ObamaCare Bites Unionized Educators

April 1, 2013

By Eileen F. Toplansky

As the proverbial offal hits the fan, adjunct instructors and their union leaders are understandably panic-stricken as they finally realize the impact of ObamaCare on their livelihoods.

Union representatives are now sending their members letters stating that “the Affordable Care Act [aka ObamaCare] has defined full time as anyone working over 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month.” Many of these hardworking and well-meaning local labor representatives, who were duped — I mean, told by the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT) that Obama was the one who would bring all good things to pass — now find themselves in an untenable position.

Many claim that this ObamaCare provision actually “leaves it up to the employers in education to define what the actual time worked by an adjunct actually is.” And from the local rep’s standpoint, it is clearly “atrocious” that administrators would try to abide by the law even though it adversely affects instructors.

The traditional adversarial stance between administration and faculty is being ratcheted up by the union, which claims that the “the college is using the ACA law to reduce instructors’ teaching load.” They maintain that college administration‘s “interpretation is not accurate and that the regulations call for each school to come up with a reasonable method of determining full time status for compliance.”

Thus, “anyone teaching more than 9 credits this semester will have the Fall teaching load reduced by the number of credits over the 9 credits. For example, if someone is currently teaching 12 credits, she will only be allowed to teach 6 credits in the Fall. A 14-credit load will be decreased to four [because there are no five credit courses]. Moreover, anyone in other college-related work such as Continuing Education courses, teaching seniors in Life Center courses, working in the fitness center, and advising students will no longer be allowed to do these.

Clearly, the hardships for instructors will be many. Poverty level will be the norm for many of these educators. They will be scrambling for other teaching assignments at nearby colleges and universities just to stay afloat.

And Obama will be chuckling all the way.

Because ObamaCare was never meant to be affordable or to improve patient care. It is about his amassing total control over people’s lives. And far too many labor unions acquiesced to the Pied Piper’s flute. Now their members are paying a very high price for this shameful partnership of lies.

Yet, instead of taking this opportunity to bring forces together, the union will continue to place blame at the feet of college administrators. I hold no brief for administration. Some of their past actions should make a decent person hold his head in shame. But in this instance, there is a golden opportunity to fight back against the government’s intrusion into our lives if only people would see past their immediate concerns.

For example, the federal government has a wide array of alphabet-soup agency programs to ensure that students go to college. Special support programs such as Passport “provide students who demonstrate the determination and ability to succeed with the opportunity to begin college although they may not fully meet traditional admission criteria to do so.” Exceptional Educational Opportunities Program or EEO “provides intensive support services — including academic skill development; academic advisement; personal, social, and career counseling; and financial assistance — for those who qualify.” The EPIC or Entry Program into College is another program as is Project Excel. They all bring educationally-challenged students into two and four-year colleges in the hopes that they will succeed.

Not surprisingly, the funding for these programs is drying up. This leaves the colleges without a new class of students; it decreases teaching loads, and it puts a college’s finances in a precarious state.

The educational house of cards will eventually crumble. But if administration and union members put aside their differences and march en masse on the White House to demand that ObamaCare be overturned, this would open a spigot that would bring out other Americans who see their medical care and work opportunities shortchanged and adversely affected.

And now with the latest news from Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, that “many of the children of families a.k.a. dependents “would still be left without options for affordable family health insurance under Obamacare” this should raise the hackles of even diehard Obama supporters. In essence, this Democratic senator says that millions of workers’ dependents will still be left without options for affordable family health coverage. In fact, the “Kaiser Family Foundation has estimated that there could be as many as 3.9 million dependents that will be affected because an employer’s individual coverage choice was considered affordable but the family plan is not.”

A million-people march on the Mall in D.C. would let Obama and the Congress know that Americans are fed up with these dictatorial edicts. It is time to push back.

Instead of rhetorical squabbling that will inevitably ensue at college adjunct/management forums, these two groups must come together. In this instance, their mutual interest is actually one and the same.

It is “the biggest fight” of the nation and the unions that surrendered their members’ rights should be informed that they no longer have their backing or their faith. Obama and Congress should be placed on continual notice that the people no longer trust them and discontent is afoot.

This might be education’s big moment if the interested parties seize the day instead of squandering the opportunity.

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com

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The Final Word On The ObamaTax Automobile Insurance Comparison

Under ObamaCare, the Individual Mandate forcing everyone to buy insurances or pay a penalty was upheld as a ‘tax’ by the Supreme Court.   We’ll call it the ObamaTax.  So, naturally, the progs are once again trotting out the comparison of the ObamaTax Individual Mandate to the State requirements that automobile owners / drivers purchase and keep Automobile Insurance.

