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9:47 PM 04/07/2014

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Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in years, according to a Morgan Stanley survey of insurance brokers.

The investment bank’s April survey of 148 brokers found that this quarter, the average premium increase for customers renewing an insurance plan is 12 percent in the small group market and 11 percent in the individual market, according to Forbes’ Scott Gottlieb.

The hikes — the largest in the past three years, according to Morgan Stanley’s quarterly reports — are “largely due to changes under the [Affordable Care Act],” analysts concluded. Rates have been growing increasingly fast throughout all of 2013, after a period of drops in 2012.

While insurers were hiking premiums since 2012 by smaller amounts, the lead-up to the Obamacare’s launch has seen the average rate at which premiums are growing fourfold.

The small group market saw a jump from a growth rate of close to 3 percent during Morgan Stanley’s September 2013 survey to just above 6 percent three months later in December — the month before a surge of Obamacare regulations hit insurance companies.

Over the next three months, the rate doubled again to the current average small growth premium growth rate of 12 percent.

Individual policies saw a much starker jump after the Obamacare exchanges launched, in anticipation of the health care law going live in 2014. Morgan Stanley’s September 2013 survey, like the previous three quarters, found a fairly constant growth rate around 2 percent — but in December, the rate had shot up to above 9 percent.

Morgan Stanley’s results echo what consumers are already seeing: the Affordable Care Act’s intensive regulation of the insurance market is driving health care premiums up strikingly.

The survey found that premium increases are due to several specific Obamacare policies. The most talked about may be the new benefits all insurance plans are required to offer and excise taxes targeted at insurers themselves, Forbes reports.

But there are two other big contributors to the rise in costs. Age restrictions on premiums prevent the insurer from charging older customers who cost more to cover a higher premium — hiking the costs for young and healthy people disproportionately. Commercial underwriting restrictions also bump up insurers’ costs and are reflected in premiums.

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Adam O’Neil
Real Clear Politics
April 1, 2014

Just 32 percent of military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to a new poll from the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. In a related question, only 42 percent of those surveyed said they believe Obama is a “good commander-in-chief of the military.” Forty eight percent said he is not.

Veterans were asked a similar question about former President George W. Bush. Sixty-five percent said they felt he was a good commander-in-chief, while 28 percent responded he was not.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) President Obama gloated today over the obedience of millions of Americans who were forced under penalty of law to purchase overpriced health insurance that benefits Big Pharma and the sick-care industry. Claiming 7.1 million enrollees — a number so wildly fabricated that it generated bouts of laughter from those in the know — Obama accused critics of the forced government mandate of “trying to scare people” away from getting health insurance.

Obama’s celebration of Obamacare is politically equivalent to Kim Jong-Un celebrating how many people in North Korea praise him when required to do so in his presence. It’s the moral equivalent of a Venezuelan socialist election where if you vote for the tyrant in charge, you get a free lunch; but if you vote for the opposition, you get a bullet to the head. Obamacare’s “victory” is the philosophical equivalent of every dictator who has ever shoved a gun in the faces of helpless citizens and told them to swear their allegiance to him. Only in a totalitarian regime does the President celebrate millions of people being forced into compliance and call it a “victory.” The very idea is morally repugnant and wholly anti-American.

If you’re forced to do it, then it’s not really a free choice, is it?

It reminds me of those police-run roadside blood-draw checkpoints where drivers are waived to the curb by gun-toting police and told they need to “volunteer” to have their blood drawn without a warrant. According to the police, these checkpoints are a huge success because there are “so many volunteers!” Gee, do they really think all these people would agree to have their blood drawn if there wasn’t the implied threat of guns in their faces?

If millions of people had been given a free choice and voluntarily chosen Obamacare health insurance, that would be a genuine victory worth celebrating. But for Obama to celebrate a forced, penalty-ridden government mandate shoved down the throats of the People is a violation of the basic tenants of human freedom. With this program, Obama joins every other tyrant in history that threw people in chains for daring to think for themselves and oppose a forced government program. Gandhi himself would have resisted Obamacare and marched on the national capitol to oppose it en masse.

Enrollment surge proves the power of fear and force to push people to reluctant action

The last-minute surge in enrollment at Healthcare.gov was, of course, little more than a fear surge by people scared they might be penalized or audited by the IRS if they don’t conform to the mandates of the dictator. When millions of people agree to enroll in something only when they are forced under penalty of law to do so, only a true political coward (or tyrant) could characterize it as a victory.

