ObamaCare Pain Spreads To Middle-Class Families, Workers

ObamaCare Pain Spreads To Middle-Class Families, Workers


 Posted 01/06/2015 06:48 PM ET

Regulation: We're heartened that the Senate's new leaders plan to strip out the worst parts of ObamaCare. By raising premiums and reducing wages, the law is squeezing the middle class harder and harder.

Two new national surveys show the pain of ObamaCare metastasizing throughout family households and workplaces.

A CBS News-New York Times poll finds the majority of Americans blame surging premiums on the president's signature legislation, while a National Federation of Independent Business survey finds more firms delaying hiring, cutting work hours and freezing wages to avoid or absorb the costs of new government mandates.

Asked about co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses they're paying under ObamaCare, a majority — 52% — of respondents to the CBS-New York Times poll said they are paying more. Fully a third said those costs are "up a lot."

They're not paying more because they're going to the doctor more. Nearly three-quarters said their out-of-pocket costs have gone up "because the cost of the usual amount of medical treatment has become more expensive," the survey noted.

Satisfaction with the quality of care, meantime, is plunging. CBS-New York Times found the share of patients who are somewhat or very satisfied with their medical treatment has dropped to 69% from 78% in 2009, while dissatisfaction has jumped to 28% from 18% over the same period.

So people are paying more for less under government-run medicine.

This echoes an earlier Associated Press-Gfk poll that found that 69% of Americans say their health insurance premiums are going up, while 59% say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing. Respondents put the blame squarely on the Affordable Care Act.

More, a new study by the nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research found that in 2014 premiums in the nongroup market grew by more than 24% compared to what they would have been without ObamaCare. Premiums shot up in all but six states last year.

To be clear, the study controlled for all factors that would have caused premiums to go up without ObamaCare. These increases are above and beyond normal premium cost trends. So the net change is attributable solely to ObamaCare.

At the same time, the law is hurting workers. Employers are cutting back work hours to soften the blow from costly mandatory coverage and other mandates.

In a survey of 900 firms, the NFIB found that 42% of businesses say their health-plan costs rose at least 10% last year, thanks to ObamaCare mandates that expand coverage to include everything from sexual disease screenings to colonoscopies to mental health.

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Pay-Back !!! Pedophile Who Assaulted Nearly 200 Kids Stabbed To Death In Prison

A convicted pedophile who abused almost 200 children was stabbed to death in North Yorkshire, England, on Sunday.

Richard Huckle, 33, from Ashford, Kent, was given 22 life sentences in 2016 after he admitted to sexually abusing 71 kids whose ages ranged from six months to 12 years between 2006 and 2014, according to the BBC.

The report said Huckle was attacked with a makeshift knife while inside his cell at the Full Sutton Prison.

At the pedophile’s trial in 2016, investigators said they found over 20,000 indecent photos and videos of his assaults, which were shared with other pedophiles via a site on the dark web called The Love Zone.

Reports said that prior to his arrest, Huckle posed as an English teacher and Christian volunteer worker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he groomed impoverished children.

In one of his online posts, Huckle reportedly wrote “Impoverished kids are definitely much easier to seduce than middle-class Western kids.”

Reports said he attempted to make money from his crimes by crowdfunding the release of the photos.

“Huckle also created a 60-page ‘how-to’ guide for other pedophiles seeking to evade being caught, and kept a scorecard and points system regarding the children who were abused — leading investigators to speculate he may have as many as 200 victims,” a Fox News report stated.

At his sentencing in 2016, Judge Peter Rook condemned Huckle for his heinous crimes he said had become routine for the pedophile.

Rook commented:

Your offending behavior became entrenched in your everyday life. Your life revolved around your sexual activities with young children. Your distorted beliefs in respect of children are deep-seated. Your self-delusion knows no bounds. It is also clear that, had you not been arrested, you planned to continue the same lifestyle using the expertise that you were keen to show off to and share with other abusers so as to continue your sexual exploitation of the children of such communities.

Reports said prior to his death, Huckle refused to cooperate with authorities when they tried to unlock a cache of encrypted files he had access to that may contain the names of victims and other pedophiles, according to Fox News.


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