Archive | June, 2012

OBAMACARE. Pros & Cons.

28 Jun

OBAMACARE IN A NUTSHELL.

PROS:

1. Congress will have the same insurance as everyone else.

2. People under 26 can stay on parents’ health insurance.

3. Insurers must justify rate hikes.

4. No discriminaton on coverage based on gender.

5. Insurance can’t kick sick people off of coverage.

6. Chain restaurants must post calorie content.

7. No deniel of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

8. No copays for birth control, breast pumps & domestic violence screening.

9. No annaual or lifetime dollar limits on needed care.

10. Small businesses get tax credits to help provide insurance to their workers.

CONS:

  1. New taxes, penalties, and fees will discourage businesses from growing, lowering economic growth by $706 billion and costing 800,000 jobs.
  2. The Federal government will force the 18 million of the uninsured to go under Medicaid, while others must accept another government program. Despite this, millions will still remain uninsured.
  3. Each year, $125 million will go towards subsidizing school-based health centers and programs to reduce teen pregnancy, with no requirement to reduce abortions. Parents won’t know what services their children will receive.
  4. Half of those on Medicare Advantage will lose this coverage thank to rate increases.
  5. Health care costs will rise thanks to $47 billion in new taxes on drug companies and medical device makers.
  6. Nearly two-thirds of doctors are considering abandoning any kind of government-sponsored health care insurance, stating that regulations are too high and reimbursement too low.
  7. By forcing States to accept federally-mandated health insurance, the Act violates States’ rights.
  8. Small businesses, the drivers of new job growth, will be especially penalized by $52 billion in new taxes and new IRS reporting requirements.
  9. Despite $500 billion in new taxes, Obamacare will increase the deficit by $500 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: Heritage Foundation, Impact of Obamacare)

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Supreme Court upholds. “Obama-care”. Healthcare for all in effect.

28 Jun

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled President Obama’s health care overhaul constitutional, including the contested individual mandate.

Chief Justice John Roberts revealed the high court’s verdict on the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare, just after 10 a.m. today.

A dramatic victory for Obama, Four major issues were ruled upon, the most important of which being the law’s centerpiece requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional. The justices also weighed whether other parts or indeed the entire 2010 law should fall if they strike down the insurance requirement.


Apart from the insurance mandate, the court also considered the validity of the health care law’s significant expansion of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.

The case began almost as soon as Mr. Obama signed the law on March 23, 2010. Even before the day was out, Florida and 12 states filed the lawsuit that ended up at the Supreme Court. Another 13 states later joined in later.

The heart of the challenge was the claim that Congress could not force people to buy a product – health insurance.

The administration advanced several arguments in defense of Congress’ authority to require health insurance, including that it falls under the power to regulate interstate commerce.

The government also argued that the insurance requirement was necessary to make effective two other undoubtedly constitutional provisions: the requirements that insurers accept people regardless of existing health problems and limit what they charge older, sicker people.

The administration also said that even if the court rejected the first two arguments, the insurance requirement and penalty are constitutional as an exercise of Congress’ power to enact taxes. The penalty assessed for not buying insurance functions like a tax, the government said.

Matters That Need Attention: Babies Dying in North Korea.. SPREAD AWARENESS

12 Jun

Two young children suffering from malnutrition rest in a a bed at the children's ward in Pongsan countrty hospital, about 62 miles south of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Oxfam,Mabel Au)

Millions of North Koreanchildren are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.

North Korea wants nothing to do with America, they don’t want their help, they have our government. These people live in the worst conditions, some have no access to outside world, tv and internet is rarely allowed, cell phones have been banned since 2004. Their leadership don’t want to people to be educated on different societies, it’s basically like they are being forced living in a bubble.

Nearly a third of North Korean children under age 5 show signs of stunting, particularly in rural areas where food is scarce, and scores are dying from diarrhea due to a lack of access to clean water, sanitation and electricity, the agency said.

According to the AP, People in the capital, Pyongyang, live in relative comfort, but the situation in the rest of the country is more dire. About 16 million North Koreans — two-thirds of the country — rely on twice-a-month government rations, the report said. And there are no signs the government will undertake the long-term structural reforms needed to spur economic growth, it said.

North Korea does not produce enough food to feed its 24 million people, and relies on limited purchases of food as well as outside donations to make up the shortfall.

WANT TO HELP? http://www.helpinghandskorea.org/

North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, a jerk,  has sought to put forth an image of stability and unity but it is all but false. His constituents are starving, but he’s living lavish…

People have a tendency to only thing of the country of Africa when they think of nation suffering starvation.

Mega church Pastor Creflo Dollar Arrested.

10 Jun

The 50-year-old televangelist denied the allegations during Sunday morning services at his World Changers Church in Atlanta.

The pastor maintains the family argument began when he would not let his daughter attend a party.

“I will say this emphatically. I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said, adding “all is well in the Dollar household.

“The truth is that a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional, emotions got involved and things escalated from there.”

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children, after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 Friday night to report her father punched and choked her. The story was reportedly corroborated by her 19-year-old sister.

The police report states thealtercation turned physical when when Dollar tried to restrain his upset daughter. She began to hit back, which allegedly led the pastor to tackle his daughter to the ground and spank her.

The girl called 911 after she went to the kitchen, upset. Dollar asked why she was crying, and she told him, “I don’t want to talk right now,” which led the pastor to charge her, wrap his hands around her throat, punch her and hit her with her show, according to the report.

Dollar reportedly told the Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that his daughter wasn’t allowed to go to the party because of poor grades.

The 19-year-old daughter told the deputy Dollar grabbed her sister by the shoulders, slapped her and threw her to the ground.

Dollar’s wife, Taffi, told the deputy she did not see the fight.

The pastor addressed the allegations head-on during services.

“I can imagine … if I punched my kid, it would hurt her,” he said. “If I choked my kid, you would see visible signs on her neck. But to come and take a picture of a mark that’s been there for 10 years and not have enough intelligence to at least ask the parent what it is, is appalling.”

If disciplining your child  because they attacked you is a crime, it’s clear that I may not be the best contestant for children, because by all means, I’m taking that sucker down.. ♥