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ObamaCare fallout: As premiums rise, so does cost to taxpayers

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From Fox News: The Obama administration is trying to calm the panic over soaring ObamaCare premiums by pointing to subsidies many will receive to offset the cost — but analysts and GOP lawmakers counter that those subsidies nevertheless will stick taxpayers with a rising bill. 
With enrollment set to begin Nov. 1, the administration announced Monday that premiums are set rise an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market. Some states, such as Arizona, will see premiums jump by as much as 116 percent.
Department of Health and Human Services officials are stressing that subsidies provided under the law, which are designed to rise alongside premiums, will insulate most customers from sticker shock.
But the rising cost of subsidies, which already totals tens of billions a year, would be passed on to the taxpayer.
“Taxpayers are already in for a lot,” Tom Miller, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told FoxNews.com. “The cost doesn’t go away, it just goes into someone else’s pocket.”
In a March report, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that subsidies given to enrollees in 2016 would amount to $43 billion in 2016, and predicted the cost would rise to $106 billion by 2026. It also said that over 10 years, ObamaCare provisions would reduce the deficit thanks to tax provisions and cuts to Medicare. That was before the latest announcement by the administration. It’s unclear how exactly the looming premium hikes will affect that picture, though Republicans are now seeking new estimates.
Analysts say it’s safe to assume taxpayer costs will rise. Miller noted that HHS reported an average subsidy of $291 per month in 2016. A 25 percent increase in premiums would theoretically translate into an extra $73 per month, or about $870 a year per person.
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“If you assume conservatively that there’s 10 million people getting subsidies, that’s an extra $8.5 billion in extra costs taxpayers are getting hit by going into next year,” he said.
Other experts warned this is likely to continue as long as premiums keep rising. “Its real simple, premiums are going up and up, and subsidies are going to go up with them,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former CBO director, told FoxNews.com.
The Department for Health and Human Services, when asked for comment by FoxNews.com, noted that the law’s coverage provisions are set to cost 28 percent less in 2019 than the CBO originally projected, amounting to about $49 billion less than originally predicted when the law was signed in 2010. A spokesman also said the same office predicted that repealing the law would increase the deficit by approximately $350 billion over 10 years.
Holtz-Eakin urged caution on the administration’s analysis. “It’s been a mixed pattern, because the enrollments haven’t been what they expected so it hasn’t been as big of an impact financially,” he said. “The bad news is that spending per person is much higher than anticipated due to subsidy increases because of premium hikes.”
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One of the biggest ObamaCare costs to taxpayers has been absorbed into the Medicaid budget, paid for by both state and federal governments. As a sweetener to get states to go along with the plan, the federal government offered to pick up the cost of expanding Medicaid eligibility up to 133 percent of the poverty line. That siphoned low income — and expensive – customers away from ObamaCare exchanges, seemingly contributing to its current solvency. But that cost – in the hundreds of billions — also is borne by taxpayers.
The CBO projected in 2013 that, in part due to ObamaCare, federal Medicaid spending would more than double over the next 10 years, topping $554 billion by 2023. State governments pay another $160 billion toward Medicaid. “Volume has been greater in Medicaid, and per person costs have been much higher than expected,” Edmund Haislmaier, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told FoxNews.com.
Sensing a spike in taxpayer costs, the Republican-led House Committee on Energy and Commerce has written to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services demanding how much taxpayer money will be spent subsidizing the cost of rising premiums.
“While the Administration continues to focus on premium ‘affordability,’ it ignores the undeniable fact that federal taxpayers are subsidizing these premium increases through tax credits,” the letter from Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., says. “The Committee is concerned that the federal taxpayer continues to bear the burden of subsidizing the growing cost of health care insurance.”
The committee is demanding estimates of the amount of money spent covering rising premiums by Nov. 7.
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Insurers warn Obamacare is unsustainable and expect premiums to rise again

  • ObamaCare to reduce workforce by 2 million full-time jobs? Check.
  • Have to pay back your Obamacare subsidy? Check.
  • Restaurants adding a 3% Obamacare surcharge? Check.
  • Universities nationwide limiting employment to comply with Obamacare? Check.
  • Increase in non-group premiums in nearly all states due to Obamacare? Check.

