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The State of the Union

mcdonalds is being forced to unionize and pay idiot workers $15 per hour – would yo ulike some fries with thaaat?

hurricane sandy is being blamed for people with a cough – seems that clean up their homes gave them illnesses – hence we will have to pay for them

we have gone from a society and country of opportunity and hard work – to entitlement

who voted for this president?

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Pennsylvania high school hockey league bans national anthem to save money on ice time

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disgraceful but expected. The minority chipping away at the majority. This is the new America created by Obama. A country without national pride. Disgraceful. Christmas and Chanukah, thanksgiving whats next? My church, my beliefs my world is now slowly being controlled by my government and the small group of people that have no understanding of America and what keeps it alive.

Who voted for this man? Why are we not screaming STOP? Why do we allow this to happen?

 

When they came for my friends i said nothing

then they came for my family and I said nothing

when they come for me – who will be left to say anything?

History Repeats itself.

EVERYONE CALL THIS FOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA AND TELL HIM TO TAKE A CUT IN HIS SALARY AND PLAY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM![backtopost]

As first reported by Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League has issued a directive to 183 high school squads in central and western Pennsylvania banning the national anthem from being performed.

“The national anthem should not be played only because of time constrains,” PIHL commissioner Ed Sam told KDKA. “It’s not that we’re not patriotic, that’s the furthest from the truth.”

While Sam’s words might sound like bizarre lip service, there actually is some logic to the PIHL’s decision to kick the national anthem out of high school hockey. Sam notes that ice time in western Pennsylvania is quite expensive, making every minute of rented time sacred in an era of cutbacks throughout interscholastic athletics.

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Beware: ObamaCare’s now reality

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You wanted it you got it – Obamacare!

The government telling us what medical care we can have.
The government telling us how we need to be healthy.
The government advising our doctors who should get what care – death squads.

Anyone Making over $200,000 is now rich and ostracized – hence our wonderful president does not want innovation or achievement – he wants communism where we are all the same without the driving force that made America successful.

No one will be allowed to make money or strive for excellence

THE WAIT IS OVER – [backtopost]

President Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains in the US Senate end any possibility of repealing the Obama health law. It will roll out as written, imposing major changes soon on you and your family. If you are uninsured because you can’t afford it, help may be on the way. But if you are one of the 250 million Americans with coverage, there are big problems ahead.

If you get your health insurance through a job, you might lose it as of Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the new “employer mandate” kicks in, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide the government-designed health plan or pay a fine. The government plan is so expensive, it adds $1.79 per hour to the cost of a full-time employee. That’s incidental if you’re hiring neurosurgeons but a hefty increase for hiring busboys and sales clerks.

Currently, employers in retail and fast-food industries pay less than half that to cover their workers.To avoid thecostly mandate,some employers will push workers into part-time status. Other employers will opt for the fine. Either way, workers lose their on-the-job coverage.

Worse, they risklosingtheir jobs.Even the fine adds 98 cents an hour to the cost of labor, enough to make some employers cut back on their workforce.

As many as a third of employers are considering canceling coverage, according to McKinsey & Co. management consultants. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be uninsured; you won’t have that choice.

When you file your taxes, you will have to show proof that you are enrolled in the one-size-fits-all plan approved by the federal government. It’s mandatory, starting Jan. 1, 2014, or the IRS will withhold your refund. If you’ve been going without insurance, or your employer drops coverage, your options will be enrolling in Medicaid (if you’re eligible) or buying a government-approved health plan on your state health exchange.

What’s an insurance exchange? It’s like a supermarket that only sells cereal. The exchange will sell only the government-designed plan. In most states, exchanges will be an 800 number, a Web site and a government office, like the DMV. People with household incomes up to $92,200 will be eligible for a subsidy.

If you’re a senior or a baby boomer, expect less care than in the past. Cuts to future Medicare funding pay for more than half the Obama health law. Hospitals, for example, will have $247 billion less to care for same number of seniors than if the law had not passed. Hospitals will spread nurses thinner. California nurses already are striking over the increased workloads.

When Medicare cuts led hospitals to reduce nursing care in the past, elderly patients had a lower chance of surviving their stay and death rates from heart attacks rose, according to a report last year by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

For the first time in history, the federal government will control how doctors treat privately insured patients. Section 1311 of the law empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to standardize what doctors do. Even if you have a private plan from Cigna or Aetna and you paid for it yourself, the federal government will have some say over your doctors’ decisions, with an eye toward reducing health-care consumption.

If you sell your house and make a profit, you’ll likely be paying a new 3.8 percent tax on the gain. The law includes about half a trillion dollars in tax hikes, including a new 3.8 percent tax on gains from selling any asset, including your home, small business, stocks or bonds, effective Jan. 1, 2013. That’s on top of capital-gains taxes and applies to any profit that pushes your income over $200,000.

