What about the rest of us?

Congress skips out on Obamacare - and its constituents

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Some worry that our country is lurching toward socialism or even communism.

But maybe feudalism should be a concern too.

The country’s ruling elite, it appears, have put themselves above the American people once again like so many feudal lords – and in perhaps the most astonishingly arrogant and dismissive way ever: by exempting themselves from the “Affordable Care Act” that most of us will be subjects to.

Um, we meant “subject” to. Slip of the keyboard.

“ObamaCare for thee, little peons, but not for the majestic aristocracy of Congress and their loyal courtiers!” writes columnist John Hayward.

“To adapt H.L. Mencken,” adds The Wall Street Journal, “nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. Witness their ad-libbed decision, at the 11th hour and on the basis of no legal authority, to create a special exemption for themselves from the ObamaCare health coverage that everybody else is mandated to buy.”

Indeed, with the spotlight squarely on Congress during its Obamacare debates, lawmakers in 2009 were forced to impose Obamacare on themselves and their staffs while imposing it on the rest of us. But this week, with Americans’ attention turned elsewhere, the Obama administration gave a frantic Congress a waiver from Obamacare.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was said to be worried about the “collateral damage” that forcing Obamacare on Congress would’ve had. Congressional staff, you see, might have found the law’s consequences so onerous that they might have left Capitol Hill.

Without the waiver, members of Congress and their staff could each face stunning increases in their health-care premiums. The waiver means they will still receive generous federal health care subsidies the rest of us do not.

Question: If they worry that Obamacare will hurt members of Congress that much, what about the rest of us?

A report this past week said health insurance premiums across the country could rise 100 percent to 400 percent because of Obamacare.

The federal law is leading to other apparently unintended consequences, including cuts in workers’ hours and income.

The Chronicle received an email this past week from a college instructor who said his employer was cutting back on adjunct instructors’ hours to avoid massive fines under Obamacare. The change, the instructor told us, will cost him nearly $16,000 a year.

It will also obviously make him less available for teaching, meaning a net loss in education.

In truth, we have only seen the tip of the Obamacare iceberg and all the damage it will work.

Yet, our feudal lords in Washington are holding themselves harmless above it all.

In fact, things may only get better for them: The Wall Street Journal notes that current federal subsidies cover 75 percent of congressional health care premiums; but premiums under the Obamacare exchanges may be higher – so the cost to cover 75 percent of the premiums may be higher than they are now.

“In any case,” the Journal writes, “the carve-out for Congress creates a two-tier exchange system, one for the great unwashed and another for the politically connected.”

How much more are we vassals expected to swallow?

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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/14/13 - 02:10 pm
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HA @ 12:15

"Did anyone else here besides T3 not "get" the statement about Zuckerberg? I thought it was perfectly clear."

OK, so is it my fault that the schools were "DUMDED DOWN" when I was in school ages and ages ago ?? If you will just be patient with an old man, I would like to know what Zuckerberg has to do with Obamacare ??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/14/13 - 02:29 pm
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HA @ 10:47

"T3...just what is wrong with big money? Why is success such a bad thing you you?"

In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with success. The problem with big business is that it has been too guilty of buying influence from high ranking government officials and continues to get worse.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/14/13 - 02:36 pm
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It doesn't matter what

It doesn't matter what troubles the president inherits (Bush inherited a troubled economy and recession too). Obama promised he would specifically fix these problems- and won the presidency with said promises. All we've got in return is excuse after excuse. What hope and change-just more of the same malarkey.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/14/13 - 03:17 pm
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Advice

T3:
I enjoy your comments, but if I can give you some unsolicited advice it would be to get out of this echo chamber while you can still hear yourself think.

The goal of the ACES is to keep these people so angry, mad, resentful, and hateful at anyone who does not share EVERY thought about governance as they do. Their resentment of this President comes from a place so deep and dark that rational people cannot comprehend it. Their vitriol is not about policy differences but is something more sinister.

