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The Dissident 20…An Anomaly? (Look At Dissident Politics GOP Style)

In Boehner, John Boehner, Open Secrets on October 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Re-Blog from Open Secrets Dot Org.   

It appears Cantor and company spend far more time parsing out the loot than legislating!

Dissidents Haven’t Seen the $ Love from Boehner, Cantor

A new Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows that the House Republican leadership has raised an extraordinary amount of money so far this year and given it out to other House members at record rates. 


So, if money is the great pacifier on Capitol Hill, why can’t Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his No. 2, Majority Leader Eric Cantor(R-Va.) snap their caucus in line, on the government shutdown or on other matters?

Maybe because the hardcore dissidents in the Republican caucus get almost no money from the leadership. Boehner can’t pull strings he hasn’t tied.

Yesterday, the New York Times identified 20 Republican House members “standing their ground” against Boehner, dissidents who have been a consistent thorn in Boehner’s side and who seem to be pushing the current shutdown. 

We analyzed how much money those 20 have received from the leadership PACs of top Republicans in the House and how much assistance they were given in the 2012 election by the National Republican Congressional Conference. 
According to data, there’s been almost no money going to these 20 from top party leaders, and most were elected without any help from the NRCC. In other words, they don’t owe party leadership much.

That fact is particularly striking because in the first six months of 2013, Cantor gave away $875,000 to other candidates through his leadership PAC, ERIC PAC. That’s a record: No leadership PAC has ever given as much to candidates in the first six months of an election cycle. So far in the 2014 cycle, ERIC PAC has given money to 122 other House Republicans, but only eight members of the group of dissidents have received any cash from Cantor this cycle. Altogether those eight received $55,000 from Cantor’s PAC. (A full list of donations from Cantor and other members of the leadership to the 20 is below.)

Boehner, whose leadership PAC, the Freedom Project, has given out $213,000 to 39 candidates this cycle, gave to just one member of this group of 20: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who received $5,000. 

The other top members of the House Republican leadership follow the same pattern. House Majority Whip Kevin McCartthy (R-Calif.) has given just $7,500 combined to two of the 20 (his leadership PAC has given a total of $155,000 to 38 members). Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) has given $71,000 to other candidates this cycle, but no money to these 20.

No Help From the Party

Leadership PACs aren’t the only tool for creating financial ties that help ensure a member’s loyalty. The GOP party committee for the House plays a major role, and while Cantor gives an unprecedented amount of money directly to other candidates, Boehner gives far more — at least $2.3 million in the first six months of the year — to the NRCC, which then uses it to help candidates directly.

But there are even fewer ties between the NRCC and these 20 Republicans. NRCC contributions to candidates in the 2012 and 2014 cycles combined come to roughly $460,000 combined, so far. The amount that went to any of these 20 Republicans? $5,300. 

The NRCC’s current chairman, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has not given any of the 20 a dime from his leadership PAC in either the 2012 cycle or the current one.

Nor did the NRCC knock itself out making independent expenditures on behalf of the 20 in the 2012 cycle. While it spent $62.7 million in 59 races, it helped just one member of the dissident faction, according to data: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who benefited from about $521,000 in NRCC-paid ads, mostly attacking his Democratic opponent. 

In his bid last fall, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), received some very minor assistance from YG Network, a politically active nonprofit associated with Cantor, which spent $12,966 supporting him. 
Donations from NRCC & Republican House Leadership

Name Total NRCC Boehner Cantor McCarthy Roskam Walden
Graves, Tom $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $0
Labrador, Raul $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Amash, Justin $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Duncan, Jeff $7,500 $0 $0 $5,000 $2,500 $0 $0
Mulvaney, Mick $5,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $0 $0
Culberson, John $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
DeSantis, Ron $5,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $0 $0
Yoho, Ted $10,000 $0 $0 $10,000 $0 $0 $0
King, Steven A $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Massie, Thomas $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Bridenstine, James $10,000 $0 $0 $10,000 $0 $0 $0
Salmon, Matt $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Schweikert, David $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gohmert, Louis B Jr $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Huelskamp, Tim $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Bachmann, Michele $5,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $0 $0
Jordan, Jim $5,000 $0 $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Stockman, Steve $5,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $0 $0
Fleming, John $10,000 $0 $0 $10,000 $0 $0 $0
Gingrey, Phil $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
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Images: Boehner on Capitol Hill today. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press.