How could it be any different?

Simple, Mr. Progressive.  I’ll ask one simple question.

Do you believe that every person in Washington DC, Chicago and New York that does not own a car should be required to purchase and keep Automobile Insurance?

No?!?

Well, that’s the difference.  The difference for the ObamaTax Individual Mandate is that it requires those people to buy health insurance… …sadly not to insure themselves, but to pay for the Healthcare Spending of other Americans.

So, stop your lame apples to oranges comparison to try to explain your Unconstitutional Law.  It ain’t workin’.

Blunt Supports…

…everything the Healthcare Mandate was going to pay for, but not the Healthcare Mandate?!?

Michelle Malkin called out Senator Blunt:

(h/t TPM) GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, vice chair of the Senate GOP Conference, told a St. Louis radio station two weeks ago that he supports keeping at least three ObamaCare regulatory pillars:

  • Federally imposed coverage of “children” up to age 26 on their parents’ health insurance policies (the infamous, unfunded “slacker mandate”)
  • Federally mandated coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions (“guaranteed issue,” which turns the very concept of insurance on its head and leads to an adverse-selection death spiral)
  • Closure of the coverage gap in the massive Bush-backed Medicare drug entitlement (the “donut hole fix” that will obliterate the program’s cost-controls)

So, how are we going to pay for this Senator Blunt?  Sunshine and fairy farts?

Read more on Talking Points Memo.

If enacting the 3 main pillars of ObamaCare is the Republican’s main solution should the Supreme Court strike down the mandate, why are they even joining the fight?

Clearly, nothing has been learned from the 2006 / 2008 shellacking and the 2010 salvaging of the Republican Party compliments of the Tea Party Movement.  It’s still a party of milquetoast moderate solutions that will continue to bankrupt our country, create bigger government (albeit at a slower pace than Liberals), and destroy the fabric of what made America great… …the expectation that you go out and work for what you need and want.

NOBODY is talking about the real solution… …getting the Employer out of the Health Care business.  Yes, cross-state-line purchases, HSAs, and removal of 1st-dollar payments will help.  But, a huge portion of the problem is that the Employer is so involved in the Health Care business.

Under the current system, really only one person has to be satisfied with the Health Care Plan being offered to the company’s employees: the VP of Human Resources.  If he or she is happy (after getting laid, tickets to the finest suites of every professional sports venue, golf outings, boat outings, and gala dinners — trust me, I’ve seen it), then the Employer chooses their plan.  Maybe it’s the best of the three plans that the VP of HR had time to take a look at, but is it the best for 100% of the employees?  Of course not.

The government got the Employer into the Health Care business with wage and price controls during World War II and on occasion beyond.  They’ve got to get them out of the picture, so Health Care Companies work to keep their actual customer (the employee) happy — not Senior Management.

Then a market-based health-care exchange would make sense.  Ever heard of Kayak?  Priceline?  Oribtz?  Hotels.com?  Apparently, the free market can build a system where you can compare rates for travel cheaply and efficiently.  There’s no reason a free-market Health Insurance Exchange couldn’t do the same.

Then, the Employer can offer funding of a Health Care Plan… …and stay out of the CHOICE of a Health Care Plan.  The Employee is then responsible for choosing the best plan from a menu of options.  He or she can decide if they want to have the Appendectomy insured, or know that it costs $1500.00 (or whatever) and be prepared to pay for it.

If they choose not to have insurance, the Employer keeps the money… …and probably looks to hire someone more responsible.  But, the Employee now has the best option to find the most suitable Health Care solution for his or her personal situation.

That, my liberal Republican friend, Mr. Blunt, is a good starting point for Health Care reform.

Supreme Disappointment

I received an e-mail from a Tea Partier urging me to write the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States asking them to find ObamaCare to be unconstitutional.  I had never thought of writing the Supreme Court Justices previously on any issue as it seems the Constitution is quite clear on the role of government in our lives.  Thus, it would be folly to expect a member of this panel to be swayed by my impassioned plea.

h/t supremecourt.gov

However, I made the trip to the Supreme Court’s web site.  What a disappointment that (likely 20 million dollar) web site is.  Sections don’t overlay their background properly, calendar gives novice error messages, and colors make certain text nearly unreadable.  It’s clear that this web site was created with Obama Stimulus money.

But, the biggest disappointment is the entries on the calendar – or lack thereof.  As I write, we are in the 153rd day of the year on June 1st, 2012 – 41.9% of the way through the year.  To date, the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on – wait for it – 27 days.  27 days.

