Rejoice: Obamacare Is Almost upon Us

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I’m so excited. I can hardly wait. It’s like Christmas in October, for Obamacare will be kicking in for real in about 2 to 3 weeks.

 

For those of us that understand this law better than most, we are worried, to put it mildly. I say “understand it better” because no one, including its author (s), whoever they are, know everything about it. Scary isn’t it; passing a law that controls one sixth of the economy and is still a mystery to all.

 

Yet the low to no information crowd is being hit with a full-court press of Obamacare positives. To my point, MSN Money posted an article highlighting 10 great things about Obamacare. I couldn’t resist but to click on it and find out just how they claim it will solve all our healthcare concerns.

 

Shall we examine a few?

 

The article began with a bang as Sara Collins, VP for affordable health insurance of the Commonwealth fund exclaimed: “the market reforms really level the playing field. You can no longer be excluded based on your health, for instance, if you have diabetes or asthma. That will really benefit those who are older.”

 

Ah yes, leveling the playing field. The mantra of the socialist set. And they didn’t forget to include the benefits to the low information old folks, although they did neglect to mention the death panels.

 

Another positive point was that restaurants with over 20 locations must post calorie and nutrition information. This is apparently great news and will coax many to make healthier choices. They continued by explaining that of low income people eating at fast food joints, more than 25% were influenced by the information, yet they still consumed the same amount of calories. Huh? read more

Chinese Go Undercover – Darth Vader-Style

People in China are taking skin-care to new  extremes by wearing full-face dark visors to protect them from the  sun.

Unlike sporty sun-visors designed to cast a  shadow over the face, these much larger accessories cover the entire visage with  dark tinted plastic.

While those wearing them can see out, those  looking at them are forced to communicate with what looks like someone wearing a  Darth Vader-like mask, without irony.

Fad: The benefits of protecting the skin appear to outweigh the risks of sun damage, plus crashing while cycling, for this Chinese fan of the new face-visorFad: The benefits of protecting the skin appear to  outweigh the risks of sun damage, plus crashing while cycling, for this Chinese  fan of the new full face-visor

 

 

Anti-ageing? Far from simply casting a shadow over the face to protect the skin from the sun, the giant visors offer the added benefits of wearing sunglasses tooAnti-ageing? Far from simply casting a shadow over the  face to protect the skin from the sun, the giant visors offer the added benefits  of wearing sunglasses too

 

From motorcycling to department store  shopping these strange faceless people form part of a growing Chinese fad for  wearing the protective solar-visors in public.

Continue Reading

Obamacare Drives Up Other Costs

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

The Republicans appear to be all for full repeal of Obamacare. They make speeches and appear on talking head shows bemoaning the new healthcare law, insisting it has to go. Nothing else will suffice but full repeal.

 

It makes for a great “conservative” soundbite, but that’s all it is. For now, full repeal is a pipe dream.

 

Knowing that the call for full repeal is simply a soundbite those few true conservatives have had to once again step up to the plate and lead.

 

Sen. Mike Lee has proposed defunding Obamacare. That sounds simple enough. After all, Congress does control the purse strings.

 

However, this idea is evidently too radical for our spineless Republican leadership due to their overwhelming fear of the dreaded “government shut down”.

 

Meanwhile the president and the Democrats continue to insist that Obamacare is a good thing and will actually save us money. I give them props for boldness – boldness in the face of obvious truths.

 

On ObamacareFacts.com, it clearly states that Obamacare does not increase insurance premiums directly. In a way, they’re right. There is no mandate to raise insurance rates. That is left to the discretion of the individual insurance companies, to either raise rates or grow broke. It’s their choice. The site’s argument is that rate increases will be curbed when the law is fully implemented next year.

 

Well, the insurance companies know this and know they must raise their rates now while they can in an attempt to stay viable in the future.

 

This is why we see health insurance rates skyrocketing in states all over the Union. Washington states rates are expected to rise between 34 and 80%, Florida: 30 to 40%. Georgia expects increases of upwards of 198%. Indiana estimates a 72% increase and Ohio, 41%.

 

The low information twenty-something crowd of Obama supporters is in for a surprise when they discover they will be paying 100% more (on average) than their elderly counterparts. Surprise!

 

But the Obamacare law is not only affecting our direct healthcare costs. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you soon will.