Follow me and exit this page now!
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But I will return.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/14/13 - 03:18 pm
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Post the email. It would be

Post the email. It would be interesting to know which college is cuttng back on adjunct professors, especially since we have a limited number of colleges in the area. If it wasn't a local college, it would seem rather odd for a professor to write the Chronicle to complain. Actually, it's rather odd for someone to write a newspaper about an issue such as this other than a letter intended for the "Letters to the Editor" section. If that was the case, why not publish the entire letter as a LTE? It sounds more like a story they were fed from some right wing think tank, one they got off a chain email, or found on something like Breitbart, and decided to employ a bit of literary license (lie) as is becoming a habit with the editorial board lately. If I'm wrong, I apologize in advance.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/14/13 - 03:23 pm
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Schools were dumbed down when

Schools were dumbed down when I was in school too but had a miraculous rebound once I graduated :)

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/14/13 - 03:23 pm
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Bod

I think Bush may have been involved ....

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 03:49 pm
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I promise you, Truth, it is

I promise you, Truth, it is about policy differences.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/14/13 - 04:17 pm
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"I promise you,

"I promise you, Truth..."

Good. Then the people on your side can dispense with the horrible name calling. They are setting a bad example for the youth. And making it near impossible for me to ever vote Republican again.

Yesterday someone complained about disrespectful young people. I submit that it is more offensive for adults to show disrespect for others.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/14/13 - 04:46 pm
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"T3...just what is wrong with
Unpublished

"T3...just what is wrong with big money? Why is success such a bad thing you you?"
HA, some people are jealous of the successful. I have a brother-in-law that woredk hard and made a lot of money. Some people in his neck of the woods try to put him down. But as one friend said 'most of the people putting him down probably own him money.
The commie in the WH knew you he was talking too when he said. "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."
He was counting on the wealth envy of his followers.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/14/13 - 04:47 pm
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Now that was funny

"The goal of the ACES is to keep these people so angry, mad, resentful, and hateful at anyone who does not share EVERY thought about governance as they do."

I think their goal is to get readers & posters & stirring the pot makes $$$ for them...surely you don't think we agree with every thought they have...btw T3 likes to debate a certain poster on here...he ENJOYS it.♥

chascushman
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chascushman 08/14/13 - 04:58 pm
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" Their resentment of this
Unpublished

" Their resentment of this President comes from a place so deep and dark that rational people cannot comprehend it. Their vitriol is not about policy differences but is something more sinister."
TM, "Their resentment of this President comes from" him destroying this country. He hates everything this country was based on and believes it became rich by stealing from poor countries. He believes his most important job as president is 'Social Justice'. You can insinuate all you wish but most of us would say 'here's a $.25 call somebody that cares'.

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burninater 08/14/13 - 05:36 pm
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"My only question is why the

"My only question is why the masses of gutless peons have not grabbed their weapons and built bonfires in the streets in protest of this law breaking action by the tyrants and ruling class aristocracy."

Perhaps the answer is that the majority of Americans are leading rewarding lives in which the privileged behavior of members of Congress is not an overriding obsession.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/14/13 - 06:18 pm
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burn

No, we don't have any matches to start the bonfire....after all we are peons or maybe we don't want to act like liberals !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/14/13 - 06:27 pm
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SeenitB4 @ 4:47

"I think their goal is to get readers & posters & stirring the pot makes $$$ for them...surely you don't think we agree with every thought they have...btw T3 likes to debate a certain poster on here...he ENJOYS it.♥"

I agree with this whole paragraph, AND thank-you for noticing.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/14/13 - 06:43 pm
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Just For T3

I know this is what he goes to bed dreaming of...............

Obamacare Provision: “Forced” Home Inspections

“Clearly, any family may be visited by federally paid agents for almost any reason.”
According to an Obamacare provision millions of Americans will be targeted.
The Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the “high-risk” categories below:
◾Families where mom is not yet 21.
◾Families where someone is a tobacco user.
◾Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
◾Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.

There is no reference to Medicaid being the determinant for a family to be “eligible.”

In 2011, the HHS announced $224 million will be given to support evidence-based home visiting programs to “help parents and children.” Individuals from the state will implement these leveraging strategies to “enhance program sustainability.”

