Known to be slow, labor unions are starting to realize what many Americans decided long ago: ObamaCare is going to be a catastrophe. As Kevin Bogardus reported this morning in The Hill, “labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.”
What’s got Big Labor all in a tither?
“Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.” (Kevin Bogardus, “Labor Unions Break Ranks With White House On ObamaCare,” The Hill, 5/21/13)
Are health insurance premiums increasing at a lower rate? If so, is it because of ObamaCare?
Well, according to Sam Baker over at The Hill, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says both are true.
“The number of double-digit hikes to health insurance premiums has fallen dramatically because of President Obama's healthcare law, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday.” (Sam Baker, “Hikes In Health Insurance Premiums Fall,” The Hill, 2/22/13)
Today, the U.S. Deptartment of Labor reported the unemployment rate climbed again to 9.2%, setting a record post World War II record of 29 straight months of unemployment above 8%. Back in March 2010, Nancy Pelosi sold ObamaCare as a "jobs bill", stating "this bill is not only about the health security of America it's about jobs. In its life it will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately. Jobs again in the healthcare industry, but also in the entrepreneurial world as well." Nearly a year and a half has passed since Democrats rammed ObamaCare through. Where are those jobs?
President Barack Obama’s plan to “out-educate and out-build the rest of the world” includes spending a staggering $77.4 billion in the next fiscal year, an increase of nearly 4.5% above previous levels. This won’t be easy in this climate of necessary budget cuts. With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, Obama’s go-to legislator will have to be in the U.S. Senate where Democrats still control the agenda and can carry his water. The Senator who Obama will rely on to implement his plan is likely to be Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions.
Senator Harkin seems the ideal man for the job. In the vein of Obama, Harkin’s a liberal’s liberal who views government as the primary solution to problems:
The ability to twist facts, dismiss reality and outright lie to the American people was on full display by Democrats during the ObamaCare debate. Seems that’s continuing to this day.
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), one of the chief architects of ObamaCare in the Senate, continues to twist facts, dismiss reality and outright lie to the American people about ObamaCare. In an interview with the Billings Gazette, Senator Baucus said, “This bill does not cost one thin dime. It’s all paid for. It does not put additional burden on Montana businesses or taxpayers.”
Astounding. This statement comes from the same Senator who admitted ObamaCare will cost $2.5 trillion.
Channeling Popeye the Sailor Man, U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) gulped down a healthy dose of spinach for breakfast this morning and declared she’s has had it with ObamaCare, or at least the term.
“House Republicans and Democrats started Friday morning's debate over whether to defund last year's healthcare law, and as part of this debate sparred over whether members should be allowed to call that law ‘ObamaCare.’”
“After two House Republicans called it ‘ObamaCare,’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) asked the chairman whether these ‘disparaging’ remarks should be allowed on the House floor.”
President Barack Obama’s first budget proposal since ObamaCare was signed into law contains “an increase of $1.1 billion from 2010”, an increase of 9.4%, to “hire 5,000 new” Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) employees.
“President Barack Obama proposed increasing the budget for the Internal Revenue Service by 9.4 percent to hire more than 5,000 new employees, most of whom would pursue tax cheats.” (Ryan J. Donmoyer, “IRS Would Add 5,000 Employees Under Obama’s Proposal,” Bloomberg, 2/14/11)
In “celebrating” the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Barack Obama stated, “government should not intrude on private family matters.”
A stunning and remarkable statement from the President.
Apparently President Obama believes that when it comes to abortion, the government has no right to “intrude on private family matters.” However, the President has no problem intruding on “private family matters” when it comes to forcing individuals and families to purchase health insurance, whether they want it, can afford it or need it.
Over 50 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade. The same cannot be said for the uninsured in this country. Those aborted babies didn't have a choice, but individuals and families do... at least until ObamaCare came along.
So, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare today. Symbolic or not, 434 Members of Congress took a stand. As expected, the bill carried with unanimous Republican support with only a handful of Democrats reaching across the aisle. What’s surprising is the number of Democrats who voted against ObamaCare, seemingly because they thought it was a bad bill, but then voted against repealing it. A real head-scratcher to be sure.
The Democrats who voted against ObamaCare, but against repeal?
It struck an odd chord last week when President Barack Obama took time out of his busy schedule of fundraising, vacationing and theater-going and visited the Gulf Coast to see for himself the oil catastrophe. What was strange wasn’t that the President showed up (he had to, his image was taking a hit), or that he was critical of BP’s effort to contain and cleanup the oil. It was that he took the opportunity to blast BP for launching a public relations campaign and pay dividends to their shareholders.