Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Obamacare’s burdens

EDITOR:

Our elected representatives have extreme philosophical differences between the two major parties that occupy Congress and the ego-driven president is concerned that his “legacy” will be destroyed if Obamacare is dismantled. According to news reports, the government shutdown was affecting 17 percent of governmental operations while 83 percent were still working. It’s interesting to note that the majority of the 17 percent shutdown were those entities that are most conspicuous and create the greatest interference for our citizens.

Obama granted permission for a rally by illegal aliens on the Capital Mall but didn’t offer the same opportunity to our WWII veterans when they tried to visit the War Memorial that was shutdown. These decisions were politically motivated by the administration.

The president stated that it’s a small faction of Tea Party followers that are holding Congress hostage in an attempt to not fund the so-called Affordable Healthcare Act.

I’m not a Tea Party member but like millions of other Americans I support the efforts of the House of Representatives in attempting to derail the biggest tax and income redistribution scheme that has ever been crammed down the throats of Americans. I would like to see healthcare coverage for all Americans but not in the manner that the Affordable Healthcare Act provides.

Obamacare will increase numerous hidden taxes for all Americans, will stifle many businesses and have a negative effect on employment. Republicans are attempting to prevent these problems by not funding the Healthcare Act. According to the IRS Webpage, Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions, 10 new taxes are incorporated in the law and possibly more.

The new taxes include the following: 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services, 2.3 percent on medical devices, new excise tax on health insurance providers, new annual fee on branded pharmaceutical manufacturers, 3.8 percent net investment income tax for individuals, estates and trusts, a whopping 40 percent excise tax on so-called “Cadillac” health plans purchased by wealthy individuals, and the greatest tax for every wage earner is a .09 percent additional Medicare tax. If you make $50,000 annually that’s another $500 dollars you pay to the government.

According to information on the healthcare Webpages, this insurance will cost an average of $378 per month (about $4,500 annually) depending upon the plan you choose. What isn’t greatly advertised is the annual deductible that can be as high as $6,000 for an individual to as much as $12,000 for a family. Mr. President, you said this insurance would save the average family about $2,500 annually. Where’s the savings? Was that statement merely a misquote or just another of your many mistruths?

Like Nancy Pelosi said following the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, “now that the bill has passed we can all read it and really find out what it says.” Well I read it and I don’t like it. I’m 70 years old and this bill, other than some additional hidden tax I might have to pay, won’t greatly impact me. My concern is for my children and grandchildren and the tax burdens and socialistic society we are imposing upon them.

TIM HOEL
Camino

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 22, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    The libs, after refusing to delay this for one year and shutting down the govt., don't want you to know "What was in it" until after they passed this massive failure with all Dem votes. It is a typical failed Govt. pyramid scheme program already and had people known, Ali-Bummer and his forty thieves would never have seen a second term. Now shall we let the people see the King in his new clothes for what it is, and vote the GOP in as a majority in the Senate accordingly in 2014, or do people want more bald faced lies, failed programs, massive new debt and unemployment and millions under the new and not improved "dope and mange" signature Ali-Bummer program.

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  • Dink LaneOctober 22, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Fact Check: If you have a $50,000/year job, odds are very HIGH that you have Health Insurance already. Fact Check: If you are paying $500/year for your Health care with your $50,000, you have an affordable plan..... and ..... [Here is the important part]...... The GOVERNMENT is NOT getting the $500.... It goes to Insurance companies..... for your Health Insurance..... CA's Website is working just fine. (My premium will drop by $45 a month....AND lower deductible).... it's ONLY the Federal website..... for the the 36 REPUBLICAN led states that would NOT set up their own sites..... where the problem is....... It's only ONE Door to the AHC...... But then if you have nothing...... It's a good place to put your "Flashy Object" hoping people won't see anything else.....

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  • PollockerDecember 05, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Where'd you get the idea that you can get a $500/year plan with a $50K salary, unless your employer is providing it (which means you are EARNING it)? The cheapest plan for a single person of that income is around $200 per month -- that's $2,400/year, or 5% of a person's gross income. And that's with a $6K deductible, so it's basically worthless unless you are gravely ill/injured. (You can get a wellness exam for under $500, and what under 30-person (particularly males) does that, anyway?) The only people who are benefiting under Obamacare are those going on the dole -- meaning those getting subsidies. (It's another form of income redistribution, aka welfare.)

