‘The Republicans in Congress are poisoning Obamacare, then trying to claim it’s sick…’

THE PRESIDENT: Look, part of the reason I need your help to make this law work is because there are so many people out there working to make it fail. One of the biggest newspapers in the country recently published an editorial I thought was pretty good. They said, the Republicans in Congress are poisoning Obamacare, then trying to claim it’s sick. (Laughter.) That’s exactly what’s been happening.

I mean, they have tried to put up every conceivable roadblock. They cut funding for efforts to educate people about what’s in the law. Some of them said if their constituents called them, we won’t even try to explain to them what’s in the law. They actually opened up an investigation into people who try to help churches and charities understand how to help people sign up for the law.

Some of the tea party’s biggest donors — some of the wealthiest men in America — are funding a cynical ad campaign trying to convince young people not to buy health care at all. I mean, think about it. These are billionaires several times over. You know they’ve got good health care.

AUDIENCE: Right! (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: But they are actually spending money on television, trying to convince young people that if you’ve got the choice between getting affordable health care or going without health care, you should choose not having any health care. Now, do you think if you get sick or you get hurt, and you get stuck with a massive bill, these same folks, they’re going to help you out?


THE PRESIDENT: Are they going to pay for your health care?


THE PRESIDENT: It is interesting, though, how over the last couple years, the Republican Party has just spun itself up around this issue. And the fact is the Republicans’ biggest fear at this point is not that the Affordable Care Act will fail. What they’re worried about is it’s going to succeed. (Applause.) I mean, think about it. If it was as bad as they said it was going to be, then they could just go ahead and let it happen and then everybody would hate it so much, and then everybody would vote to repeal it, and that would be the end of it.

While Republican shudder at the very thought of crossing the Koch brothers, the president called out their efforts to deceive people into not signing up for affordable health insurance. Other politicians are afraid of the Koch brothers, but Obama isn’t. The Koch brothers spent more money trying to beat Obama in 2012 than John McCain raised in 2008. All told, the Kochs spent $400 million of their own money trying to beat the president. The result of their spending wasn’t just failure. didn’t just fail. It was a spectacular humiliation as President Obama won in a rout.

Obama has stared down the barrel of the Koch money machine, and won.

The Koch brothers are spending millions of dollars
 on television ad campaigns that are spreading lies about Obamacare. The great irony of this is that the Koch brothers have fantastic health care. They will never have to worry about being able to afford the care they need. Yet, these same billionaires are trying to convince uninsured people who need health insurance not to get access to healthcare. If the uninsured get sick, the Koch brothers aren’t going to pay for their care. Their answer is to force the uninsured to go to the emergency room, and pass the bill on to everyone else who does have health insurance.

Charles and David Koch have billions of dollars. They can buy lots of television ads, but the one thing that they can’t do is stop or defeat the President of the United States. The Kochs may own the Republican Party, but Obama owns the Kochs.


But, but, but, Mr. President, if it so good for all of us peons, why then, is it not good for you, your family, and the other members of the aristocracy?


“We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which reportedly covers 10 million more people without adding a single doctor yet hires 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress who did not read it yet exempted itself from it passed by a President who smokes whose funding comes from a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes for which we will be taxed for four years before any of it takes effect by a government who has already bankrupted social security and medicare to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that is broke. So WTF could possibly go wrong???” Dr. Barbara Bellar.


Since when do is it made mandatory for all to have to sign up for something I neither want or wish to be taxed by so that others can be covered?

Why do I need medical insurance when I practice preventative health care and do not wish to continue to support the Western Ill-healthcare system, that only treats you after you get sick?

Why is alternative healthcare and preventative healthcare not included in this mandatory forced healthcare as well as vitamin supplements being excluded?

And if Mr. Obama is so damn concerned with all his people, why did his wife plan to cut billions from the food stamp program in 2010 that is being enacted this year?

And why is Mr. Obama so willingly demand to spend more billions on war with Syria, when our budget deficit is now over $15 Trillion, where if he could find money to war, yet did not choose to use that money instead to provide healthcare for all instead at no further cost to us????

The genesis of Obamacare was Mitt Romney originally enacted and promoted as his ‘signature success’ while governor of Massachusetts in 2006.

As you will read below from the actual AFA Bill, Obamacare will require rfid chipping, increased taxes, a national ID system, real time access to your bank accounts and far less coverage and service for all while corporations get bailed out from their current healthcare plan obligations to their workers. http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health_stew/2012/08/romneycare_vs_obamacare_which.html

Once again we are being played by those who set the agenda into another Hegelian Dialect and designed controlled opposition. Where the issues allowed up for ‘debate’ are Prop. 37 to GMO label or not and Romneycare vs. Obamacare…as in your getting nationalized healthcare for all whether you want it our not. They design these false arguments so that we debate and fight amongst ourselves while the sleight of hand illusion furthers its real agenda.

