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 BigBadNIrish
Joined: 1/31/2011
Msg: 1951
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Ted Cruz is official in the face now.


Where's all the birther outrage at Cruz? Apparently, it's left the building in a racist huff.
 BigBadNIrish
Joined: 1/31/2011
Msg: 1952
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 3/23/2015 11:18:46 AM
Absolutely****inhilarious!!!!


Sen. Ted Cruz launched his candidacy for president on Monday, tweeting a 30-second video to his 394,000 Twitter followers just after midnight — hours before a formal announcement at Liberty University.

But those looking to TedCruz.com for more information on the Texas Republican and his platform were out of luck. The domain — which was reserved by an Arizona lawyer before Cruz's political ascension — currently encourages visitors to support President Barack Obama and immigration reform.

Meanwhile, TedCruzForAmerica.com, which was registered Monday, redirects to HealthCare.gov, the website launched for President Obama's Affordable Care Act initiative.

The rollout at Liberty University wasn't exactly smooth, either. Supporters of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be seen in the backdrop of Cruz's speech in Lynchburg, Virginia.

And in some angles of the televised speech, the tea party favorite appeared with his back to the camera.


http://news.yahoo.com/ted-cruz-com-fail-website-obama-immigration-142609421.html

And the teapuppets complained about the Obamacare rollout....azzholes
 Yule_liquor
Joined: 12/7/2011
Msg: 1953
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 3/30/2015 8:32:09 PM
^


I can see the questions being penned for the Republican debates during the primary. Sit back and watch them sweat. The governor who signed the bill into law couldn't even answer the simple question: "Does this law allow people to discriminate against gays?" He couldn't say 'No'. Neither will any Republican asked this question.


Which is why I feel that the Dems shouldn't be overly concerned about Hilary running;
all they have to do is stay focused and not get detracted by GOP bating.

because the GOP will find ways to shoot themselves in the foot over and over as they usually do!
Its virtually assured!
 BigBadNIrish
Joined: 1/31/2011
Msg: 1954
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 3/31/2015 4:01:05 AM

Looks like all Republicans will get to answer for the disgraceful display of bigotry in Indiana. For those of you who don't know, they have passed a law to allow people to discriminate based on their religious freedoms.


Those silly teapuppets....and before the public outcry that has come from the entire country....all those teapuppet Presidential hopefuls....Cruz, Bush, Walker, Carson, Jindal...lauded Indiana and its new "Religious Freedom" law...I wonder which side of the mouth these bigots will use since Indiana is now seeing the economic backlash with all the boycotts and protests of Indiana's "Religious Freedom" going on.

Indiana isn't alone...there are a dozen teapuppet states that are working on "Religious Freedom" laws


“Over the past 48 hours we have had seven national sponsors back out of the Indy Big Data Conference 2015 as a direct result of the Religious Freedom Act. This law is having an immediate and definite negative impact on technology in the state of Indiana. The Indy Big Data Conference wants lawmakers in the state of Indiana to know and acknowledge that this is a real case that is happening now, not a conference to be impacted months or years from now, and is calling for an immediate correction to this law in order to prohibit discrimination in Indiana on any grounds.”
 BigBadNIrish
Joined: 1/31/2011
Msg: 1955
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 3/31/2015 4:26:57 PM
Cathie McMorris Rogers, a leading House republican asked her Facebook friends for ACA horror stories....instead she got post after post from Facebook friends telling how wonderful Obamacare is for them.

So, what did McMorris do....just like every other teapuppet, she claimed these wonderful posts were about provisions of ACA that don't count:


A Catch to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, who figured out what some Republicans are really saying: that popular provisions of Obamacare “don’t really count as Obamacare!”

He was analyzing the Facebook fiasco suffered by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington Republican, who asked her constituents for horror stories about the Affordable Care Act on its fifth anniversary.