Morning Java: GOP Makes Shutting Down The US Governmet An Official Strategy

In Boehner, Cantor, GOP, Morning Java on September 18, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Enjoy while the caffeine kicks-in!!!!

How about some “Obama Derangement Syndrome” to go along with your Sumatra,  Kopi Luwak IndonesianKenya AA, Tanzanian, French Roast, Kona Coast, ‘Black Ivory’ [Thai Elephant Dong],  Jamaica Blue Mountain, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican, Espresso,  Moyobama Peruvian Organic, Indonesian Blend, Coffee Latte, Kauai Blend (often bitter), Colombian Red Lips, or your Folgers 100% Colombian.

                                 Coffees of the World

Need say no more!

41 Repeal Obamacare Votes At $60 Million Total!

In ACA, Boehner, Eric Cantor, GOP, GOTP, Healthcare reform on September 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Add nine more votes 2013 to the 32 to repeal the ACA. And, you people call these fools legislators.  They are working for organizations who want them to show resistance to health care reform. 

The 40th House of Oz vote to repeal the ACA ran the cost of such silliness to $58 million total. We now have a 41st vote. Considering, $1.45 million per vote do you think the House of Oz will stop the silliness at $100 million? Thirty-two votes through 2012, and nine this year. Does that mean Cantor And Boehner have authorized and conducted one repeal vote per month in 2013? 

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein

Einstein’s quote is wasted on the GOP. They are voting to appease the money-backers and for no other reason.
Obamacare is becoming a huge headache for the Republican Party. Conservative advocacy groups are rallying behind House legislation backed by 43 Republicans to threaten a government shutdown unless Obamacare is defunded, undercutting GOP leaders’ efforts to lock in ….. Read More

MSNBC and GOP Economic Fallacy Plus Conservative Economic Folly (VIDEO)

In Al Sharpton, Boehner, Cantor, GOP, MSNBC, Ronald Reagan, SNAP on September 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

It really is not hard to convert from a low information person to one who is informed and insulated from GOP and Fox News propaganda, in other words: “high information.” The following relates to GOP economic fallacy and conservative economic reality. We offer the piece as a dual purpose mix of Obama economic performance and callousness from the GOP. 
(Each chart linked to source…good reads. CLICK chart)


Forty-seven (47) percent of the 60 percent of eligible US voters voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  As those voters cast those votes, they literally voted for the entire GOP platform and GOP economic policy all the way back to Ronald Reagan. While facing such obvious and empirical data about the impact of long-term GOP economic policy, people will flock to the voting booths and pull that lever or push that button. They existentially and figuratively, an uncommon mix, enact flushing a toilet on their own livelihood.  While the GOP harbors the vasts majority of Top 20 percent voters, there are millions upon millions who are so indoctrinated and guided by social paradigms, they follow GOTP Pied Pipers into a middle and lower income strata slaughterhouse.  

Healthcare Premiums "Skyrocketing" Due To Obamacare?

In Affordable Care Act, Boehner, Fact Check Dot Org, GOP, GOTP, Ronald Reagan, trickle-down on September 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Watchout for the GOP Carnival Barkers!

Do you ever hear members of Congress speak about how the Affordable Care Act will cause medical premiums to “skyrocket.” 

Boehner’s website

“Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation’s largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare,” reported the Washington Examiner. “[S]ome will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration’s goal of affordability.”
Premiums will “skyrocket!”    Has the GOP just come from under a rock?  Do they not realize that high information people are aware of the history of health insurance premiums over the past 45 plus years? The chart below highlights the need for curving healthcare cost; it also shows how during the early 1980s health premium cost skyrocketed.

 Image linked

We cannot locate a chart related to income disparity as a result of GOP economic policy (trickle-down or supply side economics, if you prefer) that goes back to the 1960s.  But, there is little to go back 45 plus years.  As stated above the premium chart above. In the early 1980s healthcare premiums took-off.  Well take a look at the following chart at what other economic phenomenon took off in the early 1980s.

Which Political party was in the Oval Office in the early 1980s?  Better yet, which President was in office effective January, 1981? Yes, you are correct! The Father of Modern-day Conservatism: Ronald Reagan.