Why do we not get offered real choices from our ‘elected’ officials? Like:

We the people want to vote to ban GMO’s’ entirely and completely

We, the majority of people, want to vote on whether we wish Nationalized forced healthcare’.

We the major majority wish to vote to end all military abroad and bring our men and women home and to immediately stop killing people of brown skin that just happen to have coveted oil under their feet.

We the people would like to CHOOSE to use those trillions instead to feed and house our own people with our tax dollars providing healthcare for all at no additional tax to anybody!

It’s a corporate take over of our nation and the planet folks. Nothing more or less. It is part of Agenda 21 (for 21st century), written by the UN decades ago, which includes Central Global Banking, One world currency (Euro followed by the Amero), Global healthcare, mass reclamation of great swaths of wilderness for resource extraction and a centralized police state. It is all stated in their planned Agenda for those who wish to get informed. http://www.activistpost.com/search/label/writing%20contest%20Agenda%2021

It is completely absurd to think that this mandatory healthcare being foisted on all is anything but the NWO Agenda for global healthcare paid for by the taxpayers to benefit the corporate oligarchy. For anyone who doubts there is even a NWO shadow government in existence, please watch this excellent documentary on the subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO24XmP1c5E

One sure way to understand we live in a One world global order is to understand that no matter way we go in the world our debt is accounted for. In 2000 there were only 7 countries without a Rothschild owned central bank. Now there are 4.


(It should also be of big note that the Big Medical/Healthcare index on Wall Street hit all time highs the day the Affordable Care Act was passed for further evidence that we exist under a fascist corporately.)

Chips with your Obamacare???
(the many sites that debunk this fail to mention that it was, until later taken down from the gov’t sites, this was in the actual bill that was passed)

This new law – when fully implemented – provides the framework for making the United States the first nation in the world to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip for the purpose of controlling who is, or isn’t, allowed medical care in their country.

See Healthcare Bill H.R. 3200:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf/111/AAHCA09001xml.pdf

Pages 1001-1008 “National Medical Device Registry” section.
Page 1006 “to be enacted within 36 months upon passage”
Page 503 “… medical device surveillance”

Why would the government use the word “surveillance” when referring to citizens? The definition of “surveillance” is the monitoring of the behavior, activities, or other changing information, usually of people and often in a secret manner. The root of the word [French] means to “watch over.”

In theory, the intent to streamline healthcare and to eliminate fraud via “health chips” seems right. But, to have the world’s lone superpower (America, for now) mandate (page 1006) a device to be IMPLANTED is scary!

ObamaNOcare ~ The Devil and the Details
An exhaustive study by three congressional committees delivers startling news about the dire effects of Obamacare: President Barack Obama’s signature legislation could increase health insurance premiums by over 200 percent and render insurance coverage unaffordable for millions of Americans. Broadly, the new report declares that Obamacare “breaks its core promise” to make healthcare coverage affordable.

The report, “The Price of Obamacare’s Broken Promises,” was prepared by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Majority Staff; Senate Committee on Finance, Minority Staff; and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Minority Staff.
“Studies and analyses from the Congressional Budget Office, independent actuaries, state insurance commissioners, health plans, benefit consultants, and others have reached the same conclusion: Obamacare will significantly increase premiums,” the congressional report states.

“Some estimates show some Americans facing startling premium increases of 203 percent because of the law.

“Higher healthcare premiums are the last thing single young adults and working families can afford. Yet contrary to what the president promised, that is exactly what Obamacare is projected to do.”

When Obamacare’s most costly requirements go into effect in 2014, households earning as little as $46,000 a year will receive no premium assistance, yet will be forced to accept “unaffordable” premium increases, according to the report. The Affordable Care Act will have an especially harsh impact on young Americans ages 21 to 29 — those with individual coverage will see their healthcare premium rise by an average of 189 percent.

The report points to several factors that will result in significantly higher healthcare costs for Americans:

The healthcare reform bill mandates that individuals pay the same premiums regardless of future anticipated medical expenses, leading to sharply increased premium costs for those under 50.
Obamacare requires that individuals purchase coverage that includes a range of “essential” health benefits, including coverage for preventive services, chronic disease management, and rehabilitative services, thereby restricting consumers’ choice in the design of their health plans and adding to their insurance premiums.
The law imposes $165 billion in new taxes and fees on health plans, drug manufacturers, and device makers, and these costs will be largely passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums. One study cited by the report predicts that Obamacare’s health insurance tax will boost premiums by more than $7,000 over a decade.

