The Industry Obamacare is Killing

In an ironic twist, a new Obamacare tax is adversely impacting a segment of the healthcare industry, with 33,000 jobs lost. This contradicts the claim by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week, that “there is absolutely no evidence … there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.” The Advance Medical Technology Association polled its membership to determine total jobs lost since the 2.3 excise tax on medical devices became effective in January 2013. Results determined that nearly one third of respondents had cut research and development due to the tax; approximately 10 percent had outsourced operations off-shore. Job losses are estimated at 14,000, while jobs not filled stand at 19.000.

Bipartisan support exists for growing jobs in technology manufacturing, yet there is no agreement on how to repeal this relatively new, harmful tax.

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Busted State Obamacare Websites Haven’t Caught Up to Healthcare.gov

Last fall, as the healthcare.gov website was down for approximately 60 days, a handful of states took the initiative crafting their own. The results, inclusive of enrollment numbers, have been mixed at best, with modest successes in Kentucky and California, but not so much in Maryland and Massachusetts. The situation became so critical in Oregon, the state resorted to offline, paper healthcare applications. Congressional Republicans have called for investigations, especially in blue states.

As much as $500 million in new insurance marketplace grants have been awarded to at least three blue states.

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Something Incredible Happens When a Citizen Asks Minnesota Democrats This Very Simple Obamacare Question

Lawmakers, usually noted for long-winded debates, especially during filibusters, were left speechless in the town of Mankato Minnesota. On Wednesday, February 19, this phenomenon occurred following a citizen’s question at a town hall event. “I thought the affordable Care Act would save $2,500 per family. What happened?” Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tim Walz, both of Minnesota, were left speechless. The crowd laughed as both lawmakers just stared at one another. Adding more to this awkward moment, Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson replied, “I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that.” The audience applauded.

Many Democrats are now distancing themselves from both Obama and the Affordable Healthcare Act, especially as they get closer to mid-term elections.

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Obamacare’s Relationship Status? ‘It’s Complicated,’ Biden Says

In Minneapolis on February 19, Vice-President Joe Biden began back-tracking on Obamacare enrollment projections. “[W]e may not get to 7 million, but if we get to 5 or 6 million that’s a hell of a start.” Biden added: “We didn’t want this to start off as shaky as it did. But it’s complicated.” Biden’s remarks were made before women, during an unannounced coffee shop trip, who have been Navigators or signed up for coverage.

If America’s relationship with Obamacare is complicated, is a breakup, a reconciliation, or therapy next?

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Good Health Policy Doesn’t Force People to Choose Between Coverage and Dignity

Pope Francis is uniting diverse groups with equally divergent opinions on a range of social issues. In part, he has done so by refocusing the Church’s emphasis on the poor – which many laud.

While the Pope has decried the free-market system as “where the powerful feed upon the powerless”, he has also described unemployment as “a burden on our conscience”, that God wants our “dignity to begin with (work).” Some 91.5 million are out of work in the U.S. Those looking for work is at a 35 year low. This month a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report details how Obamacare would do away with 2.5 million jobs by discouraging individuals from remaining on the factory floor, or at the office. Would the Pope find this and other Obamacare end-results disturbing?

The affordable Healthcare Act – better known as Obamacare – also discourages marriage, which best protects children from poverty and crime.

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Even Low Income Families Will Pay Thousands of Dollars in Obamacare Taxes

The American Enterprise Institute’s Chris Conover claims there are 21 different taxes throughout the Affordable Healthcare Act (“Obamacare”), and they’re all designed to raise $1 trillion in taxes over the next 10 years. Even the lowest income earning families will owe $7,000. Only 30% of these taxes will be borne by affluent families, those earning between $200,000 to $250,000 annually.

Those facing the $7,000 tab earned $19,000 per year in 2012.

Read more at Forbes

In Florida, Early Test of Obamacare’s Potency in 2014 Elections

Though the November 2014 elections are 8 months away, a battle for an open Florida congressional seat is a high-stakes, early challenge regarding a critical question for the fall: how Republican-led challenges to Obamacare will ultimately play out – then. One candidate running is Democrat Alex Sink, the state’s former chief financial officer. If she wins, Democrats may rest easy that they might be able to successfully counteract Republican-led attacks on the ACA.

The Congressional Race is towards a special election, to be held March 11 in Florida Gulf Coast’s District 13. Candidates are vying to succeed the late Republican, Bill Young, who at one point voted to repeal Obamacare. The Republican running for the seat is David Jolly who has said Democrats are wrong on the issues, including the ACA.

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Who Will Help the Newly Insured?

New health benefits generate new questions. Most states have either rejected or exhausted funds for consumer assistance directed at helping the ObamaCare newly insured navigate the nebulous provisions regarding the se of their coverage. Some states’ governors never even sought funds for such assistance, while others have used up federal cash for such programs, as they struggle to keep them afloat. Only 12 states and the District of Columbia offer such help. Otherwise, ObamaCare enrollees are on their own.

Those who never been insured or who have lengthy lapses in coverage “are often bewildered by the process.” The need for translating ObamaCare lingo is significant.

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Uproar over ObamaCare’s Menu Rules

Controversies about the Affordable Healthcare Act (better known as Obamacare) now include food. Some bipartisan lawmakers are asking the Obama administration to back off on draft regulations forcing restaurants to feature nutritional details on menus. It seems the FDA is putting finishing touches on a rule mandating calorie labels on vending machines, as well as at restaurants and “similar retail food establishments.” While the goal may be more consumer choice, pizza parlors and grocery stores complain the regulations are difficult to uphold. The FDA has withdrawn from dialog with the affected food industries.

Read more at The Hill

Los Angeles Restaurant Adds Obamacare Surcharge

A Los Angeles restaurant has added a surcharge to help cover health insurance costs for its employees under Obamacare.

Republique, a popular French bistro in the Hancock Park area, has placed a notice to its customers on the bottom of its menu.

Read more at Newsmax