Obamacare in action: Target ends health coverage for part time employees
Mega-retailer Target just announced that they are ending all health insurance coverage for part time employees.
Target Corp said it will stop offering health coverage to part-time workers, citing new public insurance exchanges floated by the U.S. government.
Less than 10 percent of the company’s 361,000 employees currently participate in the insurance plan that is being discontinued, Target said in a company blog post on Tuesday.
"By offering them insurance, we could actually disqualify many of them from being eligible for newly available subsidies that could reduce their overall health insurance expense," Target said.
The public exchanges set up under the health care law, also known as Obamacare, allow individuals to buy government-subsidized healthcare based on their income.
The health insurance coverage will be discontinued from April 1.
"Target will provide U.S. stores’ part-time team members who are currently enrolled in Target’s health coverage and who are losing access to that coverage a $500 cash payment," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president of Human Resources at Target said in a company blog post.
The retailer joins a list of companies looking for ways to tackle rising healthcare costs. In September, Home Depot said it was shifting medical coverage for part-time workers to new public marketplace exchanges.
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The more we see of Obamacare’s implementation, the more its negative effects on the economy become clear. The ironically named “Affordable Care Act” is making health care less affordable across the board, and some of the people who were supposed to be the most benefitted are ending the biggest victims.
2:02 pm • 22 January 2014 • View comments
A grim milestone: 55 million abortions since Roe v. Wade
Forty years ago, the Supreme Court made one of the costliest decisions in American History, allowing the legal killing of unborn children through the practice of abortion. Today, we solemnly note the terrible truth that over the past 40 years, 55 million innocent lives have been cruelly ended.
from Life News:
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about today?
Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my living room working while watching my sons play. I began to think about what my life would have been without them. How different I would be. How their lives have already made this world a different place since they were born. How much I would hurt if I had chosen abortion.
Then, I thought of the more than 55,000,000 lives that have been taken in the U.S. since 1973, and I became overwhelmed at the tragedy. Tragedy for the babies, their mothers, their fathers, families, and us.
Who is our nation missing? What price is our society paying for the ultimate deceit of abortion?
40 years ago today, seven men on the Supreme Court decided in favor of a case presented to them from a 27 year-old, unknown, post-abortive lawyer, Sarah Weddington. That case was Roe v. Wade and, along with its companion Doe v. Bolton, it legalized abortion in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason, in the United States.
Today, this 27 year-old is writing to you as a survivor of that decision. The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation is missing. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives.
You see, Miss Weddington’s generation got it wrong. In attempting to correct gender inequality in the workplace and in our society, they set into motion the ultimate act of discrimination – abortion. Instead of glorifying motherhood, they pitted the mother against her child, creating an endless cycle of selfishness, pain, and deceit.
But this generation is determined to set it right. We’ve seen the ultrasounds of our siblings, googled “abortion” and seen the bloody images, and sat with a friend as she cried about her abortion. This youth generation is the most pro-life generation of young people since 1973; we’re even more pro-life than even our parents’ generation. And this week our presence will be known as this generation will be the predominant participants in Wednesday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. and pro-life rallies across the nation.
This week, we will be proudly carrying our “I am the Pro-Life Generation” signs, and Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry will watch their target audience slip away.
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Reading columns like this give me hope that perhaps someday in the not so distant future, we might begin to pull back the reigns on the atrocities that have taken place in the post-Wade America. We have stood by the silent genocide of a generation, and that will forever be a stain on this country’s legacy.
12:26 pm • 21 January 2014 • View comments
Mark Levin ROASTS Obama over NFL comments: “I wouldn’t let my son be an ambassador under you.”
President Obama often uses an imaginary son to make political points. He recently said that he wouldn’t allow his son to play football because of the danger of injury in the sport.
Mark Levin zinged Obama’s comments and made up a son of his own.
On his Monday radio program, conservative talk show host Mark Levin reacted to President Barack Obama’s remarks about football and not allowing his son to play football if he had one:
"So he wouldn’t let his son play football -– this pretend son that he has," Levin said. "It’s like Jimmy Stewart with the pretend rabbit. Well let me tell you something Mr. President — I wouldn’t let my son be an ambassador under you. I’d much rather that he played football."
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At least in football, you’re given protection. Not so much if you’re one of Obama’s foreign ambassador’s.
