• SCOTUS Set to Review Obamacare

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    Obamcare, which has faced legal challenges and setbacks since it’s enactment, is now headed to the Supreme Court.

    The Obama administration declined to request that the full U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit review an August ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This puts Obamacare on the fast track to the US Supreme Court and sets up an important ruling in the middle of the Presidential campaign season next year.

    While I remain optimistic that the US Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare, we cannot rely solely on them to undo this terrible law. We must continue the effort to repeal and defund it. Until it’s gone, it will continue to create employer uncertainty, damage the economy, and hit Americans with higher costs.

  • Obama targets big donors, weakens healthcare non-profits

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    President Obama is determined to establish the federal government as the sole provider for Americans in need.

    A central component of Obama’s recent spate of deficit reduction proposals is a new tax levy on charitable gifts from higher income donors. The rationale is to keep some taxpayers from enjoying more benefits from tax-deducted gifts than other taxpayers. The reality is this is a tax increase that will directly and adversely impact America’s non-profit community.

    Among the organizations directly threatened by this new tax on giving are the thousands of healthcare and hospital foundations that rely on generous donations from those with higher-incomes. These organizations are already struggling in the face of Obamacare’s onerous new regulations.

    What we know now about this new tax on giving:

    • It targets those with higher incomes who make significant donations
    • It doesn’t affect those with higher incomes who don’t give to charity
    • It increases the amount required by higher income individuals to achieve the same impact with charitable gifts.

    Combined with Obamacare, this new tax on giving will only serve to drive more people into the arms of government-run healthcare, which I’m sure suits our President just fine.

    The Daily Caller has this article on the backlash that’s brewing over this new tax on giving.

  • Romneycare is Wrecking the Economy in Massachusetts

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    In the GOP Presidential primaries, the issue of health care has loomed larger than most. As the architect for the “prototype” of Obamacare, Mitt Romney has been on the defensive over his responsibility for Romneycare in Massachusetts.

    In place for a number of years now, it’s clear that Romneycare is a failure in terms of cost savings, jobs, and freedoms.

    The Boston Herald highlights a study by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, which concluded that Romneycare:

    • cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs;
    • drove up total health insurance costs in Massachusetts by $4.311 billion;
    • slowed the growth of disposable income per person by $376;
    • and reduced investment in Massachusetts by $25.06 million.

    As an example of how Romneycare is affecting everyday life in the state, my good friend and former Massachusetts resident tells me the following:

    In Massachusetts, you must provide proof of health care insurance when you file your state tax return or pay a stiff fine. The more income reported, the stiffer the fine.

    We must stop Obamacare before it’s fully implemented and does to America what Romneycare has done to Massachusetts.

  • The Stimulus to Nowhere: Long on orange cones. Short on jobs.

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    Roughly seven minutes into President Obama’s speech to Congress, I had heard all I could tolerate and turned it off. What I heard in those seven minutes was more of the same rhetoric to hype his latest “Stimulus to Nowhere” with a $467 bill to be picked up by taxpayers.

    My breaking point at seven minutes occurred as Obama continued to ramble on about all of the infrastructure jobs that were to be created to fix our roads. That got me reflecting on my summer, which had me on the road quite often driving North to Baltimore and West to Ligonier, PA.

    Stahler, The Columbus Dispatch

    These travels take me through numerous “road construction” projects that boast more “Your Stimulus Dollars at Work” signs and photo-enforced speed traps than actual workers and construction. Were these funded by the 2008 stimulus? Or are they the “shovel-ready” projects Obama touted for his 2009 stimulus?

    Long on orange cones. Short on jobs.

    Apparently, the speed cameras are the only things at work at these construction sites. I got one for going five miles per hour over the speed limit – no doubt while rolling with the traffic. I have friends who have collected up to eight of them. What a boon for state coffers!

    These “camera-ready” projects are merely a scam to help bail out empty state treasuries.

    Obama, having already admitted that those “shovel ready” infrastructure projects weren’t shovel-ready, now asks for another half-trillion dollars for shovel-ready infrastructure projects. This from the man who shoved Obamacare down our throats, nearly bankrupted the country, oversaw an unprecedented credit downgrade and tanked unemployment.

    His “jobs” bill won’t pass and serves as yet another example of his failed leadership. The polls show that America is waking up to this failure.

  • Obama ressurects voter fraud machine for 2012

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    Remember ACORN? The “community organizing” group behind widespread voter fraud, among many other abuses? It may now officially be disbanded, but the organization lives on in a number of incarnations.

