Monday, May 5, 2014

Tax-raising Affordable Care Act started in wrong house of Congress!

Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | March 30, 2014 | By Paul J. Beard II, Timothy Sandefur
Sissel v. United States Department of Health & Human Services Status: Plaintiff appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Apppeals on Jul. 5, 2013. Briefing completed Dec. 20, 2013. Oral argument scheduled for May 8, 2014. Summary: Pacific Legal Foundation has launched a new constitutional cause of action against the federal Affordable Care Act. The ACA imposes a charge on Americans who fail to buy health insurance — a charge that the U.S. Supreme Court recently characterized as a federal tax. PLF’s amended complaint alleges that this purported tax is illegal because it was ntroduced in the Senate rather than the House, as required by the Constitution’s Origination Clause for new revenue-raising bills (Article I, Section 7). The Origination Clause argument is part of an amended complaint filed in PLF’s existing lawsuit against the ACA, Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, pending before Judge Beryl A. Howell, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. PLF’s Sissel lawsuit was on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court considered the challenge to the ACA from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and 26 states, in NFIB v. Sebelius. As initially filed, PLF’s Sissel lawsuit targeted the ACA’s individual mandate to buy health insurance as a violation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8). The Supreme Court agreed with this position, in the NFIB ruling. However, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by four justices, characterized the ACA’s charge as a federal “tax,” because it requires a payment to the federal government from people who decide not to buy health insurance. That holding prompted PLF’s new cause of action. . .
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Watching the Obama Presidency Die

Commentary Magazine ^ | 05.05.2014 | Peter Wehner
The news for Democrats, already bad this year, just got worse. Consider this story in the USA Today: A nationwide USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll shows the strongest tilt to Republican candidates at this point in a midterm year in at least two decades, including before partisan “waves” in 1994 and 2010 that swept the GOP into power. Though Election Day is six months away — a lifetime in politics — at the moment, Democrats are saddled by angst over the economy, skepticism about the health care law and tepid approval of the president. The specific data point worth focusing on is that registered voters favor a generic Republican over a generic Democrat by four points (47 percent v. 43 percent). As USA Today points out, “[The GOP] lead in the generic congressional ballot is the biggest at this point for Republicans in the past 20 years. In 1994, when the GOP would gain control of the House and Senate, Democrats held a 2-point advantage in the spring of the election year. In 2010, when Republicans would win back the House, the two sides were even.”
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It’s Official: The IRS Will Raid Your Tax Data Through Obamacare!

theblaze.com ^ | may 5, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
The Internal Revenue Service this week will publish a final rule requiring Obamacare health insurance exchanges to hand over key personal data to the IRS, which will use the information to implement the tax aspects of the controversial health care law. The IRS rule covers health exchanges that sell insurance to individuals, and it takes effect this year. That means people enrolled in an Obamacare exchange this year will have their information given to the IRS as soon as it’s needed for tax purposes. Information to be handed over from Obamacare exchanges includes names, addresses, taxpayer identification numbers, insurance premium amounts, the name of the insurance issuer, and the insurance plan policy number issued by the exchanges. The IRS says this data is needed to assess whether people are eligible for a health insurance tax credit. “This tax credit can help make purchasing health insurance coverage more affordable for people with moderate incomes,” according to the IRS. The rule is being published amid ongoing concerns about data security, and after the troubled launch of the healthcare.gov website that exposed many technical glitches. Those issues have some worried that the personal data people give to the exchanges will be at risk.
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65% of Americans Want Next President to Change Obama's Policies!

Townhall ^ | 05/05/2014 | Heather Ginsburg
It doesn’t really come as a surprise, but a new poll out today confirmed many of our suspicions. We can finally see that most Americans don’t like President Obama’s policies. In a new poll out today, it was revealed that almost two-thirds of Americans want the next president to change the current agenda.The new Pew poll results show that Obama is truly in a second-term slump. 65 percent of Americans surveyed said they want the next president to have different programs or policies from those of President Obama. Only 30 percent said they wanted similar policies carried out when we get a new president in the White House.Back in 2006, when President Bush was facing a similar slump, 77 percent said they wanted different policy initiatives. This desire for change was a big reason why Obama was elected, and now once again we are seeing the voters dissatisfied by their choices. Will we ever be happy with the choices we make for our leadership?At the very least we can be pretty sure this is going to have a big impact on what happens in 2016. Perhaps this is something that the republicans will have to try and capitalize on come 2014 and again in 2016.

American Legion calls for VA resignations!