Some Republicans have claimed the law is responsible for “whopping” premium increases, but they have misrepresented the facts in the process. For example:
  • House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner said premiums will “skyrocket” because of the law, citing a report on rising premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But the Kaiser report covered increases that took effect before the law was signed.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell points to a news story about a Washington insurance provider that blamed premium increases on the health care law. But the state insurance commissioner says the increase had “absolutely nothing to do with health care reform,” and the insurance company later admitted the law is only partly at fault.
  • Both politicians refer to premiums for new plans on the individual market, where only about 6 percent of those with insurance now get their coverage.
House Republican Leader John Boehner, the presumptive House speaker in the next Congress, issued a press release Sept. 7 that highlighted a Seattle Times story about “whopping” rate increases in Washington state and a report on rising premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation as evidence rates will “skyrocket” because of the new federal law. But his examples are bogus. 
Boehner, Sept. 7: [B] etween reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation and theSeattle Times indicating that health care costs will skyrocket under ObamaCare, the Democrats’ claims that their government takeover of health care will make health insurance more affordable doesn’t pass the straight-faced test. 

Not true. The Kaiser report gave absolutely no indication that “health care costs will skyrocket under ObamaCare.” It found that premiums for families with employer-sponsored health care plans rose a modest 3 percent in 2010, but workers’ share of the cost jumped 14 percent as companies shifted health care costs to employees during the recession. None of those increases had anything to do with the new federal law. The Kaiser report was the result of an annual survey of more than 3,000 companies that was conducted between January and May of 2010 — before the mandated changes in health care coverage went into effect on Sept. 23. In fact, these increases reported by employers took effect before the law was even signed. 
Furthermore, the Seattle Times story refers to the Washington state increases that we’ve already mentioned. They have less to do with the new federal law than they do with trends in the health care industry. 
Boehner and McConnell aren’t the only Republicans making inflated claims of this sort. GOP Rep. David L. Camp of Michigan sent out a press release with the headline: “Democrats’ Health Care Law to Sharply Increase Premiums — by as Much as 20 Percent Next Year.” But the Sept. 8 release concedes that the increases were only “in part” because of the law.
Read More linked in title above

Five Affordable Care Act Facts

1. Obamacare’s ’80/20′ rule has led to nearly $4 billion in savings

2. ‘Obamacare’ has extended the life of Medicare by 10 years

3. Number of uninsured Americans down to 4 year low due to ‘Obamacare’

4. The Affordable Care Act, ‘Obamacare,’ has saved seniors $4.5 billion

5. States that refuse to expand Medicaid will lose over $8 billion

If you want to know the truth behind GOP obstruction of existing law, do a little research on political contributions. Also, note if you click the links below, the Chamber of Commerce is a GOP local business hub and nothing more.

How Congress Voted 2010

Lobbying by industry

When all said and done, what would the GOP do to keep healthcare premiums from “skyrocketing?”

Boehner Threatens "A Whale Of A Fight." Captain Ahab Said The Exact Same Thing!

In bloomberg, Boehner, DIJA, Obama Stimulus, Standard and Poor's, trickle-down on August 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

John Boehner. “…..Obama is in for a “whale of a fight” over the debt limit.” There is no surprise in the statement above. Since President Obama took office, we have witnessed debt limit battles each fall. Do you remember the battle in 2011?

Standard and Poor’s downgraded the US AAA Credit Rating in 2011.

“The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics,” S&P said in a statement late yesterday after markets closed.

The other two Credit Ratings authorities responded to the 2011 kerfuffle as follows:

Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed their AAA credit ratings on Aug. 2, the day President Barack Obama signed a bill that ended the debt-ceiling impasse that pushed the Treasury to the edge of default. Moody’s and Fitch also said that downgrades were possible if lawmakers fail to enact debt reduction measures and the economy weakens.

Standard and Poor’s (August 5, 2011)
We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements, or on reaching an agreement on raising revenues is less likely than we previously assumed and will remain a contentious and fitful process. We also believe that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration agreed to this week falls short of the amount that we believe is necessary to stabilize the general government debt burden by the middle of the decade.