12:16 pm • 21 January 2014 • View comments
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: Conservatives no longer welcome in New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office is trying to walk back some statements he made this week about conservatives living in his state. Calling pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment New Yorkers “extremists,” he said that such people are not welcome in the Empire State.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo came under fire for criticizing pro-life and pro-Second Amendment citizens of his state — and saying “that is not who New Yorkers are.”
Their problem is not me and democrats, their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.
Now his office is backtracking and insisting that the governor said “‘it is fine’ to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice – as he respects both positions.”
And they’re attacking the New York Post for highlighting Cuomo’s extreme comments. “The Post can allow any person they want to publish in their paper but if they are to retain any credibility they cannot be entirely reckless with facts and the truth.”
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After Cuomo’s comments went public, conservative talk show host Sean Hannity vowed to move all his operations out of the state of New York and take all the jobs associated with his radio and TV shows with him. Glenn Beck made a similar statement in an open letter, threatening to move hundreds of jobs from his media empire out of New York permanently.
12:10 pm • 21 January 2014 • View comments
Racist North Carolina NAACP president: Black GOP Senator Tim Scott is “a ventriloquist’s dummy”
The left loves to hurl charges of racism at conservatives, but if they encounter a black conservative, heads explode. A black conservative? How is this possible?
That’s exactly the attitude of NC’s NAACP president, who assumes that all good black Americans must also be good liberals.
from Daily Caller:
On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP denounced conservatives and denigrated one of the U.S. Senate’s two black senators.
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Rev. William Barber II said of South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, according to South Carolina’s The State. “[T]he extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
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He stops just shy of calling him an “Uncle Tom.” This is typical behavior of the left, who just people not on the content of their character as Dr. King pleaded for us to do. Instead, they look at the color of one’s skin, and assume that if you’re a black conservative, you must be somebody else’s “dummy.”
12:01 pm • 21 January 2014 • View comments
Touré: MLK was totally a Marxist
Since Ronald Reagan declared Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday (which was actually Jan. 15th) a national holiday in 1983, millions of Americans have celebrated and remembered the life and legacy of the conservative Republican along with the contributions he made to the elimination of racism. But how does one of the beneficiaries of Dr. King’s actions remember him? Apparently as a full-blown Marxist who didn’t live long enough to see his ultimate goal of complete redistribution of wealth realized. Mmmkay…
MSNBC host Touré celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday in a unique fashion. He sought to correct the record about King’s legacy by insisting that the civil rights leader advocated for, as part of his war on poverty, a guaranteed income and an occupation. He added that access to government benefits, like food stamps, result in general outcomes for those that enjoy them than those who do not.
Touré began by playing a clip of King lamenting the condition of so many whites in the 1960s receiving farming benefits who did not earn them. Touré said that King’s final crusade against poverty was his last campaign.
The MSNBC host said that King advocated for an “economic bill of rights that would provide a guaranteed income that would make sure that every American had a concrete amount to spend each year.”
“He meant for government to ensure every American a reasonable income that would be linked to inflation,” he continued. “Government would also have a responsibility to create jobs.” Touré added that King was in the process of “drafting a multi-racial army of the poor to dramatize their plight” just prior to his assassination.
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This is me right now (content warning)
Seriously. What is he talking about? Is he thinking of Joseph Stalin, maybe?
This really is amazing. The left has no problem rewriting history to turn any great historical leader into a Marxist while, at the same time, turning any universally hated figure into a small-government conservative. It’s this media tactic that has led to the belief that Hitler, the leader of the NAZIs, Germany’s National Socialism party, was also somehow a rich Republican Baptist Tea Partier who probably, at one point, lived in the racist deep south, wore confederate flag pajamas and listened to Rush Limbaugh.
But I digress. The point here is that Touré, along with his fellow liberty-haters in the media and in Washington will stop at nothing to advance their agenda, even if it means utterly lying about history.
10:54 pm • 20 January 2014 • View comments
Yet another cancer patient forced to delay treatment because of Obamacare
Josie Gracchi, who has ductal-invasive carcinoma, a common form of breast cancer in women, recently had her health insurance plan rolled over to one of the Obamacare plans. The good news is that she’s (supposedly) covered. The bad news is that her “coverage” makes her lose access to her trusted doctors and the facility where her upcoming surgery was to be performed. Yay DMV healthcare!
From Fox News:
A woman diagnosed with breast cancer, whose life-saving surgery has been postponed after she lost her doctors under ObamaCare, made a heartfelt plea Sunday to President Obama to amend the Affordable Care Act.