Instead, she heard from people who got coverage, rather than lost it, and who said the law made their lives easier. McMorris Rodgers's explanation, according to the Spokesman-Review, was that most of the praise was for provisions with “broad, bipartisan support” such as coverage for those with “pre-existing conditions and those that are getting health insurance up to age 26.”

other words: We're going to vote to repeal every single word of Obamacare. Except for the stuff people like.
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-31/catch-of-the-day-gop-retreat-on-obamacare?cmpid=yhoo

Joe, you just can't fix stupid!
 HFX_RGB
Joined: 7/26/2014
Msg: 1956
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 6:30:44 AM
From the - "Guess you did not think that all the way through" files:

Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak
Posted: 03/31/2015 12:17 pm EDT Updated: 04/01/2015 12:59 am EDT
Laura Bassett

Scott County, Indiana, the center of an exploding HIV outbreak, has been without an HIV testing center since early 2013, when the sole provider -- a Planned Parenthood clinic -- was forced to close its doors. The clinic did not offer abortion services...

...In 2005, Planned Parenthood of Indiana received a total of $3.3 million in funding from government contracts and grants. By 2014, that funding had dropped to $1.9 million. Five of Planned Parenthood’s smaller clinics in the state -- the health centers in Scottsburg, Madison, Richmond, Bedford and Warsaw -- were unable to keep up with the growing technology costs that were necessary to remain competitive as a medical provider. All five clinics that were forced to close had offered HIV testing. None had offered abortions.


Read more about what happens when stupid people do stupid thing because they think there is an invisible man in the sky at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/31/indiana-planned-parenthood_n_6977232.html
 HFX_RGB
Joined: 7/26/2014
Msg: 1957
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 8:59:17 AM
From the - "Did you not see what happened in Indiana" files:

Texas measure cuts HIV funds, boost abstinence education
AP
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 04:26AM

AUSTIN, TX --
Texas would cut $3 million from programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and spend that money instead on abstinence education under a contentious Republican-sponsored measure tucked into the state budget Tuesday night...

...Texas in 2013 had the third-highest number of HIV diagnoses in the country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Texas also has one of the highest teen birth rates, and its public schools are not required to teach sex education.


http://abc13.com/politics/texas-bill-cuts-hiv-funds-boost-abstinence-education/600143/
 etourdi65
Joined: 8/20/2014
Msg: 1958
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 10:32:22 AM

Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak
So the cause of the outbreak was lack of HIV testing at Planned Parenthood? Really? It had nothing to do with the fact that drug abusers were sharing needles while getting high on Opana?

You post the most inane things, show some causation...



Texas measure cuts HIV funds, boost abstinence education
And?
"Texas in 2013 had the third-highest number of HIV diagnoses in the country, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Texas also has one of the highest teen birth rates, and its public schools are not required to teach sex education."
Why not try a different approach obviously the $3,00,000 they were spending on "programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases "wasn't money well spent.
 Eric_Summit
Joined: 11/3/2009
Msg: 1959
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Posted: 4/1/2015 10:39:17 AM
^^^

etourdi65...that is pretty much how the Cut n' Paste Bandits operate.
They do not add their viewpoints...they just play with Google searches.
 HFX_RGB
Joined: 7/26/2014
Msg: 1960
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 10:45:46 AM

So the cause of the outbreak was lack of HIV testing at Planned Parenthood? Really?


Yep, really.



It had nothing to do with the fact that drug abusers were sharing needles while getting high on Opana?


It has more to do with the fact that the USA treats drug use as a criminal problem and not a social one along with the fact that they let the drug companies off the hook with regards to use of their drugs. But hey I guess wasting tax payers money on programs that do not work should not be any of your concern.



You post the most inane things, show some causation...


Coming from the person that thinks sexuality is a choice I thank you for the irony.



Why not try a different approach obviously the $3,00,000 they were spending on "programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases "wasn't money well spent.


When you understand what they where doing was not teaching sex ed you will be well on your way to understanding that it is about how much was spent, but how the money was used, you will be well on your way to understanding that your point is beyond stupid.

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etourdi65...that is pretty much how the Cut n' Paste Bandits operate. They do not add their viewpoints...they just play with Google searches.