 

This past weekend I received my auto insurance renewal. I opened the envelope and saw something I didn’t expect. My auto insurance premium increased by 20%.

 

I’m pretty plugged in to all this stuff, but I must admit, I didn’t connect the dots.

 

Figuring it must be a clerical error, I called my insurance carrier. I explained my spotless record to the representative; the fact that I am a year older as is my car, yet my premium was jacked up. He explained the increase was due to a sharp rise in the medical insurance rider and auto repair costs.

 

That’s when the light went on! Obamacare is also driving up auto insurance rates.

 

I called the dealership that does work on my car and spoke with the owner. He explained he would either have to lay people off or raise the labor rates for repairs, thanks to… you got it… Obamacare.

 

So when you start to see increased costs across a full spectrum of goods and services, you can thank Obama, the Democrats and the jerk Republicans who are too stupid and too spineless to defund this ruinous law.

New Super Honey

A new honey has been produced that has had ‘amazing’ results treating wounds and infections.

The bio-engineered product Surgihoney was tested on babies, new mothers, cancer patients and the elderly for over a year in Hampshire hospitals.

Wounds and ulcers, including those infected with the superbug MRSA, healed within days, while the number of women who suffered infections after giving birth by caesarean section has halved.

'Super honey': A know honey has produced amazing results treating wounds and infections

‘Super honey’: A new type of honey has produced amazing  results treating wounds and infections

 

It has also healed the wounds of soldiers  returning from Afghanistan, and been used to treat acne and to protect the skin of cancer patients  fitted with a catheter for chemotherapy.

Dr Matthew Dryden, consultant microbiologist  at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation  Trust, said: ‘It will revolutionise wound care around the world.’

Honey has been used for its healing powers  for thousands of years, although doctors favour penicillin and antibiotics.

Continue Reading

 

Moderates Don’t Heart Ted Cruz

Bill Kristol has about had it with Ted Cruz.

In a radio conversation Thursday morning, the Weekly Standard founder and multi-platform pundit made sure to establish a base coat of respect, even admiration for the energetic and courageous conservatism of Texas’ freshman Senator.

But he grows weary of what he perceives as attacks from the Defund Obamacare chorus that anyone preferring another path must be an unfit warrior in the battle against the fraudulently-named Affordable Care Act.

The community distancing from the Defund movement contains people I have long respected, from Bill Bennett to Charles Krauthammer to Texas’ other Senator, John Cornyn.

All point to the near certainty that the defund effort will fail on the Senate floor, and succeed only in marginalizing the Republican party with another government shutdown PR disaster.

They have a point. And it’s probably not helpful to refer to them as members of a “surrender caucus.”

But rather than quibble over the word choices of Cruz, Utah Senator Mike Lee and others rallying around them, I prefer to examine why I will stand with the defund effort until it breathes its last.

Massive tyranny requires bold response. Obamacare is not just another big-government bad idea that can be whittled and trifled with by detail guys like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is a scourge of epic proportions, the most stunning hijacking of our economy and our liberties in modern times.

Parsing the poisonous pages of the Affordable Care Act gives the impression that this is just another in a series of noble pushbacks that Republicans will mount in the Obama era.

It is no such thing. It is an attack that necessitates a reply that reflects our outrage.

We all know it passed, and that it is “the law of the land.” Well, here’s another matter of law– Congress holds the purse strings, even to measures that have passed. If they can legally turn off the money spigot to fend off this nightmare, that is as legitimate an exercise of public will as its hasty, ramshackle passage in March 2010.

Now to the skeptics’ points:

Continue Reading

Awesome: Hobby Lobby’s Religious Victory Over Obamacare

Not all the pro-life victories are coming from Texas. Friday in Oklahoma City, a federal judge awarded the Christian-owned arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby an exemption from the Obamacare abortion pill mandate, which would require the company to violate its religious faith by offering its employees contraceptives.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued the preliminary injunction for Hobby Lobby and its sister company, the Mardel Christian bookstore chain, and granted the case a stay until October 1, giving the federal government time to mull over an appeal. The judge’s decision comes just a month after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the companies were likely to prevail.

Back in November, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green penned a letter challenging the Health and Human Services birth control mandate, explaining how it would jeopardize his company’s religious conscience. Here is his last powerful paragraph:

Continue Reading