What else could possibility go wrong?
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From the Daily Mail: Health insurers are seriously concerned over the future of Obamacare as many insurers rapidly lose money. Some companies are talking about ditching their participation in the marketplace or dramatically increasing prices – and there is also the threat of a total collapse.
The CEO of insurance provider Aetna says it’s still too early to declare the federal health care program a failure but the company ‘continues to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges.’
Analysts had expected the program to become more stable as younger, healthier people purchased insurance, but that is not happening.  A report by insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield found health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014.
Newer customers had higher rates of diabetes, depression and high blood pressure, among other conditions.  They also visited the emergency room much more frequently than people who had private, individual coverage before the law expanded.
Another report, by McKinsey and Company showed insurance companies lost money in 41 states in 2014, in the individual market, which includes Obamacare marketplaces. Blue Cross of North Carolina’s CEO Brad Wilson claimed a loss of $400 million. “There’s not going to be something magical happen that will cause this to turn around,” Wilson said to AOL. 
Researchers caution against drawing broad conclusions about the newly insured based on what amounts to a limited look at a still-evolving health care market. But the numbers show how gaining coverage is only part of a long journey toward the ACA’s other key goals of improving health and slowing cost growth.
‘The coverage is the first step,’ said Linda Blumberg, a health insurance expert at Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization. ‘Figuring out how to help these folks use medical care in the most effective ways is a real challenge.’
The association compiled its report from dozens of insurers that sell Blue-branded coverage in 46 states and Washington, D.C. It compared claims from newer customers with two populations: people who bought coverage before the law expanded and those who have insurance through an employer. Medical costs for new customers were, on average, 19 percent higher in 2014 and 22 percent higher in 2015 than for customers with employer-based coverage.
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Health insurers expected their initial wave of patients from the ACA expansion to generate higher-than-normal claims because some of the uninsured had not used the health care system for years and were waiting for coverage to help pay for needed care.
Companies also have struggled initially to add younger consumers who don’t consume as much health care, and they have been hurt by expensive patients who sign up outside regular enrollment windows.
Basic economics also may be behind the higher health care use, since the law lowered care costs by expanding coverage. ‘If you lower the price of anything, people are going to use it more,’ said Blumberg, the Urban Institute expert who did not work on the Blue Cross Blue Shield report.
She added that it is too early to draw firm conclusions about trends in use, and the association’s report doesn’t include insurers that don’t sell Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. That includes prominent exchange participants like the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., Aetna Inc. and Molina Healthcare Inc.
Even so, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Senior Vice President Alissa Fox said their findings underscore a need for better care management. That means making sure newly insured diabetes patients get regular blood sugar checks, or those with other chronic diseases keep taking their medicine. It also involves basic steps like connecting patients with a primary care doctor and teaching them about preventive care like flu shots that can ward off more expensive treatments.
Many newly insure patients are used to simply waiting until they become very sick and then going to an emergency room, said Dr. J. Mario Molina, CEO of Molina Healthcare. His company offers coverage on public exchanges in nine states. Molina said earlier this year that they have been surprised with how hard it has been to draw new patients into a doctor’s office.
‘They had been uninsured for so long that they didn’t understand that this is what … modern insurance is all about,’ he said. ‘It’s about prevention and getting ahead of problems, not waiting until the last minute.’
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Your "hope and change": Californians face tax bite of up to $10,000 per family if no health insurance

While you fret about your finances, upcoming taxes and  Obamacare penalties, Jonathan Gruber is laughing all the way to the bank.
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Covered California has a message for you peons: sign up for health care coverage or pay the price. They urged consumers Wednesday to sign up for Obamacare coverage by the Jan. 31 deadline or face stiff tax penalties. Last November, I did a blog post on how the IRS has set much higher penalties for not having health care insurance. Read it and weep.
The Sacramento Bee reports how this year the IRS penalties are hitting harder. The penalties will range from a minimum of $700 for an individual to as much as $10,000 for a family of four, depending on income. The average penalty in 2016 will be $969. That’s a 47 percent increase from last year, according to a recent analysis by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s health care exchange for Obamacare policies, spins the mandate as good news. He said, “The bigger penalty is showing up at an emergency room and walking out with a bill in tens of thousands of dollars*.” Or, he added, not getting regular checkups because of no insurance and then developing a late-stage cancer that went undetected. “Californians have a choice in signing up or rolling the dice and taking a big gamble.”
*Under my new individual plan, I would still have to spend $6,000 for an emergency room visit (if many services were warranted). That’s my deductible for the cheapest plan I could afford, which costs me $308 per month.
As you know, under Obamacare tax penalties are considered a “shared responsibility” payment by those who can afford to buy health care coverage but choose not to do so. The penalties are either 2.5 percent of household income (up to a cap) or $695 a person and $347.50 per child, whichever is higher.
As of last week, Lee said more than 230,000 (less than 1% of their population) Californians have signed up for Covered California policies during the three-month enrollment season, which started last November.
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Wayne Allyn Root on Celebrating Obama for the New Year!