Yep, want ever you do stay away from the topic, (because we both know everything I have added is 100% correct and shows how stupid some conservatives can be) you just attempt to attack the poster with the same old lame statements.
 etourdi65
Joined: 8/20/2014
Msg: 1961
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 11:15:00 AM

Yep, really.
Your Huffpo article steered you wrong again...show causation


Coming from the person that thinks sexuality is a choice I thank you for the irony.
You have conclusive proof that it is 100% Genetic?
How do you explain late in life lesbians? At one point they had to have been attracted to men to have sex with them , many of them are mothers..
Men who have a wife and children who late in life decide they are gay? They had to be attracted to a female to have sex with and impregnate her...

Why not more about abstinence? no surer way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy than being abstinent
 HFX_RGB
Joined: 7/26/2014
Msg: 1962
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 11:26:09 AM

Your Huffpo article steered you wrong again...show causation


If you can not understand removing people's ability to find out that they are HIV positive related to the spread of HIV, count yourself as a stupid person.




You have conclusive proof that it is 100% Genetic?


Did you make a choice not to like guys or did you just like girls?




How do you explain late in life lesbians? At one point they had to have been attracted to men to have sex with them , many of them are mothers..


Because sexuality is not binary.



Why not more about abstinence? no surer way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy than being abstinent


Because it has been proven beyond a doubt that it is the most ineffective way to reduce sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

I will not bother backing up that claim as clearly you can just go look up how wrong you are yourself.
 flyguy51
Joined: 8/11/2005
Msg: 1963
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 11:42:16 AM

Why not more about abstinence? no surer way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy than being abstinent

True; it is 100% effective when practiced. If only there were a 100% effective method to ensure that 100% of teens practiced it...

Perhaps sexuality has just far too much to do with being a living, healthy human being. Perhaps the biological imperative to survive and reproduce is simply too strong.

Similarly, never going into the water prevents drowning; never being in a car prevents being in an auto accident; never playing sports prevents sports injuries.
 woobytoodsday
Joined: 12/13/2006
Msg: 1964
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 11:45:08 AM
Late in life changes in sexual preferences? Haven't personally known that to happen, though I know of a number of cases where someone (male/female) stopped being afraid, and rejected the cover up they'd lived their whole lives. I've thought since I was a teen that accepting gay people and allowing them decent lives would save a whole lot if NON gay people from spending *their* lives as beards. . . . Every single gay person I've ever known, no exceptions, *knew* they were, well before reaching their teens and the distraction of hormones.
 BigBadNIrish
Joined: 1/31/2011
Msg: 1965
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 12:11:36 PM


Why not more about abstinence? no surer way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy than being abstinent

Because it has been proven beyond a doubt that it is the most ineffective way to reduce sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.


Just ask all those priests and ministers how well they're doing with that abstinence thingie.

I cannot believe that in the year 2015 I'm debating abstinence with a teapuppet. Abstinence may work for one individual who has a super strong sense of will-power. But, as the sole method of birth control taught to high school students...anyone who truly believes that this would work should be paying higher taxes to support all the children born by teen pregnancy because they're too stupid to spend their money more wisely than the government.

I cannot believe that in 2015 I'm also arguing the merits of sex education with a teapuppet. Let me defer my reply to the NIH:


Abstinence-Only Education and Teen Pregnancy Rates: Why We Need Comprehensive Sex Education in the U.S

...These data show clearly that abstinence-only education as a state policy is ineffective in preventing teenage pregnancy and may actually be contributing to the high teenage pregnancy rates in the U.S....

...It was the goal of this study to evaluate the current sex-education approach in the U.S., and to identify the most effective educational approach to reduce the high U.S. teen pregnancy rates. Based on a national analysis of all available state data, our results clearly show that abstinence-only education does not reduce and likely increases teen pregnancy rates....

...The level of abstinence education (no provision, covered, promoted, stressed) was positively correlated with both teen pregnancy (Spearman's rho = 0.510, p = 0.001) and teen birth (rho = 0.605, p<0.001) rates (Table 4), indicating that abstinence education in the U.S. does not cause abstinence behavior. To the contrary, teens in states that prescribe more abstinence education are actually more likely to become pregnant (Figure 2). ...