UPDATE: GOP "Outreach" to African-Americans, Bill O’Reilly And An Embarrassing News Network

In Bill O'Reilly, Boehner, Cantor, Fox News, Martin Luther King on August 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM

UPDATE: O’Reilly admits mistake!(See at end of the piece)

GOP “Outreach” to African-Americans
Mitt Romney 2012 website Outreach Communities.

Could this be as far as it goes? The son of Juan Williams and Williams working for Fox News? 

Bill O’Reilly helps with outreach!

“Today’s events excluuuuuuuded (not a typo) conservatives.”  “No, Republicans an no conservatives were invited.”  Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Number Show Host. 
Conservative America’s number two demagogue, Bill O’Reilly, has stepped out unto “credibility” thin-ice, again.  Yesterday, O’Reilly literally raced to his air-time with invited guest James Carville to blast on the lack of Republicans invited to yesterday’s March On Washington-Martin Luther King Commemoration event. The segment embedded below is typical O’Reilly: wrought with lies, misinformation and “Fox News Model” reporting.   
There-in lies the difference between media for high information viewers vs. media for low information viewers. O’Reilly was factually incorrect and pressed on like a wounded animal. The problem is, facts would be readily available within hours.  Facts are for those who want facts. O’Reilly’s audience obviously has no interest in credible reporting. The viewing audience shows signs of immediate gratification via O’Reilly (fiction rooted) manipulation. Excuse me if the last set of words induced an undesirable image.  

Boehner, Cantor, DeMint And GOP Pundits Continue To Battle The ACA (Leadership?) [VIDEO]

In Boehner, Cantor, Chris Matthews, Demint, Obamacare, Open Secrets, The Affordable Care Act, The Daily Kos on August 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The YouToons and The Affordable Care Act

The Right is working with all focus to have constitutional law repealed. Despite the SCOTUS ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the party on the right is expending millions ($58 million specifically) on ‘silly’ defund votes.   All GOP and conservative pundits and surrogates are singularly spewing rhetoric to “defund” ObamaCare. Is it possible the nation has much more serious issues than working to reverse legislation that is moving towards full implementation?

Let’s take a look at an excerpt from a segment of Chris Matthews, Hardball, which includes discussion of GOP’s efforts to continue resistance to national law.  The GOP has no viable issues on which to maintain interest in their fledgling party. Why not attack the ACA as the party moves towards 2014? It certainly appears “ObamaCare” and “Impeachment” are summer of 2013 GOP talking-point strategy. 

Short segment of Boehner’s Office remarks on ObamaCare.

Full segment, long but word for word relevant. 

Did you notice the number of times the GOP pundit stated, “this very unpopular law.”

The message from the Right hits home. As long as polling authorities use the word “ObamaCare”. The poll is guaranteed to yield the desire result: Unpopular.

Jon McCarter writing for The Daily Kos  via a piece from Reuters sums it up as effective as I have read.
Another poll, and more confirmation that people really don’t like Obamacare but …

(Reuters) – Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform even though they strongly support most of its provisions, Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Sunday, with the Supreme Court set to rule within days on whether the law should stand.

Fifty-six percent of people are against the healthcare overhaul and 44 percent favor it, according to the online poll conducted from Tuesday through Saturday.

They don’t like it—that is, until they hear about what’s in it. Same old story. Greg Sargent got the partisan breakdown from Reuters/Ipsos on this poll.

* Eighty percent of Republicans favor “creating an insurance pool where small businesses and uninsured have access to insurance exchanges to take advantage of large group pricing benefits.” That’s backed by 75 percent of independents. […]

* Fifty two percent of Republicans favor “allowing children to stay on parents insurance until age 26.” That’s backed by 69 percent of independents.
* Seventy eight percent of Republicans support “banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions; 86 percent of Republicans favor “banning insurance companies from cancelling policies because a person becomes ill.” Those are backed by 82 percent of independents and 87 percent of independents.
* One provision that isn’t backed by a majority of Republicans: The one “expanding Medicaid to families with incomes less than $30,000 per year.”

Just don’t call it “Obamacare” and it’s all good, even with Republicans—except for that bit about making things a little easier for the working poor, because that’s practically anti-American.

Earlier today we published a piece including two major fact checks of GOP rhetoric on the Affordable Care Act.