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  • JimDecember 04, 2013 - 2:45 am

    Sounds like Tim boy doesn’t want to pay his fair share. With three college age daughters the Affordable Health Care Act allowed us to insure all three which we could not afford to do

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Predictability of anything leftists get their hands on is like betting on a fixed horse race. Once the left takes over anything the results are no longer an unknown. Which is why they promote and sell their intentions and never the results. Have a discussion with a leftists on any subject and witness logic and reason disappear and be replaced with pure unimpeded, unthinking emotion. Lie, swindle, misrepresent and cheat, is that how a takeover of 1/6 of the nations economy should have been accomplished?

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  • robertdnollDecember 04, 2013 - 6:31 am

    repeal social security

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  • kggDecember 04, 2013 - 8:26 am

    tim wrotes: "I support the efforts of the House of Representatives in attempting to derail the biggest tax and income redistribution scheme that has ever been crammed down the throats of Americans." kgg writes: tim has succumbed to the lies of the republican party. why has the california republican party put an aca web site up on the web that is filled with lies? for tim and other koolaid drinkers.

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 8:31 am

    When did anyone in the republican party tell America that if they liked their plan they could keep it?

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  • WhattheheckDecember 04, 2013 - 10:44 am

    KGG you have it right.......if Tim and the other Faux Nooze watchers actually cared about facts they would know that the largest redistribution of wealth happened under Bush when he handed Billions to Wall Street in Oct 2008. Over 700 Billion was handed to the richest fat-cats in our country.......Tim's post is laughable........

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    The largest redistribution of wealth happened under Bush? Are you certain you want to stick to that story? I am not sure what a couple of drops of pseudo conservative news in an ocean of leftist news has to do with how misinformed you are. The war on poverty ($16 trillion +/-) pre-existed both Bush and fox. Every entitlement program in America far exceeds TARP which ended up being $431 billion. Obama has wasted more than that on the green fraud. His no jobs stimulus redistribution of wealth to the unions cost the taxpayers $1trillion. There are far too many examples of how wrong you are but that is the point of being a loyal leftist, being wrong all the time and arrogant about it.

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  • WhattheheckDecember 04, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Cookie,,,,,,,I just hate to confuse you with facts but.....the top 10% own 1/2 of the wealth in this county. If you can calculate, that means that the other 90% are left with the other 1/2 of wealth. Your misguided belief that the Democrats have redistributed the wealth is also laughable.......

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    Whatthe, the gap between the haves and the have not's has never been wider than it has become under obama. The opposite direction all those who got sold hope and changed assumed it would go. The only demographic shrinking under the progressive/leftist/socialist/communist agenda is the middle class. If you had even the slightest understanding of history you would have known that would be the outcome just like all of us uninformed/uneducated types told you it would. Socialism is the equal sharing of misery and poverty.

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Obamacare is such a success, it will bankrupt us before we know it.----Economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, said of the “young invincibles”: Most of them have zero health costs. In fact, the median health care spending for this group is exactly zero. Literally if they do the arithmetic, 80-85 percent will just say no ... pay the penalty and stay out of the Affordable Care Act. There's a long tradition of the young invincibles not buying insurance. Those who did buy insurance in polling that we've looked at said that if their premiums went up as much as 30 percent, they'd drop it. He added that if the health insurance offered through Obamacare is too exorbitant for the young age group, the rest of the population will get hit with the burden. He said, "If the age group doesn't sign up at all then the so-called exchanges are filled with very high-costs patients and the government will have to subsidize them extensively. We'll end up with a government run program for very sick people, something we've already had."

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  • Paddy O'furnitureDecember 04, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Fact check: dink is a moron......still

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 9:17 am

    BULLSEYE!!!

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  • Dink LaneDecember 04, 2013 - 11:38 am

    I love you too... Patty... oh, I'm sorry.... Paddy...

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  • robertdnollDecember 04, 2013 - 9:34 am

    we should do away with the armed forces,they waste billions on wars that do not affect us.

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  • Foaming at the MouthDecember 04, 2013 - 10:32 am

    $50,000 x 0.09% = $45.00, not $500.