What we are really witnessing with Obamacare is a national disgrace: a totalitarian government forcing people to buy into a failed health care system that’s so destructive, it kills 205 Americans every single day from superbug infections alone. And while the promise was that Obamacare would cost you about the same as a mobile phone bill, that promise was yet another gross deception pushed onto the American people. In reality, families are paying thousands of dollars a year for basic coverage, pushing many household into a state of financial crisis while bankrupting businesses and municipalities in the process.

Obamacare insurance premiums are costing people MORE money, not less, so now Obama has switched his rhetoric to claiming Obamacare is causing health insurance premiums to rise less quickly than they would otherwise. How’s that for political sleight-of-hand trickery? Yes, your rates are going up under Obamacare, and yes, you are forced to buy these products even if you don’t want them and don’t use them, but somehow Obama claims he’s protecting you by making you do all this against your will.

If Obamacare is a success because so many people were forced to buy into it, then by the same token Hitler’s rounding up of Jews at gunpoint was also a huge success — they went along with it, didn’t they? So it must be popular, according to Obama’s twisted logic. And if it’s popular, then it must be morally right, too, say socialists. Because they believe 51% of the people have some sort of universal right to enslave the other 49% in total violation of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental human freedom. The limits of government be damned… Obama’s gonna call this program a huge success even if the “applause” lights are accompanied by men with machine guns enforcing the command.

Along these same lines, here’s a video of North Korean citizens crying at gunpoint over the death of Kim Jong-Il, the tyrant socialist dictator who uses government force and mandates to demand obedience:

 

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044543_Obamacare_totalitarian_regime_human_freedom.html#ixzz2xh4ZN61z

this is most likely one of the best put together, well researched documentaries i have ever seen. it covers everything from the growing police state to what it means to be a free human. THIS IS A MUST WATCH FOR ANYONE WHO DREAMS TO BE FREE!

By Rob Douglas

As of Thursday, March 27, 2014

 

In 1988, famed political pundit Michael Kinsley wrote, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” In recognition of that incisive observation, a “Kinsley gaffe” became political parlance for inadvertently honest statements by pols who intend to spin the truth.

In 2010, speaking before the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated, “You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill (the Affordable Care Act), the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention — it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.”

With her next words, Pelosi assured herself an entry on the all-time list of Kinsley gaffes.

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

Now that the fog of legislative controversy is giving way to the reality of regulatory implementation, stories of what is in the Affordable Care Act that’s not very exciting for Coloradans are beginning to emerge.

Last Friday, in “Hitting the marketplace,” the Steamboat Today reported:

“One of Steamboat Springs’ biggest employers is scaling back its health insurance offerings as a response to the Affordable Care Act.

“Intrawest, the parent company of Steamboat Ski Area, informed all of its seasonal employees earlier this month that it no longer would offer them health insurance after April 30.”

Addressing the upheaval in health insurance for hundreds of seasonal employees, Steamboat Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane said in a written statement, “The company, along with the rest of the country, is adapting to the new changes in health care resulting from the (Affordable Care Act) and will continue to work with staff to help them make the best decisions based on their individual situation.”

On Wednesday, in “Some CMC teachers cry foul over new Obamacare-related cap on hours,” the Aspen Daily News reported:

“Some part-time faculty at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) say their ability to earn a living as teachers has been harmed by a new cap on working hours recently instituted by school administrators in response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). …

“Under the law, beginning in January 2015 any employer with more than 100 workers will have to provide health insurance to anyone who works more than 30 hours per week on average. In response, CMC has joined many community colleges across the country by capping part-time teaching loads to fall below that 30-hour threshold, averting an unbudgeted increase in faculty health care costs next year.

“Yet some adjunct teachers — there are more than 600 at CMC, compared to around 112 full-time faculty — say the school’s pre-emptive decision to skirt Obamacare requirements has harmed their earning potential, while also compromising their ability to respond to student needs and offer extra help outside of class.

“I used to teach three four-credit classes, and now I teach two,” said one science teacher, who didn’t want her name or home campus printed because she feared that it could harm her chance of landing a full-time job with benefits at CMC. “The only way that people really make it (as adjuncts) is by stacking courses, by having multiple courses.”

Responding to the concerns of part-time faculty, CMC President Dr. Carrie Hauser told the Aspen Daily News in a written statement, “I want to assure you that we have not made rigid, long-term decisions concerning total compensation for part-time instructors. Like most community colleges throughout the nation, we are taking a very close look at the implications of recent changes to employment and health care-related policies. We are trying to be responsive to the needs of our employees and students while balancing the fiscal limitations of our institution.”