...After accounting for other factors, the national data show that the incidence of teenage pregnancies and births remain positively correlated with the degree of abstinence education across states: The more strongly abstinence is emphasized in state laws and policies, the higher the average teenage pregnancy and birth rate. States that taught comprehensive sex and/or HIV education and covered abstinence along with contraception and condom use (level 1 sex education; also referred to as “abstinence-plus” [26], tended to have the lowest teen pregnancy rates, while states with abstinence-only sex education laws that stress abstinence until marriage (level 3) were significantly less successful in preventing teen pregnancies...


Just to summarize for those teapuppets who are reading comprehension challenged...states that taught sex education along with abstinence achieved the lowest teen pregnancy rates.
 daynadaze
Joined: 2/11/2008
Msg: 1966
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Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/1/2015 1:28:47 PM
Because people fit at different parts of the scale from straight to gay, many people are bi to some degree and many others date who they think is accepted to society/family and only later in life decide to be honest with themselves. People can and do function while deeply in denial. But that's just common sense, so surely you already knew that, you just like to spout off things for effect. As for abstinence, that will work for some, mostly it doesn't, people are sexual, the body needs to procreate at a very basic level, as do all forms of life that must keep reproducing. Again, it's just common sense. Being abstinent is a personal choice, it's not for others to demand of you. No one who is gay should have to be abstinent just because you have a prejudice against same genders being with each other, that's your personal bias, not theirs.


And really, ugly people get to have sex and make babies because some people will have sex with anything at some point? Good gawd, that's as backward as saying gays should be abstinent! Has it occurred to you that ugly people are loved and happy as the people you think are more worthy?
 HFX_RGB
Joined: 7/26/2014
Msg: 1967
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/6/2015 9:30:02 AM

Just ask all those priests and ministers how well they're doing with that abstinence thingie.


Or go right to the horse's mouth and ask Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), who was one of the Co-sponsor of Abstinence Only legislation (H.R.718 -- Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013) how that is working out for him.


GOP "Abstinence Only" Rep Cassidy's unwed teen daughter is pregnant. Can he work AND be good father?
Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 12:03 PM PDT
by TeamSarah4Choice

Co-sponsor of Abstinence Only legislation, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) announced his unwed, 17 year old daughter is pregnant...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/05/1311905/-GOP-Abstinence-Only-Rep-Cassidy-s-unwed-teen-daughter-is-pregnant-Can-he-work-AND-be-good-father#
 tgif111
Joined: 10/24/2014
Msg: 1968
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Posted: 4/7/2015 5:13:17 PM
Buffoonery:

Susan Rice Says Bowe Bergdahl Served “With Honor and Distinction”

“It was absolutely the right thing to do because the United States does not leave our men and women behind in armed conflict,” Carney said about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from five years of captivity in Afghanistan.

The White House announced over he weekend it swapped Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The five men were transferred to Qatar, where they will remain under government supervision.

who walks in the classromm cool and slow,
who always calls the teacher Daddy-O?+

OBAMA BROWN! he brings us down!

he's a clown, that Obama Brown, he's just a clown that Obama Brown,
he's gonna get caught just you wait and see,
Why's Sean Hannity always pickin on me?

WHOOT WHOOT!!!
 aj7125
Joined: 11/28/2014
Msg: 1969
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Posted: 4/8/2015 5:58:35 PM
By Eric Bradner and Deirdre Walsh, CNN


Updated 2:50 PM ET, Wed April 8, 2015

Washington (CNN)—Two Massachusetts Democrats said Tuesday that it could be time to dump Rep. Nancy Pelosi as its top House leader.

In a joint interview, Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano each told WGBH in Boston that they don't believe Pelosi, the California Democrat who was House speaker from 2007 through early 2011 and has been minority leader since then, can help Democrats retake control of the chamber.

"Nancy Pelosi will not lead us back into the majority," Lynch said.

Capuano offered a similar take, saying, "I think we need leadership that understands if something you're doing is not working, change what you're doing."

Asked if that means it's time for Pelosi to go, he said: "That or she should change, one way or the other. We just lost more seats last cycle."

The criticism was especially stinging coming from Capuano, who Pelosi tapped in 2006 to head up the transition team when Democrats took control of the House and she ascended to the speakership. Pelosi also endorsed Capuano when he ran in 2009 for the Senate against Martha Coakley, who lost to Republican Scott Brown.

