Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HAPPY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2015

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I wish all of you
A Joyful Beginning Of The Year
And More Blessings Throughout
And End With Love 
Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas! 2014

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May this Christmas
Brings good health, wealth and peace to you home
And make your Christmas a fun filed Celebration
Merry Christmas and Happy new Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York bans fracking Due to Health Risks

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration made public on Wednesday that New York will be imposing a state-wide ban on hydraulic fracturing, because of numerous potential health risks.

According to New York Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens he will be issuing an order early 2015 that will ban fracking, which has been under a moratorium since 2008. Currently, only one state bans fracking which is Vermont.

Fracking is a process of pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas. Some states say that fracking is a key economic resource while others said it was too dangerous both to environment and health of the people living nearby.

Howard Zucker New York health commissioner said, "The potential risks are too great, in fact not even fully known, and relying on the limited data presently available would be negligent on my part."

New York is located on top of a portion of the Marcellus shale, one of the largest natural gas deposits in the United States.



Friday, December 12, 2014

Obama Asks Senate to approve $1.1 trillion spending bill


President Barrack Obama asked the Senate to approve the $1.1 trillion spending bill, there are legislators from different camps objects the bill and there are even angry Democrats who said that it was a compromise that resulted from the divided government that the American people voted for.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that the bill is a compromise, and there are colleagues that are not happy with it and they will have a chance to make their objections heard. He added that the senators would vote on the final deal Monday. The bill will continue funding the government up to September 2015, Homeland Security agency is not included since it is funded until February 27.

Fox News Sean Hannity was livid about the passing of this bill he is particulary mad at House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) for his support of this bill.

Hannity said: "This measure did not sit well with a number of conservatives, including me." "$ 2.5 billion for illegal immigrants and Obamacare is funded through the fiscal year, that's a conservative speaker? I don't think so. It's a sad day that John Boehner doesn't realize that there was an election. The people have spoken ... John Boehner has disrespected all the people who voted for all those Republicans tonight."

He even relate Jonathan Gruber (Obamacare consultant who said the American voters are stupid) to Boehner, "John 'Gruber' Boehner ...  John Boehner 'Grubered' conservatives tonight. And by that I mean the conservative base in particular." " We've got our own Gruber. It's John Boehner. Boehner is Gruber. He's full of it."

Republicans will take control of the Senate next month.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

U.S. Economy Added 321,000 jobs in November

Employment numbers are stronger than expected in November as the U.S. economy created 321,000 jobs. Experts and economist was expecting 230,000 increase. The U.S. Labor Department said in a report Friday that businesses have added 321,000 jobs in November. This is the biggest hiring increase in nearly 3 years.

However the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%, and the people who are unemployed is now at 9.1 million. The people who are unemployed for 27 weeks or more in November is at 2.8 million.

November is the 10th month that the economy has added 200,000 jobs, but it must add at least 250,000 jobs on average monthly to keep pace with population.

The bad news is, 6.9 million people who are working are employed part-time since they cannot find full-time job.


Friday, November 28, 2014

WHY AN INSURANCE COMPANY WILL NOT PAY YOUR CLAIM


This blog was a lecture I was to deliver at a Workshop in Lagos.

INTRODUCTION

I sincerely wish to thank the organizers of today’s workshop for the opportunity to speak to you and also for thinking it important that among the issues to be treated in today’s event is a topic on insurance.

I particularly and deliberately chose this topic in order to educate, enlighten, inform and change your opinion about “Insurance.” In my number of years in the insurance industry, I have come to realize the attitude of Nigerians to insurance which is a negative one. During a recent study it was discovered that about 800 Adults in Nigeria have insurance (NEPAD), which leaves about huge gap of the population to be uninsured. Also recently a research showed that the insurance industry in Kenya is bigger than the one in Nigeria. Why these poor statistic? The reason is obvious Nigerians don’t like insurance or avoid it like a plague!

I have observed over the years in my talking with people about Insurance that their responses mostly is always the same- “Insurance companies in Nigeria don’t pay claims!” People believe this statement and have become like a cliché and have been passed around from generation to generation. That is why this topic is very vital, it is meant to clear the air and change your mentality about Insurance. 

Ladies and Gentlemen follow me on a journey to discover the reasons why claims are not paid.

