Disputes between unions and employers over paying for new costs associated with the Affordable Care Act are roiling labor talks nationwide.
In Philadelphia, disagreement over how much workers should contribute to such health-plan cost increases has stalled talks between the region’s transit system and its main union representing 5,000 workers as they try to renegotiate a contract that expired in March.
Roughly 2,000 housekeepers, waiters and others at nine of 10 downtown Las Vegas casinos voted this month to go on strike June 1 if they don’t reach agreements on a series of issues, the thorniest of which involve new ACA-related cost increases, according to the Unite Here union.
Flight attendants at Alaska Airlines voted down a tentative contract agreement with management in February, in part because it didn’t provide enough protection against a possible surge in ACA-related costs, union members said. They are still without a new contract.
Labor experts on both sides say the law doesn’t take into account that health benefits have been negotiated by employers and unions over decades, and that rewriting plans to meet new requirements can affect wages and other labor terms. Oh boohoo. Those of us in the private sector who are non-union had health care plans we liked as well and were promised that if we liked our healthcare plan we could keep it. We couldn’t and neither can you. But we did not want it you all did.
“It’s been a challenge for even some of the stronger unions to maintain the quality health plans that they have offered over the years,” said Daniel Murphy, an attorney in New York who represents employers in labor talks. Hey tell us in the non-union world that. We all know this all too well.
Among the earliest supporters of the health-care law, unions have unsuccessfully tried to win concessions from the Obama administration on some issues now involved in the labor talks.
Oh yes let us not forget that these very same labor unions were all in favor of Obamacare and fought to have it enacted. Now they are seeing the error of their ways and I am sure they are going to cry foul loud enough and promise to withhold enough financial support that Obama and the Dems will come through with some sort of taxpayer bailout, to cover the increased costs being imposed on them by the very party they support.
What started this whole health care debate in the first place was the legacy costs of union healthcare plans being provided by the unions, many of which operate in the public sector. State run health plans were causing state budgets to bust so the thought of Obamacare was to shift the cost of these public sector union contracted healthcare costs to taxpayers to pay in the form of subsidies. The states would then dump their legacy costs into the OBAMACARE exchanges and avoid the costs of health care.
However they were planning on the plans to be the same lavish plans they were offering their employees not these bloated mandated care plans being forced on them by Obamacare.
If you lie down with dogs you are going to get up with fleas. Let this be a lesson to all. You can not make deals with the devil and expect to come out a winner in the end.
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The 16th Amendment was sold to the American public as a way to make the rich pay their “fair share.” That law, which was billed as a “soak the rich” scheme, instead now threatens to drown us.
Well today is the last day to fulfill our obligations to the government under the 16th amendment to the Constitution. Every year the taxman comes around to collect their share of our labor to indulge in the reckless pursuits. It wasn’t always like this in America. In fact up until 1913 there was no income tax.
The current tax code is four million words long, and more than four times longer than the collected works of Shakespeare. It requires 25 volumes to contain it and takes up 9 feet of shelf space.
And it was sold to the American people as a way to “make the rich pay their fair share.” Sound familiar?
The current tax code is now four million words long, more than four times longer than the collected works of Shakespeare, and six to seven times longer than the Bible. It requires 25 volumes to contain it, and takes up nine feet of shelf space.
According to Forbes, it takes Americans over six billion hours to comply with its filing requirements. That’s the equivalent of 8,758 lifetimes – in people years, not dog years.
Making the rich pay their fair share has been the governments unending song from the beginning of taxation. They never have enough and the rich they think always has too much, the problem is they lied then and they are lying now. Let’s face it folks the government wants all your money, and they will never stop trying to figure out ways to get it, and hopefully they will even convince you to turn it over voluntarily.
Obamacare is one BIG TAX. The intent of the entire law was never about providing meaningful health care reform but to snowball you into agreeing to give them more of your hard-earned income in hopes of receiving some promised benefit. There is only one problem with this, the government lies all the time when it comes to separating you from your money. They sell you on the idea that the program they are proposing is FOR YOUR GOOD when they have designs on confiscating more of your personal belongings through taxation.
Prior to the passage of the 16th Amendment, almost the sole source of income to the federal government came from tariffs collected on imported goods. That itself was a profound limitation on the size and reach of the federal government. In 1910 the budget for the entire federal government was $1.042 billion.
Then just like today ordinary citizens figured out that the increased cost of goods fell upon the consumer while the corporations would pad their profit margins by raising domestic prices to just slightly less than the foreign imports prices, thus remaining competitive but at the same time generating a higher profit margin.
So the proposed cure is now worse than the original disease if in fact there ever really was a problem to begin with. Being competitive in a world market has always been sound business practices, and no amount of government intervention is ever going to change that dynamic. Businesses will sell their product to the highest paying consumer base or work in the most cost effect market possible to stay in business.
We have been sold a bill of goods and the average American citizen has swallowed this poison pill of covetousness to her own destruction. Politicians will continue to pit the rich against the poor and continue to cry injustice and how they are the ones to see to it that the rich pays their fair share all the while you and I are footing the bill as the fat cats continue to get fatter.
The marketplace is a wonderful thing if left alone to contend with competition. But once competition is eliminated or the federal government comes along picking winners and losers, it is you the American citizen who always comes up with the short straw.
Proverbs 6:6-8 (BBE)
6 Go to the ant, you hater of work; give thought to her ways and be wise: 7 Having no chief, overseer, or ruler, 8 She gets her meat in the summer, storing up food at the time of the grain-cutting.