He walked back his comments on Wednesday, telling CNN in a statement that Pelosi is a "fantastic public servant with many great accomplishments."



"Since 2010, something hasn't been resonating at the polls," he said. "I believe that when something's not working, changes should be made. Any leader who refuses to change in the face of failure should step aside. I believe, however, that Nancy Pelosi is making the changes necessary to lead House Democrats back to electoral success and I still believe she will do so."

Still, their comments to WGBH were rare on-the-record acknowledgment of the frustration House Democrats have felt since being relegated to minority status.

A spokesman for Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that she "values the input of her members."

"The Leader was re-elected unanimously in her caucus in November and appreciated the support of both of these members in the floor vote in January. While there are disagreements in the closest of families, the Leader always values the input of her members as we develop our message going forward," Drew Hammill said.

Pelosi, 75, vowed to stay on as Democratic leader even after her party was shellacked at the polls in the November 2014 midterm elections -- pointing out that top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell kept his post despite his party failing to gain a majority in three straight election cycles.

The National Republican Campaign Committee jumped on the comments from Lynch and Capuano on Wednesday, with spokesman Ian Prior saying they reflect "a sentiment that should be obvious to House Democrats by now -- Nancy Pelosi will not lead Democrats back to the majority despite her delusional predictions to the contrary."

"While we appreciate the honesty of Lynch and Capuano, we sincerely hope that Democrats continue to elect Pelosi as leader so that we can continue to help elect Republicans to Congress on Election Day," Prior said.
 tgif111
Joined: 10/24/2014
Msg: 1970
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/8/2015 10:53:25 PM
************************************Nancy Pelosi, The Female Clown************************************


Pelosi: My trip to Syria was nothing like the GOP's Iran letter.


Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pushing back hard against conservative claims that the recent Republican letter to Iranian leaders, which has infuriated the White House amid delicate nuclear talks, is akin to her 2007 visit to Syria against the wishes of the Bush administration. The office of the House minority leader issued a scathing statement Wednesday night [3/11/2015] saying her meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was part of a bipartisan effort — conducted through the Bush administration — to encourage peace in the region, and accusing Republicans of launching a "desperate" defense of their Iran letter to mask criticisms coming from both sides of the aisle.

**************************whoot whoot whoot****************************
 HFX_RGB
Joined: 7/26/2014
Msg: 1971
Election 2014: Karma is a b!tch
Posted: 4/9/2015 4:59:01 AM

Pelosi: My trip to Syria was nothing like the GOP's Iran letter.


Tom Thumb: My copy and paste without attribution just shows I am trying to hide the fact that I am nothing more than a troll with is afraid to reveal his sources.
 tgif111
Joined: 10/24/2014
Msg: 1972
The Secret Service hates Barack Obama
Posted: 4/9/2015 6:33:45 AM
even the guys charged with protecting the Community Golfer Barack Hussein Obama don't care about him.

would they take a bullet for this character? who knows......

they even allowed an armed security guard who was unvetted into an elevator with him.

you've heard of the gate-crashing agents who were drunk. that makes 4 Secret Service scandals in 3 years.

now we have a fifth. the latest is a newly promoted supervisor who was more interested in romancing an attractive underling than protecting the pretender in chief.
 BigBadNIrish
Joined: 1/31/2011
Msg: 1973
The Secret Service hates Barack Obama
Posted: 4/13/2015 8:10:16 AM
"While the 14 wealthiest people saw a $157 billion increase in their wealth from 2013 to 2015, half of the American people have less than $10,000 in their savings. The rich get richer and the republican congress gives them tax breaks. The working class gets poorer, and congress throws them off health care and head start."

Bernie Sanders
 vlad dracul
Joined: 4/30/2009
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Posted: 5/8/2015 7:37:31 AM
Never mind 2014 yous crazy folks. The uk is where its at.

Now i an renowned for my waffling posts i know. But hey how about our elections yesterday folks? It was supposedly neck and neck between labour and the tories. The lib dems were saying they would be king makers in a coalition government.

Except scotland kicked labour into touch. The snp went from 6 mp's to 56 mp's. Overturning labour majorities of thousands. Only one labour mp left. Ironically in Edinburgh south where i live. Although a lot of that is due to the daftie snp candidate slagging voters on twatter and his campaign to save our city rivals the merricks football team.

