Monthly Archives: December 2013

Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat.

They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission … because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year.The scientists have been stuck aboard the stricken MV Akademik Schokalskiy since Christmas Day, with repeated sea rescue attempts being abandoned as icebreaking ships failed to reach them.Now that effort has been ditched, with experts admitting the ice is just too thick. Instead the crew have built an icy helipad, with plans afoot to rescue the 74-strong team by helicopter.

via Antarctic crew build ice helipad to help rescuers | Mail Online.

New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014 | New York Post

Under ObamaCare, individual tax filers earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000 will pay an added 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax. They’ll also pay an extra 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income, such as investment dividends, rental income and capital gains.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration touted a surge of more than 2 million visitors Monday at HealthCare.gov, plus about 250,000 calls to ObamaCare call centers.

via New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014 | New York Post.

Escape from Obamacare | The Weekly Standard

As Jost (an Obama-care supporter) notes, Obamacare remakes the individual insurance market by amending the Public Health Service Act, a federal law from 1944 that defines different forms of health insurance coverage. Individual insurance coverage, that act states, is “health insurance coverage offered to individuals in the individual market, but does not include short-term limited duration insurance” (emphasis added).

In other words, short-term health insurance falls outside of the regulatory purview of Obamacare. While Obamacare prevents insurers from factoring a person’s health status or sex into the price of a policy​—​and severely limits their ability to account for a person’s age​—​short-term insurers remain free to set the prices of their policies according to actuarial tables. This greatly benefits the young, the particular victims of Obamacare’s price-hikes. And unlike Obamacare-compliant plans, short-term plans need not offer free contraceptives, abortifacients, or any of the other “essential health benefits” that Obamacare requires. In choosing a short-term plan, consumers need not purchase “benefits” they will never use.

via Escape from Obamacare | The Weekly Standard.

O-Care ‘fix’ extends to bare-bones garbage plans

Current rules say that to qualify for a catastrophic plan, individuals must be either under 30 or qualify for a “hardship” exemption.

The Obama administration’s new guidance will argue that individuals whose 2013 plans were canceled and who determine that other options are not affordable should be able to purchase bare-bones coverage.

“This is a common-sense clarification of the law. For the limited number of consumers whose plans have been cancelled and are seeking coverage, this is one more option,” said Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters.

via O-Care ‘fix’ extends to bare-bones plans | TheHill.

Was ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson Right?

Robinson was correct when he quoted the teachings of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, but he was wrong by not obeying other parts of the next letter to the Corinthians .

2 Corinthians  6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers ; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness ? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever ? 

He never should have tied himself to this organization of unbelievers in the first place.

 

Senate GOP fails in final bid to restore military pension cuts to budget bill | Fox News

A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill.

The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday.

Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees.

via Senate GOP fails in final bid to restore military pension cuts to budget bill | Fox News.

Bill de Blasio and Fellow Mayor-Elects Meet at White House | Politicker

“I think it was, to begin with, inspiring to hear our president, his concern for what we’re facing … He was quick to make clear how much he wanted to help us as we go through our transitions and help our cities as the leading edge of our national economy,” he said, surrounded by his fellow mayor-elects. “We talked a lot about the crisis of inequality. A lot of us ran in our elections on a message of addressing the inequality and it was extraordinarily gratifying to hear the passion with which the president and the vice president spoke about this challenge that our country faces and their desire to be active partners with us addressing income inequality and so many other challenges we face.”

 

via Bill de Blasio and Fellow Mayor-Elects Meet at White House | Politicker.