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ObamaCare Exemptions - Money Talks

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LABOR UNIONS EXEMPTED AFTER STRONG SUPPORT FOR ACA?

Labor unions continued to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from the president’s health care reform law - which unions universally supported?  1,372 is the current count of waivers from ObamaCare.     Why are senators and representatives, and families of same, exempt from ObamaCare?

Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation since June 17, 2011.

By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.

The Department of Health and Human Services revised the rules governing applications for health reform waivers June 17, 2011, amid a steady stream of controversial news reports, including The Daily Caller’s story that nearly 20 percent of last May’s waivers went to businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district in California.

The labor unions receiving waivers include those that are monitored under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, and those that are not. The waivers granted since June 17 are valid until 2013, but recipients must make sure their employees understand the “limits of their coverage,” according to HHS documents.  HHS granted waivers on a year-by-year basis under its initial application process, but waivers granted after June 17 are valid for a maximum of two-and-a-half years. (RELATED: Full coverage of the health care law)

By and large, unions backed the health care overhaul, a law from which nearly a half million of their workers are now exempt?

LARGE EXEMPTIONS FOR MUSLIMS & ANA-BAPTIST?

There's been considerable controversy regarding exemptions for various religious groups.  Thus far, the only exemptions are Ana-Baptist (Amish, Mennonites & Huterites) & any other group already exempted from paying into the Social Security & Medicare trust funds.  Muslims could be exempted, but that's certainly not been decided.  

Many have interpreted  The Affordable Care Act  to have exempted Muslims from the requirement of having to purchase health insurance, or pay the fine.  A quick on line search of the words Dhimmitude and Affordable Health Care Act @ Snopes and Fact Check indicates that the question has not been answered yet.

  I am unaware of any clear CMS, or IRS, rulings?

MONEY TALKS

Oftentimes, we hear folks complain about the enormous sums of money poured into the political process.  For perspective, we will spend less as a nation on the 2012 elections than we spend per annum on potato chips.  If you want perspective on why certain groups have been granted exemptions - review the political contributions for past 12 years.  Only one of the top twenty financial contributors gave more to the GOP than DNC.

Americans for Tax Reform counts 20 new, or higher, taxes on American families and small businesses. Investor’s Business Daily says "this comes to a $675 billion tax hike over the next decade.”  CMS now estimates that Health Care Soending will increase by over $2.7 Trillion dollars more under ObamaCare than spending would have increased sans ObamaCare.

Watch the video of Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer with the Wall Street Journal, explaining that nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a year.

How Will The Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Obamacare Affect Small Businesses And Job Creation?, confronts the consequences of approving the tax mandate.

Beginning in 2014, the “Employer Responsibility” provision would require employers with 50 or more workers to provide health coverage.It could curb hiring among companies that have fewer than 50 employees.

Also, “A lesser-known provision of Obamacare penalizes small businesses for hiring more than 25 employees. “Small businesses that have 25 or fewer employees and offer health care insurance will receive a 35 percent tax credit under the law.”

Where the money is can be one indicator of where the votes are. Here's how the presidential contributions so far are distributed between Democratic and Republican candidates. To see a list of fundraising by all candidates, simply click on a state. 

 

 

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TerryBondsOD
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TerryBondsOD 10/22/2012

Here are interesting data from the Health Care Provider's Point-of-view. I scan Medline Daily.

http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/debateguide2012/public?src=ptalk#5

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jamesoevermann 10/23/2012

Who benefits from healthcare reform? http://healthreform.kff.org/en/coverage-expansion-map.aspx


It is funny that the states that have economic problems (balanced budget) are the ones to create Health Insurance Exchanges. see below.

http://healthreform.kff.org/the-states.aspx

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/lists/biggest_state_deficits/introduction1.html
http://rense.com/general27/useco.htm

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TerryBondsOD 10/26/2012

The law of "intended consequences" & ObamaCare come into play. Another job killing provision of ACA (ObamaCare).


The New Face of Part Time Employment

You will only be allowed to work 30 hours per week part-time beginning in January OR your employer has to buy you healthcare. A little-known section in the Obamacare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the Obamacare rule that says businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine.

There are significant disincentives for small businesses to hire beyond a total of 25 workers working more than 30 hours per week. The net result will be far more 28 hour work weeks. Think four 7 hour work days. One particular big box retailer has utilized a similar strategy for decades to avoid providing hourly workers "benefits."

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jamesoevermann 02/ 5/2013

Oh this is only the tip of the iceberg. All that wanted Obamacare are going to get a big communist surprise.

News Flash: Participating in ObamaCare will cost the average American family at least $20,000 per year!

The IRS (which is charged with enforcing the onerous penalties and fines of the President’s healthcare “reform” law) has finally released a cost analysis based on ObamaCare regulations showing that the cheapest healthcare plan in 2016 will cost average American families of four or five members $20,000 per year for the so-called “bronze plan.”

CNSNews.com is reporting…

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the IRS statement says.

“Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.”

So, your choice is to buy the bronze plan (or another more expensive plan) – or pay the IRS a penalty for being uninsured.

But wait, there’s more…

Under the IRS enforcement of the ObamaCare regulations, an uninsured child or dependent spouse will also trigger an IRS fine.

CNSNews.com: “A parent will be held liable for ObamaCare’s individual mandate penalty if they don’t have insurance coverage for their children.”

ObamaCare’s official name, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” is quickly becoming the punch line of a pathetic federal joke at the expense of the American people!

Sadly, this is just the beginning of the ObamaCare plague.

The outbreak of ObamaCare regulations has only just begun. As we have warned would happen continually for four years now, American citizens are shocked by what is finally becoming clear to them…

According to a recent Gallup report, many employers just aren’t hiring, and sixty-one percent of America’s small business owners cite “the potential cost of healthcare” as a major influence on their hiring decisions.

Many unions, once champions in pushing for ObamaCare, are now having second thoughts about the impact on their members and the shrinking benefit packages employers can afford.

Shortages of doctors are predicted to become the norm, as will lengthy waits for treatment. Small medical practices will likely be forced to consolidate to stay in business.

Seniors stand to be hurt most by ObamaCare’s new “Medicaid parity rule.”

ObamaCare is a massive law that is nearly impossible to understand by accountants and tax professionals when considering the initial 2,700 page bill and the 13,000 pages of additional requirements and amplifications that have been issued (so far).

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