After the independence 3 out of 25 insurance companies operating in Nigeria were indigenous. Political independence and the spirit of nationalism led to developments and also the proliferation of insurance companies which was facilitated by the weak conditions set by the 1961 Insurance Companies Act which stipulated a Capital requirement of only 25,000 pounds. The legislation was exploited by investors who established companies – mushroom insurance companies which were too weak to compete with the then expatriate-owned outfits. During these period and afterwards many claims were recorded that were not paid hence people came to the conclusion that insurance expert are more like fraudsters or cheats who take your money and will not pay your claim when you sustain one. This paper is written to correct this notion and hopefully clear all doubts.

However, the good news now is that as time goes on legislation and regulators emerged that changed the state of affairs in the insurance in the country. It should be noted that it is no longer business as usual in the industry. NAICOM oversees the affairs of all players in the industry and is ready to listen the report of any aggrieved member of the public. For the broker, NCRIB and for the Insurance Company it is the NIA and there is a joint body that oversees all report in respect of any industry player, and if all these avenues fail NAICOM will be the last resort.

Before I proceed further, I would like to briefly define the following terms:

Insurance: an insurance contract is an agreement enforceable at law between an insurer and an insured; the insured agreeing to pay a premium and the insurer agreeing to pay a sum of money, or something of monetary value, on the happening of a specified event to the insured.

Insurance Company: an insurance company also called the insurer, is a company that carry-out insurance services.

Insured: an insured is a person who purchases an insurance policy, also called a Policy Holder.

Claims: Claims and loss handling is the materialized utility of insurance; it is the actual "product" paid for. Claims may be filed by insureds directly with the insurer or through brokers or agents. 

Now let us attempt to delve into the reasons Why an Insurance Company will fail to pay a claim. I am going to speak plainly in this paper and would at all cost avoid technical jargon for the sake of clarity.  There are many reasons why an insurance company would not pay a claim but for want of time, only 5 reasons would be considered, viz:

1.         Unpaid/Un-remitted premium
2.         Fraudulent Claim
3.         Incomplete Documentation
4.         Insurable Interest Issues
5.         Fake Insurance Cover

Unpaid / Un-remitted Premium: according to the Principles of Insurance which is also true when it comes to the Principle of Contracts, premium (which is consideration in the Law of Contract) must be paid in advance for the contract of insurance to be valid. This is the most important aspect of an insurance cover, without which there is no cover – NO PREMIUM, NO COVER! At times agents, after taking up a policy on someone’s behalf might fail to remit the premium to the insurance company before a loss. However, when such a loss thus occurs, the first thing an insurance company will check is the premium status of the policy. If the premium had been settled before the claim, the claim stands a high chance of being paid in full, all things being equal. However, if the premium was not paid before the loss, repudiation (rejection or refusal) is the remedy. You may ask: How do I avoid this? I’ll tell you. To avoid finding yourself in this kind of embarrassing situation, pay your premium immediately you purchase the policy or pay a deposit premium instantly (in case of part-payment)  and followed by the balance payment immediately. Not only that, if you purchase the policy through an agent then be deliberate, issue your premium cheque in the name of the insurance company on your insurance paper and not the agent’s name.

Fraudulent Claim: insurance is taken for an unforeseeable occurrence i.e. the event, occurrence, loss or outcome must be probable (under probability). If a person, for instance purchase a fire insurance and decides to set his house on fire, it's a criminal act called arson! Or willfully damage his car (in the case of motor insurance) in order to come for a claim - it is fraud! When an insurance company is able to trace a claim to fraud, the claim will be repudiated automatically. I recall a case few years back with one of our clients. This man reported that his car was engulfed in flames from his engine while in motion, which according to him resulted in the total loss of the vehicle on the highway. After documentation the office sent me out to inspect the burnt vehicle at the point he said it was burnt. Armed with my camera, I set out on what eventually turned out to be a wild goose chase. What happened was that, after combing the area alleged to be the spot of the accident without success, I decided to ask some policemen in that area. Surprisingly, they told me that no such accident occurred in that area at the said date and time. Conclusion was that there was no such accident and the insured had reported a fraudulent claim which led to the claim being repudiated.

Incomplete Documentation: if you are filling in a claim be ready to turn in all documents. For example, proof of ownership, photographs, purchase receipt/invoice, estimate of repairs etc in the case of motor insurance claim. And in the case of personal accident claim medical report, receipt of payments etc are necessary. I dealt with this subject in my blog: Documents needed that will make your claims valid. Check out my blog page for that. Make sure your documents are in order and complete without that your claim will be delayed unnecessarily because insurance is based on documentary evidence. So take my advice, tender every document as evidence, be patient. Another client of mine reporting a Workmen’s Compensation Claim was told to supply the medical report, receipts and every other document to show that one of his staff was actually involved in the accident. What he sent was just a picture of the victim on a hospital bed, when we ask for the other documents he became furious and said it was rubbish! Till date the claim is still pending, if he decides to tender the documents the claim will be treated further. So document as if
your life depended on it.

