ObamaCare: What a Deal!

Friday, February 1, AD 2013

 

According to the IRS, the cheapest ObamaCare health care plan for a family of four in 2016 will be $20,000.00 per year.  Penalties for not having health insurance could cost you over two grand.

The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.

Bronze will be the lowest tier health-insurance plan available under Obamacare–after Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Under the law, the penalty for not buying health insurance is supposed to be capped at either the annual average Bronze premium, 2.5 percent of taxable income, or $2,085.00 per family in 2016.

In the new final rules published Wednesday, IRS set in law the rules for implementing the penalty Americans must pay if they fail to obey Obamacare’s mandate to buy insurance.

To help illustrate these rules, the IRS presented examples of different situations families might find themselves in.

In the examples, the IRS assumes that families of five who are uninsured would need to pay an average of $20,000 per year to purchase a Bronze plan in 2016.

Using the conditions laid out in the regulations, the IRS calculates that a family earning $120,000 per year that did not buy insurance would need to pay a “penalty” (a word the IRS still uses despite the Supreme Court ruling that it is in fact a “tax”) of $2,400 in 2016.

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  • The “Penalty” for not carrying Obamacare is against the Eighth Amendment against cruel and usual punishment. The penalty in any crime must fit the crime. The fit penalty for not subscribing to Obamacare is no insurance.
    The tax being levied and collected by the IRS for not carrying Obamacare is taxation without representation. Taxes are set and passed by Congress not by Obamacare. The HHS Mandate which was added by an unelected official after the Affordable Healthcare Act was passed by Congress violates informed consent of the people, common citizens and politicians, even those exempt from Obamacare. Those citizens exempt from Obamacare were not informed nor were they asked to give informed consent to the constrictions of the Act.
    The solution may lie in non-profit organizations, like the Catholic Church and Charities separating and dividing its organizations into 49 person pods. Even naming these newly created groups with holy virtues. Or making these non-profit organizations into consulting groups of 49 individual persons. But now I am digressing. Obama gave us a year to figure out how to violate our conscience. Obama did not figure on us succeeding.

  • Alinski is part of Oh’bomba’s makeup.
    That is why flies love him and find him so attractive. Flies find a great breading zone on Oh’liars face.

    Lord of the flies.

    That is the nature of your President.
    When your gamebook is Alinski rules you can not help the stench that accompanies the application of said rules.

    Dig in supporters of Oh’zombie. Your cake is waiting.

  • @Philip: At least Alinsky believed in the devil. The devil would not have free reign if the Person of God had not been removed from the public square. Return the Person of God. The state; government has no authority over the public square, as the public square belongs to each and every person in joint and common tenancy. The state has even less authority over how sovereign persons perceive and acknowledge our Creator, since the state has not created man, nor has the state endowed man but with citizenship, which is the only right the community of persons endows to the individual born.

  • What is your opinion of the video, Don? I’m not sure that it represents the subject rightly. Take, for example the suggestion that, if consumers shopped around, medical insurance would charge less. Beyond accepting generics permitted under policy, what choices do consumers really have? I suppose we could forego medical care altogether such as refusing to have a knee replaced. The marketplace for medical care isn’t anything like the banana market.

  • One of many problems with the medical marketplace is the lack of transparency to use a common buzzword. All hospitals and medical care givers should be required to post a price list: one for people without insurance and the discounts given to insurance companies. One reason that people do not shop around is that they have absolutely no idea what anything costs when it comes to medical treatment. Just having the prices available to the public would have a big impact on pricing decisions.

    Another major problem is third party payors. I completely agree with the video that when third parties pay consumers are less choosey. I know I am. Once my deductible is met, my concern about the price of treatment drops like a stone.

    The medical marketplace is vastly distorted due to government interventions over the past five decades. Any meaningful reform has to eliminate much of this distortion.

  • Paying more for fewer choices and worse care.

    The utopians will never stop messing things up.

Keep Your Day Job

Friday, September 21, AD 2012

As support for my belief that modern life is increasingly resembling a poorly written Monty Python skit, I point to the pro-abort members of the Michigan state legislature:

Pro-abortion legislators are protesting pro-life bills in the Michigan state legislature in an odd, eye-rolling fashion.