The multi-pronged attack would be comical if it were not such a serious issue.  Cantor goes after IRS intrusions in the shadow of revelations of IRS investigation of  non-profit organizations. Early reports were the IRS targeted conservative organizations; factually the IRS investigated requests on a bi-partisan basis with no denials of requests from conservative organizations. Demint attended a live town hall and threw-out a smorgasbord of lies about the ACA. Boehner, via his office went here: “health care premiums are soaring and full-time jobs are disappearing.”

Let’s take Boehner’s staff in reverse order.

“Full-time jobs disappearing.”

The St. Louis Fed (FRED)

The FRED Chart was quick and easy find. High information people (voters) should have little problems with Boehner’s lie. Actually, if you think about it, the GOP would love for full-time jobs to diminish to facilitate attacks on the ACA. We are seeing some “low-life” companies that reduce worker hours to avoid mandatory coverage.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research published the results of a study, which places full-time job rhetoric in perspective. We have linked the CEPR study results (pdf); see Page Three (3), Table One (1).  

We also offer a detailed review of the issue from Think Progress. 

So much for GOP rhetoric on an ACA’s impact on the rolls of the Full-time employed. 

Did Boehner via his staff say, “health care premiums are soaring?”

The Kaiser Family Foundation deals a death knell to Boehner’s rhetoric.
Linked Slide
More to lay on top of Boehner’s “slick” use of data. The premiums he references have been “soaring”, for many years. Actually, the premiums have been soaring well before the study period from the Kaiser Family.

Average Worker and Employer Premium Contributions For Covered Workers at Higher- and Lower-Wage Firms, 2013

In 2013, the average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance are $5,884 for single coverage and $16,351 for family coverage.  The single premium is 5% higher and the family premium is 4% higher than the 2012 average premiums.  During the same period workers’ wages increased 1.8% and inflation increased 1.1%.2  Over the last 10 years, the average premium for family coverage has increased 80% (Exhibit A).

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Average premiums for high-deductible health plans with a savings option (HDHP/SOs) are lower than the overall average for all plan types for both single and family coverage (Exhibit B), at $5,306 and $15,227, respectively.  Looking at firm size, the average premium for family coverage is lower for covered workers in small firms (3-199 workers) than for workers in larger firms ($15,581 vs. $16,715). Linked.

If you want the real reason the GOP is dogmatic about repealing the Affordable Care Act and you have assimilated their desire to strike down Obama’s historic piece of legislation, following along for a few more minutes.

It only takes a quick Google search and a view of Google  search images to see the a real perspective on Big Insurance.  We located a Big Insurance record profits graphic from the California Progress Report Dot Com. table for the period 2008/2009. The ACA was signed into law in 2010. 

After implementation of the ACA, Big Insurance has experienced much less dramatic profits.  In fact,  the ACA plus other industry factors have contributed to rollercoastler-like performance. 

AMED News Dot Com

Health plan earnings reflect ACA positioning

The nation’s seven largest publicly traded health insurance companies had earnings that were all over the place in 2012, reflecting accounting changes based on buying or selling of company assets, and money spent on bigger government health program divisions, as they continued their transition to life under the Affordable Care Act. All dollars are in millions.

Fourth-quarter 2012 Revenue Net income Earnings per share
Plan 4Q11 4Q12 (change) 4Q11 4Q12 (change) 4Q11 4Q12 (change)
Aetna $8,572 $9,929 (15.8%) $373 $190 (-49.1%) $1.02 $0.56 (-45.1%)
Cigna $5,425 $7,620 (40.5%) $273 $406 (48.7%) $0.98 $1.41 (43.9%)
Coventry $3,129 $3,446 (10.1%) $86 $119 (38.3%) $0.60 $0.88 (46.7%)
Health Net $2,708 $2,827 (4.4%) $60 $5 (-91.7%) $0.71 $0.06 (-91.5%)
Humana $9,056 $9,557 (5.5%) $199 $192 (-3.5%) $1.19 $1.20 (0.8%)
UnitedHealth Group $25,916 $28,769 (11.0%) $1,258 $1,244 (-1.1%) $1.17 $1.20 (2.6%)
WellPoint $15,318 $15,536 (1.4%) $335 $464 (38.5%) $0.96 $1.51 (57.3%)
Full-year 2012 Revenue Net income Earnings per share
Plan FY11 FY12 (change) FY11 FY12 (change) FY11 FY12 (change)
Aetna $33,780 $36,596 (8.3%) $1,986 $1,658 (-16.5%) $5.22 $4.81 (-7.9%)
Cigna $21,865 $29,119 (33.2%) $1,260 $1,623 (28.8%) $4.59 $5.61 (22.2%)
Coventry $12,187 $14,113 (15.8%) $543 $487 (-10.3%) $3.67 $3.52 (-4.1%)
Health Net $11,415 $11,278 (1.2%) $72 $121 (68.1%) $0.80 $1.46 (82.5%)
Humana $36,832 $39,126 (6.2%) $1,419 $1,222 (-13.9%) $8.46 $7.47 (-11.7%)
UnitedHealth Group $101,364 $110,618 (8.8%) $5,142 $5,526 (7.5%) $4.73 $5.28 (11.7%)
WellPoint $60,711 $61,712 (15.2%) $2,647 $2,656 (0.3%) $7.25 $8.18 (12.8%)
Note: Coventry figures only represent operating revenue and earnings.
Source: Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission

While very sad, the GOP has much more interest in constituents who provide funding for their political hoppers, than interest in making affordable healthcare available to all Americans and applicable residents. 

The numbers are so telling…….The GOP Continues to Trigger Fact Checks! ObamaCare Lies Draw Scrutiny 

We did not perform a company by company review of the Open Secrets Dot Org piece that is included in the linked piece. A more detailed Open Secrets review will yield increasing larger lobbying contributions from the company listed in the Californian Progress Report table above.

GOP politicians should be investigated for political malfeasance against the citizens of the United States of America.

GOP Says ObamaCare Will Kill Jobs And Will Negatively Impact Small Business.

In ACA, Boehner, Fact Check Dot Org, GOP, GOP lies, GOTP, Obamacare, TPI on August 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Pathetic, simply pathetic!

Do you ever tire of GOP/Tea Party dogma against healthcare reform?  It is so obvious the party on the Right has no interest in healthcare for all Americans. They apparently do not give a damn about life time coverage maximums. Needless to say, but GOP members of Congress have no interest or no need for coverage of their kids up to age 26 years of age. How about their lack of interest in prohibitions against denial of coverage due to “so-called” pre-existing conditions? Do you think the party on the right cares for forcing insurance companies to spend 80% of your premiums on coverage items; with a refund if the full amount is not spent?  

Ah, what is an area of GOP focus in repealing the ACA. Well, of course, the “alleged” impact on small business and job killing as a result of the ACA.

As you know we at the TPI, “face-em head on”. Let’s deal with the ACA and small business. We will end believe with false tweets from some int he GOP (leadership no less). If you think the false tweets were simple error, you might believe that Cantor and Paul Ryan ended up at the Koch Brothers New Mexico retreat due to faulty GPS systems in their chartered aircraft.

Common  Wealth Fund Dot Org

What Does the Health Reform Law Do for Small Business Owners?

Market Watch
10 Careers Boosted By Obamacare
Hiring is booming in these fields as a result of health reform

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GOP Mistweets #Obamacare Survey Results
Posted on July 25, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner, among other Republicans, wrongly tweeted that a recent “study” found “74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under #Obamacare.” Actually, no more than 13 percent of the small businesses surveyed said that.

On July 16, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a three-page report summarizing the results of its Small Business Outlook Study for the second quarter of 2013. The report said: “Despite the Administration’s delay of the employer mandate by a year, small businesses expect the requirement to negatively impact their employees. 27% say they will cut hours to reduce full time employees, 24% will reduce hiring, and 23% plan to replace full time employees (30 hours per week or more) with part-time workers to avoid triggering the mandate.”

The Washington Examiner published an article about the survey’s findings under the inaccurate headline: “74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under Obamacare.” That article got the attention of Boehner, other Republicans and their allies, who then repeated the bogus claim to their many followers on Twitter.

Speaker John Boehner tweet, July 17: Study: “74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under #Obamacare” cc @dcexaminer @uschamber

NRCC ‏tweet, July 17: Poll: 74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under #ObamaCare. #House2014

RNC ‏tweet, July 17: ObamaCare’s TRIPLE THREAT for 74% of small businesses: fire workers, reduce hiring & switch to part-time workers.

