in a base of voters not only dependent upon government, but subject to extortion of their tax dollars if they defied the mandate.

A defining characteristic of this administration is to arrogantly operate within the narrowest definition of executive power and outside of the people’s consent.

The fact that Obamacare shifts power away from the people and to government challenges the fundamental belief that government must derive its “just powers from the consent of the governed”.

Obamacare isn’t about healthcare. It’s about power.
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OBAMA DESERVING OF “LIE OF THE YEAR” AWARD

19 Dec

obamacare 3 years later Obama deserved the ‘Lie of the Year’ award

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The votes are in. And the winner of the Politifact.com 2013 “Lie of the Year” award goes to (drum roll please) …

President Barack Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” promise he exploited for over three years!

Congratulations, Mr. President. Along with disappointing millions of Americans, you’ve successfully compromised the integrity of the office of president of the United States.

The president’s bogus pledge was the winner of this year’s “Lie of the Year” award from Politifact.com, a Tampa Bay Times project in which reporters and editors from the Times and affiliated media outlets “fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups.” On their website, original statements are evaluated and assigned a “Truth-O-Meter” rating, which range from “True” for completely accurate statements to “Pants on Fire” for outright lies.

In winning this year’s award, Barack Hussein Obama received the esteemed “Pants on Fire” rating for his presidential prevarication, and deservedly so.

In justifying last week’s annual award, Politifact explained the administration’s responses subsequent to the president’s and his Marxist minions’ original canard provided the necessary “tail wind” leading up to this year’s recognition.

Shortly after the lackluster rollout of the Healthcare.gov website and millions of Americans receiving insurance cancellation notices, the administration tried desperately to shift the blame to the health care providers.

“It’s important to remember both before the ACA was ever even a gleam in anybody’s eye, let alone passed into law, that insurance companies were doing this all the time, especially in the individual market because it was lightly regulated and the incentives were so skewed,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

But the president distanced himself from the field in winning this year’s award when he tried to rewrite history altogether and “lie about his lie.”

“Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, (it was also at this point the moniker “Obamacare” disappeared from the lips of liberals) and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed,” the president told his political supporters.

But as Politifact reported, President Obama uttered his infamous “If you like it, you can keep it” phrase at least 37 times without any such caveat or disclaimer.

While I offer a facetious portrayal of this annual accolade, I submit that this was an unapologetic deceit of the highest order which is impacting the lives of millions of Americans who are losing their healthcare coverage.

One must wonder what other lies Americans have been told to advance or protect this president’s socialist agenda?

Were Americans lied to about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” scandal, the IRS targeting Tea Party groups or the NSA?

These questions remain unanswered but voter polling makes one thing perfectly clear.

If Americans had known the truth about Obamacare, Barack Obama would have never won the 2012 presidential election.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

GOP should return to health care message

3 Nov

insuranceOct. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

As the shortcomings of Obamacare emerge, now is the time for the GOP to get back on message regarding its plan to provide accessible, affordable healthcare to all Americans.

Folks, if Obamacare is such a great proposition for America, why the need to force individuals to purchase it or be penalized financially? It’s very simple. Without everyone’s participation, it wouldn’t be financially viable. Government-run healthcare epitomizes the socialist ideology of Barack Obama. The president is simply executing his “inadvertently” expressed intention when he told Joe the Plumber, “…when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Unfortunately, that’s socialism.

The push for increased government involvement in healthcare dates back over 100 years, when presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning on the Progressive Party ticket, called for the establishment of a national health insurance system modeled on what had already been established in Germany.

But in America we deserve and demand a choice.

Indeed, rising healthcare costs have had a catastrophic impact on Americans and our economy. But the choices legislators have made in regulating the industry have not helped in providing affordable healthcare. And political “jousting” has depreciated the narrative far below the interests of most Americans.

It should be objectionable to all Americans that the first path Democrats chose to reform healthcare was to provide the government power to “mandate” its purchase without first pursuing other options to improve its accessibility and affordability.

The U.S. Census Department says about 15 percent of Americans needed health insurance prior to Obamacare. Logic suggests first attempting to make insurance more affordable for those Americans before revamping the entire healthcare system!

Early on, the GOP offered some viable solutions which would help make quality healthcare affordable and accessible for everyone including those with pre-existing conditions.