Even nature teaches us that natural laws are at work in the universe and those who try to manipulate, or violate these natural laws do so at great personal cost. It would seem that ants are far wiser than the American culture because even the ant knows that there is a time of plenty and a time of want and during the time of plenty one must lay aside a part for the lean times that are sure to come.
In 1998 Pixar produced the animated movie “A Bug’s Life” and the protagonists where grasshoppers who’d show up once a year at the ant colony to get their annual food offering so they would not have to work to produce their own food. One year they arrived and the offering was accidentally spilled into the water and ruined. The grasshoppers did not forgive the ants required offering but instead gave them until the fall harvest to produce twice as much.
The colony is now in trouble, as there isn’t enough food to fulfill the grasshopper’s request and give sustenance for the colony. When the grasshoppers return to discover a meager offering, they take control of the entire colony and begin eating the ants’ winter store of food, and plot to kill the queen.
Their plot is foiled when the ants fight back.
When they all stood together and worked together they were able to overcome the oppressor and turn back the tide of tyranny.
You see the ruling class understands the power of the citizenry and fears it and it is for that reason the ruling powers continue to put wedges between groups to get them fighting with each other and not standing together uniformly to fight the real enemy.
The ant colony knew that by all of them working together the entire colony would thrive, but once dissension was sown into the fabric of their colony, destruction would follow soon after.
The grasshoppers would never stop coming to collect their tax, and each year the burden would get larger and would never end unless resisted in solidarity.
Personally I would like to see the 16th amendment nullified and the IRS eliminated. Is anyone willing to stand with me?
And that is the way I see it. What say you?
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It maybe better stated that to whomever you are beholden shall be seen as beautiful.
“Never in my lifetime have I seen a law that is helping so many people be so vilified,” complained Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). “This is a huge success, this law.”
How successful? Well, a report released in time for ObamaCare‘s four-year anniversary Sunday indicates just the opposite.
The American Action Forum sums it up:
“After four years of implementation, countless delays, a website disaster, and constant litigation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrates its inauspicious birthday this week,” the report said. “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local governments and affected entities.”
“What’s more troubling, the law has generated just $2.6 billion in annualized benefits, compared to $6.8 billion in annualized costs,” it said. “In other words, the ACA has imposed 2.5 times more costs than it has produced in benefits.”
As is typical when liberals speak you have to listen with liberal ears and look with liberal eyes. Remember these folks do not think like normal, main-stream, American citizens do. You have to take into account from what perspective they are speaking and then what they say will make perfect sense.
In the liberal mind what is good for them and their ideology is considered good for all. And if it happens to harm conservatives in the process it is even better. So then using the liberal template and looking through the liberal tinted eyeglasses we can understand Ms Boxer’s statement this way:
The Affordable Care Act was never intended to save the average person money, it was designed to TAX the rich and give even more benefits to the poor. And by poor we mean those who support the liberal agenda. The fact that it is costing businesses money is a good thing to a liberal, since they think PROFITS are evil and corporations are pawns of Satan, therefore taking more money from them is a good thing.
The fact that the law only delivers a tiny benefit is also good because a good liberal knows that with any policy it is important that you never really SOLVE a problem because if you actually solved a problem there would be no more need for liberal policies, as such these programs are designed to dangle a carrot and keep the people chasing after a fix and demanding the government do more. This is DEFINITELY good news to a liberal. They want to control more and more of our lives and the bigger the government gets the more control they have which also is a good thing to a liberal.
What liberals consider bad is liberty and freedom. They do not want you prospering as an individual, you must be rounded up into groups and then vilified and indoctrinated into the liberal way of doing things. This is what liberals call good.
So you see Barbara Boxer was actually telling the truth when she said the law is a HUGE SUCCESS! To a liberal it is. To real folks living in Realville, this law is a disaster, which again is good for a liberal because anything that is BAD FOR AMERICA is good for them.
Now you understand that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and to the liberal the more who are beholden to them the better.
And that is the way I see it. What say you?
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)
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Did you hear what Obama said? Do you really care what Obama says?
Speaking from the White House Tuesday afternoon while flanked by people who have “benefited” from Obamacare, President Obama said his signature piece of legislation is working. The speech was part of a new public relations campaign to try to salvage what’s left of the disastrous Obamacare rollout.
“About a half million people are poised to gain health care coverage…and that number…will keep on growing,” Obama said while ignoring the more than five million people who have lost their health insurance thanks to Obamacare. “This law is working and will work into the future.”
Yes indeed the Obamacare law is working its magic like it was designed to do. The law was never intended to actually HELP anyone but government potentates gain more power and control over our lives.
Here is how the Obamacare law is working. It is DRIVING UP HEALTH CARE COSTS, causing grumblings from the American people, which is precisely what Obama intended. He wants the people upset and crying for a FIX to this mess and then he will come riding in on his TROJAN horse and bring with him Government run healthcare.
You see this law was never intended to actually lower costs and make dealings with your insurance companies better or the relationship between you and your healthcare provider more secure, its sole purpose was to dislodge you from your secure, privately held and managed healthcare programs into one that is completely controlled by the central government. So for its intended purpose the LAW IS WORKING and will continue to work its havoc until such time as the government gets what it wants. THE ABILITY to decide who lives and who dies, as a matter of law and a way to cut costs.
The government aim is to make the healthcare system more efficient. HOW YOU ASK? Simple if no one actually gets any health care the system is very efficient since everyone will die before actually getting care, thus there is nothing to pay out and the government gets to keep all that money they have stolen from you with the promise of HEALTHCARE.
Yes my friends I am afraid OBAMACARE is working. It’s just not working for you and I and my friends Obama doesn’t care. There is NO CARE in Obamacare and that’s the truth.