    Now President Obama’s re-election campaign is resurrecting ACORN’s notorious “Project Vote” as a vehicle to help drive more votes, real or manufactured.

    Use of the Project Vote name by the Obama campaign is “truly astonishing,” Tom Fitton, president of the conservative Judicial Watch good-government group, tells Newsmax. “We knew President Obama was the president from ACORN. And if this isn’t an indication of it, we don’t know what is.”

    The 2012 campaign is going to be hard-fought for sure, and the left is already signaled that they’ll stop at nothing to keep Obama in the White House. We need to fight them at every turn.

    Before the election, we need to repeal his signature issue, Obamacare. This is one message that Americans can send that we won’t stand for Obama’s big government solutions.

  • Obamacare: A Man-Made Disaster

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    In the past week, Washington, DC has experienced two disasters related to nature that were beyond our control. Buildings swayed to a significant 5.8 earthquake and a category one Hurricane.

    Earthquakes, let alone an earthquake combined with a hurricane, are indeed rare events for DC.  While these natural disasters weren’t preventable, knowledge about such threats and proper preparation are key to our safety. Luck was on our side as damage and human injuries were minimal (serious flooding continues in upstate New York and Vermont).

    Before, during and after these disasters our perpetually vacationing President was almost invisible as he continues his “lead from behind” strategy.

    He appeared before a microphone today to remind America that we have just endured something. He also reminded America that, soon, he will get around to unveiling his plan to do something about our jobs crisis.

    Any “grand plan” to increase jobs in America is not something we can look forward to from President Obama. The unemployment rate is more than 9.2%, markets remain in negative territory, our national debt is multiplying out of control by the minute and the world’s economy looks more like another impending disaster. This disaster will be of the man-made variety.

    Obama: Thinking about getting around to jobs

    When Obama finally delivers his speech on how he plans to create jobs, my concern over one of the few healthy sectors of the economy, healthcare, grows by the minute.

    The healthcare sector in America has remained strong and is one of the few that boasts increasing employment opportunities. But, like the Washington Monument, cracks are appearing in healthcare because of Obamacare.

    At this point there is no question that Obamacare is a job killer, even in the healthcare sector. As government-run insurance continues to permeate the system, MD offices are closing and MD’s are retiring early leaving office staff jobless.

    Medicare cuts are a reality because of Obamacare, regardless of efforts by Democrats to blame Rep. Paul Ryan for them. Obamacare itself is causing hospitals, MD offices, home health care operations to shave off substantial Medicare dollars due to lower reimbursement rates and new meddlesome rules.

    Several of my RN friends are being laid off because of cut backs in managed care institutions that are already falling in line for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the unelected, unaccountable committee making decisions for American’s health care.

    My observations are from my perspective as an RN and health care entrepreneur. The once-safe job-producing health care industry is the last bastion of a positive job market in the U.S., and its days as such are numbered.

    As I watch the healthcare industry and job market crumble, it reminds me of the disasters of the past week. With the earthquake and hurricane, we were lucky. With Obamacare, luck is not on our side – certainly not with Obama preparing his big “jobs” speech in the coming weeks.

  • Obama should be fired

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    The S&P has downgraded America’s debt, the stock market has tanked over the past three weeks, and unemployment numbers are high and show no signs of coming down any time soon.

    The President obviously had one thing in mind when he took the oath of office: He wanted to create the change that is now destroying our country. He had no plan whatsoever as the stalemate over the increasing of the debt limit became a crisis.

    The failures of Obama’s presidency are intensifying as he starts his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.  To add insult to injury, he embarks on another campaign trip – a “bus tour” – with American citizens footing the bill. Rather than rolling up his sleeves and getting to work to address the challenges plaguing our economy and country, he’s off working on his golf game.

    Obamacare looms over America as the largest act of our President and a then-Democrat-controlled Congress. It is costing us money that we do not have and will continue to cost us trillions over the long run.

    This new spending under Obamacare will not bring us a better health care system but rather destroy what we have. Medicare cuts continue and fewer physicians are opting to treat Medicare patients. At this point, hospitals are buying up physicians’ practices and providing offices and an in-hospital set up to follow the rules of the Hospital. These new hospital-run operations are starting to look like a government-subsidized rationed-care plan totally controlled by the unaccountable Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

    The growing unrest across America is swelling to a large tidal wave of discontent. Every American is feeling the pain or has family and friends in a state of financial distress. In town hall meetings, Democrats in Congress are facing the pressure from their constituents over the dismal economic conditions, government mismanagement, and the wreckage Obamacare is causing as it’s forced upon us all.