The report notes that a number of states have already imposed requirements on health coverage and the result has been fewer choices and higher premiums.

In New York, for example, a 30-year-old male paid an average of $1,200 a year in annual premiums in 1993, but one month after the state passed Obamacare-like reforms, premiums soared to $3,240.

At the time Washington state passed similar reforms, 19 insurance carriers wrote policies for state residents. Within six years, only two carriers remained in the state.


Big Business Bailout Historic Shift off providing healthcare for employees thanx to Obamacare.
(make sure to read about how the burden for healthcare will shift to the taxpayers…that’s you and me!)


From the actual Affordable Care Act.
Please Read what we all are being told we must accept and comply to.

Pg 22 of the Health Care Bill mandates the Govt. will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self-insure.

Pg 30 Sec 123- There will be a government committee that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

Pg 29 lines 4-16 – Your health care will be rationed.

Pg 42 – The “Health Choices Commissioner” will choose your HC Benefits for you.

PG 50 Section 152- HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

Pg 53- Severability

“If any provision of the Act, or any application of such provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of the provisions of this Act and the application of the provision to any other person or circumstance shall not be affected.”

Pg 58 – Govt. will have real-time access to individual’s finances & a National ID Health card will be issued

Pg 59 lines 21-24- Govt. will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community organizations (i.e. ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt. is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Govt. control.

PG 84 Sec 203 – Govt. mandates all benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85 Line 7 – Specs for Benefit Levels for Plans

PG 91 Lines 4-7- Govt. mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example: Translation for illegal aliens

Pg 95 Lines 8-18 The Govt. will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt. HC plan.

PG 85 Line 7 – Specs of Benefit Levels For Plans.

PG 102 Lines 12-18- Medicaid-Eligible Individual will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.

pg 124 lines 24-25 No company can sue Govt. on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Govt. Monopoly.

pg 127 Lines 1-16- RE: Doctors- The Govt. will determine your salary.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer must auto-enroll employees into public option plan.

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers must pay for HC for part time employees and their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 Any Employer w/ payroll $400k & above who doesn’t provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

PG 150 Lines 9-13- Business w/ payroll between 251k & 400k who doesn’t provide pub. opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 Any individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Govt. will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 Any NONRESIDENT Alien is EXEMPT from individual taxes.

Pg 195 Officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial/personal records

PG 203 Line 14-15 “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it actually says that.

Pg 239 Line 14-24 Govt. will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor will be affected.

Pg 241 Line 6-8 Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.

PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt. sets value of Dr’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally sets the value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131 Govt. mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries

PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt. regulates rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs.

PG 272 SEC. 1145 TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt. will penalize hospitals for what Govt. deems “preventable re-admissions.”

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Doctors, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission? Govt. will penalize you.

Pg 317 L 13-20 PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt. tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3: PROHIBITION on expansion Govt. is mandating hospitals cannot expand.

Pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input required.

Pg 335 Lines 16-25, Pg 336-339 – Govt mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing.

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt. has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv. Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt. plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 Govt. will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt. creates more bureaucracy – “Telehealth Advisory Committee.”

PG 425 Lines 4-12 Govt. mandates “Advanced Care Planning Consultations.”

PG 425 The Federal Government will require EVERYONE who is on Social Security to undergo a counseling session every 5 years with the objective being that they will explain to them just how to end their own life earlier.

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt. will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3: Govt. provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt. mandates program for orders for end of life. The Govt. has a say in how your life ends.

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “advanced care planning consult” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates

PG 429 Lines 10-12 “Advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from the Government.

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 The Govt. will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt. will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services = Non profit organizations.

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment to a community-based org. (ACORN?)

PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt. will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt. into your marriage.

Pg 494-498: Govt. will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

PG 502 Section 1181 Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research Established.

PG 502 Line 5-18 Government builds the “Center” to conduct, support, and synthesize research to define our HealthCare Services.

PG 503 Line 13-19 Government will build registries and data networks from YOUR electronic medical records.

PG 503 Line 21-25 Government may secure data directly from any department or agency of the US including your data.

PG 504 Line 6-10 The “Center” will collect data both published & unpublished (that means public & your private info)

PG 506 Line 19-21 The Center will recommend policies that would allow for public access of data

PG 518 Line 21-25 The Commission will have input from HealthCare consumer reps

PG 524 18-22 Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund set up. More taxes for ALL.