So throughout the course of the last week, two major Colorado employers, Intrawest (which also owns Winter Park Resort) and Colorado Mountain College, have reacted rationally to an irrational law by reducing their financial exposure to the Affordable Care Act as they publicly acknowledge they are “adapting” to the law and “balancing the fiscal limitations” of their respective organizations.

Like many others in Colorado and across the country, these employers have found that the obvious truth wrapped within Pelosi’s Kinsley gaffe is that the Affordable Care Act is unaffordable when it comes to their bottom line.

#To reach Rob Douglas, email rdouglas@SteamboatToday.com.

By Robert Costa, Published: March 26 | Updated: Thursday, March 27, 4:00 AM

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Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns.

Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the 2016 primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman.

Rand Paul’s nationwide organization, which counts more than 200 people, includes new backers who have previously funded more traditional Republicans, along with longtime libertarian activists. Paul, of Kentucky, has also been courting Wall Street titans and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who donated to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, attending elite conclaves in Utah and elsewhere along with other GOP hopefuls.

For the rest of this year, his national team’s chief duties will be to take the lead in their respective states in planning fundraisers and meet-ups and helping Paul’s Washington-based advisers get a sense of where support is solid and where it’s not. This is especially important in key early primary battlegrounds, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, and in areas rich in GOP donors, such as Dallas and Chicago.

“A national leadership team is an important step, and it’s a critical one for the movement going forward,” said Fritz Wenzel, Paul’s pollster. “Rand has tremendous momentum, and the formation of this team will guide him as he gets closer to a decision and [will] serve as a foundation for a campaign.”

A growing number of Republicans have started to consider presidential campaigns. Aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are sketching out how possible bids could look and keeping tabs on donors and potential staffers. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, a distant runner-up to Romney in the 2012 race for the GOP nomination, have been wooing conservative leaders.

At this early juncture, Paul is consistently at or near the top in polling. A CNN/ORC International survey this month found that 16 percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican were likely to support Paul, putting him at the front of the Republican field. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee, was second, at 15 percent.

Paul’s leadership team is set up as part of Rand Paul Victory, a group that pools donations. It is a joint committee that overlaps the fundraising efforts of Rand PAC, Paul’s political-action committee, and Rand Paul 2016, his Senate campaign, and it is described by Paul aides as the basis for a presidential campaign.

“There are people in every state who have joined Team Paul, with the money people ready to go,” said Mallory Factor, a consultant and South Carolina Republican who has worked with Paul to expand the senator’s footprint.

Kevin Madden, a former adviser to Romney and House Republican leaders, said the development of a national network was a notable moment in pre-primary positioning.

“This framework of supporters is an important building block in the architecture required to build a competitive national campaign,” Madden said. “What looks like just a name is often someone who knows local reporters, has a fundraising network or has an ability or history of organizing party activists.”

Democrats are closely watching Paul as he moves to become less of a fringe figure than his father, who struggled to resonate with Republicans beyond his fervent base.

David Axelrod, director of the Institute for Politics at the University of Chicago and a former strategist for President Obama, said, “He’s certainly creating buzz, and when I saw him at Romney’s donor meeting in Utah, it showed seriousness behind what he’s trying to do, beyond all he’s done from a message standpoint.”

Axelrod dismissed the criticism of those consultants in both parties who have said Paul needs to enlist more veteran hands and tap a well-known Republican strategist with deep presidential campaign experience.

“David Axelrod wasn’t David Axelrod until he was,” Axelrod said.

At the Romney retreat last year in Park City, Utah, Paul gained some fans among the GOP elite. Though few pledged to back him should he run for president, they did warm up to him.

“Going in, people weren’t sure. Most of them didn’t know him,” recalled Ron Kaufman, a Romney confidant. “But they had these one-on-one meetings with him and came away saying he’s a sharp guy. They were still in the grieving stage, not ready to think about 2016, but their opinion of him increased rather dramatically.”

Nevertheless, many Republicans question whether Paul can build a campaign that could win a national election.

“I think he’s dangerously irresponsible,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who is mulling his own presidential bid and has been critical of the GOP’s tea party wing, including Cruz.“I can’t believe responsible Republicans will support this guy, who’s a modern version of Charles Lindbergh.”