These changes are spelled out in the 2,572-page law, but many more changes will be imposed by regulations yet to be written. The Obama administration is adding federal workers at a rapid pace to churn out and enforce new rules. The government’s own projections say the cost of health-care administration — bureaucrats telling doctors and patients what to do — will soar from $29 billion when President Obama was first elected to $71 billion by 2020, some $40 billion dollars a year more in bureaucracy.

What a shame: That’s enough money to buy private health plans for fully half of all Americans who are now uninsured because they can’t afford it.

Betsy McCaughey, author of the new book “Decoding the Obama Health Law,” is a former lieutenant governor of New York.

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The NO Gotten Gains of Social Media

We constantly hear how social media is transforming our lives. Facebook twitter and YouTube are the hallmark of the next generation of web services that will make our shopping experiences easier and open up another revenue stream for retailers.

Well like the Facebook stock – this idea has tanked. Social media is a FREE service and FREE is a 4 letter word!

Twitter and facebooks millions and millions of tweets and faces DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO ANY SALES.

21% of consumers take pictures of products
18% text/call friends about products
17% scan bar codes
17% send picture to friends
11% compare prices

Foster Research in April of this year reported that out of the 77,000 on line purchases they reported on, LESS THAN 1% was a result of social links.

Meaning social media is useless to retailers. If recent trends continue, this will only get worse as more people use social media to send FREE pictures, the trend to purchase will also stay stagnant or decline. In these terms, social media is the WORST way for retailers to spend their advertising dollars as it produces the least return on investment.

Just look at Facebook Stock prices – prediction – it will never rise above $21.

The big picture on how people purchase via social media? By giving products away at or below cost.

Express retailer and many others tried marketing on Facebook by offering promotional offers. $15 off a $30 purchase, $30 off a $75 purchase and $60 off a $150 purchase – in 1 day, 17,000 people claimed the deal – A massive loss to all retailers! In business, we would consider this a LOSS LEADER – where we give away a small item or service in hopes it will attract the buyer back into the store to make regular purchases – however, social media with its FREE mentality and type of people it draws, simple do not take the bait. Instead they do not purchase and wait for such “deals”. This means disaster to any retailer. You cannot stay in business by competing in price and selling items below your cost.

So while you retailers “think” that you have millions of twits, Facebooks and links coming to your site, this traffic must be good because everyone says it is and with so many people generating so much traffic, you have to make money.

Sorry – FREE is a 4 letter word – social media simple is not a sales medium!

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10 Questions Doctors Need to Ask About the “New” Face of Health Care

Why are not, you the physicians, asking these serious questions about your business? The Government is directly modifying how you do your private business and you simple allow it? Please don’t complain when it gets worse.You allowed ti to happen.

1. Will anyone do anything about the oppressive burden of paperwork and red tape?

2. Will the candidates’ “macro” proposals for reforming healthcare and entitlements result in more or less paperwork and red tape?

3. I already don’t have enough time to spend with patients but now I am expected to counsel them on preventive care, lifestyle choices, and the effectiveness of different treatments?   How is this possible?

4. Electronic health records, great concept, but they don’t really streamline the process as advertised, if anything, they just make things more difficult, and besides, they still don’t communicate with other systems.

5. Everyone wants to measure me, but the measures don’t agree with other, they measure the wrong things and they are difficult to report on.   And who is measuring the value and effectiveness of the measures themselves?

6. Okay, I am supposed to practice cost conscious care, but who is going to stop a lawyer from suing me if I don’t give a patient the test they asked for?

7. Why is my cognitive care paid so little while procedures and drugs are paid exorbitant rates?

8. Payers and government keep imposing more penalties, for not e-prescribing, for not converting to ICD-10, for not meaningfully using my electronic health record, for not complying with their pay for performance schemes.  By the time they get done fining me for noncompliance, I will have had to shut my office. Then who will take care of my patients?

9. And who has the time to keep track of all of these mandates, incentives, rules, and penalties?  I would have to hire a full-time person keep on top of everything. Who is going to pay for that?

10. So I am supposed to transform my practice?  Well, we all want to do our part, but who is going to pay for that?  Besides, my patients seem to think my practice is just fine as it is

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Goodbye America. It was nice knowing you.

Amazing – no one listens no one cares. Doctors not rising up against insurance increases. Americans not rising up against ineptitude.

We spend billions on an election only to be handed exactly the same thing.

Failure. You all get what you sow. Good Luck!

The prosperous USA as we knew it is over. Finished. Done. No way to rescue it now.

Just another socialist country like Europe which is in freefall.

Congratulations America. You have signed yourself into virtual slavery of the state.

Hope you’re all happy living in that guilded cage… the guilding of which is just cheap spray paint over wrought iron which has been rusted shut.