In an exclusive appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Josie Gracchi, who has been diagnosed with ductal-invasive carcinoma, looked into the camera and addressed Obama: “I would like my health care taken care of. I was insured. I think anyone who is going through a serious illness should have immediate responses. I shouldn’t have to wait months, weeks, to even be considered for surgery that I should have had weeks ago.”
Gracchi was forced to postpone her Jan. 3 biopsy and follow-up treatment at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the largest private cancer center in the world, when her insurance rolled over into a new plan that was part of an exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
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Let’s be clear, her doctor is still practicing medicine and the facility where her surgery was scheduled is still in operation, it’s just that the federal government won’t permit her to see her doctor or have surgery at that facility.
Remember that whole “if you like your doctor” thing? Yeah. Me too.
Remember, none of the atrocities happening as a direct result of Obamacare were unpredictable. None of them. On the contrary. They were very predictable…for those willing to think.
1:37 am • 20 January 2014 • View comments
Uh oh: Chris Christie administration now accused of holding Sandy relief money hostage
The bad news for Chris Christie just keeps on coming, and this time, it’s worse than putting up a few traffic cones.
Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelopment plan favored by the governor, according to the mayor and emails and personal notes she shared with msnbc.
The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, hasn’t approved the project, but she did request $127 million in hurricane relief for her city of Hoboken – 80% of which was underwater after Sandy hit in October 2012. What she got was $142,000 to defray the cost of a single back-up generator plus an additional $200,000 in recovery grants.
In an exclusive interview, Zimmer broke her silence and named Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Richard Constable, Christie’s community affairs commissioner, as the two officials who delivered messages on behalf of a governor she had long supported.
“The bottom line is, it’s not fair for the governor to hold Sandy funds hostage for the City of Hoboken because he wants me to give back to one private developer,” she said Saturday on UP w/ Steve Kornacki. “… I know it’s very complicated for the public to really understand all of this, but I have a legal obligation to follow the law, to bring balanced development to Hoboken.”
Constable and Christie – through spokespersons – deny Zimmer’s claims.
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Look, I understand that politics is a dirty business, and there’s no doubt that the Democrats are out to kill Christie’s career. It’s possible that none of these allegations could be true. At the same time, Chris Christie is a big government, establishment Republican, and I wouldn’t exactly be sad if this knocked him out of the running in 2016.
Most importantly, the people of New Jersey and the rest of the United States deserve to know the truth about what happened to their tax money after Hurricane Sandy. Hopefully, getting to the bottom of all this will keep Democrats occupied while a true liberty-minded candidate lays the groundwork for 2016.
11:21 am • 18 January 2014 • View comments
Teachers unions refuse to support bill to keep sex predators out of classrooms
If you had any inkling that the teachers unions existed to help better the education of our nation’s children, this story will make you think again.
from Wall Street Journal:
Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against a child—whether a misdemeanor or felony—would be ineligible for school employment. Background checks would be more thorough, using expanded databases including the FBI’s fingerprint database, the national and state sex offender registries. And districts would be prohibited from knowingly unloading sex abusers on other schools—a practice known as “pass the trash.”
These are sensible measures that are overdue. Yet the two most powerful teachers unions in the country have voiced objections to the bill. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers complained about the bill before it passed the House. The NEA claimed in a letter to House members that background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact.” Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief, warned of inaccuracies in the FBI database and cautioned that teachers would be inconvenienced by potentially long screening delays.
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This is typical behavior of teachers unions. They exist only to circle the wagons around their own and milk the taxpayers for all that they’ve got.
American teachers, parents, and, most importantly, children would be better off if the national teachers unions disappeared completely. Education would improve, teacher pay would be better (because schools would no longer be forced to tenure bad teachers), and educators would be more accountable to their local communities.
10:09 am • 18 January 2014 • View comments
Boy in “tragic” viral photo of Syrian orphan is not Syrian and is not an orphan
Have you seen this photo floating around. It purportedly shows a Syrian orphan sleeping between his parents’ graves. The image has made the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Here’s an example of how the image has been portrayed:
Even the Syrian rebels have been using the image as propaganda. This tweet came from the Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba:
He has since deleted the tweet after the photographer who took the photo revealed that this photo has absolutely nothing to do with Syria and that the boy in the photo is not an orphan.
Even the piles of rocks in the photos are not graves. They’re just piles of rocks.