It begins with allowing Americans who like their healthcare coverage to keep it while giving all Americans the freedom to choose the health plan that best meets their needs and ensuring all medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors — not government bureaucrats.

Eliminating the barriers of purchasing health insurance across state lines would create healthy market competition. Individuals and families who reside in one state would be able to purchase affordable health insurance from another. Likewise, health insurance plans would be able to sell their policies in all states, just as other companies do in selling a wide variety of goods and services.

Comprehensive medical liability reform is needed to reduce the costly, unnecessary defensive medicine practiced by doctors trying to protect themselves from overzealous trial lawyers.

The tax code should be adjusted to fairly extend tax credits to those who do not have employer-provided insurance but purchase health insurance on their own. The deduction would be equivalent to the cost of an individual’s or family’s insurance premiums.

These are but a few of the options the GOP once clearly articulated.

It’s time now for Republicans to return to focusing on real healthcare solutions and allow Obamacare to be exposed.

By 2016, many more Americans will be listening intently to your message.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

SINGLE QUESTION “CHECKMATE” ON OBAMACARE FOR PROGRESSIVES

25 Oct

OBAMACAREFor everyone who comes across someone who supports Obamacare. Just ask one simple question:

“If it’s such a good deal, why MAKE people buy it or be fined? Why not just make it available?

And if, perhaps, they’re smart enough to say, “Because unless everyone purchased it, there wouldn’t be enough money to subsidize the program.”

Respond: “That’s exactly right. It’s what Obama called “spreading the wealth around” and it’s socialism.”

If they still try to argue, dust off your shoes and walk away. They’re a hopeless progressive who gets what they deserve.

Obamacare a signature failure for president

24 Oct

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Oct. 24, 2013 @ 06:33 AM

MARK CASERTA

The irony of politics is often too rich for words.

Despite a failed Republican offensive aimed at Obam­acare, ultimately resulting in a government shutdown, it would seem the admin­istration’s incompetence in managing the i mplementat ion of the president’s signature health­care law is a much greater threat.

And now, the Affordable Care Act is self-destructing without any help from Repub­licans .

While the government’s website, “Healthcare.gov.” proclaims “The Health Insur­ance Marketplace is Now Open,” and despite the fact Obama and his liberal minions have had well over three years to prepare for open enroll­ment, reports indicate that enrollment has been one huge, embarrassing catastrophe.

The Washington Post reported the failure of the website is even worse than previously suspected: “Even when consumers have been able to sign up, insurers sometimes can’t tell who their new customers are because of a separate set of computer defects.” And large numbers of Obamacare applications reportedly didn’t provide enough verifiable information to enroll people in their plans.

Initial claims by the admin­istration that problems were the result of “heavy traffic” also appear to be inaccurate. Computer experts say the problems with the site, which reportedly cost the taxpayers $634 million, are the result of structural flaws in the system’s architecture which could take months to repair.

So, the federal government expects Americans to trust them managing health care for millions of people, when it can’t even manage a simple website?

But problems loom way past the ineptitude of the website’s mechanics.

The Chicago Tribune, the president’s hometown paper, conducted an analysis last week on the costs of plans offered for that state’s resi­dents .

According to the Tribune, “21 of the 22 lowest-priced plans offered on the Illinois health insurance exchange for Cook County have annual deductibles of more than $4,000 for an individual and $8,000 for family coverage. … Plans with the least expensive monthly premiums — high­lighted by state and federal officials as proof the new law will keep costs low for con­sumers — have deductibles as high as $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families.” Even with federal subsidies, few Americans will bother to buy insurance with a $4,000 to $12,700 deductible. And millions won’t even be eli­gible for the subsidies.

Another indicator that Obamacare is “stumbling out of the gate” is the administration’s refusal to reveal sign-up rates. They claim they don’t know.

But a private-sector analy­sis showed that during the first week, less than 1 percent of those who entered the reg­istration site actually enrolled. London’s Daily Mail reported that the total sign-ups during the opening week of enroll­ment were just 51,000 people.

The “fly in the buttermilk” for the president is, according to the Congressional Budget Office, he needs at least 7 million people to join the exchanges for Obamacare to be financially viable.

