Morning Action: One Day Away from Government Takeover of Healthcare, Will Congress Act?
OBAMACARE. Conservatives have been battling to prevent a government takeover of health care from being fully implemented. Now, we are only 24 hours away from Obamacare exchanges opening. We have yet to see whether Congress will act in time to stop Obamacare:
Over the weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay the unpopular law’s implementation by one year. Although the plan falls short of defunding Obamacare, Heritage Action for America called the delay “a step towards preventing the law’s entitlements from taking root.”
Lawmakers also approved a measure to repeal Obamacare’s tax on medical devices and ensure that the U.S. military would continue to get paid in the event of a government shutdown tomorrow.
With so much at stake, all eyes are on President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who must decide if they will force Obamacare on the American people —harming individual citizens, our country’s health care system and our economy.
CONFUSION. A day before the Obamacare health care exchanges open for enrollment, Americans are still very confused about how the law will affect them, according to a new poll:
On the eve of open enrollment to buy health insurance under the law, and as Republicans threaten to defund the program, the Kaiser Family Foundation/NBC survey found an anemic level of enthusiasm about the program among ordinary people and splits among party lines.
Just over half said they were worried, while slightly less said they were confused. Twenty-nine percent said they were angry about the ACA, compared to just 24 percent who described themselves as enthusiastic.
FRIVOLOUS SPENDING. The federal government is unable to balance the budget, and yet bureaucrats are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things like artwork and new low-walled office cubicles for the Coast Guard “to improve the air flow in a large office area.” Heritage notes:
Reckless spending is threatening the American dream for our children and grandchildren. It’s time Washington begins the serious task of cutting spending.
All across America, families are balancing their budgets and paying off debt. If Americans can do it, why can’t our federal government?
COMMON CORE. Heritage relays the story of a parent who was escorted out of a public forum for speaking out about Common Core education standards and asking the question, “Is this America?”
That was the question asked by a parent while he was being escorted out of a public forumheld by the Maryland State Department of Education. The reason he was escorted out: He dared to challenge the school superintendents on Common Core education standards.
The concerned parent, after being interrupted repeatedly by the moderator, was trying to find out why preparing students for community college was the goal of the Common Core national standards proponents, as some experts have suggested. He was concerned about the quality of his child’s education, along with that of other children in Maryland. He has good reason to be.
Common Core national standards are so confusing that when North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest asked the North Carolina State Department of Education simple questions about the standards, he was asked to provide 10,000 pieces of blank paper so the department would have enough paper to answer him.
YOUNG ADULTS AND JOBS. In today’s economy, it has become increasingly more difficult for young people to enter adulthood and become financially stable (sub. req’d):
More demanding job requirements, coupled with the pressures of the recession, have delayed the transition to adulthood for young people in the past decade and earned them the title of “the new lost generation,” according to the report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, published Monday.
Through analyzing about three decades of census data—from 1980 to 2012—the study found that on average, young workers are now 30 years old when they first earn a median-wage income of about $42,000, a marker of financial independence, up from 26 years old in 1980.
About a third of adults in their early 20s work full time, a proportion that rises to about half of adults in their late 20s. The labor-force participation rate for young people last year declined to its lowest point in about 40 years, according to the report.