803 results for year: 2013


2014: The Year of the Tea Party

2013 was the “Year of the Snake,” and as one BBC World News commentator pointed out, it is “one [that is] not to be underestimated.” This symbol and characterization are not only fitting for our movement, but also for what has transpired over the last 12 months as we: Refused to cower when targeted by the IRS Refused to be outnumbered in the push for amnesty during the August town halls Refused to let Senator Reid define the narrative for the government slowdown (not shutdown) Refused to cave in the Obamacare fight Refused to be silent in the recent budget compromise Yes, the spirit of “don’t tread on me” was alive and ...

Golden Years Dimmed by Obamacare

Chaos and uncertainty – it’s not necessarily the words you associate with health insurance, which is supposed to provide peace of mind. Yet the Affordable Care Act and its flurry of glitches, cancellations, moving deadlines and costly increases have left many concerned and confused. Take Colorado-resident Bill, who received the unwelcome news about his supplemental plan through IBM. “I am an IBM retiree eligible for Medicare, but whose wife is not yet eligible for Medicare.  Because of the rising costs for health insurance, IBM is dropping their Medicare supplement insurance for retirees, and I have no idea what I am going to do and how much ...

Not What the Doctor Ordered: Rationing Medicine to Cut Costs

First, it was their healthcare plans. Next, it was their doctors. Now, some Americans are quickly discovering that medications, which they depend on daily, are no longer covered at pre-Obamacare levels. “In some cases, coverage of certain prescriptions is non-existent.” This new consequence of Obamacare is causing patients like Keith, a North Carolina resident who suffers from arthritis, to make ends meet… by rationing his much-needed medication. “I have an employer-sponsored retiree healthcare [plan] and not only have the deductible and copay gone out-of-sight, now they are not covering medicine to the same level they once were did. ...

Christmas 1776: A Miracle at Trenton

Christmas of 1776 was not marked with tree lights and presents, but the phrase “Victory or Death” as George Washington and his troops courageously crossed the Delaware River. Knowing that his army may not survive the next campaign season for battle, Washington did what very few would have done – he decided to launch a surprise attack on the Hessians, German mercenary soldiers, who were encamped at Trenton. It was a daring move on Washington’s part as his army, which dwindled from tens of thousands to only a few thousand, was beyond fatigued. They were so ill-equipped that burlap bags were used as makeshift shoes to protect their feet from ...

You Can Keep Your Doctor*

Among the myriad of Obamacare “promises,” Americans were assured by the President that “no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.” Just like all the other guarantees, this one comes with an asterisk and fine print, which reads: *keeping your doctor may cost you more under Obamacare. Florida-resident Cynthia is one of those who is forking over more money to do so. “My health care insurance has now gone up to $800.00 dollars a month. My physician has become a concierge doctor because of the system being put in place. This has cost me $1,800.00 a ...

Obamacare: “Saving” Families from Themselves

“We want to save families form going bankrupt... We went to keep prices down – delay is not an option.” - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during Senate Finance Committee hearing. We have been told repeatedly that Obamacare is needed to “save” Americans from ruinous medical bills that are causing bankruptcy in our nation. But, what happens when the new law destroys the only safeguard – catastrophic coverage – that your family can afford? Ask Indiana-resident Amy, who is wondering how she is going to protect her family now that their policy has been cancelled. “I received a letter from our healthcare provider, United Security, with ...

Obamacare Coverage: Less is More

Millions of Americans like Lori from Idaho are learning firsthand that they will be paying more for less healthcare coverage – compliment of Obamacare. “We have had individual health policies since 2007. In 2009, we each had to raise our deductibles from $1,500 to $5,000 to maintain about the same monthly premium.  Last year our healthcare premiums rose $1,700 for the year. This year they are rising another $1,500 this year. We are on a fixed income, though not yet eligible for Medicare.  We are trying to contribute to our HSAs, but the rising premiums reduce that effort,” explained Lori. The mounting frustration against rising costs has ...

Obamacare: Buy Now, Pay after 2014 Elections

“It’s doesn’t make sense,” said Cherise, who was astonished by the premium increase. The Louisiana resident received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield, stating her family’s rates will increase $496.82 a month due to Affordable Care Act. This is in addition to the $605.14 a month they already pay. “If you factor in all that money, there is no point in us even having insurance, because we can pay the doctors for less than what we are having to pay for insurance. My doctor’s office visit is $65. Even if we went to the doctor 10 times a month, it would be $650 month, which would be less than what our monthly premium would be at $1,000 ...

Congress Ignoring the Real Budget Crises

As the budget deal in Washington raises spending yet again, there is another budget crises happening in America which Congress is completely ignoring. Struggling families are doing without to satisfy Obamacare. Christina from California represents one of those families who admits they just can’t afford it. "Our family of 5 is currently uninsured, and have been for over 3 years now. My husband's job doesn't provide medical benefits. We've been living just fine, and God has blessed us with good health. We aren't able to provide ourselves with medical coverage because of the cost. And now the government wants to fine us because we don't have ...

Madison’s Mission

Meet Madison Root, an 11-year-old who has a big heart and even bigger ambitions. Her story begins with an innocent attempt to sell bags of mistletoe from her uncle’s farm at a public park in downtown Portland. “It is something that my dad did when he was younger. It would just be something fun to do, and I wanted to help pay for my braces,” Madison explained. She and her dad were among an eclectic gathering that Saturday morning with people playing music for money, some asking for donations to buy pot, and others just simply begging for spare change. So, what could go wrong with selling mistletoe and spreading some holiday cheer? A lot. A ...