From the photographer’s own lips:
The photographer is twenty five year old Saudi national Abdul Aziz al Otaibi. I decided to call him and ask for his comments. And sure – he is pretty annoyed by all of it.
“Look, it’s not true at all that my picture has anything to do with Syria,” Al-Otaibi says, “I am really shocked how people have twisted my picture.”
I talked to Al-Otaibi over the phone via an interpreter. He is in the town of Yanbu al Bahr (Spring by the Sea) in Saudi Arabia, where he is a keen photographer. In the meantime, I am in southern Turkey, on the border with Syria.
“I love photography,” he continues over the phone, “Every artist has ideas in his head. So I had the idea to make a project whereby I show in pictures how the love of a child for his parents is irreplaceable. This love cannot be substituted by anything or anybody else, even if the parents are dead.”
To finalize his art project, Abdul Aziz al Otaibi took his car and drove three weeks ago to the outskirts of Yanbu, 250 kilometers away from Jeddah. Here he build from stones two graves. He asked the young son of his sister to lay in between the graves and cover himself with a blanket. “Of course I would never ever put a child between two real graves,” he says, “I would be very much against that.”
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One of the first people to post the image and lie about its origins was an American Muslim who uses the Twitter handle AmericanBadu. Otaibi confronted the liar on Twitter and explained to him that he was grossly misrepresenting the truth of the photo.
In the meantime, photographer Al-Otaibi complains via Direct Message (DM) to @americanbadu. He asks the American convert: “Why did you take my picture and claim it is an image from Syria? Please correct it.”
@americanbadu’s reply in DM was the following:
“Why don’t you just let go and claim it is a picture from Syria and gain a reward from God. You are exaggerating.”
So there you have it. That’s the attitude of so many of the people who are willing to lie and twist the truth about what is really happening in Syria. They lie because it makes them feel good about themselves.
But the uncomfortable truth is that there is unspeakable brutality happening on the side of the Syrian rebels too, and Americans are foolish to fall for the propaganda efforts of the either side.
11:25 am • 17 January 2014 • View comments
NSA collecting 200 million text messages per day
You know, when I think of a massive, centralized government collecting the private information of every American against their will, regardless of innocence, warrant or even suspicion, and storing that information forever on hard drives that can only be accessed by a select few members of the wealthy aristocratic ruling class, I can’t help but think “this is exactly what our founders had in mind.” Ugh.
From The Guardian:
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their contacts – is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.
The NSA program, codenamed Dishfire, collects “pretty much everything it can”, according to GCHQ documents, rather than merely storing the communications of existing surveillance targets.
The NSA has made extensive use of its vast text message database to extract information on people’s travel plans, contact books, financial transactions and more – including of individuals under no suspicion of illegal activity.
An agency presentation from 2011 – subtitled “SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit” – reveals the program collected an average of 194 million text messages a day in April of that year.
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Don’t be so naive as to think that this is actually about national security. (As an aside, as I’ve stated many times, even if it were about national security, it wouldn’t matter. Liberty is more precious than security. See Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin). Just like Obamacare, gun control and welfare, it’s not about helping people. It. Is. About. Big. Government. It always has been. Remember that.
11:07 am • 17 January 2014 • View comments
Uber Liberal Slate Magazine tweets a zinger at Obama’s NSA smoke and mirrors
Ordinarily, I can’t stand the tripe that comes out of Slate Magazine, but I will admit that this tweet is utterly hilarious.
Dear Obama…nobody is buying your bologna today. Please stop wasting our time.
10:40 am • 17 January 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Texas man arrested for warning drivers of police speed trap
The state doesn’t like competition, especially when it interferes with their revenue generation. A Texas man is finding this out the hard way after he was arrested for holding a sign warning drivers of an upcoming police speed trap.
Here’s the video:
Ron Martin argues he has a First Amendment right to warn drivers of a police speed trap in his community after officers arrested him for violating the city’s sign ordinance.
Officers handcuffed Martin along Eldorado Parkway near Preston Road last October for holding a sign that alerted drivers to a speed trap nearby.
"I observed a couple cars drive by traveling westbound waving at us,” the police officer wrote in Martin’s arrest report. “Mr. Martin was observed standing in the center median of the six-lane divided roadway … holding a sign in his right hand up over his shoulders that read ‘Police Ahead.’"
When two officers left the enforcement area and drove over to Martin, he pulled out his mobile phone and used it to record his own arrest.