They gathered on the steps of the Michigan Capitol to perform a flash mob-style dance to a bastardized version of Carly Rae Jeppson’s “Call Me Maybe” with their own version, “It’s My Vagina, So Hands Off Baby.”

The ACLU of Michigan, in partnership with Planned Parenthood, staged the flash mob and rally on the Capitol lawn. The two pro-abortion groups emailed out an instructional video of the “Hands Off Dance” along with two others, “Can’t Say It” and the “Pelvic Exam.”

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  • Oh, my. Are they saying that it is great to go into a filthy abortion mill with an uninsured doctor, while the rapist holds a gun to their head, after which the abortionists puts the baby in the industrial garbage disposal? Try putting those facts into lyrics and see how popular the ditty is.

  • I believe these people are singing to the wrong people. Taxes belong to the tax payer even while being administered by the administration. Hey! Baby, get you hand out of my wallet. The ACLU was paid by tax dollars to set this “impromptu” up . If the taxpayers wanted to fund this hulabaloo and what they are agitating for, they would not have to agitate. So, kindly remove your vagina from my wallet. I don’t know where its been.

  • Washington DC:
    Some guy with a day job in a Senate offices bldg. on the left side of the March for Life route was doing the dance on a balcony. The Capitol Bldg. across the street (as well as the other bldgs.) were starkly devoid of people hurrying to and fro on their what mustn’t be too busy work day.
    He’s the only person I saw. Someone inside should have had a hook.

  • Well. If you kill off all those offspring that might be taught in your ways, I guess you had better recruit more with catchy song and dance routines. Seems like it is a good idea. Well, better than describing the horrific act of aborting a baby. Or the health consequences of contraception and abortion. Heck, they live in a consequence free world, where they eat whole grain granola, holistic healing, and of course cancer causing steroid hormone based contraception. I don’t see the inconsistencies….

  • Oh my. How embarrassing.

  • oh my is right!! if a negative can be enormous, the enormity of the lack of understanding is stunning – and pitiable if it were not so consequential

    and Yay Mary De Voe:
    “So, kindly remove your vagina from my wallet. I don’t know where its been.”

  • “My vagina”???? As if that qualifies the death of the innocent. Given that reasoning then the “his finger” of the street gangster whos does pulls the trigger is legit. How stupid.

  • Dave W. Why would anybody’s “vagina” qualify the death of the innocent? That is not “reasoning”, that is the dead end of reasoning. ” So, kindly remove your vagina from my wallet. I don’t know where its been.” addresses the denial of the human beings’ rational, immortal soul with its conscience, to act in free will, and spontaneously witness to truth. The new human being, existing at the will of God and man, conceived in Justice and innocence has a conscience that is, too, being denied by vagina abusers, and the like.

    You just heard Obama say that Washington must be fixed from the outside. “So, kindly remove your vagina from my wallet. I don’t know where its been.” The MSM just reported that an Obama sign has been vandalized…and would like to blame conservatives…by Whom???. The Obama sign can be fixed…our consciences cannot be fixed, nor can our consciences be replaced or denied.

    Dave W. It is called black humor (no inference to Obama’s race). Black humor developed in the concentrations camps in WWII. It was how many persons survived the subhuman treatment imposed. Black humor truly evolved from the concentration camps because the prisoners were able to identify and commiserate with each other. The guards were their target. Why should the guards be spared? Stalag (sp) 13 was one of the most popular tv series because it depicted how the prisoners were able to maintain their dignity.

  • Remember, too, that our founding Fathers, George Washingotn, Abraham Lincoln, U. S. Grant, who is buried in Grant’s tomb, grace our money. Their visages see what is going on in abortion clinics around the country, every abortion, every day. Our Founding Fathers see and hear every closed door conference Obama has. Look and see, the EYE of GOD on every dollar bill. This legal tender was not uttered to buy vice.

    Anzlyne. Yay one Hail Mary for you too.

  • Mary DV, huh?? Best reread my post … it sounds like you think I’m for this video. My crude point is the utter fullishness in positioning a right to do what you wish to your body no matter who is hurts.