Constitutional attorney and author Kent Masterson Brown states,

“This is not a “voluntary” program. The eligible entity receiving the grant for performing the home visits is to identify the individuals to be visited and intervene so as to meet the improvement benchmarks. A homeschooling family, for instance, may be subject to “intervention” in “school readiness” and “social-emotional developmental indicators.” A farm family may be subject to “intervention” in order to “prevent child injuries.” The sky is the limit.

Although the Obama administration would claim the provision applies only to Medicaid families, the new statute, by its own definition, has no such limitation. Intervention may be with any family for any reason. It may also result in the child or children being required to go to certain schools or taking certain medications and vaccines and even having more limited – or no – interaction with parents. The federal government will now set the standards for raising children and will enforce them by home visits.”

Part of the program will require massive data collecting of private information including all sources of income and the amount gathered from each source.

A manual called Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention includes firearms as potential safety hazard and will require inspectors to verify safety compliance and record each inspection into a database.

Last session South Carolina Rep. Bill Chumley introduced a bill, H.3101 that would nullify certain provisions of Obamacare. The bill would give the state attorney general the authority to authorize law enforcement to arrest federal agents for trespassing. It would make forced home inspections under Obamacare illegal in South Carolina. It passed in the House but died in the senate.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/14/13 - 06:49 pm
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Just Fell In Love With This One

"I see a president who IS TRYING VERY HARD to allow people to get much needed health insurance AND perhaps get some of the dead-beats OFF OF MEDICAID !!"

(Just stir this in with my comment above and you will have a massive case of diarrhea.)

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/14/13 - 06:53 pm
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Aren't We A Bunch Of Intelligent People?

Remember, We had to pass this Hammer & Sickle Care Bill to see what's in it......we are seeing it now.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 06:54 pm
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@ chas 4:58

Thank you for your answer.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 07:07 pm
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CG

Thanks for enlighening us with the of the horrors we will be facing. As to your 6:49, will that affliction be covered by Obamcare?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/14/13 - 07:13 pm
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The CBO says that young folks

The CBO says that young folks won't sign up for Obamacare and will just pay the penalty. Without these young folks paying into the system it won't work.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 07:31 pm
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Of course not

Idiots and deceitful people wrote the bill, with nefarious intentions in mind.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/14/13 - 07:39 pm
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Yes KSL

if you can hold it for 3 months to see your government doctor!

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 07:46 pm
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CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/14/13 - 07:48 pm
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PFC Manning

will have to serve only 3 years for what he did on the security of America.

It was found out today that he was wrestling with his gender identify when it did it. He will receive a WH pardon in 2016 by the great King who loves GAYS.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/14/13 - 08:43 pm
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Right after 8 years of

Right after 8 years of vitriol against Bush-even his own party abandoned him. But none compare to the hatred against Cheney-people were offended he got a heart transplant and often lamented and wished his death. Satan and Cheney are equal to the progressive. Obama has been protected from much of anything-note the cowboy clown who wore an Obama mask being investigated-is that crap true? People could care less about Obama-no they abhor the progressive mindset. So Obama is only one of many. But after a a huge increase in govt by Bush and Obama I think the main goal of a large wasteful untransparent govt will fade in popularity. I predict a party of social liberals and fiscal conservatives who support small transparent fiscally responsible and successful govt and free market-capitalism will win the way. Oh to dream.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 11:42 pm
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I pray, and hope you are

I pray, and hope you are right. Wait, why am I praying to support my family and a bunch of others. Why don't I pray for turn around, fair play, it is your turn to support someone? Like us!

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 11:54 pm
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Have to admit

Corgi got me in a belligerent mood. I apologize. I have known a lot of absolutely brilliant people over going on 7 decades. Very few if any spoke in condescending words.

Beware of.

validPoint
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validPoint 08/15/13 - 12:24 pm
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A Look At The Brighter Side.

Yessirree, there is definitely a bright side to every gloomy situation, even the one many refer to as being "Obama Care". That "bright side" gives a promise, and that promise is: "When a man's (or woman's ) ways pleases God, He (God) will make his (or her) enemies at peace with him(or her). I believe it, have seen it work manytimes. Unjust will only prosper with the unjust.

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