There’s a trio of Republican senators on Monday unveiled a sweeping alternative proposal they say would gut the law’s mandates and taxes while preserving consumer protections. Government has no business in healthcare to begin with. Had they left all alone, most of us would still have coverage.
The Daily Caller has reported that most congressional supporters of increasing the minimum wage do not pay their interns any salary at all. In other words they want to raise it to keep in power but stiff the taxpayers. A recent EPI survey found that that 96 percent of the 210 sponsors of the 2013 Fair Minimum Wage Act do not compensate their own interns.
As if the prostitution and corruption scandals aren’t enough, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez—is again under federal investigation for helping a pair of South American fugitives whose relatives donated big bucks to the senator.
Suppose you are being paid a healthy $165,000 a year, but your retirement is looming and your pension will amount to only $110,000. And you work under a public employee contract that allows you to count bonuses and other such income as salary, and you cash in $270,000 during your final year of work, bringing your pay to $435,000 for the year.
I don’t think those Democrats up for re-election think that way. Just days before Obama is set to give his state of the union address, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told ABC News that passing and implementing the president’s signature health care law is worth any political consequences, including losing the Democratically-controlled Senate to the Republicans.
Two weeks ago, he said 6 million people have signed up for his wonderful health insurance. Then last week, he changed it to 3 million. Now last night, during his state of the union address, he claims those 3 million + were young people on their parents’ insurance plan. Also another lie he told was that more than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.
Obama relentlessly argues the unemployed lack work through no fault of their own, and Republican reluctance to reinstate long-term jobless benefits is both heartless and harmful to the economy. Those assertions contradict the facts and sound economics. But the truth is that more people have lost jobs under Obama’s watch.
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain describes the tea party as “an attitude that’s not gone away” and says New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was wrong to portray the tea party’s call for smaller government as their weakness.
On Thursday, the Obama Administration said people enrolled in some small, government-sponsored healthcare plans will not face a penalty under Obamacare in 2014, even though their coverage does not meet the healthcare reform law’s minimum requirements. The New rules proposed by the IRS narrowly defined government coverage including programs limited to family planning or tuberculosis-related services through Medicaid do not meet minimum essential coverage standards.