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Monday, November 08, 2010

ObamaCare Strikes Roanoke's Largest Employer

Maybe someone from the editorial boardroom at the Roanoke Times can walk over and get wised up as to how their favorite socialized medicine scheme is playing out:
The rising cost of health care
By Sarah Bruyn Jones, Roanoke Times

This year, Carilion Clinic has paid approximately 80 percent of the health care premium costs for full-time employees.

Beginning in 2011, the region's largest employer will decrease its contribution significantly, absorbing an average of 66 percent of the premium costs.

The cost shifting has had a major impact on many of Carilion's 11,000 employees, with some seeing their contributions double for the new year.

The increases come after Carilion has posted grim financial results that include two straight years of losing money.

This year, there is another complication thrown in the mix: the health care overhaul signed into law by President Obama.

In some cases, as companies scramble to comply with early provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the law is leading to more lavish benefit packages, but at an increased cost. Requirements that plans cover dependent children up to age 26 and cover preventative health care costs (such as well-baby visits) at 100 percent are having an impact. Additionally, companies must eliminate lifetime caps on coverage, adding to the increased expense for companies.

The human resources consulting firm Mercer said to expect corporate health care costs to increase between 4 percent and 6 percent above normal trends because of the new costs associated with reform.

Shifting costs to employees, as Carilion has done, is something many businesses are facing. [link]
The rate of rise in the cost of health care is accelerating.  After Obama promised us that he would cause it to recede.

Adding 30 million welfare recipients (those who will get government-paid care for free) to the roles will have that effect.  As we told you it would all along.

Hey, somebody has to pay for it.

To go along with their food stamps.

And their free "tax credits."

And their subsidized heating bills.




To those of you (especially to the nitwits at the Roanoke Times) who actually bought into Obama's chicanery, an admission of your error would be nice at this point.

As for us, we made our attitudes known last Tuesday.

ObamaCare is nothing more than another Democrat welfare program.  How many times did I tell you that?

They Can Have Their Unions

As has been said before: We'll be happy having the union membership on our side.

From one of the most heavily unionized states in America:

Massive layoffs and a stagnant economy will have that effect. Union clout is only as strong as its members' paychecks can carry it.

It's good to see someone within the ranks notice that.  And do something about it.

And Then There's AARP

I wonder if the clueless wonders at America's largest organization dedicated to the well-being of seniors ever take seniors into account when they come up with their policy decisions. For while that AARP placed its weight behind Obama's Medicare-slashing health care plan, seniors were running from it in a fit of rage.

Seniors fled Democrats in midterms
By Byron Tau, Politico

In an election marked by dramatic defections from the Democratic Party, older voters swung hardest, seemingly threatened by President Barack Obama’s mantra of change.

Voters over 65 favored Republicans last week by a 21-point margin after flirting with Democrats in the 2006 midterm elections and favoring John McCain by a relatively narrow 8-point margin in 2008.

Concerned by changes to Medicare and compelled by a Republican Party that promised a return to America’s glory days, seniors played a crucial — and often understated — role in races across the country. They were unswayed by ubiquitous Democratic warnings about Republican changes to Social Security. And they put a series of campaigns out of reach for Democrats.

In New Hampshire, for instance, seniors backed GOP Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte over her Democratic challenger by 33 points. In the narrow Illinois Senate contest, Republican Mark Kirk won older voters by 22 points. And In Delaware, they were the only age group to back tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell, by an 11-point margin.

“I’ve been saying since August 2009, that there was a tsunami — in this case a senior citizen tsunami — headed towards Capitol Hill,” said Jim Martin, chairman of the 60 Plus Association, a conservative campaign group targeted toward older voters. “That tsunami came ashore.”

The shift in older voters was the most dramatic swing of any age group, George Mason political scientist Michael McDonald said, and it gave the GOP the “magnitude” of its victory. [link]
The creation of "death panels" (yes, they were there) and telling old people that the government was going to involve itself in their "end of life" decisions had that effect.

Yet AARP supported the plan.

As I pondered just the other day, I can't understand why the Democrats' favorite lobbying group still has any members.

We've Got More Housecleaning To Do

These people won't let go of their failed schemes:
The Great Transmission Heist
Wall Street Journal

How would you like to pay higher utility bills to finance expensive electricity from solar and wind power, which you would never use? That's the issue now before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and it deserves more public and political scrutiny before it becomes a reality.

FERC has a draft rule that could effectively socialize the costs of paying for multi-billion dollar transmission lines to connect remote wind and solar projects to the nation's electric power grid. If FERC rules in favor of Big Wind and Big Solar, the new policy would add billions of dollars onto the utility bills of residents of at least a dozen states—including California, Michigan, Oregon and New York—that will receive little or no benefit from the new power lines.

Transmission lines connect coal, natural gas and nuclear plants to the electric grid so that power can be delivered to homes and businesses. The costs of building this infrastructure, hooking up to the national electric grid and transporting electricity to the end users has traditionally been paid by the industries and passed on to rate payers. This long-standing user-pays policy would be replaced with a policy of everyone pays under FERC's plan.

Very big dollars are at stake in this fight. By some estimates the cost of building out new transmission lines to accommodate renewable energy and other new electric power sources could exceed $160 billion. [link]
Solar and wind are wasteful propositions anyway.  Add to the cost/benefit ratio this tab for getting meager power output to the big city and it could very well shoot your electric bill through the roof.

With winter fast approaching ...