The Hill ^ | May 5, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
The head of the largest advocacy group for U.S. military veterans on Monday called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other department leaders to resign. “As national commander of the nation’s largest veterans service organization, it is with great sadness that I call for the resignations of Secretary Shinseki, Under Secretary of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey,” said Daniel Dellinger of The American Legion. Speaking from the organization’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Dellinger said VA officials have demonstrated “poor oversight and failed leadership.” A series of scandals has “infected” the entire system, he said, outlining each of them. Last month, whistleblowers revealed the Phoenix VA Health Care System in Arizona had been using a secret waiting list that might have resulted in the deaths of 40 veterans. A number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill quickly demanded the launch of an immediate investigation. The latest scandal to surface was published on Sunday by USA Today, which found a VA clinic in Fort Collins, Colo. falsified appointment records to make it seem like the small staff of doctors was seeing patients within the agency’s goal of two weeks. Dellinger named several other scandals involving VA-operated facilities that have engaged in similar activity, adding “errors and lapses” can occur in any system. “But The American Legion expects when such errors and lapses are discovered, that they are dealt with swiftly and that the responsible parties are held accountable,” he said. “This has not happened at the Department of Veterans Affairs. There needs to be a change, and that change needs to occur at the top.” The last time the Legion has called for the resignation of a cabinet-level official was in 1941 when the group called on then-Labor Secretary Ray Marshall to step down. “It’s not something we do lightly. But we do so today because it is our responsibility as advocate for the men and women who have worn this nation’s uniform,” Dellinger said. The largest advocacy group for combat veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, said in a statement Monday that it supported the Legion's call for resignations. “It is paramount that Secretary Shinseki get publicly in front of this immediately to address the valid concerns of veterans and their families, and to reestablish the credibility of the entire VA health and benefits systems, and that of his own office,” said VFW National Commander William A. Thien. “The VFW looks forward to the swift completion of the ongoing VA Inspector General’s investigation, and we also support closer congressional oversight to help ensure that the VA does not fail in its mission to care for wounded, ill and injured veterans and their survivors,” he said. The Legion and VFW are not the first veterans groups to call for Shinseki’s resignation. Last year, the conservative-leaning non-profit organization Concerned Veterans for America issued a similar demand. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has also repeatedly called on Shinseki to step down. President Obama nominated Shinseki in 2008, and he was confirmed by the Senate the next year. He is a retired Army four-star general, and served as chief of staff of the Army from 1999 until 2003. He served in the Vietnam War in which he was wounded.

CNN Poll: GOP Advantage in Midterms

Political Ticker ^ | May 5, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser (CNN)
Washington (CNN) – A small edge right now in a key indicator of the midterm elections could lead to a big advantage for the Republicans over the Democrats come November.That's the suggestion from a new CNN/ORC International poll, that also indicates that President Barack Obama's lackluster approval ratings and pessimistic perceptions about the economy could also make 2014 a good year for the GOP at the ballot box.......................................................... Six months before Election Day, the GOP has a one point edge over the Democrats (46%-45%) among registered voters nationwide in the generic ballot. The question asks respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates. While that margin is well within the survey's sampling error, any advantage is noteworthy, since Republicans normally perform better among the smaller pool of those who vote in midterm elections than the wider group of registered voters.The GOP's margin grows 48%-45% when looking just at those who say they voted in the last midterm elections, in 2010."The results among 2010 voters is not a likely voter model because it is still too early to get a valid estimate on who is likely to vote this year. But looking at the 2010 electorate does help adjust for the fact that midterm voters are quite different from the general public or from voters who only vote in presidential years," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."That three-point margin may not sound like much, but it's pretty much where the GOP was in the spring of 2010 before the party went on to take control of the U.S. House in November thanks to a 63-seat pick up, and made a major dent in the Democrat's majority in the Senate," Holland added..
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Obamacare Makes It Easier than Ever to Free-Ride

Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Michael F. Cannaon
Even if Obamacare really has enrolled 8 million Americans through its health insurance exchanges, that’s not good enough. For the exchanges to work, people must enroll and stay enrolled. If too many enrollees drop out, premiums will climb until the exchanges collapse. The experts are already worried. An estimated third of those who sign up for Exchange plans haven’t paid their first premium. In Texas, an estimated 58 percent haven’t paid. As many as 5 percent stop paying after the first month. Rising premiums and skimpy coverage may lead even more enrollees to drop out But the most important factor might be that Obamacare itself makes it safer and more attractive than ever for healthy people to drop their coverage and wait until they get sick to re—enroll. Before Obamacare, choosing not to buy health insurance, at least for a time, was already a pretty safe bet for most healthy people. You saved thousands of dollars per year, and the odds of having unmet medical needs or unpaid medical bills were low. Under Obamacare, choosing not to buy health insurance can save you even more, and the downside is much, much smaller. First, the savings. Obamacare increases premiums for healthy people – in some cases, even if you qualify for a subsidy. So dropping coverage will save you even more money than before. (You can avoid the toothless penalty for people who don’t obtain coverage by ensuring the IRS won’t owe you a refund.) Second, Obamacare makes being uninsured a low—risk proposition than before. If you receive a serious diagnosis like diabetes or cancer while uninsured, Obamacare requires exchange plans to cover you, at the same premium as healthy people, no later than the following January. In many cases, you can get coverage even sooner. For example:
  • If you live in one of the 25 or so states implementing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, like California, you can get coverage immediately by temporarily reducing your income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $16,000 for single adults. Once January rolls around, you can enroll in an exchange plan and boost your income back to where it was. Depending on how often the state verifies Medicaid eligibility, you could return to your previous income even sooner.
  • If you don’t live in a Medicaid—expansion state, you can get covered immediately by moving to one, like this Idaho family did.
  • If you’re pregnant, you can get exchange coverage for both you and your child effective the day your child is born. You can enroll while you recover in the maternity ward. If you prefer immediate coverage for prenatal care and such, you can use one of the above strategies to enroll in Medicaid.
  • Newly married couples can get exchange coverage beginning the first day of the month following their nuptials, or even sooner. Just as some married couples get “Medicaid divorces” to qualify for government nursing—home subsidies, we may soon see uninsured singles with a sudden need for coverage entering into “Obamacare marriages,” and then divorcing when they become eligible to enroll on their own in January.
  • If you move to another state, or even within your own state, you can get exchange coverage beginning in about a month or less.
  • If you’re under age 26, you may be able to get coverage before January under a parent’s health plan.
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik adds you can also get exchange coverage immediately by “get[ting] yourself fired.” But then he falsely accuses me of “advis[ing] Americans not to sign up for Obamacare because there’s no downside to going without coverage.” Are you kidding me? I want people to have stable, secure health insurance. I oppose Obamacare because it creates so many incentives for people to free—ride that insurance markets could collapse. Before Obamacare, the downside of being uninsured was the small risk you might face a lifetime of unpaid medical bills. Hiltzik concedes the worst—case scenario under Obamacare is that you would need to cover a few months of medical bills. The more Americans figure out that Obamacare has made free—riding safer than ever, the more exchange enrollments will fall, posing a serious threat to Obamacare’s future.

White House Suggests it Won’t Cooperate with Benghazi Panel

Whitehousedossier.com ^ | May 5 2014 | Keith Koffle
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today indicated the White House will refuse to cooperate with a new House committee tasked with investigating Benghazi. “We have always cooperated with legitimate oversight,” Carney said this afternoon during the daily White House briefing. Asked whether the panel qualified as “legitimate,” he said: “I think if you look at what even some Republicans have said, it certainly casts doubt on the legitimacy of an effort that is so partisan in nature.” “You know, at some point, you just have to assume that Republicans will continue this because it feeds a political objective of some sort,” he added. “At the same time you have to ask, ‘What about the American people who want to see Congress work for them?’” Meanwhile, House Speaker Boehner today announced that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will chair the Benghazi committee. “With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice,” Boehner said. “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come.”

Liberals Beg Pelosi To Not Appoint Democrats To Benghazi Committee

The Daily Caller ^ | May 5, 2014 | Alex Pappas
Speaker of the House John Boehner has ordered the establishment of a new special committee to investigate the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi — but some liberals don’t want any Democrats to take part in the hearings. “Member of Congress told me she will urge Nancy Pelosi to appoint NO Democrats to Special Benghazi Committee,” liberal talk radio host Bill Press wrote on Twitter on Monday. “She’s right!” On Monday, Boehner announced that he is tapping South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to serve as chairman of the select committee hearings. “With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice,” Boehner said Monday. “Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come.” Boehner has long resisted calls from members of his party to establish a select committee — he has said the investigations going on in other committees are adequate — but said last week he decided a select committee was needed after determining that the Obama administration had withheld documents from a congressional subpoena....
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The Terrorist Delusions of Robert Redford

The Quadrant ^ | July 01st 2013 | Daryl McCann
Larry Grathwohl was an eyewitness to the infamous Flint War Council held from December 27 to 30, 1969. The Weathermen joined the Black Panthers, the White Panthers and other assorted “freedom fighters” in Michigan to discuss how an armed struggle might bring down the US government or, at the very least, show the communist movements in the Third World “they had support within the imperialistic mother country”. Probably the highest-ranking member of the Weather Bureau was Bernadine Dohrn, who set the tone for the War Council, praising Charles Manson for the slaying of the pregnant Sharon Tate and seven others back in August of that year. Exclaimed Dohrn: “Dig it. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room. Then they even shoved a fork into one’s stomach. Wild.” Too many people witnessed Dohrn’s nauseating invective for Bill Ayers, fellow Bureau member, to be able to deny it, and so later he claimed Dohrn was being ironic if somewhat tasteless. In 1980, the radical-cum-conservative writer David Horowitz interviewed thirty witnesses to Dohrn’s outburst, and all corroborated Grathwohl’s account of the occasion. Dohrn meant every word of it.
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