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October 11, 2013
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|Why Divorce Attorneys Will Love Obamacare
Jacqueline Leo - This Fiscal Times 10-2-13
Someone in the White House thinks marriage is a bad idea.
Earlier this year, TFT showed that a high-earning couple, each with incomes of $400,000, would save about $27,000 annually if they divorced and filed their taxes separately. Now we learn that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, is dangling a similar fate in front of middle income earners.
A typical 40-year old couple with two kids could save $7,230 a year by divorcing if one partner earns, say, $70,000 and the other $23,000. Sixty year-olds earning $62,041 each a year would save $11,028 annually if they broke up.
This analysis below, written by Tom Blumer, a blogger at PJ Media, points out the unintended consequence of what Obamacare will do to marriages and families. He used this calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation to run the numbers.
THE BABY BOOMERS
In January 2010, two months before Obamacare's passage, Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation gave the impact a name
: the "wedding tax." To illustrate, let's start with the 60-year-old married couple with no children.
If they have identical earnings totaling $65,000, which will usually net down to $50,000 or less in adjusted gross income after all income and payroll taxes, their Obamacare exchange Silver Plan premium next year with the same earnings will be $16,382, or about one-third of what used to be their take-home pay.
Read more HERE
|Telling Secrets on Abortion Coverage
FRC Washington Update 10-9-13
As Congress debates ObamaCare, one issue that almost stopped the law in 2009 -- yet still receives scant media coverage -- is the law's subsidies for abortion coverage. ObamaCare is funded through mandatory spending so as to avoid the Hyde Amendment, the provision which stops appropriated funds for the Department of Health and Human Services from paying for abortion or even subsidizing plans with abortion coverage. The President promised when the health care bill passed that it would not cover abortion, but like FRC warned during the debate over ObamaCare, buried deep within the 2,700 pages is language Nancy Pelosi was hoping Americans would never read, the abortion surcharge scheme. That's right! If an insurer decides to cover abortion in its plan, and the government subsidizes people's premiums in that plan, every single person is required to pay an extra abortion surcharge!
Read more HERE.
|As Obamacare Rolls Out, Exchanges Hide Info on Abortion Coverage, Mandatory Abortion Surcharge
Members of Congress unveil 'Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act'
Congressman Chris Smith - 10-9-13
With the exchanges of the "Affordable Care Act" (AKA "Obamacare") activated this month, it has become evident that it is nearly impossible for individuals to try to determine which exchange plans on their state exchange, if any, exclude abortion, said a group of lawmakers at a bipartisan press conference today.
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) unveiled his legislation, H.R. 3279, the "Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act"- cosponsored by 70 other Members of the House-to ensure full disclosure of abortion coverage, requiring prominent and transparent disclosure of abortion coverage for each plan offered on an exchange. This is crucial information for millions of Americans since the many plans that include elective abortion are required by law to impose a monthly mandatory abortion surcharge. Many Americans object to paying a surcharge into a fund to be used solely for the purpose of aborting unborn babies.
Read more HERE.
|Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?
CBS Dallas Fort Worth 10-8-13
A lot of schools
spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.
It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.
He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead - he found the opposite.
Jeong said it was, "A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work."
The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.
The results were stunning for Jeong. "Usually people expect an anti-bullying program to have some impact - some positive impact."
The student videos used in many campaigns show examples of bullying and how to intervene. But Jeong says they may actually teach students different bullying techniques.....
|Bakery Bullies - LGBT groups are leading a hateful intimidation campaign against Christian cakemakers.
Begs the Question:
Who are the real bullies??
Claire Healey - American Spectator 10-9-13
On a cold morning this past January in Gresham, Oregon, Aaron Klein sat down with two customers at the bakery he owned with his wife, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The two women, a bride and her mother, were making plans to purchase a wedding cake. Before discussing the details, Klein asked his customers a few standard questions. When would the wedding be? What was the groom's name? At the second question, there was an awkward hesitation, and the mother explained that this would be a wedding between two brides. Klein politely but firmly told them that because of his and his wife's Christian beliefs, they would not bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Without a word, the bride and her mother got up and left.
About ten minutes later, the bride's mother returned to the bakery and began to debate Klein using biblical references to claim that her daughter was created that way and there was nothing wrong with her marriage. Klein was firm, asserting that he would not be involved in a lesbian wedding. When he refused to back down, the woman left. About two weeks later, Klein received a complaint letter and an official investigation notice from the Oregon Department of Justice.
It wasn't long before the Kleins' story hit national media.
They faced waves of harassment from gay rights sympathizers in the forms of mail, picketing, and social media pages dedicated solely toward boycotting their business. They received death threats against their children.
LGBT groups targeted other wedding vendors in the Gresham area, threatening to boycott them as well if they continued or agreed to do business with Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
"People would keep calling [other wedding vendors] until they stopped doing business with us. It's racketeering is what it is," Aaron Klein told TAS.
In the face of the vicious harassment, the Kleins also received an outpouring of support from fellow Christians and sympathizers. Orders were placed from people all over the country who wished to support the Kleins. But it was not enough to offset the damage the LGBT groups inflicted. At the end of August, the Kleins closed the doors of their bakery for good. Melissa will continue to sell wedding cakes from their home, while Aaron returned to his previous job driving a garbage truck full-time.
"At some point you look at it and say, this isn't panning out financially," Klein said. "I need to be able to feed my kids."
Read more HERE.
|A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada
Mark Regnerus 10-8-13
A new academic study based on the Canadian census suggests that a married mom and dad matter for children. Children of same-sex coupled households do not fare as well.
There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children's flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household-analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample-reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.
Unlike US-based studies, this one evaluates a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census, where same-sex couples have had access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997 and to marriage since 2005.
While in the US Census same-sex households have to be guessed at based on the gender and number of self-reported heads-of-household, young adults in the Canadian census were asked, "Are you the child of a male or female same-sex married or common law couple?" While study author and economist Douglas Allen noted that very many children in Canada who live with a gay or lesbian parent are actually living with a single mother-a finding consonant with that detected in the 2012 New Family Structures Study-he was able to isolate and analyze hundreds of children living with a gay or lesbian couple (either married or in a "common law" relationship akin to cohabitation).
So the study is able to compare-side by side-the young-adult children of same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples, as well as children growing up in single-parent homes and other types of households. Three key findings stood out to Allen:
children of married opposite-sex families have a high graduation rate compared to the others; children of lesbian families have a very low graduation rate compared to the others; and the other four types [common law, gay, single mother, single father] are similar to each other and lie in between the married/lesbian extremes.
Read more HERE.