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You didn’t really think Obamacare was going to leave you untouched, did you?

There wasn’t really a question about it, was there?

Whether it’s called Obamacare or nationalized health care, we’ve been warning since October 2008 (as others have also weighed in) that Obamacare would eventually lead to single-payer insurance.

Why?  It’s a matter of simple economics.

If health care costs are expected to rise as predicted, employers will find fines less costly (and far less burdensome) than continuing coverage for their employees.  As Obamacare slowly gets digested, employers are beginning to understand that change comes at a price and so, accordingly, they are planning change as well…slowly…incrementally.

Still not convinced?  How about some more evidence:

Towers Watson, a leading human resources consulting firm, has conducted a survey of 661 human resource and benefit specialists across America. While benefit professionals are still digesting the new law, the survey shows that they are even more skeptical of Obamacare than the public is.


These benefit specialists represent a broad range of industries, and are responsible for choosing health-insurance plans for almost 4 million Americans. If their fears come true, the future of American health care is bleak. Among the highlights:

  • 90 percent believe that Obamacare “will increase their organization’s health care benefit costs”;
  • 88 percent intend to pass the increases onto employees by increasing employee premium contributions or other cost-sharing measures;
  • 74 percent intend to “reduce health benefits and programs” by using stingier health plans, restricting eligibility for health coverage, and using spousal waivers or surcharges.

And what about Grandma?  According to the survey, seniors will feel it the fastest and most dramatically.

More than three in four employers (85%) believe that health care reform will reduce the number of large organizations offering employer-sponsored retiree medical benefits. And 43% of employers that currently offer retiree medical plans plan to reduce or eliminate them.

How’s that for “change you can believe in?”
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Single-Payer Health Care is Coming…

The plan all along has been to have European-style, single-payer health care.

A warning was issued in 2008, in 2009 and now:  Under the new health care reform legislation, America will have a single-payer health care system being initiated within three years and implemented within the next five to ten years.   Here’s why [from one of the largest employee and labor law firms in the nation]:

As new benefits, penalties, and programs become effective, some employers may be driven to reevaluate the cost of providing health care coverage to their employees relative to the penalty for not providing coverage. For some, it may become more cost-effective to pay the penalty than provide the coverage. In addition, employers may turn increasingly to contingent workers to eliminate the cost of providing health insurance or the penalty for not doing so.

Or, if you don’t believe lawyers, then how about the Hill?

The report also suggests that some employers will stop offering their employees healthcare coverage benefits: “A number of workers who currently have employer coverage would likely become enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program or receive subsidized coverage through the [Health] Exchanges. For example, some smaller employers would be inclined to terminate their existing coverage, and companies with low average salaries might find it to their — and their employees’ — advantage to end their plans...”

Foster claims that the law’s penalties on employers who don’t offer their workers health insurance “are relatively low compared to prevailing health insurance costs.” 

Smaller employers? How about larger ones too?

You can also just start listening at :35 in the clip below [via Moe Lane]…

You have been warned.  Now, what will you do about it?
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BREAKING: IT’S NOT APRIL FOOL’S DAY: U.S. House Must Re-Vote on ObamaCare!!!

Having had to check the date twice to confirm it is not, in fact, April Fools Day, both the Daily Beast and Politico are reporting the same thing, which means it must be true!

The House of Representatives are going to have to re-vote on ObamaCare!

From Politico:

Senate Republicans have suceeded in forcing Democrats to send the health reform reconciliation bill back to the House for another vote, after Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin ruled early Thursday morning that two minor provisions violated the chamber’s rules and couldn’t be included in the final bill.

Democrats believe the provisions — technical changes to language about Pell Grants for low-income students – are so minor that they don’t threaten to derail the reconciliation package, which includes a series of fixes to the reform bill that has already been signed into law by President Barack Obama.

But clearly Democrats are anxious to put the health care voting behind them – given the painful history of the past year of close votes and near-death experiences on the bill – and want nothing to pop up now that could give them headaches.

And the Daily Beast:

Guess it’s not a done deal just yet. The Senate parliamentarian found two violations of reconciliation rules in the health-care package voted on by the House last weekend, forcing the bill to return to the lower chamber for another vote. According to Senate rules, provisions in a reconciliation bill must involve the federal budget. Two features, which the Democrats are calling “minor,” didn’t meet that standard. The Republicans in the Senate had tried to stop the bill by offering dozens of amendments, hoping to force the bill back to the House for another vote that way, but were unsuccessful. The Senate worked until 2:45 a.m. Thursday, with debate growing animated and confused at times. One sticking point seemed to revolve around Pell grants, which the reconciliation bill increases. The Senate should vote on the final package Thursday, and the House is expected to vote again—and for the last time—this weekend.

Apparently, when you rush to take over 1/6th of America’s economy, mistakes are bound to be made.

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The Best Breakdown on Health Care Reform: 20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

There is still much to read on the Democrats’ nationalization of America’s health care industry.  However, Investor’s Business Daily has posted 20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms which is, in our opinion, the best break down of the Democrat’s takeover to date.

Here are the first five:

  1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)
  2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).
  3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).
  4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).
  5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employees’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).

To read the next 15 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms, go here.

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Unions Astroturfers Bring Out Riot Police in DC

The union astroturfers went to Washington on Tuesday in their purple shirts, their red shirts and their brown yellow shirts. They were out in full force to make “citizens’ arrests” of attendees at an insurance industry conference.

The timing appears to have been prearranged with the White House as unions and their front group HCAN coordinated their protest with President Obama’s demonization of the insurance industry as he makes his “final push” for the nationalization of America’s health care with a bill that Nancy Pelosi is urging passage of before anyone can see it.

