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Posts Tagged ‘health care bill’

Senate Votes Down Amendment In Health Care Bill, The 5- Mile Wide Meteorite Can’t Arrive Fast Enough

September 15, 2010

Partisanship is already dominating the final work week in the Senate. While both Republicans and Democrats agree that a new tax reporting requirement in the health care law should be scaled back, each party defeated the other side’s proposal to accomplish that goal.

Senators just voted 46-52 against an amendment by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. that would have stripped out the provision, which requires businesses to report to the IRS transactions to anyone or any company that cost more than $600.

The new Health Care Bill requires businesses to report any transaction that costs more than $600, such as buying copy paper, to IRS. The Senate is unwilling to remove that last-minute catastrophic last-minute  addition to the bill. Where is that 5 mile wide meteorite?

 

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Gold Coin Sellers Angered by New Health Care Law, Turn Your Head And Cough

July 21, 2010

Those already outraged by the president’s health care legislation now have a new bone of contention — a scarcely noticed tack-on provision to the law that puts gold coin buyers and sellers under closer government scrutiny.

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, Form 1099s will become a means of reporting to the Internal Revenue Service the purchases of all goods and services by small businesses and self-employed people that exceed $600 during a calendar year. Precious metals such as coins and bullion fall into this category and coin dealers have been among those most rankled by the change.

With spot market prices for gold at nearly $1,200 an ounce, Heller estimates that he’ll be filling out between 10,000 and 20,000 tax forms per year after the new law takes effect.

“I’ll have to hire two full-time people just to track all this stuff, which cuts into my profitability,” he said.

An issue that combines gold coins, the Obama health care law and the IRS is bound to stir passions. Indeed, trading in gold coins and bars has surged since the financial crisis unfolded and Obama took office, metal dealers said.

“Everyone agrees that small businesses are job creators and the engine which drives the American economy. I am dumfounded that this Administration is doing all it can to make it more difficult for businesses to succeed rather than doing all it can to help them grow.”

Thank you Our Mother of Health Care..We are reading the tax health  bill to see what is in it…More about tax less about health.

 

Rushing A Health Care Bill Can Be A Man Made Disaster, Ask BP

June 7, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — Over six days in May, far from the familiar choreography of Washington hearings, federal investigators grilled workers involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in a chilly, sterile conference room at a hotel near the airport here.

 In testimony to government investigators, rig workers repeatedly described a “natural conflict” between BP, which can make more money by completing drilling jobs quickly, and Transocean, which receives a leasing fee from BP every day that it continues drilling.
 
Also the Minerals Management Service, which regulates offshore drilling, went along with  requests for regulation exceptions partly, because the agency has for years had a dual role of both fostering and policing the industry — collecting royalty payments from the drilling companies while also levying fines on them for violations of law.
 
Amid this tangle of overlapping authority and competing interests, no one was solely responsible for ensuring the rig’s safety, and communication was a constant challenge.

BP had fallen behind schedule and over budget, paying roughly $500,000 a day to lease the rig from Transocean. The rig was 43 days late for starting a new drilling job for BP by the day of the explosion, a delay that had already cost the company more than $21 million.

With the clock ticking, bad decisions went unchecked, warning signs went unheeded and small lapses compounded. 

After the spill,under intense media scrutiny, at least a dozen federal agencies have taken part in the spill response, making decision-making slow, conflicted and confused, as they sought to apply numerous federal statutes.
 
Lets review…conflict in parties of interest,  federal government granting exceptions, overlapping authority, clock ticking..  bad decision making, numerous federal statutes. eventual catastrophy..
 
Where have we seen this…….oh yea health care bill
 
 
 

After Passing the Health Care Bill, We Saw What Was In It

May 24, 2010

Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

 

 

O and Health Care… Bitter Taste

May 9, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that millions of Americans already are reaping benefits from the new national health care law,including tax breaks for some small businesses and help for families with young adults.
In his weekly radio-Internet address, Obama vigorously defended the new law, which passed Congress with no Republican votes and continues to stir strong emotions nationwide.  

They passed a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it,  signed by a President that  hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes…all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.  Americans still choking on it…  

 

   

 

If you like the Census Plan… you will love the Health Care Plan

April 8, 2010

As the U.S. census nears its final stages, the government is preparing for possible debacles that could derail its $15 billion head count, from mass identity theft and lawsuits to homeowners who refuse to answer their doors.

Census Bureau documents, obtained by The Associated Press, underscore the highly fragile nature of the high-stakes population count before the government dispatches some 700,000 temporary workers to visit homes, beginning in May. “Considering the volume of data that the Bureau of Census gathers during the census, some loss of confidential data is bound to occur,” one document bluntly states.

Placing a cap on costs if immigrants try to evade the count, the response plan notes that a census worker will attempt to visit a home six times at most – or fewer, if a resident makes clear he won’t cooperate – before the worker questions neighbors to get the information.If that fails, the Census Bureau will statistically impute data based on characteristics of neighboring households.

Other potential risks include:

Information technology breakdowns. A key software system used to schedule, deploy and pay census takers is full of defects, and its ability to handle a massive payroll of more than 600,000 temporary employees who begin work in May remains in doubt.

Lawsuits. Census officials are calling it “relatively certain” that they will be sued by at least one state that just misses gaining an additional U.S. House seat.

 Mass retirements. A significant number of Census Bureau employees are now eligible to retire, and the 2010 count could be in peril if there is a mass exodus during peak census periods.

“With these things, anything can turn on a dime, implode and impact our ability to recruit staff and gain cooperation,” Arnold Jackson, the bureau’s associate director for the decennial census, said in an interview. “We also remain terribly concerned about safety.”

If you like this  Census Plan you will love the Health Care Plan…… Maybe the Census should just count the illegals when they show up for “free health care”.

Moody Eye Nuts and Bolts…The New Health Care Bill Must Be Good Because:

March 24, 2010

“Most of the major public policy changes embodied in the health care reform legislation will become effective only after the next presidential election in 2012,” said Maury Harris, an economist with UBS AG, said in a research report. If this is so good and we can’t afford to wait…. why wait so long….

The health care bill will “create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately

March 23, 2010

On Sunday night Nancy Pelosi stated that the new Health Care Bill would create 4 million jobs and 400,000 almost immediately…. most likely from the thin air portion of her brain..

 By Monday, at least 10 state attorneys general had promised to file suit against the federal government when President Barack Obama signs the bill. The states were Alabama, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Michigan, Nebraska, Washington. Officials in North Dakota were weighing whether to join the case.

Virginia and Idaho have passed legislation aimed at blocking the bill’s insurance requirement from taking effect in their states. For the states, it’s a question of individual rights. Many say Congress does not have the authority to require citizens to buy goods or services they may not want.

“Just by virtue of being a resident of the United States, never before in history have we been required to purchase something,” said Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Republican Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli II.

Now I see the 400,000 job created immediately she was talking about..

Show Down Sunday

March 21, 2010

             Tea Party                      Vs                Kool-Aid Party…

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Moody Eye News From Bizzaro World

March 21, 2010

 Democrats are apparently determined to vote for their package of amendments to the Senate Health Care  bill before they vote for the bill itself. (They remain terrified of voting for the deal-laden Senate measure without having already voted to “fix” it.) That plan still runs afoul of the second Republican objection, which is that the House cannot vote to amend a law that isn’t a law. The Senate national health care bill can only become law after it is passed by the House and signed by the president, and without the president’s signature, it isn’t law. Republicans argue that the House cannot amend a law that isn’t yet law. This is like trying to use a  Sears warranty and calling in a repair order, before you have bought the freaking washer.