Rep. Martha Roby tweet, July 17: “74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under Obamacare” – Washington Examiner #ObamacareHeadlines…

Rep. Steve Stockman tweet, July 17: More proof #Obamacare is bad for workers. 74% of small biz say they’ll be forced to cut jobs, hours #tcot

Rep. Louie Gohmert tweet, July 17: More evidence #Obamacare is bad for businesses & employers. 74% of small biz plan to make workforce reductions.

American Future Fund ‏tweet, July 17: FACT: 74% of #smallbiz are preparing for #ObamaCare by firing workers!

But the survey didn’t find that “74% of small businesses will fire workers, cut hours under #Obamacare.”

When inquired about the survey results, a Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman told us that the percentages included in its report were based only on the responses of those businesses “impacted by the employer mandate.” And most respondents said they wouldn’t be affected by the mandate.

The health care law requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to offer health insurance to their employees or pay a penalty. But the Chamber didn’t limit its survey to only businesses with 50 or more full-time employees. Instead, small-business executives were defined as those in an “executive level position in a company with fewer than 500 employees and annual revenue less than $25 [million],” the report said. And only “17 percent of the small-business owners surveyed responded they would be impacted by the employer mandate,” the Chamber spokeswoman told us.

The Chamber, which opposes the law and supports its repeal, declined to provide us with a copy of the survey, but it did give us the wording for the question:

Chamber survey: As a result of the health care law, the employer mandate will require employers with more than 50 full-time workers to offer health coverage to all full-time employees and their dependents or face a penalty. The law defines a full-time employee as someone who works 30 hours per week and the penalty is based on the number of full-time employees. Will you be impacted by the employer mandate?

If answered yes:

Please indicate how your business will react to this new mandate. Please select all that apply.

a. Reduce hiring to avoid surpassing the 50 full-time equivalent employees

b. Cut back hours to reduce the number of full-time employees

c. Stop providing employee health insurance

d. Replace full-time employees with part-time workers

e. None of the above

As we explained earlier, 17 percent of those surveyed answered “yes.” Furthermore, as the question makes clear, small businesses that answered “yes” could select all of the choices that applied to them. So, it would be wrong to add up the percentages for all of the responses — as was done to get 74 percent — since there could be overlap that would lead to double counting.

Even assuming that one could add the percentages together, that would mean, at most, 13 percent of the small businesses who responded to the survey would cut hours, reduce hiring or replace full-time employees with part-time employees.

The 74 percent figure isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Chamber’s report summarizing the findings of the survey. However, the Chamber’s senior vice president and national political director, Rob Engstrom, did refer to the figure when he tweeted on July 17
“@Bill__Oreilly thanks for including our #smallbiz survey on the segment tonight. 74% will fire or reduce hours bc of employer mandate.”
These tweets distort what the survey actually said, but it’s true some jobs will be lost because of the law’s employer mandate.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that the employer requirements “will probably cause some employers to respond by hiring fewer low-wage workers” and perhaps hire more part-time or seasonal employees. The CBO said penalties assessed to employers “will, over time, generally be passed on to workers through reductions in wages or other forms of compensation.” It didn’t give an estimate for jobs lost.

As we said when we looked at this issue in 2011, an analysis by The Lewin Group, an independent subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, estimated that 150,000 to 300,000 low-wage jobs would be lost. Other positions would be added in sectors such as health care and insurance, with the overall impact being a small net loss in jobs.

About the Survey

The Small Business Outlook Study was conducted online June 21 to July 8 by Harris Interactive. The “national sample” of 1,304 small-business executives was made up of 499 Chamber members and 805 non-Chamber members that were “weighted to be representative of the small business population,” according to the methodology cited by the Chamber.

The Chamber said the survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. However, Harris Interactive, in a statement to, said it mistakenly included the margin of error, which couldn’t be calculated because the survey was an opt-in survey. That is, the respondents volunteered to participate and were not selected at random. Despite that fact, Harris said that it “stands by the veracity” of the survey. See the full statement below:

Harris Interactive, July 25: Harris Interactive mistakenly included a sampling of the margin of error in the methodology of the survey, and regrets the error. Respondents for the U.S. Chamber Small Business Survey conducted by Harris Interactive were selected from two lists –one of qualified small business owners and one of U.S. Chamber small business members. The data has been weighted to reflect the composition of the small business owners in the United States. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. Harris Interactive stands by the veracity of the data for the U.S. Chamber’s Quarterly Small Business Survey.