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 11:12 am

    From the World Socialist Web Site-----These figures add to earlier studies showing that growth in income during the so-called economic “recovery” has gone almost exclusively to the wealthiest layers of society. A study released earlier this year, entitled “Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States” by University of California, Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, shows that since the recession was officially declared to be over in 2009, 93 percent of all income gains have gone to the top 1 percent, while the incomes of the rest of the population have remained stagnant. According to the study, since 2010 the top 1 percent of society has seen an income growth of 11.6 percent, while the rest of the population’s incomes have grown by a dismal 0.2 percent.------And their discretionary income is disappearing to pay for Obamacare insurance that requires thousands in deductible payments.

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  • Jim RiordanDecember 04, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Any of you looked at the list of items considered to be "medical devices" under the "Medical Device Tax"? If you have not, you should. It includes ammunition, fly fishing rods and many other absolutely NON-medical devices . . . Pure thievery . .

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  • Dink LaneDecember 04, 2013 - 11:42 am

    You're right Jim...... Insurance companies shouldn't have to pay that tax (Read the bill)........ Let's pass it on to the people.... PROTECT INSURANCE COMPANIES....

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  • cookie65December 05, 2013 - 6:21 am

    dink, I can't recall a statement that exposes one's ignorance of economics more than this one. Well done.

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  • cookie65December 05, 2013 - 6:41 am

    The single reason achievements such as this are not taking place in America is the radical left. They are the sworn enemy of prosperity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10496977/Worlds-largest-ship-bigger-than-Empire-State-Building-launches.html

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Obamacare was written with the help of Cramer and shows his Socialist views, which will be our burden to support.--------"And now for the shocking truth about who actually wrote Obamacare. After all the secrecy surrounding Obamacare is lifting, we can finally put a name to this cruel lie. The man’s name who wrote a great deal of the scourge that we call Obamacare, is convicted felon, Robert Creamer. Creamer is now credited for writing 628 pages of Obamacare while he was in prison. Creamer is a senior Democratic operative who defrauded banks in order to keep his Marxist/Communist community organization afloat by engaging in 16 counts of bank and tax fraud. Creamer’s book is entitled, Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win. Many left-wingers say that Creamer’s book has inspired them in their progressive fight to turn America into socialist Europe. Creamer’s work has received support and garnered an endorsement from a surprising source. Or, maybe it is not so surprising after all. Former White House Senior Adviser, David Axelrod, described Creamer’s book as a “blueprint” for future progressive victories. Creamer has stated that in order to impose socialist healthcare on an unwilling nation, it is necessary to deceive the people. Creamer is the husband of Marxist Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat who demands a “single payer” healthcare delivery system. Creamer’s book calls for the “democratization of wealth”, and the “progressive control of governments around the world”."

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  • Dink LaneDecember 04, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Where do you get this stuff?....... "Marxist/Communist community organization afloat by engaging in 16 counts of bank and tax fraud"?....... Really? He's a 'Marxist' because ..... You don't like him? Really?........ FACT: Creamer did NOT go to jail..... He wanted to to end the war in Iraq.......... pass universal health care (that's NOT ACA - Obamacare), pass Wall Street reform......., and comprehensive immigration reform....... To think of COUNTRY first (no wars).... people (access to health care) and...... respect 'Immigrants' as people....... is common decency...... Do I call you an "Ayn Rand - Hate mongers"..... just because I want to?.....

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Dink your credibility continues to sink--------News Creamer sentenced in rubber-check scheme Wednesday, April 05, 2006 EmailPrintReport a typo By Andy Shaw April 5, 2006 (WLS) -- The husband of an Illinois congresswoman was sentenced to five months in prison Wednesday. Robert Creamer is married to US Representative Jan Schakowsky. He was convicted on charges of writing bad checks and tax evasion.

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    James, your searching skills are as bad as Dinks.------http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/political/obama-campaign-donation-is-the-perfect-wedding-gift. -----or-----http://l.barackobama.com/obama-event-registry/

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    All of those additional coverage's that people are forced to buy whether they need or want them will come in handy for a woman in Fargo ND. It seems she rear ended another car in a traffic accident and the glass meth pipe she was hiding in a body cavity along with a capped syringe broke. Thank you taxpayers for making sure those less fortunate no longer have to stay awake at night worrying about what they would do if they had an unforeseen medical need.

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    dink, are you going to purchase -glass meth pipe breaking in a body cavity coverage- so that those who may need it but can't afford it get covered? Its only fair.