Martin told News 8 that he is not opposed to speed traps.
“Absolutely not,” Martin said. “I think it’s absolutely important for officers to be on the streets and enforce laws.”
On Wednesday afternoon, he made his first court appearance on the misdemeanor charge.
“Ultimately, we’re trying to do the exact same thing,” Martin insisted. “I just don’t wear a uniform. I’m the same thing as a speed limit sign, just reminding people that there is a limit here.”
Martin said he wants people to drive more slowly through his community.
Still, Frisco police cited him for violating the city’s sign ordinance, which says the person holding a sign has to be on private property.
Martin was in the median.
But argues that Frisco’s ordinance doesn’t apply to him since he’s not a business.
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Martin is absolutely right about his 1st Amendment right to hold a sign. He has every Constitutional protection against police harassment for doing what he did.
Beyond the free speech element, what Martin has demonstrated here is that the police in Frisco were not there to ensure public safety. There were there to set a revenue generation trap. If safe driving speeds were their concerns, they would have allowed Martin to hold his sign because it was apparently more effective at actually slowing drivers than the speed trap down the road.
10:33 am • 17 January 2014 • View comments
Even the White House’s Medicaid enrollment numbers are totally bogus
The Obamacare enrollment numbers are atrocious. This is a fact. Even the trumped up numbers from the White House fall far below the targets needed to make the program sustainable by their own measures.
Take a look at this tweet from Barack Obama himself:
Throughout the rollout process, the White House has dished out bogus numbers to the press, padding the private insurance plan enrollments with individuals who have merely “selected a plan” but have not actually paid for it. It has become increasingly clear that the majority of Obamacare enrollment has come on the Medicaid side of the equation. However, yesterday, even that side of the White House’s numbers began to fall apart.
Megyn Kelly explained last night on her show:
If you don’t believe Megyn Kelly (because she’s on Fox and you don’t like Fox…blah blah blah), take a look at her source material for the piece.
First Real Clear Politics:
But I haven’t really seen much discussion about the Medicaid figures. The 4 million new beneficiaries seems to be taking on near-canonical status, even being used by the fact checkers at the Washington Post for evaluating GOP claims.
This is odd, because after looking carefully at the numbers cited, the Medicaid figures are the weakest of the bunch. It’s a virtual certainty that the number of enrollments attributable to Obamacare is an order of magnitude less than the 4 million sign-ups implied, and the number of people [on Medicaid] who would actually lose their insurance if Obamacare were repealed is probably around 200,000 to 300,000.
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Sean Trende goes on to point out here that Medicaid was already a massive program before Obamacare and the bulk of the 4 million number is from people who were renewing their existing plans.
The Washington Post’s fact checker piled on, even going so far as to give himself 3 Pinocchios for using the bogus numbers in the past:
Essentially, then, it is ridiculous to suggest, as the @BarackObama tweet does, that the people who have selected a health plan in the exchanges are in anyway equivalent to the 3.9 to 4.2 million who were deemed eligible for Medicaid.
Soon, CMS will release the Medicaid numbers for December. Presumably the new numbers will reveal as little about the impact of the Affordable Care Act as the 3.9 million figure. Reporters need to be very careful about using the new figure in any sentence that includes a reference to the new health-care law.
We’re awarding Three Pinocchios to everyone, including The Fact Checker, who improperly used this number or left the wrong impression about it.
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You’ve heard the expression, “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Well, the Obama administration can’t even get their statistics right.
9:58 am • 17 January 2014 • View comments
VIDEO: Piers Morgan blames Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own murder in Benghazi
The ever vile Piers Morgan is hopping onto the bandwagon the started yesterday over on MSNBC yesterday morning, blaming Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death in Benghazi.
here’s the video:
As we pointed out before, Piers’s point is in complete defiance of the facts, as Stevens repeatedly sounded the alarm about safety conditions in Benghazi and was repeatedly rebuffed by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Something that McCain fails to point out here is that uniformed military assistance would have been a direct violation of Obama’s own “no boots on the ground” policy in Libya. There were plenty of other ways that the State Department and the Obama administration could have kept the US facilities there secure, including standard security protocols that are in place at virtually every US embassy in the world that simply were not in place in Benghazi.
What you’re seeing here is the left’s new play to let Hillary Clinton and Obama off the hook. It’s blame the victim, pure and simple, and it’s disgusting.
9:38 am • 17 January 2014 • View comments