So, despite the stated original goal of providing “affordable healthcare” for all Americans, the Democrat’s revised goal is now “survival” of Obamacare.

Hindsight being 20/20, Republicans should now step back and begin illuminating the failures of what may be destined to become Barack Obama’s signature failure — Obamacare.

Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regu­lar contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

OBAMACARE FUNDS ABORTION WITH YOUR TAXES

13 Oct

ABORTIONXObamacare funds 111,500 Abortions per Year with your Taxes. Take action!

The Obamacare (Un)Affordable Care Act has begun paying for an estimated 111,500 abortions per year with your tax dollars, reports National Review.

“An analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute published this week suggests that the number of abortions that will be heavily subsidized via federal premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion is likely to be between 71,000 and 111,500 per year. This approaches one in ten abortions performed in the United States.

“The number is split roughly 50-50 between abortions subsidized by Abortion-Subsidizing Plans in states that have not barred them from their exchanges and abortions newly reimbursable under Medicaid expansion in states that use their own taxpayer funds to underwrite them.

“Social conservatives are rightly alarmed about the impact of Obamacare on abortion subsidies and reimbursement.”

Watch! Dr. Chaps’ 7-minute commentary on why Obamacare pays for 111,500 abortions per year with your tax dollars–>

[Dr. Chaps’ comment: This is now the third way Obamacare funds abortion:

1. Section 18023 of the (Un)Affordable Care Act states: “Abortions for which public funding is allowed. The services described in this clause are abortions for which the expenditure of Federal funds appropriated for the Department of Health and Human Services is permitted.”

2. The HHS Mandate authorized by Obamacare was enacted by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and forces Christian business owners (like Hobby Lobby’s Green family) to pay for abortions with their own private insurance dollars.

3. Now the Medicaid expansion listed above forces 1/2 of all state insurance plans to offer abortion service that will kill up to 111,500 children per year with YOUR taxes.

Isn’t abortion horrible enough without our tax money paying for it? Let’s defund Obamacare and petition Congress to hold the line:

SELECT HERE TO SIGN FAX PETITION, AND WE WILL FAX ALL 535 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AUTOMATICALLY (saving you time!) TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, STOP FUNDING ABORTION AND DEATH PANELS Free option here.

Ted Cruz’s dad: Obamacare includes Suicide Counseling

Senator Ted Cruz’s father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, ripped into the 25 “Republican in name only” senators who broke with his son’s budget brinksmanship, endorsing primary challenges against them, during a speech Friday night in Colorado, reports Politico.

In a speech in Colorado, the Republican senator’s dad (who fled Cuba as a teenager and now lives in a Dallas suburb), also said Obamacare “rationed” care for the elderly and includes “suicide counseling.”

If you have just 8 minutes, you really, really should watch here Pastor Rafael Cruz’ personal story about growing up under socialism in Cuba.

I attended the Cruz rally in Colorado Springs last weekend, and WOW was I inspired. [See Dr. Chaps and Pastor Rafael Cruz, pictured right–>]

Do you want free Obamacare? Move to Cuba.

Did you know Cuba gives free health care? But the cost of that socialism has bankrupted businesses, so the average salary in Cuba is $19 per month.

Socialism destroys businesses, and makes private heatlh care impossible to afford.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) now calls Obamacare the “Unaffordable Care Act.”

4.9 million working class Americans have lost their health insurance since President Obama took office. 83% of doctors consider quitting their practice because of Obamacare. $716 Billion has been taken away from Medicare (Senior Citizens who earned care) to fund Medicaid (young people who do not work) by Obamacare.

Obamacare became law without one Republican vote. Let the Democrats try to fund it without one Republican vote. Sign our petition today:

SELECT HERE TO SIGN FAX PETITION, AND WE WILL FAX ALL 535 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AUTOMATICALLY (saving you time!) TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, STOP FUNDING ABORTION AND DEATH PANELS Free option here.

Boehner stands Firm. But how Soon will his Backbone turn to Jello?

I must admit I’m surprised by the courage and backbone recently shown by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who did not yet cave in to fund Obamacare, despite President Obama’s threat to shut down the government on his radio show last weekend.