Insurable Interest Issues: Insurable interest is one of the elements necessary to create a valid insurance contract. Insurable interest may be simply defined as the legal right to insure arising out a financial relationship recognized at law, between the insured and the subject-matter of insurance. To have insurable interest in a contract of insurance, the insured must have a pecuniary interest in the subject matter of insurance, which is recognized at law to enable him take an insurance contract on that subject matter of insurance. So it means before one can insured an item or property there must be legal right to do so, i.e. there must either be property right, interest of life, limb or potential liability etc. Now if one does not have right to insure a property, even if he does and at the eventual loss of that property the insurance company now discover that the insured had no interest in the property the claim would be repudiated. The premise here is you cannot insure what you don’t own or have legal right to possess.

Fake Insurance: In Nigeria 80% of the Third Party Certificate people use are fake! It is shocking to note this, but it is true, some people who portray themselves as Insurance Agents are not, they just take people’s money and give them empty paper in the name of Certificates. Do you know that your Third Party Motor certificate actually covers you to the sum of N1,000,000 in property damage to a Third Party and also an Unlimited amount to the Death or Bodily Injury of a Third Party? If you did not know, now you know! 

So buying fake insurance, you are actually short changing yourself, because it is so cheap that you pay N5,000 to get the cover and funny enough a fake insurance cost like N3000 or less to cover nothing! Why not just buy the real thing and get a real cover than the fake one without a cover. Which would you rather buy, fake or real? 

I recall a young man how purchased from my former company a Third Party Cover for his truck and paid N10,000 and as events will have it, he had an accident with  his truck somewhere in Mile 2 and killed a pedestrian. He was charged to court and have to pay like N500,000! He came to the company to claim and it was discovered that everything was in order, he was settled in full. Note that he paid N10,000 and was able to claim N500,000, that’s insurance for you!

In the light of that, I also recall when I was still in an Insurance Company (name withheld) there was this man who rushed to us with a claim and our Motor Certificate, but after receiving the document from him we observed that the certificate was a fake one, it was probably issued by the peddlers of fake insurances, his claim was turned down. The question now is how do you avoid this? My answer is approach the right person – that is where a broker or experts come in or even go to the insurance company directly. 

Instead of bothering your head with all the technical jargon in insurance, just leave it to us as professionals and they will handle it for you. Do you know the good news? You are not paying extra for the services, just your premium.


CONCLUSION

Insurance is a legitimate business and also legal profession therefore should not be taken for granted or with levity. It requires utmost seriousness just like law, medicine and others. Insurance is not a dubious business, it is for your safety and peace of mind. It relieves you of the anxiety of preparing when a risk occurs. If you abide by the advice given above, you would not be stranded or else appoint us as your insurance broker and consultant so that we can take the headache off you. 

For further questions, quotes or queries, email me on john.ideboghie@gmail.com or call 08029961727.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Jobless applications In the US jump to 300,000

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Americans are feeling the heat as the number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jump last week to above 300,000, the highest in almost three months.

The Labor Department on a report last Wednesday said the weekly applications went up by 21,000 to 313,000. Making it the highest level since the beginning of September. Using a four-week average which is a less volatile indicator, it went up by 6,250 to 294,000.

This increase will not cause any concerns about the overall status of the job market. Some of it were due to seasonal layoffs in business sectors that are affected by cold weather like construction. Claims were under 300,000 for 10 weeks consecutively, which is not the normal level this shows that companies are laying off less workers.

The jobless rate fell to 5.8%, this is the lowest in 6 years, down from 7.2% last year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mother Billed $950,000 for Child Birth in the US

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Is giving birth in the US this expensive? Toronto Sun reported about Jennifer Huculak from Saskatchewan, Canada has been billed $950,000 by a hospital in the United States for giving birth to her daughter. This happened last year October 2013, Jennifer was pregnant and having vacation with her husband Darren Kimmel in Hawaii. Then her water broke, she was airlifted from Maui to a nearby hospital in Honolulu, Huculak and was confined in the hospital for 6 weeks before giving birth to a premature baby girl named Reece. She gave birth through an emergency C-section and her child was in neonatal intensive care unit for two months before they were able to leave the hospital.