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Celebrating Obama for the New Year!
Posted by Wayne Root on January 5, 2015
I am Obama’s college classmate from Columbia University, Class of ’83. Back in 1981 when my Columbia classmates heard my hero President Ronald Reagan had been shot, they erupted in joy. They celebrated by jumping up and down, cheering, hugging, and giving each other high-fives. They screamed, “YES! Reagan is dead. They got the bastard!” I witnessed it all, first hand. My radical leftist classmates thought a conservative legend was dead and this was cause for celebration. I remember thinking, “they are celebrating like it’s New Year’s Eve.” Afterall that’s what you do on New Years- celebrate!
That memory inspired me to write a column celebrating Obama here in the New Year 2015. Let’s not rehash the bad stuff…the disastrous stuff…the tragic stuff…the decline and perhaps even death of America at the hands of a radical Big Brother tyrant. That’s not the way to celebrate New Years. Let’s look at the bright side. You know- the glass is half full.
You might ask “What is the positive side of the Obama presidency?” Well there are a few groups that should celebrate.
For my fellow constitutional and second amendment patriots, Obama is the greatest gun salesman in history. Over 70 million guns have been purchased since Obama took office. This man opens his mouth, reads from the teleprompter, and INSTANTLY Americans are inspired to buy all-time record quantities of guns and ammo. If you’re a fan of the second amendment (or a gun dealer), Obama has been the answer to your prayers.
For my fellow fiscal conservatives and capitalists, Obama is the greatest gold salesman ever. Conservatives love gold. Gold after all is the antidote to a debt crisis and lack of confidence in a reckless or incompetent government. That’s why record sums of gold were bought during the past 6 years. Central bankers worldwide bought more gold in one recent year than in half a century (since 1964). Fiscal conservatives (and gold dealers) rejoice. Obama is a walking billboard for God, guns, and GOLD!
Obama is also the greatest thing to ever happen to print shop owners. While the rest of us are struggling to keep our heads above water, print shop owners can’t keep up with the demand for “Going Out of Business” and “Home For Sale by Bank” signs. And what about all the protest signs funded by communist groups announcing “What Do We Want? DEAD COPS.” Print shop owners Rejoice! You’ve never had it so good.
And then there are “English as a Second Language” teachers. There may be very few good jobs left in Obama’s America, but if you speak both English and Spanish, the sky is the limit. With the border wide open and Obama announcing amnesty for illegals, celebrate if you are a teacher of “English as a Second Language.” You have the most in-demand job in America for decades to come. Unfortunately, demand for prison guards may soon be even more in demand.
Obama is the greatest thing to ever happen to government bureaucrats. The future is bright if your goal is to sit in a windowless office handing out checks for welfare, food stamps, disability and unemployment, while complaining you are overworked and underpaid. With almost 20% of all Americans on food stamps alone, there’s enough work for you to last a lifetime…or at least 20 years, until you retire at age 45 and collect an obscene pension for the next 40 to 50 years for not working.
And what about the boom in basements! With Obama and his socialist cabal in control for another two years, basements are the new hip living space for young adults. At this moment 31% of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents. Obama’s high taxes and massive regulations guarantee millions of college graduates will either stay unemployed, or underemployed in low wage jobs, forcing them to live in mommy and daddy’s basement for years to come. Basements are no longer lonely dusty places to store old furniture. In the age of Obama, they are where you store your 30 year old unemployed children.
Pharmaceutical companies are celebrating. A record 30 million Americans are dependent on anti-depressants. There would be many more, except millions of depressed Americans self-medicate with alcohol. If you sell drugs or booze, give a shout out this New Years to Obama, the greatest salesman for your products ever!
And then, of course there are the cop haters who are celebrating. To think you used to be misunderstood, hated pariahs. Today you are in favor- with Obama praising you for hating cops. He encourages you to protest, loot, burn and act like exactly what you are- idiots who have no interest in getting a job. But, no worry, this New Years you can come out of the closet, celebrate, and be openly YOU!
Unfortunately the rest of us are hiding in the closet, because you’re on the streets.
If you’re a radical Muslim terrorist, or just someone who sympathizes with radical Muslims (i.e. a Democrat) – CELEBRATE! Obama is the best thing to ever happened to you. Under Obama America has become a politically correct shell of its former self. Rest easy. No more “enhanced interrogations.” And if you’re caught, you’ll live like a king at Guantanamo, provided with a Koran, prayer rug, religiously approved food, basketball courts, and expensive lawyers. Then once you are rested up, you’ll be released back to the battlefield, ready to again cut off heads and slaughter women and little children. Obama is the best thing that ever happened to you.
If you’re Fidel and Raul Castro, celebrate Obama. By opening relations and trade, Obama saved Cuba from economic collapse and the certain death of communism. He asked for nothing in return. You get to remain a communist nation, jail your political opposition, steal the people’s income, while enjoying the prosperity that comes from doing business with America’s biggest companies. Celebrate Obama- the savior of communism- on New Years Day!
Finally we come to Vladamir Putin. He’s celebrating “like it’s 1999” this New Years. God handed him “the gift of a lifetime” in the form of Barack Obama. Obama pulled off a miracle for Putin and the Russian people. He made your bankrupt, decaying country look like a world power again. Not economically of course…but militarily. The collapse in the price of oil will wreak havoc on Russia’s economy. Even Obama can’t change that. But he made Putin significant, a leader on the world stage. He gave Russia’s demoralized military swagger again. Obama managed to put Mother Russia in the driver’s seat and America in the back seat.
The only question is…is this a coincidence, or was this Obama’s plan all along?
Yes, there’s certainly a lot to celebrate this New Years. Unfortunately it’s the enemies of America, American Exceptionalism, the American Dream, Judeo Christian Values, capitalism and cops who are doing most of the celebrating.
For the rest of us it’s two long years until we can celebrate “Obama-Free America.”
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Lessons From the Election

Nothing is hopeless. We all have a moral obligation to fight evil and promote good. Keep fighting. And remember this: You… yes, you… reading these words. You’re a hero.
Not all elections are rigged. Sure, vote fraud exists. Sure, Democrats rely on vote fraud and union intimidation to win elections. But this is a big country, a huge country. There are simply too many precincts, too many election officials across the nation for them all to be corrupted.
Polls are useless. Mitch McConnell in the fight of his life. Close races across the board. All of it nonsense.
Some things never change. The spoiled-child response coming from the left, their indications that they will dig in even further and refuse to negotiate with conservatives, as they have all along, despite a mandate from Americans demanding change, shows us all just how out of touch, how unsafe, how dishonest, and how evil these people really are.