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Cookie, it depends on your definition of redistribution of wealth. ---------it is being redistributed to the top 1%.----Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States” by University of California, Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, shows that since the recession was officially declared to be over in 2009, 93 percent of all income gains have gone to the top 1 percent, while the incomes of the rest of the population have remained stagnant. According to the study, since 2010 the top 1 percent of society has seen an income growth of 11.6 percent, while the rest of the population’s incomes have grown by a dismal 0.2 percent.--------Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States” by University of California, Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez, shows that since the recession was officially declared to be over in 2009, 93 percent of all income gains have gone to the top 1 percent, while the incomes of the rest of the population have remained stagnant. According to the study, since 2010 the top 1 percent of society has seen an income growth of 11.6 percent, while the rest of the population’s incomes have grown by a dismal 0.2 percent.----- http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/03/inco-s03.html

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  • Dee#1December 04, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Oops, nothing like double clicking.

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  • Tom GibneyDecember 04, 2013 - 5:04 pm

    Here This might put things into perspective for the believers of the Obama mystique... http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

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  • cookie65December 04, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Whatthe, who votes for the left and why? What did hope and change mean to you? I understand your need to redefine the subject but who did the government confiscate money from to provide Bill Gates with his billions? Or the Walton family, or Warren Buffet? At some point you are going to have to deal in logic and reason and not just ignorance and emotion otherwise you will be nothing more than a useful idiot for the left.

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  • T-RayDecember 04, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    What could be the reason for the increased disparity between the rich and the poor? Could it be the current government’s policies? We continue to have real unemployment in the double digits; young grads are either under employed or unemployed; large numbers have chosen to join disability roles, retirement roles, or just the dole. For the working class, we remain in a depression. However, the FED continues to print money which goes directly into the bond and stock markets. This is the one segment of the economy that is growing. It is also where the rich have much of their money. So as a natural result of this policy, they grow wealthier while the working class continues to stagnate. This will change when the FED stops printing but that will hurt everyone. The way out of these doldrums is to grow our economy which will raise everyone’s wealth. How do we do that? By using our natural resources such as timber, coal, oil, gas, and minerals; by encouraging more production in the US through lower cost and secure energy supplies; by reducing the unnecessary regulatory systems that stifle growth; by reducing our world leading corporate tax structure by building the Keystone Pipeline; by reducing the size of government so it does not consume so much of our wealth and energy…. We became the most productive country on earth not because we had the cheapest labor but because we had low energy costs, low taxes, freedom to pursue our dreams and to be innovative, and a shortage of labor that required us to mechanize. One hundred years ago, if you wanted a domestic servant or a farm hand, you picked one, agreed on the price and proceeded without interference. Now you need a Federal Employer’s ID number, workman’s comp, you have to withhold federal and state taxes, SS, pay overtime, be familiar with all the federal and state employee/employer regulations, etc. If a business is involved, you need a business license, a sale tax license, and who knows what else. No wonder the little girl selling mistletoe was told to cease and desist. She was working by the old rules and was violating the child labor laws to boot.

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  • cookie65December 05, 2013 - 6:15 am

    I am convinced of the purpose behind the fed pumping $85billion a month, printed money, into the market. This country has over $4trillion in unfunded public sector pension and legacy debt. The leftist blue states have mountains of debt they have no way of digging out of. By keeping the market artificially inflated with printed money they also keep the pension funds artificially inflated. Every state has rules that give public sector pensions priority in state budgets. If those pensions aren't kept afloat artificially the states are required to make up the difference. If they do that they have to slash other entitlement programs. And the entire house of cards begins to collapse. Just like dominos. Look at the cities that are filing for bankruptcy. Every one of the are for the exact same reason and that is with the fed pumping the market. How many more would follow suit if the fed wasn't pumping the market? Every food stamp, welfare, giveaway entitlement program in the country would get slashed and pensions would go broke and the evil lie of leftism would be exposed for even the most brainwashed lemmings to see. Leftism is based on robbing Peter to pay Paul. Paul is now those who haven't been born yet. Paul has no say in the $17trillion in debt that is being left for him. Leftists call it compassion to make the unborn pay for stuff they aren't willing to provide for themselves.

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  • Dee#1December 05, 2013 - 7:25 am

    T-Ray--great comment.

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  • cookie65December 05, 2013 - 7:33 am

    This is the mental illness conservative/family/civilized people are accused of not compromising and negotiating with. Imagine if the mental disease of leftism had nothing to restrict it. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/12/99297-rabid-topless-feminists-attack-group-praying-men-protecting-cathedral-vandalism/

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