PGs 525-620 Deals with the Govt. basically taking over nursing homes, long-term care facilities (think assisted living) through regulations of the facilities, the owners of said facilities, the employees of said facilities and even the land owners of that said facilities reside on. Additionally as you read these 90+ pages you can come to the conclusion that any Health related services will be determined and rationed by the Govt. for our senior citizens and others in nursing homes. This one post should do enough to raise awareness of the control the Govt. is exerting over the older population of American citizens.

PG 620 Line 1-9 The Government will define, prioritize, and nationalize your Health Care Services.

PG 621 Lines 20-25 Government will define what Quality means in HealthCare.

PG 622 Lines 2-9 To pay for the quality Standards, Government will transfer $$ from and to other Government Trust Funds. More Taxes.

PG 624 “Quality” measures shall be designed to assess outcomes & functional status of patients.

G 628 Section 1443 Government will give “Multi-Stake Holders” Pre-Rule Making input into Selection of “Quality” Measures.

PG 630 9-24/631 1-9 Those Multi-stake holder groups including Unions & groups like ACORN deciding HealthCare quality.

PG 632 Lines 14-25 The Government may implement any “Quality measure” of HealthCare Services as they see fit.

PG 633 14-25/ 634 1-9 The Secretary may issue non-endorsed “Quality Measures” for Physician Services & Dialysis Services.

PG 635 – 653 Physicians Payments Sunshine Provision – Government wants to shine sunlight on Docs but not Government.

PG 660-671 Doctors in Residency – Government will tell you where your residency will be, thus where you’ll live.

PG 676-686 Government will regulate hospitals in EVERY aspect of residency programs, including teaching hospitals.

PG 686-700 Increased Funding to Fight Waste, Fraud, and Abuse such as the Government’s $18M website

PGs 701-704 Section 1619 If your part of HealthCare plan that isn’t in Government HealthCare Exchange but you qualify for Federal aid, no payment.

705-709 SEC. 1128 If Secretary gets complaints on HealthCare provider or supplier, Government can do background check.

G 711 Lines 8-14 The Secretary has broad powers to deny HealthCare providers/suppliers admittance into HealthCare Exchange.

Pg 719-720 Section 1637 ANY Doctor who orders durable medical equipment or home medical services MUST be enrolled in Medicare.

PG 722 Section 1639 Government Mandates Doctors must have face-to-face with patient to certify patient for Home Health Services.

PG 724 Lines 16-22 Government reserves right to apply face-to-face certification for patient to ANY other HealthCare service.

PG 724 23-25 PG 725 1-5 The same Government certifications will apply to medicaid & CHIP (your kids) Pg 735 lines 16-25 For law enforcement purposes, the Secretary of Health & Human Services will give Attorney General access to ALL data.

PG 740-757 Government sets guidelines for subsidizing the uninsured

Pg 757-762 Fed Government will shift burden of payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) to States. (Taxes)

Page 763 1-8 No DS/EA hospitals will be paid unless they provide services without regard to national origin

Pg 765 Section 1711 Government will require Preventative Services including vaccines.

Pg 768 Section 1713 Government – Nurse Home Visitation Services

Pg 769 3-5 Nurse Home Visit Services – “increasing birth intervals between pregnancies.”

Pg 769 11-14 Nurse Home Visit Services include-economic self-sufficiency, employment advancement, school-readiness.

Pg 770 SEC 1714 Federal Government mandates eligibility for State Family Planning Services. Say abortion & State Sovereign.

Pg 789-797 Government will set & mandate drug prices, controlling which drugs will be brought to market.

Pgs 797-800 SEC. 1744 PAYMENTS for grad medical education. The government will now control Dr’s education.

PG 801 Sec 1751 The Government will decide which Health care conditions will be paid.

Pg 810 SEC. 1759. Billing Agents, clearinghouses, etc. required to register. Government takes over private payment system.

Page 820-824 Sec 1801 Government will identify individuals ineligible for subsidies. Will access all personal finances.

Pg 824-829 SEC. 1802. Government Sets up Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund. Another tax black hole.

PG 829-833 Government will impose a fee on ALL private health insurance plans including self insured to pay for Trust Fund

PG 835 11-13 Fees imposed by Government for Trust Fund shall be treated as if they were taxes.

838-840 Government will design & implement Home Visitation Program for families with young kids & families expecting kids.

PG 844-845 This Home Visitation Program includes Government coming into your house & telling you how to parent

Pg 859 Government will establish a Public Health Fund at a cost of $88,800,000,000. Yes thats Billion.

PG 865 to 876 The NHS Corps is a program where Drs. perform mandatory HealthCare for 2 years for part loan repayment.