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Hope and change: Part-time workers find full-time jobs elusive

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Sacramento Bee: Monica Alexander needs a full-time job (Heck, I bet the record number of people out of the workforce just wish they had any kind of job) . A certified nursing assistant, she just started working about 28 hours a week as a home companion in Wake County, N.C. That’s a major improvement over the eight hours she had been clocking each week for six of the past seven months.
Alexander is one of 7.5 million Americans struggling to find full-time work who settle for part-time jobs, amid an atmosphere of stress, depression and low finances. Their numbers remains stubbornly higher in the current economic recovery, compared with the peaks of the recessions over the past three decades.
Indeed, the number of unemployed people is 24 percent higher now than it was in December 2007 when the recession began. But the number of people like Alexander – known as involuntary part-time workers – is 66 percent higher, more than double what it was back then.
One reason is a gap in the kinds of skills needed to find work in an increasingly technological workplace. Many employers also remain uncertain about the economy and hesitant about deeper financial commitments.
And hiring part-time instead full-time employees is one way that some businesses are getting around the costs of a mandate in the health care law that requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide insurance coverage beginning in January.
“The pace of decline in part-time employment is smaller now than what we’ve seen in other recoveries,” said Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh. “Businesses have been cautious about moving workers from part time to full time.”
Alexander, 43, lives with three of her four children in Zebulon, N.C., population 4,433. They live in Section 8 housing, a type of federally subsidized low-income housing, in the Research Triangle, a region near Raleigh and Durham clustered with universities and high-tech companies. Last year she earned about $7,000.
“It’s been a struggle to keep food in the house, to keep gas in the car,” she said. “My 17-year old was making comments, ‘Well, Mom, do we really have to live like this?’”

Alexander’s monthly grocery bill for four people and their dog, Tiny, runs between $150 and $200, or roughly $12.50 per week per person. She’s reluctant to use her car to apply for jobs for fear that it will be a waste of time and money. The family supplements its income with two disability checks: one for Alexander because she is hearing disabled, and one for a son who has an attention deficit disorder.
Sometimes relatives bring food over for the children, but Alexander’s two ex-husbands pay no child support; one is unemployed and the other is in jail, she said.
Alexander is currently taking college classes to become a certified nurse by the end of next year. The classes are paid for by the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, a federally funded employment agency in Raleigh. Meanwhile, she applied for a full-time job at McDonald’s in July but has not heard back.
“You’re waiting and waiting and waiting,” Alexander said. “In the meantime you could actually starve. That’s what it feels like: ‘Am I going to starve before I get this decent job?’”

Economists stress that the monthly number of part-time workers is a volatile statistic, subject to frequent swings. In March 2010, the number of involuntary part-time workers peaked at 9.2 million. It’s now 7.5 million, five years into the economic recovery that began in 2009. Still, even that lower amount is higher than it was during the recessions of the early 1980s, ’90s and 2000s.
“It’s bad on an individual level and a part of the slow recovery,” said Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank in Washington. “People are involuntary part time because they can’t find jobs that meet their needs.”
The number of involuntary part-time workers actually increased in 16 states between 2012 and 2013.

The level in North Carolina ticked up from 51,000 to 63,000 workers during that period, according to the latest annual averages from the Labor Department. South Carolina, Mississippi and Kansas, among others, also increased their part-time workforces.

Dominick Finelle applies for full-time work about five times a week, even though he says he might not be qualified for all of the jobs. A self-described workaholic, Finelle earned a six-figure salary for about 15 years as a freelance illustrator of book covers between the late 1980s and early 2000s. Publishers Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books USA and Time Warner printed his illustrations. Work paid well.
His hours began to steadily decline in 2005 as the publishing industry struggled and book sales declined. Finelle moved to Cary, N.C., in 2006 with his wife, Claudia, and their three children. He has worked 10-15 hours a week for the past four years.
His income fluctuates depending on his freelance work, but he earned roughly $35,000 last year. Claudia is working temporarily full time this summer teaching arts and crafts to children.
Finelle, 51, said he has run through most of his savings: “It’s running out. I’m panicking.” To make ends meet, he has delivered pizzas, worked at the local sports arena and spent last holiday season carrying packages for UPS. Finelle said he and his family can live on the rest of his savings, along with whatever work he and his wife get, for about one more year.
“I put everything into this one career. The plan B wasn’t even in the equation,” said Finelle, later adding: “All I think about is looking for work, and if I can go this month without tapping into savings.”
A skills gap and the duration of part-time employment make full-time employment hard to earn back, said Pat Sturdivant, executive director of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board, which is operated by the Wake County government.
The “I’ll-take-whatever-I-can-get,” approach allows people to survive financially, but it may hurt them when applying for full-time work, Sturdivant said. The development board helps workers obtain jobs and pays for training. The majority of people coming to the centers for employment help are between 35 and 59.
“A lot of cases what we do find is people working part-time jobs in industries that aren’t related to what they did when they were working full time,” said Sturdivant. “That also poses a challenge when you’re trying to help them find full-time work.”