HuffPo’s John Cavanagh (one of the leaduing astroturfers) explains why he decided to breaking the law this way:

That dozens of leaders would risk arrest in confronting the corporations that stand squarely in the way of fundamental change represents a new moment for our social movements. There is a growing realization that giant health care, fossil fuel and financial firms will stop at nothing to block fundamental change.

According to the New York Times’ blog, today’s scene sounded more like a circus, complete with clowns from across the liberal progressive spectrum like Howard Dean, the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka, and the Queen of Labor herself, SEIU’s Anna Burger.

The bodies, pastel-colored stencils in the asphalt representing the estimated 45,000 people who die each year without health insurance, had eulogies describing how “big insurance” killed them. Inside the hotel, the industry lobby America’s Health Insurance Plans, was holding a legislative conference.

Former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont and Richard Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. labor federation, appeared in front of the dense crowd, which filled 22nd Street between New Hampshire Avenue and M Street.

The demonstrators, many of whom came from as far as New York and North Carolina, wrapped the entrance to the hotel in crime-scene tape, demanded that insurers get out of the way of health care legislation and called for passage that would include a government-run insurance option.

Union mag Labor Notes described the day as follows:

As health insurance lobbyists holed up in the Ritz-Carlton behind dozens of police in riot gear, thousands of health care activists surrounded the downtown D.C. hotel in a peaceful but pointed demonstration of anger and support for health care reform.

The entire crowd was “deputized” to make citizen’s arrests of insurance lobbyists for blocking health care reform.

[snip]

Declaring the Ritz a “crime scene” because of the insurance lobbyist meeting being held there by America’s Health Insurance Plans, Trumka led a delegation of leaders to deliver an arrest warrant for leading insurance lobbyists.

Blocked from the Ritz entrance by barricades and riot police, the delegation scaled nearby planters and led the crowd in deafening chants demanding police “arrest the real criminals!” while others taped off the building with bright yellow tape emblazoned “It’s A Crime To Deny Our Care.”

Strange words from people who choose to break the law (as John Cavanagh put it) to “arrest” conference attendees for…attending a conference.
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Astro-turfing for Health Care: Obama campaign arm focuses on talk radio

As the fight over nationalizing America’s health care goes into its final stages, Politico’s Ben Smith is reporting that the DNC is plotting an astro-turf campaign aimed at talk-radio listeners.

The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America has quietly launched an initiative aimed at making Obama supporters’ voices heard on the largely conservative airwaves.

“The fate of health reform has been a focus of debate in living rooms and offices, on TV and online — and on talk radio. And since millions of folks turn to talk radio as a trusted source of news and opinions, we need to make sure OFA supporters are calling in with a pro-reform message,” says the introduction to the online tool.

The online tool presents users with a radio show discussing political topics, to which supporters can listen live, and the phone number for that station, for when health care comes up. It also offers tips for callers and talking points on the issue.

My quick sampling produced Christian radio, a local talk station in Buffalo, and the syndicated talk shows of Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Sean Hannity — who will no doubt be thrilled with their new, liberal callers.

Supporters are then encouraged to report back on their encounters.

The only problem with this OFA strategy is the fact that, much like the control the government will have on Americans’ lives under nationalized health care, the radio hosts also have a ‘kill switch.’
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Unions’ Health Care ‘End Game’ Revealed

It’s been known for quite some time that unions want to nationalize health care for their own gain (increased members = increased dues).  However, few have blatantly come out and stated just how far they want to take the nationalized health care train…until last night.

The new “super” union for nurses, National Nurses United, which is headed by former Teamster Rose Ann DeMoro sent out an e-mail blast last night calling not only for nationalized, single-payer health care, but as well as mental, dental, vision, and long-term care. [Truly a ‘womb to tomb government plan.]

URGENT! Tell Senator Reid:
“Support Amendment No. 2837”

The US Senate healthcare reform process is clearly off the rails, with proposals being thrown about willy-nilly. Meanwhile, an elegant, efficient, and politically expedient amendment awaits its vote: The Medicare-for-all, single-payer Sanders Amendment No. 2837 should have gone before the body for debate last weekend.

Funny thing, though. In spite of Sen. Harry Reid’s statement that he would get to amendments “in numeric order,” the Sanders amendment keeps getting bypassed. Senator Reid gave no explanation for this.

We’ve been through this before. We had promises from the House leadership that the Weiner Amendment for single-payer would receive a full debate and go to a vote. We know how that worked out. Senator Reid must follow through on his promise to hold the debate this Tuesday as promised!

Unless we act now, Senator Reid can easily argue that he’s skipping over this amendment due to a lack of public hue and cry. We can’t let this happen.

Tell Senator Reid in no uncertain terms that a full debate and vote on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Amendment No. 2837 is absolutely essential.

Senator Sanders’ amendment, cosponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown and Roland Burris, gives states the power to enact single-payer programs with federal funding. It has everything a state single-payer bill needs: one plan that covers health, mental, dental, vision, and long-term care.

Right now the Congressional Budget Office is scoring a plan to establish private, nonprofit health insurance programs run by private companies, with a trigger for a new government insurance plan if the private plans are not “acceptable.”

Let the American people decide what’s “acceptable” before everything falls to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and their influence over the Senate. Tell Harry Reid that this amendment matters.


Make the calls to Sen. Harry Reid TONIGHT:

• Washington, D.C., office: (202) 224-3542
• Las Vegas, NV, office: (702) 388-5020
• U.S. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

In solidarity,
California Nurses Association
National Nurses Organizing Committee
National Nurses United

[Emphasis in original.]

There you have the unions’ end game: Not only do unions want to nationalize your health care, they also want your teeth, your eyes, as well as the ability to change your diapers when you get old. 
 
h/t RNs Against Forced Unionism
 
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