Justin Cohen, with D’Angelo Gore

We have to ask, when are people who vote for the GOP going to realize it needs a lobotomy. 

A President Leads, While Opposition Barks From The Shadows!

In Boehner on August 6, 2013 at 10:07 AM

President Obama travels to meet the people, inform people, hear people and ask for their help in advancing the economic future of the nation. Barack Obama is doing what he does best; interact with people while exhibiting intimate leadership on issues critical to the nation. The Republicans are calling his exhaustive out-reach campaigning. Really, presidential campaigning or issues campaigning, or simply campaigning to inform while appealing to the hearts and minds of people who matter? We posit the latter.   
If you recall the fall of 2011, we saw two economic “misfires.”  First, Standard and Poor’s downgraded the US Credit Rating to Double “A” from Triple “A”. Second, Boehenr was forced by his infested tea party House to walk away from a “Grand Bargain” which may have moved the nation’s economy forward and at a much faster pace. 

The Motley Fool captured 2011 as an unnecessary debacle and a political flop. 
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What happened to the Dow in 2011
Things were going fine for the Dow at the beginning of the year, with the Dow up 4% by early March. However, with the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, the Dow plunged to erase the gains. It quickly recovered, and in April the index hit its high of the year: 12,876.  
The Dow teetered through the rest of April and May as the government argued over spending bills and the debt ceiling. The government was forced to find a solution or risk default on Aug. 2. In late July, as the deadline came nearer, the Dow started falling. Even though Congress had months to come to an agreement, the deal came down to the wire and the markets weren’t pleased. Just three days later, credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s announced that it had downgraded the U.S. from AAA to AA over concerns of political uncertainty.  
This whole debacle resulted in a plunge for the Dow of 15% from late July to the aftermath of the downgrade. Throughout the rest of the fall, the Dow was very volatile and only began its sustained rise in late October. Despite a final hiccup in November, the Dow finished up 5.5% for the year.
The 2001 “Grand Bargain” from President Obama to the GOP, went nowhere and our economic took a major hit. In fact, we have yet to have the Triple “A” Rating restored by Standard and Poor’s. The president received a message to “Kiss-off” and Boehner went: 

“When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I’m pretty happy.”

Boehner got a temporary, but for many of us, hiccup in improving investment markets and the nation became a second tier debtor nation. Second, Tier debtor nation behind Australia, Canada, Britain, Belgium and the Norwegian nations.
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This morning we offer a “shameless plug” as it is being called on some cable media for the President’s “A Better Grand-Bargain” tour.  The following items were borrowed from the White House website and it each is relevant.  It is worth observing, well before the planned set of visits, Boehner and his fellow GOP leaders declared “A Better Grand Bargain” persona non-grata.

“A Better Grand Bargain” Tour

“Own a Home” (1:24 minutes)

7.3 million private sector jobs were added in the past 41 months

Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Explained in 60 Seconds

After shedding jobs for a decade, American manufacturers have added about 500,000 positions over the past three years. Production is growing at its fastest pace in over a decade. And as part of his plan to do everything he can to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and fuel economic growth, President Obama is committed to continuing this progress, which is why he’s laid out a comprehensive agenda to make America a magnet for manufacturing. 
Today, following through on a promise he made in his State of the Union, the President rolled out the first piece of that agenda, announcing competitions to establish three new Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. These new institutes, partnerships among business, universities and community colleges, and government, will develop and build manufacturing technologies and capabilities to help U.S.-based businesses and workers create good jobs. 
We asked Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, to explain in 60 seconds or less why these institutes are an important part of the President’s strategy to invest in manufacturing. Hear what he had to say below.

If we can boost the minimum wage, we can help a working families bring home thousands of extra dollars each year — which pays for lots of groceries, bills, and rent. If you think that no one who works full-time should live in poverty, we need you to share this graphic.

The White House Dot Gov website has a wealth of information about the president’s “A Better Grand Bargain” and his out reach to the People.

Or, you can just sit back, relax, and not partake in a process that could be disastrous in 2014, and worse yet in 2016. The economy is our future and the GOP has little interest in an improved economy. 
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