PG 876-892 The Government takes over the education of our Medical students and Drs.

PG 898 The Government will establish a Public Health Workforce Corps. to ensure supply of public health professionals.

PG 898 The Public health workforce corps shall consist of officers of Regular & Reserve Corps of Service.

898 The Public health workforce corps shall consist of civilian employees of the U.S. as Secretary deems.

PG 900 The Public Health Workforce Corps includes veterinarians.

901 The Public Health Workforce Corps WILL include commissioned Regular & Reserve Officers.

PG 910 The Government will develop, build & run Public Health Training Centers.

PG 913-914 Government starts a HealthCare affirmative action program thru guise of diversity scholarships.

PG 915 SEC. 2251. Government MANDATES Cultural & linguistic competency training for HealthCare professionals.

Pg 932 The Government will establish Preventative & Wellness Trust fund – intial cost of $30,800,000,000-Billion.

PG 935 21-22 Government will identify specific goals & objectives for prevention & wellness activities. Control You!!

PG 936 Government will develop “Healthy People & National Public Health Performance Standards” Tell me what to eat?

PG 942 Lines 22-25 More Government? Offices of Surgeon General -Public Health Services, Minority Health, Women’s Health

PG 950- 980 BIG Government core public health infrastructure includes workforce capacity, lab systems; health information systems, etc

PG 993 Government will establish school based health clinics.

PG 994 School Based Health Clinic will be integrated into the school environment.

PG 1001 The Government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. Will you be tracked?

PG 1003 9-11 National Medical Dev Reg ‘‘(iii) other postmarket device surveillance activities” you WILL be tracked.

PG 1018 States give up some of their State Sovereignty.

On page 879-880, the bill states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“…shall make grants to, or enter into contracts with, eligible entities . . . to operate a professional training program in the field of family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or geriatrics, to provide financial assistance and traineeships and fellowships to those students, interns, residents or physicians who plan to work in or teach in the field of family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, or geriatrics.”

On page 881-882 the bill states:

“In awarding grants or contracts under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of the following: . . . Training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.”

On page 883 the bill states:

“The Secretary shall make grants to, or enter into contracts with, eligible entities . . . to operate or participate in an established primary care residency training program, which may include-(A) planning and developing curricula; (B) recruitment and training of residents; and (C) retention of faculty.”

On page 884-885 the bill states:

“In awarding grants and contracts . . . the Secretary shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of training . . . individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds . . . .”

On page 887-889 the bill states that the

“Secretary shall make grants to, or enter into contracts with, eligible entities . . . to operate a professional training program for oral health professionals, to provide financial assistance and traineeships and fellowships to those professionals who plan to work in or teach general, pediatric, or public health dentistry, or dental hygiene, to establish, maintain, or improve academic administrative units (including departments, divisions, or other appropriate units) in the specialties of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry, to operate a loan repayment program for full-time faculty in a program of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry.”

On page 889-890 the bill states:

“In awarding grants or contracts under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of the following: . . . Training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.”

On page 908-909 the bill states: “The Secretary shall award grants and contracts to eligible entities” to do the same things for the field of public health as the Secretary can do for dentistry.

On page 909 the bill states:

“In awarding grants or contracts under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to entities that have a demonstrated record of the following: . . . Training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.”

America’s biggest employers, from GE to IBM, are increasingly moving retirees to insurance exchanges where they select their own health plans, an historic shift that could push more costs onto U.S. taxpayers.

Time Warner Inc. (TWX) yesterday said it would steer retired workers toward a privately run exchange, days after a similar announcement by International Business Machines Corp. General Electric Co. (GE) last year said it, too, would curb benefits in a move that may send some former employees to the public insurance exchanges created under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

While retiree health benefits have been shrinking for years, the newest cutbacks may quickly become the norm. About 44 percent of companies plan to stop administering health plans for their former workers over the next two years, a survey last month by consultant Towers Watson & Co. (TW) found. Retirees are concerned their costs may rise, while analysts predict benefits will decline in some cases.

“Things are going to change dramatically,” said Ron Fontanetta, a partner at New York-based Towers Watson, which advises GE and other large companies. “Over the next two to three years, we see a much more aggressive rethinking of what employers are going to provide.”

The adjustments come as insurers have increased access the past few years to Medicare Advantage plans that provide benefits beyond the U.S. government health program for the elderly. Additionally, the health-care law promises to make it easier for those younger than 65 to buy insurance that’s guaranteed and subsidized by taxpayers.

A dictatorship by any other name …

Thanks for your efforts, Jim. Sure wish the media could do as well. Identity cards for everyone and our bank account records surrendered!