Saskatchewan Blue Cross, her insurance company said that her coverage had been denied because of a pre-existing condition that the company said that can result to high-risk pregnancy. The doctors who operated her told the insurance company that the pregnancy was healthy but still got denied.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber: We Lied About Obamacare, American voters are Stupid

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MIT professor and an Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber video clip was uploaded on Youtube in which he said that Obamacare is designed fool people and he also claim that the American voters are stupid. The video was posted by AmericanCommitment. It was taken during a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania in October, 2013.

Gruber said, "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really critical to getting the thing to pass."

"In terms of riskrated subsidies, if you had a law which explicitly said that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed,". "You can't do it politically, you just literally cannot do it. It's not only transparent financing but also transparent spending."

If the Democrats lied about this what else did they lie about? I don't think people can trust them again.



Here is a Second Jonathan Gruber video calling Americans stupid

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Affordable Care Act or the Obamacare is Heading to a Large Number of Dropouts


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A survey from Bankrate shows that about 51% of people who enrolled in Obamacare last year using exchanges said that they would not enroll again on 2015. The reason is the prices for health plans are much higher and they can no longer afford it.

Reasons for this could be a lot people have work and they are already receiving health care benefits, old people that are now into Medicare, and many found out that the high deductibles and an average of 6% increase in premiums is just too high. The survey also shows that another reason for people to forego enrolling in 2015 is the bug ridden website.

The 2nd open enrollment season for the Obamacare will start on November 15, 2014, it will run for only 3 months about half the time as before. Officials are testing the site to ensure it can handle the demand. The biggest challenge now is getting people to sign up, which is why Health officials will change their pitch, last time they promoted it using the benefits of insurance. Now they are planning to focus more on the financial assistance available to consumers and the penalty for not having coverage. Those without insurance will be fined $325 per person or 2% of income, whichever is larger. This is like the big fat government is bullying and scaring people and force them Obamacare.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Cancer Patient Go Through with her Doctor Assisted Suicide

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29 Year-old Brittany Maynard took her own life using Oregon’s death with dignity law. She ended her life Saturday by swallowing lethal drugs prepared by her doctors. She became the focus of public and media attention when she and her husband publicized that they transferred from Northern California to Portland, Oregon to exercise the Oregon law. She said that she planned to die on November 1.

Maynard ceased her suffering from a very painful brain cancer right on schedule, despite hinting at a possible delay in a video released last week.

Rest in Peace Brittany!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Middle Class Is Getting Poorer

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The Middle Class has felt the brunt of the financial crisis, they are heavily taxed and don't have any handouts like the poor. While the 1% gets get even richer by squeezing the middle class with their overpriced products and services. People in the middle class are not rich, nor poor. They have income and some savings. Expert says that the middle class is gauged by having the median household income of $51,939 annually so it is safe to say that a family who is in between the 25th percentile and 75th percentile can be considered as middle class.

In 2013, the income of the median U.S. household was $51,900, it has not changed from 2012. If you adjust it for inflation it is 8% lower than in 2007, before the recession began. It has not increase since the recession ended in 2009.

If you can save 1/3 of your income after food, mortgage or rent, utilities, and grocery bills you can consider yourself a middle class.

The middle class has certainly changed, their purchasing power is decreasing, WallSt Cheat Sheet listed 7 items that the middle class can no longer afford.

1. Vacations - middle class can no longer afford to have a vacation, they would have to sacrifice something just to have it. Statistics shows that 54% of people gave up purchasing TVs or other electronics items just to go on a vacation.
2. New vehicles - with the high prices of new cars and trucks today the middle class simply cannot afford them.
3. Pay off debt - a lot of middle class workers are having difficulty paying off student loans, mortgages, car loan, and medical debts.
4. Emergency savings - emergency funds are put up as a safety net to protect our finances if we found ourselves out of work, medical expense, or other events that can leave you bankrupt. Most middle class today don't have 6 months emergency fund, and others have no emergency funds at all.
5. Retirement savings - Social Security is not enough to cover basic needs which is why this is really important to have a retirement fund however, middle class just can't afford to save  for retirement.
6. Medical care - According to Feeding America, 66% of US family had to choose between paying for foodstuff or to pay for medical care, while 31% say they have to make that choice each and every month.
7. Dental work - U.S. Department of Health and Human Service said that about 108 million individuals in the U.S. don't have dental coverage and even those who are covered are having trouble getting the care they need.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Health Worker From Texas Isolated on Cruise Ship Possible Ebola Case

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A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital health care worker who is involved in the handling of clinical specimens from now deceased Ebola-infected patient Thomas Eric Duncan is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The health care worker is now isolated and quarantined for monitoring for signs of Ebola according to the State Department.