The Affordable Care Act’s impact on part-time employment is harder to discern. Some economists say that the insurance mandate is not influencing the way employers are hiring this year, but one local hiring expert disagrees.
“It drives me nuts when I read these economists’ articles,” said Bruce Clarke, president and CEO of Capital Associated Industries Inc., a human resources management company in Raleigh, “because it doesn’t match at all what I’m seeing.”
Clarke’s company surveys 1,100 companies in North Carolina on salaries, hiring, wages and health care costs, among other topics. Employers already are looking to increase their part-time employment and cheapen costs on full-time workers because of the mandate, he said.
Health care coverage for one of Clarke’s full-time employees costs about $13,000 a year. On top of a salary, the costs create little incentive for employers to hire full-time workers into positions that already have low profitability, said Clarke, who emphasized his views are economically, not politically, driven.
“If I’m going to bring someone in a role that has a low margin (of profit) in it,” he said, “then it makes no economic sense to add $13,000 to the cost of that role.”
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University cuts student employment hours because of Obamacare

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Campus Reform: Officials at the University of Kansas (KU) are capping student work hours to 20 hours a week because of provisions of the Affordable Care Act—commonly known as Obamacare—that require employers to provide health insurance for part-time employees.
Since the news was announced last week, many students are growing increasingly concerned because of the recent decrease in their hours (previously capped at 30 hours a week for undergraduates) and growing tuition. However, university officials feel the cutbacks are necessary in light of Obamacare’s policy changes.

“The revised [KU] policy seeks to balance the necessity for students to make academic progress while managing potential fiscal liabilities with ACA,” Diane Goddard, vice provost for administration and finance said in an email to the departments, according to the Daily Kansan.

Many students don’t feel that off-campus employment options can provide the necessary accommodations for their busy schedules that campus jobs do.
“If I have a test to study for I can let them [campus employers] know, and they can give me any time off that I need, but I know that would not be the case if I was working a service job,” senior Kristina Nielander told KSHB.
Last semester KU had 4,850 student employees but university officials claim only a handful worked more than 20 hours a week. Students like Rachel Prather argue that every hour counts and confessed her concerns about affording groceries on the recent cuts.
“I need any extra income I can get, and that means every hour of the day that I’m not in class I’m working and I value that a lot.”
The ACA provisions ignited a discussion about the law of unintended consequences for the university and officials are expecting backlash from angry students.
“As the news starts to trickle out, I suspect we will see a lot of emails coming into human resources,” Gavin Young, KU Spokesman told KSHB Kansas City.
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Wayne Allyn Root Puts aka-Obama at the Scene of the Crime