  • Dave W. Me thinks that you’re a thinking that my comment spurned the most hideous crime of murdering the innocent, the standard of Justice to our states, our begotten in perfect innocence, the immortal human being’s soul created in original innocence, our constitutional posterity.
    News posts that the Obama sign had been vandalized four times…by a deer. The animal left standing every Romney-Ryan sign and destroyed the only Obama sign in the neighborhood. The owners videoed the deer doing damage. Me thinks that God is not on Obama’s side. I am right.

  • Oh, deranged America. Once again, I say, if any Country ever needed Divine Mercy it is America. But each and every day you are telling God. “Get our of my way…..it is my life….it is my choice….You have no room in my abode and body”……Oh dear and He is waiting for you when the evening clouds gather on the Western sky and your soul leave your bodies to face His Wrath…..at your own choice…..all He will tell you is…..”your Will be done”….Pray, pray, America, pray. Thank you, Mary D….continue with those Hail Marys and the Divine Mercy Chaplet…..who knows…..God can break the most hard and granite stones, melt them, mold them and then fill them….. hopefully.

  • Mary DV: “what we have here is a failure to communiate ” …. I dispise abortion, I dispise Obama. That is as clear as I can make it.

  • Dave W. ” …. I dispise abortion, I dispise Obama. That is as clear as I can make it.” I appreciate your clarity and your position as it is a grace from God that is only given the good willed. I apologize for the “friendly fire.”

Leave it to Mel, the Beaver and the Shark

Thursday, December 9, AD 2010

From the only reliable source of news on the net, the Onion.  Wait, no, that’s not right!  The above video certainly seems like a creation from the warped minds at the Onion, but even they would have a hard time dreaming this one up:  Actor with alcohol, anger and fidelity “issues”, portrays deranged husband and father who gets back in touch with his family by using a beaver hand puppet.   It would take a heart of stone not to laugh endlessly at the sheer lunacy of it all.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the film makes a huge amount of money, at least from audiences who enjoy truly dark comedy and perhaps from the select few who love the irony of it all.

Mel said that he took an axe to his marriage, so perhaps this is all some bizarre attempt at redemption in the eyes of the public at least, if not in the eyes of his ex-wife and kids.  What this film does establish beyond question is that Mel Gibson truly is one strange character.  I say this as someone who enjoyed most of his films dating back to his road warrior days, and who defended him on blogs for years, especially against the shameful charge that his masterpiece, The Passion of the Christ, was, in any way, anti-Semitic.  Alas, someone can be a fine artist, and still be a man with massive flaws and that is the case with Mel.  Through  alcohol abuse, adultery, and out of control rants, the actor many Catholics pointed to with pride, revealed himself to have very common Hollywood failings.

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  • I’ve long thought that his character in “Conspiracy Theory” probably didn’t involve much acting on his part.

  • Hollywood elites have the cures for all your ills.

    Quick! Someone send one of them hand puppets to the White House.

    Fantastic!!!

  • As Leslie Nielsen would have said, “Nice beaver!” Poor Mel, descending from Passion of the Christ to this tripe. Looks like another paycheck movie for Jodie, too.

  • I stopped reading biographies of my favorite writers and artists many years ago, although I loved reading biographies when I was a teen. All too often I found out that the men and women whose work I so admired were complete jerks. I will always honor James Joyce for the final paragraphs of “The Dead” which are the among the loveliest sentences ever penned in English. When I read them in high school, I was simply swept away by their beauty. But Joyce himself? A sponger who was cruel to his mother and had a way of using his friends as doormats. (He certainly also had his good and generous moments.) But then, Paul Johnson recently wrote that the reason Chesterton does not attract biographers is because he seemed to have no shadows. Much more fun to write about Byron….

    Perhaps the reason those with artistic talent are so frequently glaringly imperfect when it comes to their personal lives is because if they were all tremendously gifted and paragons of virtue as well, they’d appear the rest of us to be almost god-like. As it is, they create – and sometimes create amazingly beautiful things – but are clearly not the Creator.

  • Joe, a film about a man struggling with mental illness isn’t tripe.