Speaker Boehner had been expected by many, right and left, to cave-in to the President’s threats and fund Obamacare, out of fear that Republicans would be blamed by the main stream media.

Yes, Republicans have been falsely blamed by the media, but No, it is not Boehner or Ted Cruz who shut it down. In truth, Republicans in the House voted 228 – 201 to pass a bill that funded the ENTIRE government, except Obamacare.

Harry Reid and all Democrat Senators shut down the government rather than defund Obamacare. Now Reid is offering budget conferees, in other words he will ask Democrats to actually pass and negotiate a real budget, which is their job that for years they failed to perform.

Watch! Dr. Alan Keyes’ breathtaking interview defending Personhood, defeating Obamacare, and why we must shut down funding of Planned Parenthood–>

Thanks to Senator Ted Cruz’s leadership, the Republicans could NOT cave in right away, and were forced by the American people’s support for Ted Cruz to stand firm.

For now.

But the countdown to compromise is on. How long can Boehner wait until he is entirely “villified” by the press? Actually such villification is a badge of honor. My respect for the Speaker grows, the longer he endures the slings and arrows of their outrage.

If you agree with me, that Obamacare should be defunded, sign our petition to Congress. Let’s demand Speaker Boehner keep his backbone.

SELECT HERE TO SIGN FAX PETITION, AND WE WILL FAX ALL 535 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AUTOMATICALLY (saving you time!) TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, STOP FUNDING ABORTION AND DEATH PANELS Free option here.

21 Hours: Ted Cruz says he could have talked longer. Help him stop Obamacare!

The heroic Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took an historic stand to defund Obamacare (which I call Obamasick, since socialism takes care away from more than it helps).

Cruz spoke Tuesday and Wednesday for 21 hours after his promise to speak on the Senate floor “until I am no longer able to stand” in opposition to President Obama’s health care law, reports WBIR. He could have gone longer, he said, but was stopped by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in a procedural agreement.

The Senate then voted 100-0 to fund the government through 15 Nov, returning the debate to the House of Representatives.

“Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have led the defund effort despite criticism from Senate Republicans who view their tactics as short-sighted because there is no chance of passage up against a Democratic-led Senate and Obama’s veto pen.

“Despite the Republican senators’ efforts, the chamber is on track to clear a key procedural hurdle Wednesday to ultimately advance a stopgap spending bill that leaves intact President Obama’s health care law.

“Filibusters stop people from voting, and we are going to vote tomorrow,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Tuesday. Cruz took to the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. EST Tuesday (and was still speaking well after midnight Wednesday), but under Senate rules Reid will be able to hold a procedural vote to take up the stopgap spending bill around noon Wednesday no matter how long Cruz intends to speak.

“Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, posted on Twitter that Cruz and Reid had pre-negotiated the terms of Cruz’s floor time.”

[Dr. Chaps’ comment: Friends, my sources say Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn, two Republican leaders, plan to vote to fund Obamacare and will NOT support Sen. Cruz. But if all Republican House members stand together, we can stop this funding cold.]

Let’s petition all 435 Congressmen to DEFUND Obamasick:

SELECT HERE TO SIGN FAX PETITION, AND WE WILL FAX ALL 535 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AUTOMATICALLY (saving you time!) TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, STOP FUNDING ABORTION AND DEATH PANELS Free option here.

God Bless you, in Jesus’ name,

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD

P.S. Prefer to donate by mail? Please mail paper check or money orders to: The Pray In Jesus Name Project, PO Box 77077, Colorado Springs, CO 80970.

Obamacare is beginning to show it’s dark side.

30 Aug

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http://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinions/x1986653757/Obamacare-starts-to-have-an-impact

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http://www.wvha.org/Media/News-Center/NewsScan/2013/August/8-1-Editorial-Mark-Caserta-GOP-must-offer-healthca.aspx

10 Aug

GOP GOAL MUST BE BEYOND DEFEATING OBAMACARE

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http://www.wvha.org/Media/News-Center/NewsScan/2013/August/8-1-Editorial-Mark-Caserta-GOP-must-offer-healthca.aspx

GOP MESSAGE MUST INCLUDE SOLUTIONS – NOT JUST DEFEATING OBAMACARE

1 Aug

one bill at at time

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinions/x1294062606/GOP-must-offer-healthcare-plan

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