    This unrest will not subside as Americans continue to wake up to the fact that Obama is totally disengaged from the job he’s supposed to be doing. He is simply not putting the effort expected of a president who’s supposed to be working for the American people.

    Is there any CEO in this country who would not be fired for such job performance?

    Image by Pete Souza

  • The Rounds: Debt Ceiling Edition

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    While our nation’s debt crisis and the Standard & Poors downgrade has been dominating the attention of Washington and the nation, one of the greatest threats to America’s solvency, Obamacare, marches forward.

    The link between Obamacare and the debt-ceiling debacle hasn’t gone unnoticed. Dr. Milton R. Wolf writes in The Washington Times:

    The debt-ceiling debate has revealed that there are two types of politicians in America today: those who still claim we can afford Obamacare and those who will tell you the truth.

    The $14.5 trillion debt monster [Obamacare] has now grown larger the U.S. economy itself…

    I urge you to read the full version of his insightful evisceration of Obamacare and how it threatens to destroy America here.

    The Boston Herald also notes the connection between Obamacare and our debt crisis and draws a contrast between President Obama and leading fiscal sanity hawk Rep. Paul Ryan:

    Even earlier this week when President Obama was taking his victory lap for the debt-ceiling compromise, Ryan was disclosing the cold, hard truths of the economic troubles that lie ahead — truths that a jittery Wall Street has been more than aware of.

    Across the pond in the United Kingdom, they know full well the perils of big government and the bottomless entitlement society that Obama champions. Those perils now involve riots of young people destined to a life “on benefit”. In The Telegraph, Nile Gardiner states:

    Since President Obama took office in January 2009, the United States has embarked on the most ambitious failed experiment in Washington meddling in US history. Huge increases in government spending, massive federal bailouts, growing regulations on businesses, thinly veiled protectionism, and the launch of a vastly expensive and deeply unpopular health care reform plan, have all combined to instill fear and uncertainty in the markets. Free enterprise has taken a backseat to continental European-style interventionism, as an intensely ideological left wing administration has sought to dramatically increase the role of the state in shaping the US economy. The end result has been a dramatic fall in economic freedom, sluggish growth, poor consumer confidence, high unemployment, a collapsing housing market, and an overall decline in US prosperity, with more than 45 million Americans now reliant on food stamps – that’s over one seventh of the entire country.

    And while this debate continues to rage on and dominate our attention, Obamacare continues its methodical march across this country and economy.

    The New Hampshire Union Leader looks at the ruling this month by the Department of Health & Human Services that requires health insurers to cover family planning services at no cost to the insured. Labeled “The next step toward government-run health care”, the Union Leader states that:

    This is a freebie for the middle class. Many more will follow, until insurers start going under, then Washington will step in to fill the void — unless we repeal this abomination before that happens.

    Amen.

    [Breaking: The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta) has ruled that individual mandate, a major tenet of Obamacare, is unconstitutional.]

  • Appeals Court Strikes Down Individual Mandate

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    Some good news on the Obamacare front: The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit (Atlanta) has ruled that individual mandate, a major tenet of Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

    In the ruling, the majority wrote that:

    This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives.

    The court ruling did not touch on other aspects of Obamacare, effectively enabling implementation of its many insidious components to march ahead.

    While this is a great step toward victory in killing Obamacare, we must continue to put pressure on Congress to repeal and defund it. Click here to sign our petition and make sure your Members of Congress know how you feel.

  • Act Now! Tell Congress to Repeal Obamacare!

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    From my perspective as a Registered Nurse and healthcare entrepreneur, I have been documenting at length the damage that Obamacare is doing to our healthcare system and our country. Shortages in doctors and medicines, loss of privacy, unaccountable medical decision-making committees, and drags on our economy are all hallmarks of Obamacare. We all know that Obamacare is unconstitutional, but we cannot wait and rely upon the courts to declare it so. Congress must act now before the damage is irreversible.

    And you must act now before its too late! Tell your Representatives in Congress to repeal Obamacare.

    I’ve created a campaign on Grasshop to make it easy for you to communicate with your Representatives and for us to demonstrate that Americans are opposed to this attack on our healthcare system and our country.

    Click here to take action.

    Taking a few minutes can make a difference! The privacy of your information is secure.

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