On the day I visited the Supreme Court in 2010 and happened to get inside to witness 5 minutes of the arguments, they were done by noon.  I don’t think they started at 6:00am, but let’s assume they started at 8:00.  We’ll pretend they hear arguments for 4 hours per argument day.  That means of the 153 days of 2012, they have used 2.9% of the available hours to hear arguments.  If we assume a hard working 10 hour day, then they’ve only heard arguments on 7% of the hours available (I seem to work every weekend).

I realize there is much to do with each argument held on each case reviewed.  The process of selecting cases for judicial attention is a gauntlet.  But, 27 days.

To the urgings of my fellow Tea Partier’s, I did not find a method of directly contacting the Justices.  There is an address for general mail, but I do not get the idea that my logical arguments on any case will be under the Justices’ consideration… …which is probably the way things should be.

Can you imagine a country where laws are upheld based on the number of letters received in the mailbox?  Or, angry crowds surrounding the court house threatening upheaval if a case is decided against their wishes.

But, alas, here is their general mailing address:

Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

The 2012 Party Of ‘NO!’

Would the American People change the Constitution to explicitly allow the (limited) government of the people, by the people, and for the people to force them to buy a product under penalty of taxation OR law?

The answer, is a resounding, NO!

I’m definitely a member of that Party of ‘NO!’

Five Obamacare Broken Promises

From the Missouri Political News Service:

The sad truth is that even with this irrefutable evidence that Obamacare is and will be a disaster, the Kool Aid drinkers will still believe this plan is good for them.

PROMISE #1: ‘If You Like Your Plan, You’ll Be Able To Keep It’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The law could leave more than half of employers without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013. New plans would have to comply with all the bill’s requirements; grandfathered plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing.” (“Draft Health Rules Set Hurdles,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/10)

PROMISE #2: ‘I Will Protect Medicare’

More Than $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage

“Medicare Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.13, 3/18/10)

“Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” “Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)

CBO: Medicare cuts could “reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “So don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut … that will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

PROMISE # 3 ‘This Law Will Lower Premiums’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Families will save on their premiums.” (President Obama, Remarks After Meeting With Senate Democrats, 12/15/09)

CBO: The Law Will Increase Premiums On Families By $2,100 Per Year

CBO: “Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law. The weighted average of the differences in those amounts equals the change of 10 percent to 13 percent in the average premium per person…” (Emphasis In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6, 11/30/09)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)

Read More.

Nullification of ObamaCare / Gutting The Citizens Initiative Petition

Below is an e-mail I receive from Ron Calzone, Missouri Constitutional Lawyer, who leading the fight for fidelity to the Missouri and US Constitution.

I ask you to:

  1. Read and complete the witness forms below with your thoughts on the three bills
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Important Hearings, March 5th & 6th, 2012
Please fill out all 3 witness forms!
Witness Form Links: Obamacare Nullification Bill / Citizens Initiative Hearing(s) Alert!
Your Testimony Needed!
Dear Brian,
Obamcare Nullification Bill

The most important bill of the MO legislative session will have a hearing Tuesday and we want hundreds of citizens to weigh in.

HB 1534 (Rep. Kurt Bahr) is Missouri’s declaration that Obamacare – all of it, not just the individual mandate – is unconstitutional, and that the federal government has no authority to take over control of 1/6 of the economy, and that we will not allow it to be enforced in our state!

This is a companion bill to the Health Care Freedom Act. HB 1534 is the “teeth”, complete with penalties for any federal bureaucrats who come to Missouri and attempt to force Obamacre on us. This hearing is our opportunity to tell the Missouri General Assembly that we expect them to interpose on our behalf and stand in the gap between us and a federal government that is out of control.

Witness Form Links – HB 1534 (Nullify Obamacare) 1 of 3
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Date:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time:  After noon (See hearing schedule.)
Room:  HR 4
Two Bills Gut the Citizens Initiative (petition) Process:
Oppose Them!

The single most important concept in a Constitutional Republic is the principle expressed in the Missouri Constitution in Article I, Section 1: That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.

The people must maintain their “check” on government – that’s what the right to keep and bear arms is ultimately about! And so we don’t have to resort to violence to protect our liberty, we have the right to vote.

Sometimes voting the bums out just doesn’t work. Too often the old bums are replaced by new bums.

So besides the right to keep and bear arms, the people of Missouri have reserved for themselves another “check” on government – that is, the power to reject or enact laws or constitutional amendments independent of the people controlling government.