The State Department added that the person has been self-monitoring and he has not yet develop a fever nor any other symptoms associated with Ebola.

The question is what is he doing on a Cruise ship? 




Friday, October 10, 2014

Obamacare Cancels Almost 20,000 Kansas Health Care Plans

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Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., released a video titled "AN INTERESTING QUESTION" were he exposed his opponent, independent Greg Orman. On the video it stated that 20,000 Kansans lost their insurance because of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act.)

On the video is shows Greg Orman shaking hands with people and one man ask him about Obamacare if he will support repealing it but Greg simply said "that’s an interesting question" and then ignores the man completely.

Walmart to remove health insurance for 30,000 Employees

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Walmart said that they will be cutting the health insurance coverage for their part-time workers like what other small businesses are doing. Walmart is the United States' largest private employer. This sad news will affect 30,000 employees of Walmart and is a result of increased healthcare costs because of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This will be implemented on January 1, 2015, they will stop offering insurance to employees working less than 30 hours a week.

Sally Welborn, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president for global benefits said that "The cost of Obamacare were significant and led us to make some tough decisions."

The trend of companies cutting benefits to cut cost and save money is a concern, base on a survey from Towers Watson, 12% of companies are planning to bar healthcare coverage of spouses with similar aims to cut costs.

Francis DeYoung retired insurance professional and consultant with the Small Business Association said:
“There is such a big cost factor involved. When you are looking at a family plan and you have got to provide coverage for even 4 or 5 employees, it is a big number. There is so many uncertainties in the future and these businesses are scared to death.”

So are you still happy with your Obamacare?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Forbes: Bill Gates richest Person in the US

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Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder topped the Forbes "Richest People In America 2014" it is his 21st consecutive year in a row with a net worth of $81 billion.

According to Forbes it the 2014 list was another record year for American wealth, since the aggregate net worth of the richest 400 Americans reached $2.29 trillion, it has increased by $270 billion from last year.

This years minimum net worth to be included in the list is pretty high at $1.55 billion and because of this some 113 American billionaires failed to be listed.

Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway got the number 2 spot on the 400 with accumulated wealth of $67 billion. Larry Ellison, CEO and founder of software firm Oracle is in number 3 with $50 billion net worth. The fourth spot was a tie between brother Charles and David Koch who both got $42 billion apiece.

Christy Walton widow of John Walton who is one of the sons of the founder of Walmart Sam Walton is on 6th spot with $38 billion. Her husband John died in a plane crash. Michael Bloomberg the former New York Mayor is on 8th with $35 billion net worth.

Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is raking in money he is now the 11th richest person in the U.S. and the biggest earner his money increased by $15 billion since last year to $34 billion.

Top 10 Richest People In America 2014 List

1. Bill Gates $81 billion
2. Warren Buffett $67 billion
3. Larry Ellison $50 billion
4. Charles Koch $42 billion
4. David Koch $42 billion
6. Christy Walton & family $38 billion
7. Jim Walton $36 billion
8. Michael Bloomberg $35 billion
9. Alice Walton $34.9 billion
10. S. Robson Walton $34.8 billion

Full List: http://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar after the Company learned He lied about his Resume

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David Tovar will soon be the former Wal-Mart's vice president of corporate communications, last week he wrote a message "Farewell" with the message that he was leaving the company after 8 years of service and that he is a better person and better professional with the experience that he gain from the company, and he said that "I am leaving on good terms and Walmart has been very supportive. I am still here a few more weeks." But it turns out the reason he is leaving is because he lied about his resume. So kids remember this, it's not good lying specially about your resume. It will haunt you someday. Tovar lied about graduating from the University of Delaware in 1996.

In an interview with CNBC, he insist that it was a résumé error and it was discovered when he was under assessment that is a regular process when being promoted to senior vice president.

"As part of that process I was going through additional leadership assessment, including a battery of tests including questions about leadership, drug tests, background checks. In the background check my education was flagged—it was done by a third party company. They asked me about it, and I was 100 percent transparent."

"I got a job and never looked back. I really didn't think an art degree would matter in communications, which was the field I went into."

"Wal-Mart said they could not promote me based on what they found. I said that the more senior job is the one that what I wanted, so we agreed I would leave. I am leaving on good terms and Walmart has been very supportive. I am still here a few more weeks."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Anniversary

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Let's remember the people who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and remember the people who serve our country for our freedom!