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I Can Put Obama at the Scene of the Crime
Posted by Wayne Root on July 28, 2014 Comments Off
As published at World Net Daily
By Wayne Allyn Root
My new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class” launched Monday July 14th across America. It’s about how America, the greatest nation in world history, is being destroyed by the purposeful “Murder of the Middle Class” and death of the American Dream. It is not happening by accident, mistake, or coincidence. This is a purposeful plan. This is the greatest conspiracy in world history.
The ringleader is Barack Obama and I can put Obama at the scene of the crime.
How can I do that? I was Barack Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. You need to know about Obama and his plan to “murder the middle class” To stop it we first have to understand it.
First, at Columbia we were repeatedly told America is a land of “unfairness, inequality, and lack of social justice.” Recognize those words? My classmates proudly called themselves progressives and socialists, even Marxists. They talked about how to dismantle the “power structure”, the rich and the business owners- especially white ones. This is especially interesting since almost all my Columbia classmates were spoiled-brat white kids from the best prep schools in America, where their massive white guilt brainwashing started early.
We were taught to hate capitalism and believe it had to be destroyed so America’s wealth could be redistributed to create “fairness and equality.” Sound familiar?
At Columbia we studied “The Communist Manifesto,” Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and the Cloward and Piven plan to transform America.
In 1981 a student burst through the doors to our political science class and screamed “The President has been shot. They’ve assassinated Reagan”… my classmates yelled, hugged, high-fived, jumped up and down cheered (what they mistakenly thought was) the death of a Republican President. Today those classmates are in government with Obama, or controlling the mainstream media. They may talk about “moderation and compromise,” but remember, 30 years ago they cheered for the death of a Republican President.
Most importantly, we were taught a simple, but brilliant plan called “Cloward-Piven,” after former Columbia professors Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. The plan called for the destruction of capitalism and American exceptionalism by overwhelming the system with massive spending, entitlements and debt. That would collapse the economy, wipe out the middle class, and bring Americans to their knees, begging government to save them. Sound familiar? It’s the exact plan Obama has been implementing.
We were taught at Columbia a key component of the plan involved fooling the voters by calling yourself “moderate”, never admit your real goals. We were taught to demonize your opponents, calling them evil, greedy, extreme, radical, and even “terrorist.” Put your opponents on the defense by calling them the very things you are. Lie, misrepresent, and commit fraud because “The ends justify the means.” Obama learned well.
Obama claims Obamacare is about “saving the uninsured”, when its real objective is income redistribution to destroy the middle class. Environmental regulations are to “protect us from global warming,” when its real goal is bankrupting the middle class by tripling utility bills. Immigration reform is always about “protecting innocent children,” when its real goal is to create 12 million new Democratic voters. High taxes are to “create equality,” when they are all about starving Obama’s political opposition. Obscene government spending is always about “helping widows and orphans,” as opposed to creating more debt to overwhelm the system. Higher teacher salaries are “for the kids,” as opposed to enriching teachers unions so they can funnel hundreds of millions to Democrat politicians. Bailing out GM was to “save jobs,” as opposed to saving bloated auto union pensions.
It’s always about lying to cover-up the real agenda of murdering the middle class, redistributing wealth, and putting big government in control of our every move.
The key to it all is to “boil the frog slowly,” something we also learned at Columbia. Set the fire low, so the frog (in this case the middle class) wouldn’t know what was happening until he’s cooked.
That’s why Obama starts and ends every speech with “I’m here to save the middle class,” while his actions are annihilating them. He’s boiling the frog slowly. By the time the middle class realizes he’s the killer, and we’re the prey, we’ll already be dead.
So you see, it’s not due to coincidence, incompetence, or even George Bush. It’s all according to plan. A plan Obama learned at Columbia. Everything Obama does, and everything happening to the U.S. economy, all started at Columbia. The entire Obama agenda to overwhelm the system, destroy capitalism, and murder the middle class was hatched at Columbia. Obama may not have attended class, but he learned well. He should have received the Karl Marx Award for “Student Most Likely to Destroy America.”
That’s why Columbia matters. You must know your enemy before you can defeat him. Columbia University is a window into Obama’s soul. That’s why I’ve spent the last year writing the “Murder of the Middle Class,” to give all American’s the information and tools to save the middle class and the American Dream. This fight is just getting started. God Bless America.
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Wayne Allyn Root on the Murder of the Middle Class

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What is the Murder of the Middle Class?
By Wayne Allyn Root
My new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class” launches today Monday July 14th across America. It’s about how America, the greatest nation in world history, is being destroyed, plundered and looted by the premeditated “Murder of the Middle Class.” This is no accident, mistake, or coincidence. This is a purposeful plan. This is the boldest, grandest criminal conspiracy in world history.
Although the man at the center of this massive world-class fraud is Barack Obama, there are many moving parts and co-conspirators. These include famous billionaire businessmen, corporate CEOs, the Federal Reserve, Wall Street bankers, central bankers, government employee unions, the IRS, EPA, NSA, the Bar Association, assorted communists and America-haters, and even some well-known D.C. establishment Republicans. It’s quite a shocking list of conspirators.
Lies and fraud are at the center of this “murder of the middle class.” President Obama and various big government politicians need to distract the middle class from their real agenda. Lies are their WMD- weapon of mass distraction.
So they claim Obamacare is about “saving the sick and uninsured”…when the real objective is income redistribution (through higher taxes and higher premiums) to make the middle class poor and dependent on government.
They claim environmental regulations and green energy will save us from global warming…when the real objective is bankrupting the middle class by tripling utility bills, gas bills and grocery bills.
They claim immigration reform is about “protecting innocent children”…when the real objective is to create 12 million new low-wage employees in the labor force…depress middle class wages for generations to come…create 12 million future Democratic voters…and assign all of them lawyers at the expense of middle class taxpayers, to enrich the Bar Association, the biggest donor to the Democrat Party.
They claim higher taxes are to “create equality”… when the real objective is income redistribution and starving the biggest donors to conservative causes and candidates- small business and the middle class.
They claim higher education spending is “for the kids,” …when the real objective is enriching teachers unions so they can funnel hundreds of millions back to Democrat politicians.
They claim bailing out GM was to “save jobs”…when the real goal was saving bloated pensions for auto union members, whose unions kicked back hundreds of millions to Democrat politicians.
The Fed claims quantitative easing is “to save the economy”…when the real goal was making crony capitalist Warren Buffett $12.7 billion richer last year, while the children and unborn grandchildren of middle class taxpayers owe back $17 trillion in debt used to fund a fixed craps game on Wall Street.
It’s always about lying to cover-up the real agenda of murdering the middle class; redistributing wealth; making it impossible for small business to compete with big business; rewarding lobbyists, lawyers and crony capitalists; keeping politicians in office for life; and putting big government in control of our every move.
But the biggest lie of all is when politicians like Obama claim, “It’s all okay. Things are getting better. We’re in a recovery. Look away, there’s nothing to see here.”
It’s not okay. This author was just notified by his health insurance company that my family’s policy has been cancelled. When Obama was elected my bill was $500 per month. Today it’s $1700 per month. But now my family will have no insurance at all, because of Obamacare. Tens of millions of middle class Americans will soon receive the same notice. This is no mistake. This was premeditated fraud upon the middle class.
My grocery bills have skyrocketed. How about yours? My electric bills are at all-time highs. Gas prices have doubled since Obama became president. How can middle class people survive, without becoming dependent on government? Ah, that’s the point.
All this while the economy is in crisis and collapse. The GDP for the first quarter was NEGATIVE 2.9%, one of the worst showings in history, six years after Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus promised to “save” the economy. That stimulus went to Obama’s voters (the poor) and Obama’s donors (the super rich). But the bill (in the form of debt) goes to the middle class for decades to come.
No, things are not alright. Here are just a few of the facts from my new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class:”
China is set to pass America as the world’s #1 economy based on consumer spending. THIS YEAR. It will be the first time since 1872 that America has not been the #1 economy in the world.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616806/American-dollar-hits-wall-China-prepares-leap-place-worlds-largest-economy-end-year.html
For the first time in history America’s middle class isn’t #1 in the world. Canada’s middle class has passed us.