Missouri Constitution, Article III Section 49: The people reserve power to propose and enact or reject laws and amendments to the constitution by the initiative, independent of the general assembly, and also reserve power to approve or reject by referendum any act of the general assembly, except as hereinafter provided.

As an example of the importance of this power, note that when the Ohio legislature failed to step up to the plate, average citizens put their anti-Obamacare measure on the ballot with a petition. Like our Prop C, it passed with huge margins.

SB 817 (Parson) and HB 1869 (Dugger) will significantly hamstring the citizen’s initiative petition process. The irony is, these bills will hurt grass-roots citizen petitions but do very little to curtail the big money special interest initiatives the sponsors claim they are concerned about.

Perhaps the most onerous aspect of these bills is a new procedure that will take away at least two months, and as much as three months, from the time allowed to collect signatures. Considering that litigation can already eat up almost all the available time, the loss of these months can effectively strip the people of the very power they have reserved for themselves.

Please fill out a witness form for BOTH the Senate and House bills. Tell the legislature to keep their mitts off our rights!

Witness Form Links – SB 817 (Guts Citizen Initiative Petitions)
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Date:  Monday, March 5, 2012
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TTTT Takeaway Activism and Notes – December 2011

Each month at the Third Tuesday Tea Time, we ask that you get involved / get active in the effort to save our Republic and our children from the enslavement of the debt created under the establishment Republicans and Democrats.

Here are this month’s items for TTTT Takeaway Activism:

Buycott Koch Industries

One of our enemies friends-across-the-aisle suggested a boycott against the Koch Industries.  Koch Industries is a conglomeration of businesses whose owners, The Koch Brothers, are unrepentant Conservatives actively speaking out.  And, they donate quite a bit of money to causes with which we agree.

As a matter of fact, next month’s speaker, Patrick Werner, is Missouri’s leader for American’s For Prosperity which is funded by the generosity of the Koch Brothers.

So, this month the CCTP is asking that you consider a BUY-COTT of Koch Industries products.  If you have more Christmas Shopping to do, or will be hitting the sales after Christmas Day, please consider this list of brands for your shopping efforts:

Here is the list of Brands if you can’t make them out from the image:

Invista:

  • Lycra
  • Coolmax
  • Tactel
  • SolarMax
  • Polarguard
  • Dacron
  • Thermolite
  • Comforel
  • Antron Carpet Fiber
  • Stainmaster Carpet
  • Cordura

Georgia-Pacific:

  • VanityFair
  • AngelSoft
  • Quilted Northern
  • Sparkle
  • Brawny
  • MardiGras
  • Dixie
  • DensArmorPlus
  • Platinum Plywood
  • ToughRock

International Brands:

  • Demak Up
  • KittenSoft
  • Lotus
  • Moltonel
  • Tenderly
  • Nouvelle Recycling
  • Okay
  • Colhogar
  • Delica
  • Inversoft
  • Tutto

 

Are You A Health Insurance Expert?

Neither are we.
Is your State House Representative a Health Insurance Expert?
Is your State Senator a Health Insurance Expert?
Is your Governor Health Insurance Expert?

Then, why are they working to implement the ObamaCare Health Exchange?!?!

One of our Steering Committee members had a conversation with a Missouri State House Member who represents part of Cape County.  That House member is working to implement a Health Exchange (as directed by ObamaCare) in the event that the Law is not found to be Unconstitutional!

Missourians voted resoundingly against ObamaCare in 2010, but our Missouri Leadership is working towards its implementation.

Did you vote for Prop C to say NO to ObamaCare?!?!
Do you want your state legislator to help implement it anyway?!?!
Do you want your representatives to be working to get Missouri OUT of the insurance business?

If so, please contact your State Representative and let them know that, when you told Obama NO, you told them NO as well!

District 157
Donna Lichtenegger
573-751-6662
Donna.Lichtenegger@house.mo.gov

District 158
Wayne Wallingford
573-751-1443
Wayne.Wallingford@house.mo.gov

District 159
Billy Pat Wright
573-751-1494
Billy.Wright@house.mo.gov

District 160
Ellen Brandom
573-751-5471
Ellen.Brandom@house.mo.gov

Senatorial District 27
Jason Crowell
573- 751-2459
JCrowell@senate.mo.gov

Dr. Aaron Koonce to Speak on Obamacare

Dr. Aaron Koonce will speak at the Third Tuesday Tea Time (TTTT) Tuesday, October 18th, regarding the Health Care Bill and what it will mean for each of us. There will be a Q&A session afterwards.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Koonce for presenting this information, and to Jan Farrar for setting up this month’s program.