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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan View Post

Thanks Matt. How is everyone doing?

Interesting enough I just completed a three month strategy project for a major Blue Cross Blue Shield and they are losing money on individual plans which is common. If not for the commercial side, they would lose money and they make less than 2% in net profit anyway.

Hope things are going well and you have a Merry Xmas.
post #452 of 739
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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan View Post

Thanks Matt. How is everyone doing?

Interesting enough I just completed a three month strategy project for a major Blue Cross Blue Shield and they are losing money on individual plans which is common. If not for the commercial side, they would lose money and they make less than 2% in net profit anyway.

AF! What's up! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #453 of 739
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/13/Maryland-Obamacare-Website-Asks-Cancer-Survivor-For-Name-Of-First-Kiss

""Where were you when you had your first kiss?"
"What is the first name of the boy or girl that you first kissed?""

Conne's answer: ?
post #454 of 739
This is just a sneaky way of assessing the Michael Douglas cancer risk.
post #455 of 739
Is "N/A" an option? frown.gif
post #456 of 739
Live long, Oregon. Live long. 44 enrolled.


http://youtu.be/Xv2UUcXCo9g
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post #458 of 739
http://youtu.be/6GZHJxsZymc

44 people helped. It's worth it.
post #459 of 739
Stay strong Oregon. All 44 of you.

http://youtu.be/Ny8fBJSTBNc
post #460 of 739
What an awful song.
post #461 of 739
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Volunteer firefighters are counting on Congress to throw cold water on IRS rules placing them under Obamacare mandates that could bankrupt their operations.

Bipartisan legislation would waive the requirement that volunteer departments provide the kind of comprehensive health coverage that full-time paid firefighters receive.

Though the U.S. Department of Labor has long held that volunteer fire crews are, in fact, volunteers, the IRS puts them under the Obamacare umbrella as employees.

Except for larger urban areas, most U.S. communities are served by fire and rescue squads staffed by part-time volunteers. Of the country’s 1.1 million professional firefighters, 753,000 are volunteers, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Virginia, for example, has 28,000 volunteer firefighters — far outnumbering their career counterparts. In Pennsylvania, 97 percent of jurisdictions rely mostly or entirely on volunteer crews.

“This is a bipartisan issue that could have serious impacts on staffing at fire departments across the United States,” William Metcalf, president and chairman of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, said of the IRS interpretation.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia teamed with Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania last week to introduce House and Senate bills exempting volunteer first responders from the Obamacare mandates.

The House measure – HR 3685 – has 75 co-sponsors so far, mainly Republicans.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with more than 50 full-time employees must provide health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours per week. The IRS moved volunteer firefighters into this group.

“Make no mistake,” Barletta said. “This wrinkle we discovered in Obamacare would not provide health insurance to the uninsured. Rather, it will close down fire companies and do real damage to public safety.”

Jeff Flippo, first vice president of the Virginia State Firefighters Association, said his group is optimistic that Congress will act after the Christmas break.

If not, Flippo said firefighters will appeal to the Virginia General Assembly “to come up with something that the federal people would recognize.”

Bill Webb, executive director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, noted that the federal regulations haven’t been finalized, and the employer mandate has been delayed until 2015.

“A lot of political pressure is being applied on this. (Congress) may not even have to pass a bill,” Webb told Watchdog.

“I think we’re going to get a lot of support,” Flippo added.

As for the slippery slope of what constitutes a “volunteer,” Osawatomie, Kan., City Manager Dan Cawby mused, “Where does it stop?”

Ironically, the Obama administration has issued more than 540,000 Obamacare waivers to union workers. Most career firefighters are represented by public-sector unions.

http://watchdog.org/120523/firefighters-irs-obamacare/
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http://watchdog.org/120523/firefighters-irs-obamacare/

Thanks Obama! My town only has volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel --- looks like we are screwed.
post #463 of 739
Bitch, bitch, bitch........

From the same NYTimes

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/us/politics/obamas-library-advisers-dream.html

Ask not what The One can do for you but ask what you can do for The One.

If Obama's library is built in Detroit, I will definitely contribute.

I also have some time. If the library is built in Kenya, I will attend the inaugural ceremonies.

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post #465 of 739
What are you Turk? Some sort of cult member?

Obama adviser Podesta under fire for comparing GOP to 'Jonestown'

"Long-time Clinton hand John Podesta is in trouble with Republicans just days after joining the Obama White House, after he described the House GOP as a "cult worthy of Jonestown."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/18/obama-adviser-podesta-under-fire-for-comparing-gop-to-jonestown/

It's good to see a level head like Podesta advising the Affirmative Action Guy.

Of course, the vastly experienced and qualified Valerie Jarret gets the last word.
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