Down south the insurgent ukip party received almost 4 million votes yet got just one mp. The time is now right to reform our electoral system so voters actually get a voice in parliament. Ukip got nearly the same amount of votes as the snp yet only one mp.

"There are 4.2 million voters in Scotland. They are represented by 59 members of Parliament.
The signs are that more than 3 million people voted for the UK Independence Party in the general election. Ukip will have one or two MPs.
You don’t have to agree with Ukip’s policies (I don’t) to think that there’s something wrong with that situation. I’ve suggested before that the first past the post electoral system is flawed, and that Ukip’s election result is just one illustration of that."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/politics-blog/11591262/Ukip-has-three-million-voters-and-a-handful-of-MPs.-Something-has-to-change.html


Don't you shermans in shermanland not yearn to have choices? 20 year old Mhairi Black of the snp is the youngest mp to sit in westminster since 1667. She beat a shadow cabinet foreign secretary labour geezer who had an over 16,000 majority. The labour shadow treasurer ed balls got his kicked.

The libdems, just like labour in scotland got the kicking they richly deserved. They lost 36 mp's and £thousands in deposits (you pay a deposit to stand and if you do not recieve a certain per cent of the local vote the money is lost). They have 8 mp's left.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/08/general-election-2015-the-winners-and-losers

Oh and as a p.s. not enough working class folk being chosen as candidates.
And a pps as for me im glad the tory unionists won. They either have to offer scotland concessions (there is apparently a major announcement being made about this next week according to political pundit andrew 'brillo pad' neil) or else the clamour to be independant will be unstoppable. And also the tories have promised us a referendum on getting out of the eu (which i think they will break). Either way good night it was here in prefab dracula.

Just guzzlin some snakebites to celebrate.
 GreenThumbz18
Joined: 4/25/2012
Msg: 1975
The Secret Service hates Barack Obama
Posted: 5/9/2015 7:12:27 PM
Hey folks, remember when Obamacare was about saving us Americans (almost typed in "citizens", but we know that ain't foolin' anyone) money, and how there would be subsidies and such? here's an interesting note:

"Nearly 50% of Subsidized Obamacare Enrollees Owed Taxes

The Fiscal Times By Brianna Ehley
May 8, 2015 3:59 PM

The Internal Revenue Service—tasked with playing a key role in implementing Obamacare—isn’t doing a sufficient job helping confused taxpayers navigate the new law regarding their taxes.

That’s according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released Friday, which criticizes the IRS for not providing sufficient assistance to Obamacare enrollees who received subsidies for their health care this year.

Related: Underfunded IRS Begins Crucial Obamacare Test

The auditor said that though the IRS created an online tool to help calculate how much a person should receive in health care subsidies depending on his or her income, the tool could only be used by IRS employees this filing season. The auditors said it should be made for public use, and faulted the agency for not making the public version in time.

For its part, the IRS said it decided not to make the tool accessible for the public this year, because about 80 percent of filers use electronic filing anyway, and would have access to a similar tool.

However, the IG wasn’t satisfied with that response and said the IRS still “has an obligation to provide the same level of assistance to all taxpayers.”

Of course, calculating subsidies is an extremely complicated process—especially since the amount is determined by income, and that can shift throughout the year for many people who may have changed jobs or worked seasonal gigs.

The IRS has been working with private tax preparers to help get the word out about subsidy information, so people are aware of what to expect in their tax returns. If they were given subsidies that were ultimately too high, they’ll end up owing the government money. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that during the first year of the ACA, about half of all Obamacare enrollees who received subsidized coverage, ended up owing money on their taxes this year.

The IG recommended that the IRS should allow the public to use the subsidy calculating tool next year, since the agency—already short-staffed, wasn’t able to help everyone that needed advice.

The report said that the IRS is reconsidering its decision not to make the tool open for public use.

The IRS is playing a key role in Obamacare’s implementation. It’s now responsible for enforcing more than 40 new tax provisions under the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, the agency has seen its budget slashed significantly. "

So where did the savings go?
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