The decision to swiftly expand and announce Paul’s national political infrastructure — which will be fully unveiled this spring — comes after reports describing Paul’s operation as unready to compete nationally.

But it was finalized this month at a meeting at a Hampton Inn in Oxon Hill, Md., during the Conservative Political Action Conference. Speaking to more than 40 members of Paul’s circle, his strategists emphasized consolidating the sprawling support Paul has amassed into a coordinated apparatus.
Paul, who also spoke, said he will not make a final decision on a run until the end of the year, but he indicated that he is leaning toward getting into the race and wants a well-staffed political operation to move on all fronts — fundraising, advertising, Internet presence and volunteer coordination — if he does.

Paul’s national team plans to huddle once every quarter, with weekly calls between the meetings. Foreign policy advisers, such as former ambassador Richard Burt and Lorne Craner, a former State Department official, are expected to be part of the chain of command.

Joe Lonsdale, a hedge-fund manager, is also onboard, as is Ken Garschina, a principal at Mason Capital Management in New York. So are Donald and Phillip Huffines, brothers and Texas real estate developers; Atlanta investor Lane Moore; and Frayda Levy, a board member at conservative advocacy groups Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth.

From the state parties, outgoing Iowa GOP chairman A.J. Spiker and former Nevada GOP chairman James Smack have signed on, and a handful of Republican officials are preparing to join once their terms expire, including Robert Graham, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

Drew Ivers, a former Iowa GOP chairman and Paul supporter, said Paul is “seriously building” a Hawkeye State network, but said much of the activity has gone unnoticed by Washington observers because it is mostly on social media. “In June 2007, Ron Paul’s name identification was zero,” Ivers said. “These days, 95 percent of Iowa Republicans know Rand Paul.”

Paul’s chief political adviser, Doug Stafford, and his fundraising director, Erika Sather, will manage the bolstered organization. Their challenge will be to construct a presidential-level operation that is able to court both the family’s long-standing grass-roots activists as and wealthy donors.

Sather, a former development director at the Club for Growth, spent much of the winter introducing Paul to donors beyond the rich libertarians who poured more than $40 million into Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Stafford, a former adviser to several conservative groups, has mined the donor lists of the Campaign for Liberty, FreedomWorks and other advocacy organizations.
Cathy Bailey and Nate Morris, two prominent GOP fundraisers from Kentucky, were also instrumental in bringing the group together.

Morris, previously a fundraiser for George W. Bush, has served as Paul’s guide as the freshman senator has navigated steakhouse dinners and tony receptions with Wall Street and Silicon Valley leaders.

“The bones for the network are there,” Morris said. “We’ll take that and bring in new talent, people who could be like Spencer Zwick was for Mitt Romney’s on finance. Among donors, there’s a fever out there, people are looking to rebrand the party and they haven’t yet been tapped.”

Last year, Rand Paul Victory raised $4.4 million, with nearly half of its fourth-quarter donations coming from high-dollar donors, typically those who give more than $500 and often contribute the legal limit.

Paul’s pitch at these gatherings combined his antagonism toward the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs with a discussion of issues such as drug-sentencing reform and what he calls “crunchy conservatism,” a focus on the environment and civil liberties.

In June, in a pilgrimage to Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Paul spoke with the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and wrote a Patrick Henry-inspired social-media message — “Give me liberty to post” — on a hallway chalkboard.

Nurturing relationships with Bob Murray, a coal baron and former Romney bundler, former Bush bundler Jack Oliver, who is aligned with former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Blakely Page, an associate of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, has been a priority.

Those big-name donors have yet to sign on with any potential Republican candidate, but Paul’s supporters believes the formation of a leadership team could entice them, or at least signal Paul’s seriousness to them.

Billionaire Peter Thiel, the cofounder of PayPal, is another looming figure in Paul’s constellation of friends, advisers, and possible bundlers. He stays in touch with Paul, occasionally meets with him, and is one of his top West Coast allies. Another is San Francisco businessman John Dennis, who once ran for Congress against Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the current House minority leader.
Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s former campaign manager who is running Sen. Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign in Kentucky, and Trygve Olson, a Paul ally and an adviser to American Crossroads, a Karl Rove-affiliated super PAC, are two more Paul supporters who could join his camp after the midterm elections. Rex Elsass, who has worked for Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), has agreed to serve as Paul’s media strategist.

Prison Planet.com
March 22, 2014

New questions have surfaced about Bill Clinton’s sexual deviancy as well as a protester crashing a live BBC news broadcast to warn of “institutional pedophile rings”.