Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DC Circuit Court Deals Huge Blow To ObamaCare, Throws Out IRS Rule Offering Subsidies In States That Opted Out


Oh My!
[Ed; Amen.]
Via The Hill:
A federal appears court on Tuesday struck down one of the pillars of ObamaCare, ruling that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.
The 2-1 decision by the three-judge panel in Halbig v. Burwell sets up a major legal showdown that conservatives believe could deal a fatal blow to President Obama’s healthcare law.
The government is expected to appeal the ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but even if the administration triumphs there, the case appears destined for the Supreme Court.
The appeals court’s decision tossed out the ObamaCare subsidies on the grounds that the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act does not explicitly allow enrollees on the federal exchanges to receive premium tax credits.
Thank You The Hill and Zip. 

Spite House: Screw The Court Ruling, Subsidies Will Keep Flowing

Expect any less from the Imperial Presidency?

Thank You AP and Zip
DOJ statement on the ruling:

Thank You WZ.

Today's Court Ruling On ObamaCare Subsidies Frees More Than 57 Million Americans From Individual And Employer Mandates





If the Supreme Court refuses to take the case or upholds the Circuit Court’s ruling Obamacare is toast.
Via Forbes:
… In the 36 states with federal Exchanges, a Halbig victory would free — not “exempt” — all employers with more than 50 workers from the employer-mandate penalties to which the Obama administration is unlawfully subjecting them. Census Bureau data indicate that in all, more than 250,000 firms and 57 million workers could be freed from those unlawful taxes. That’s more than the population of 27 states. Table 3 shows the number of firms and employees in each of the 36 states with federal Exchanges. In Florida, a Halbig victory would free more than 16,000 firms and 5.1 million employees from the employer mandate. In Texas, it would free more than 24,000 firms and nearly 7 million employees from the employer mandate.
Thank You Forbes and Zip. 

IRS Asks Contractors For Help With Destroying 3,200 Hard Drives

Best to institute a scorched earth policy, . . . rather than have another few hundred of Lerner's contacts have to take the 5th.

weaselzippers;
nice timing IRS.


Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives.
The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight.
Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of Ms. Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division and a central figure in the scandal.
The loss of Ms. Lerner’s hard drive also raised broader questions about why the tax agency never reported the missing records to the National Archives and Records Administration, as required by the Federal Records Act.
While those questions remained unresolved, IRS officials signaled plans to destroy tens of thousands of additional electronic records.
“After all media are destroyed, they must not be capable of any reuse or information retrieval,” IRS officials stated in the contract papers.

Thank You Wash Times and Zip. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

San Francisco #2 Most Expensive City In U.S. For Healthcare

fiercehealthcare;

July 10, 2014 | By 


Sacramento, California is the most expensive city for healthcare in the United States, according to a new analysis from Forbes.

Forbes based its analysis of the 10 most expensive cities in the nation on a map released last month by Castlight Health that showed wide disparities in in-network charges for lipid panels, preventive primary care visits, head/brain CT scans and lower back MRIs. 
  1. Sacramento, the costliest city for CT scans ($1,404) and MRIs ($2,635) and second most expensive for preventive primary care ($219).
  2. San Francisco, where preventive care costs an average of $251.
  3. Dallas, the fourth-most expensive city for CT scan, where lipid panels, at $47, are almost double that of either Sacramento or San Francisco.
  4. St. Louis, which is the eighth most expensive city for MRIs and 10th for CT scans, but one of the cheapest for lipid panels.
  5. Kansas City, Missouri, the third most expensive city for both MRIs and CT scans.
  6. Charlotte, North Carolina, which is seventh for MRIs at $1,813 but barely places for CT scans ($619).
  7. Denver, in sixth place for both CT scans and MRIs.
  8. Miami, the fourth most expensive for MRIs
  9. Boston, the 10th most expensive city for MRIs ($1,737).
  10. Portland, Oregon, which has some of the widest variations between procedure costs, coming in third for preventive primary care at $216, but only in 14th place for MRIs and 17th for CT scans.
These numbers come on the heels of a June report from the Commonwealth Fund, which found that, for the fifth time, the United States' healthcare system came in last among 11 industrialized Western nations in care quality, but first in per capita spending.

These variations are largely unique to the United States, according to Forbes, because the government negotiates standard prices for healthcare services in other countries. Increased price transparency could potentially help the problem, Castlight Health CEO Giovanni Colella told the Wall Street Journal in June. "By exposing such pricing data to consumers," he said, "it can help them make more informed choices that could save money for employers and employees."

To learn more:
- read the 
rankings
- here's the 
WSJ article

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Thank You Mr. Budryk.


Of course it is. You can't kick over a pit bull, shopping cart or their years worth of unwashed owner crashed out in Golden Gate Park without discovering a covey of professional 'Mental Health' moochers hiding under them.

Ted Cruz: Abolish The IRS And Have All 110,000 Agents Police The Border

And Liberals think Conservatives have no sense of humor.

Can you even imagine that there are that many employees in the the IRS? That just shows the incredible insanity of the growth of government.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told a cheering crowd of conservatives Saturday night that the next U.S. president should shutter the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service and turn the agency’s 110,000 employees loose to police the U.S.-Mexico border.
‘That’s slightly tongue-in-cheek,’ he said in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit.
‘But think about it for a second: You travel thousands of miles, you cross over and see 110,000 IRS agents? You’d turn around and go home!’
His speech before a partisan crowd of hooting and hollering Republicans was the main draw at a conference that brought an estimated 3,500 to hear pols including former VP candidate Sarah Palin, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and rising right-winger Dr. Ben Carson.

Thank You Daily Mail and Zip.

U.N. Gives HAMAS Their Rockets Back After Being Found In One Of Their Schools

The next time someone pushes the idea of having the U.S. sign onto the U.N. Treaty for people with Disabilities, . . . this post is here.

The U.S. Federal Govt. won't do Jack about upholding its own Federal Laws applying to Psychiatric Fraud and Abuse, but we're supposed to believe that the U.S. Govt WILL uphold a United Nations agreement?

Look at who they've sided with.

weaselzippers;


Update to this story.
Via INN:
The UN agency for Palestinian Arab “refugees,” UNRWA, has caused outrage by apparently giving rockets to Hamas.
On Thursday, UNRWA confirmed that 20 rockets had been found in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
UNRWA staff said last week that they had “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects.”
However, Channel 2 reports Sunday that – rather than destroying the rockets – UNRWA workers called Hamas to come remove them.
While UNRWA confirmed the existence of rockets in one of its schools last week, the organization refused an Israeli request to provide a picture of the weapons. A picture could have helped Israel show that Hamas uses civilian institutions to store weapons and launch attacks.


Thank You INN and Zip.

UNREAL: IRS Reports Even More Computer "Crashes" Doesn't Know If Emails Are Stored . . .


To call the IRS a rogue agency would be an understatement.
IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.
The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.
“You stated at the time that document was produced to Congress, the document, the white paper in Exhibit 3[the June 13 memo], that it was accurate to the best of your knowledge. Is it still accurate?,” a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigator asked Kane.
Image via Fox Nation
Thank You DC and Zip.

At this point is a snarky comment even needed?