For the first time in American history more businesses are closing each day than starting up.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/05/u-s-businesses-are-being-destroyed-faster-than-theyre-being-created/?hpid=z5
There are now 70% more Americans collecting entitlement checks than working in the private sector (148 million “takers” vs. 86 million “makers”)… a fact provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/86m-full-time-private-sector-workers-sustain-148m-benefit-takers
The average full-time male employee now earns less (adjusted for inflation) than 40 years ago.
https://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/men-who-work-full-time-earn-less-40-years-ago
20% of U.S. families don’t have a single member who is employed:

The Real Unemployment Rate: In 20% Of American Families, EVERYONE Is Unemployed


Record numbers of Americans are not in the workforce (over 92 million):
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/record-number-americans-not-labor-force-june
The number of working age Americans without a job has increased by about 10 million in Obama’s first 5 years as President. That means each and every year of Obama’s Presidency, 2 million more Americans disappeared from the workforce.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-13/number-working-age-americans-without-job-has-risen-almost-10-million-under-obama
America’s 2nd largest employer is a Temp Agency.
https://washingtonexaminer.com/recovery-woes-americas-second-largest-employer-is-a-temp-agency/article/2532778
70% of Americans believe we are still in the middle of the economic crisis, or that the worst is yet to come. And, they are correct.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-04/7-10-americans-believe-crisis-not-over-or-worst-yet-come-52-cant-afford-their-homes
There is no doubt the great American middle class is being murdered. I’ve spent the last year writing the “Murder of the Middle Class” to give all Americans the information, tools and courage to save the middle class and the American Dream. This fight is just getting started. Get informed and join the battle. God Bless America.

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How to Talk to a Useful Idiot (aka Democrats)

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “A person convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” No truer words were ever spoken. When someone feels their beliefs are right, then in their own mind they are right, no matter how wrong they are. If you present them with logic, facts, or evidence that refutes their belief, they will not only refuse to accept it, they will also hold a grudge against you for making them uncomfortable.

That, in essence, describes the current state of political discourse in our country. If you’ve ever spoken to a supporter of the left, a supporter of the Democratic Party, or a supporter of aka Obama, then you know full well what I’m talking about.

Democrats believe in gun control, despite FBI crime statistics that prove that the more guns a community has, the less crime it has. You can quote the statistics to a Democrat. They won’t believe you. You can show them the statistics. They won’t read them. You can present them with all the facts, evidence and common sense reason you can muster. It won’t do you a lick of good.

Democrats believe in the theory of evolution, despite the lack of a fossil record showing any evidence of one species evolving into another. Democrats believe in the legitimacy of aka Obama despite documented evidence of his use of a fraudulent birth certificate and multiple social security numbers from the state of Connecticut. Not to mention his repeated lies on Obamacare, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Sandy Hook, and the IRS. Democrats believe in the myth of global warming, despite scientific consensus to the contrary. Democrats believe in a whole host of falsehoods and myths. Why?

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The answer is because they base their beliefs and their decisions on their “feelings.” And their feelings are formed and influenced by movies, magazines, television, music, advertisements, their teachers and professors, and hundreds of other sources. Aka Obama makes them feel good, so they support him, regardless of how dishonest he is. Guns frighten them, so they support gun control. The idea of God and eternal judgement frightens them more than anything, so they reject Him. The fear that these subjects, and others, stir up in them are so uncomfortable, that Democrats are terrified to even look at any evidence that might cause them the slightest bit of emotional discomfort.

