Wikileaks has posted the entire contents of the 3 trade deals currently in secret negotiations, and TNR has a serious case of the vapors because the deal would privatize entire sectors of services now controlled by governments, stop new licensing requirements and mean that signatories would not be able to pass new laws and regulations in many existing industries.
From the libertarian standpoint, it doesn't hurt as much as it helps. From the leftist standpoint, it put too much power in the hands of business. From my standpoint, it will just create more "too big to fail" enterprises.
Obamacare is set to add more than a quarter-of-a-trillion—that's trillion—dollars in extra insurance administrative costs to the U.S. health-care system, according to a new report out Wednesday.
The $273.6 billion in additional insurance overhead represents an average of of $1,375 per newly insured person, per year, from 2012 through 2022.
The overhead cost equals a whopping 22.5 percent of the total estimated $2.76 trillion in all federal government spending for the Affordable Care Act programs during that time, according to the authors of the online report on the Health Affairs blog.
Gee, who could have foreseen this? But the liberals don't care. They gots to haz "their" insurance.
The address sidestepped the deeply unpopular Iraq war begun by the second Bush president. Yet during a question-and-answer period the former Florida governor conceded "there were mistakes in Iraq, for sure," citing bad intelligence about weapons of mass destruction and insufficient security after the fall of Saddam Hussein. He quickly credited his brother for the troop surge, deeming it a "heroic act of courage."
.....the Court will hear arguments in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center. The specific dispute in the case is whether the state’s Medicaid reimbursements should be invalidated under a provision of federal law, 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(30)(A). But the question underlying that dispute has implications far beyond Medicaid.
That underlying question is whether the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution gives plaintiffs a cause of action to enjoin state action as preempted, even when the preempting statute does not. The case exposes a tension between the two very different ways the Court has viewed causes of action in the constitutional and statutory
Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials said on Sunday.
ICC prosecutors said on Friday they would examine "in full independence and impartiality" crimes that may have occurred since June 13 last year. This allows the court to delve into the war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza in July-August 2014 that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.
The court rejected an appeal filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA. The groups had challenged various aspects of the law known as Obamacare including the so-called individual mandate that requires people to obtain health insurance or pay a tax.
I do not know why they rejected it.
But I am pretty certain (again, I'm on my way out and don't have time to check) that this is the suit that challenges the law based on the fact that it did not originate in the House. What a horrible day.
Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar. The total amount of federal debt held by the public is now equivalent to about 74 percent of the economy’s annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP)—a higher percentage than at any point in U.S. history except a brief period around World War II and almost twice the percentage at the end of 2008.
If current laws remained generally unchanged in the future, federal debt held by the public would decline slightly relative to GDP over the next few years, CBO projects. After that, however, growing budget deficits would push debt back to and above its current high level. Twenty-five years from now, in 2039, federal debt held by the public would exceed 100 percent of GDP, CBO projects. Moreover, debt would be on an upward path relative to the size of the economy, a trend that could not be sustained indefinitely.
I did not hear about this. I guess the Democrats aren't letting the media talk about this, but tucked in the last Medicare bill was a small provision that lifted the deductible caps on some group plans.
The legislative fix – which drew little attention because it sailed through Congress tucked into a larger Medicare bill – lifted the limits on deductibles for health insurance plans covering small employers with fewer than 50 workers. Under the ACA, those deductible could not exceed $2,000 for an individual or $4,000 for a family.
Now those deductible caps are gone, but it's not clear how soon small employers will see the impact since health insurers are currently selling plans that conform to the ACA deductible limits. Generally, the higher the deductible the lower the premium, so lifting the cap could make small employer health plans more affordable.
Not sure how I feel about this. It makes the small employer plans more affordable, but they still have to provide the ridiculous coverages, so I think it could mean that the working man will once again get the worst of both worlds. High prices combined with high deductibles.
Guy enters an intersection, gets creamed by a Homeland Security van flashing blue and white lights that turns left in front of him. They swarm him, screaming that he should have seen the lights, and fill out reports all insisting that Guy ran a red light.
The other driver was “Ted,” of Lawrence, New York, a technology blogger for dealspin.com. He had recently installed a Timetec Roadhawk Dashboard Camera in his vehicle, capturing the windshield’s view of the road. Ted was driving down Rockaway Boulevard last week when he cruised through a green light at an intersection and crashed into an oncoming border patrol van that had made a left turn from the other side of the highway,according to ABC News.
The vehicles displaying blue, green, or amber lights are not authorized emergency vehicles. Their drivers must obey all traffic laws. While you are not required to yield the right-of-way, you should yield as a courtesy if you can do so safely.
No doubt that every single guy in the van has suffered back injuries and will now qualify for permanent disability.
[Jordan] Klaffer is a gun owner who frequently fires his gun at objects on private property.
On May 1, 2013, Jerry Bledsoe, a police officer, confronted Klaffer while responding to a noise complaint. Klaffer videotaped the interaction, where Bledsoe issued an ultimatum to Klaffer to surrender his guns or be arrested. Klaffer refused to give up his guns and was arrested for disturbing the peace.
To express his opinion that Officer Bledsoe was using his position to harass him for exercising his Second Amendment rights, Klaffer posted recordings of the May 1 encounter on YouTube and Facebook. And, on Instagram, he posted a picture of Bledsoe alongside a photo of Saddam Hussein, with the caption “Striking Resemblance.”
Officer Bledsoe retaliated by obtaining a court order that prevented Mr. Klaffer from posting videos, pictures, and text data criticizing Officer Bledsoe on the Internet. “A government order prohibiting criticism of government is the worst kind of censorship,” explains Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri.
The ACLU is fighting it, and it seems pretty unlikely it will stand. (This time.) The blogger points out that laws that were passed to keep us from talking to people that did not want to talk to us (Harassment, stalking) are now being used to keep us from talking about people.
The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general found 75 of the 80 transactions it examined involved waste, fraud or abuse
The EPA's Office of Inspector General found $79,254 in 'prohibited, improper or erroneous' spending in a sample of $152,602 in transactions. And more than 93 per cent of the time the employees used the cards, they 'were not in compliance with EPA policies,' the IG wrote.
'These transactions represented purchases of gym memberships, food [and] hotel space,' according to the report. And many purchases were 'split' among two or more transactions in order to avoid spending more than $3,000 at a time – an amount that should trigger more extensive scrutiny.