Nothing gets a person’s dander up faster than having their belief systems challenged, and this is especially true when their belief system is founded on emotion and opinion, rather than facts. A person whose belief system is grounded on facts and evidence does not fear opposing viewpoints. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. A man or a woman who understands reality and facts welcomes opposing viewpoints.

On the other hand, those who go through life believing what they WISH were true, or what their FEELINGS tell them might be true, are terrified of opposing viewpoints, and they interpret opposing views as a personal attack on themselves. Because their beliefs are emotionally based they react emotionally.

In fact, the more evidence and facts you give them, the more defensive they become. They’ll call you a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, an Islamaphobe (that’s a made up word coined by the left, by the way), and any other label they can think of. Because they can’t win an argument based on facts and evidence, they resort to name-calling. (Have you ever seen a child whose feelings were hurt scream, “I hate you!”) If Democrats had their way, all opinions counter to their own would be silenced by the state.

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Absolute truth no longer exists (to them). It’s no longer taught in home or at school, and it’s no longer promoted in the media, so it simply doesn’t exist. Instead, each individual lives in a state of relative truth. Relative to their own feelings. Someone graduating from a university today with a degree in feminist studies or multiculturalism actually believe that they now know more than the founders of our country who wrote the Constitution.

So how do you talk to such people? The answer is you don’t. At least not directly. Democrats have fragile psyches. In order to communicate successfully with them, a bridge must be left open that allows them a road to retreat and save face. That leaves open communication via alternative channels, such as example, humor, and culture.

It’s been said that if all Christians actually practiced Christianity, then the entire world would convert, and there’s a lot of wisdom in that statement. In order to save our leftist friends, we must show them, through our own lives, the benefit of conservative values. Nothing would do more to win misguided individuals to our side, than the actual practice of those values in our own lives.

(Right along with this thought, is the need for all of us to support those who share our values. And that includes spending our money at businesses that practice conservatism. Every dollar spent on soda is another dollar in the pockets of those who support aka Obama and his transformation of America. Every dollar spent on processed food is another dollar in the pockets of those who would subvert our constitution and betray our country. Every dollar spent on mainstream entertainment, particularly music, movies, television, and anything Disney, is another dollar in the pockets of those who would corrupt our country’s morals and steal our children’s innocence.)

Studies have shown that conservatives live happier, more fulfilled lives, than liberals. Show some of that happiness, spread it around, and your leftist friends will start to wonder what they’re missing.

Humor is another valuable tool in communicating with our leftist friends. People will accept truths, clothed in humor, that they never would otherwise. Reagan was a master of this. The key is that the humor must be compassionate, and not involve ridicule. If you can convey humor without insult in order to make a point, then by all means, do it.

Culture’s influence on society is huge, and the left has used it successfully for decades in order to promote their agenda.

Our leftist friends are influenced by culture and art. Tremendously influenced. People believe what they read far more than what they hear. And they are swayed by movies and television, both consciously and unconsciously. It’s time to swing the pendulum back in the other direction.

John Howard Lawson was a famous Hollywood screenwriter and member of the Communist Party. In his book “Film in the Battle of Ideas”, he wrote: “As a writer do not try to write an entire Communist picture. The producers will quickly identify it and it will be killed by the front office. Try to get 5 minutes of the Communist doctrine, 5 minutes of the party line in every script that you write.”

Lawson also advised writers: “Get that into an expensive scene, a scene involving expensive stars, large sets or many extras, because then even if it is discovered by the front office the business manager of the unit, the very watchdog of the treasury, the very servant of capitalism, in order to keep the budget from going too high, will resist the elimination of that scene. If you can make the message come from the mouth of Gary Cooper or some other important star who is unaware of what he is saying, by the time it is discovered he is in New York and a great deal of expense will be involved to bring him back and reshoot the scene. If you get the message into a scene employing many extras it will be very expensive to reshoot that scene because of the number of extras involved or the amount of labor that would be necessary to light and reconstruct a large set.”

To actors, Lawson said: “It is your duty to further the class struggle by your performance. If you are nothing more than an extra wearing white flannels on a country club veranda do your best to appear decadent, do your best to appear to be a snob; do your best to create class antagonism. If you are an extra on a tenement street do your best to look downtrodden, do your best to look a victim of existing society. . . .”

If you’re involved in culture in any way — a writer, producer, actor, director, cartoonist, artist, singer, anything — then you have a duty to apply the same strategy Lawson recommended. Don’t create art or culture that is 100% conservative, or pro-life, or pro-Christian, but try to get 5 minutes of conservative values into every thing you create.

This tactic can also work in everyday conversation and interaction. Don’t try to sway your leftist friends with a lecture or argument, but throw in little tidbits when appropriate and let them begin to see the truth for themselves. As their eyes gradually open, they’ll think they’ve done it all on their own, and that will be far more effective than if they thought someone else had convinced them.

Remember that many of our leftist friends have been brainwashed since they started school, or even since birth. Many have never been exposed to the truth, or to history that wasn’t rife with revisionism. It’s important to treat them with compassion.

The road ahead of us is long and the journey arduous. It requires patience, long-term planning, and, most of all, leadership.

Who wants to volunteer?

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