The United States mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack. The National September 11 Museum features artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks, which is now open to the public.

Family members of those who lose loveones in the attack will be gathering on the grounds to read the names of the deceased which is a yearly event. The roll call will pause four times to mark the times when the 1st passenger plane hit the World Trade Center, then the 2nd plane struck. The 3rd pause is for when the 1st tower fell and the last when the second tower fell.

The memorial plaza will be closed to the public for most of the day and available only to family members. It will reopen at 6 p.m., at which point thousands of New Yorkers are expected to mark the anniversary at the twin reflecting pools where the towers once stood.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Healthcare.gov site Still Suffers from Glitch

People can lose their new health insurance policies if they failed to resubmit citizenship or immigration information to the government by the end of next week but with the Healthcare.gov site suffering glitches from time to time, they are having a hard time doing it.

Most of them send the information multiple times just to be sure that they are sent, and others can't access their accounts at all.

310,000 person receive letters from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking them to secure a proof of their citizenship or immigration status by September 5 or their insurance will be canceled at the end of the month. Aaron Albright of CMS said the letters were sent to consumers who have no citizenship or immigration documentation with the government. However, agents said that most of the immigrants that they have assisted has already sent the documents during enrollment. 

If you are having problems with Healthcare.gov call (800) 318-2596.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homeowners who don't have Hurricane Insurance Will have a Tremendous Headache

Homeowners don't have Hurricane Insurance and sustained damaged in their homes due to Tropical Storm Iselle which hit Hawaii will have to dig deep in their pockets to shoulder the repairs. Even if they have homeowner’s policy. Since you cannot purchase hurricane insurance once a hurricane watch or warning is announced. Also, homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover storm damage even if the hurricane status was downgraded to a tropical storm once it reached land. So that means, even if the hurricane is reclassified to a tropical storm three days before landfall, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover the damages sustained.

Check out the full news here: http://khon2.com/2014/08/18/storm-ravaged-homeowners-without-hurricane-insurance-out-of-luck/

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Russia Bans Agricultural Imports from US, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway

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Russia on Thursday August 7, 2014 announced that they will be banning imports of agricultural products and food from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway as retaliation to ill-advised Western sanctions against Russia.

Russia Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev said that they will ban importation of pork, beef, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway for one year.

Russia is one of the largest market for agricultural exports that amounted to 11.8 billion euros ($15.7 billion) in 2013. That will be a massive lost on the European economy, which is struggling with recession right now.

Russia imported $6.7 billion of meat and meat products in 2013, and most of them were imported from countries that are included in the ban like Denmark (6.6%), Germany (6.4%), USA (5.3%), and Canada (3.8%).

As for Canadian, their $500-million Russian market for pork will be hard to replace. Ireland exported €150m of food and drink to Russia in 2011, and now that market is gone. Irish economy will definitely feel the pain.

European shares dropped as an effect of this ban. In Finland, they are worried that their struggling economy is headed for disaster. 

Russia is still thinking about banning flights over Siberia that will have huge effects on European and American airlines routes to Asia.

Clearly, Barrack Obama and the European Union puppets didn't think this through. Why would you impose sanction on Russia for the Ukraine crisis? US didn't get sanctioned when they invaded Iraq. European Union should have shrugged Barrack Obama's pressure on hitting Russia just because he didn't get what he wants. Barrack Obama is like a spoiled child who throw tantrums when he don't get what he wants, and the European Union leaders are like his nannies who want to please him all the time even though their people will suffer in the end. U.S. Government should just stop sticking their nose on things that doesn't concern them. This is an epic failure on Barrack Obama's foreign policy. If the European Union goes into deep recession, they just have to look at the mirror and blame the gullible moron standing in front of them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Obamacare Premiums Rising

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California officials said that the more than 1.2 million consumers in the Obamacare insurance exchange can expect an average rise in premiums of more than 4.2% in 2015 on California's health insurance exchange.

In other major urban areas will have higher increases than the average, San Francisco had the highest average increase of 6.6%. Orange County is at 6.3%, while Los Angeles was at 4%.

You can check your coverage if it will be affected by the new rates at Covered California's online rate calculator.

The average premium increase for 2015 for the 24 states and the District of Columbia will be at around 7.5% based on the findings and analysis of PwC's Health Research Institute.

Covered California will have 10 insurers next year, including major insurers such as Blue Shield of California and WellPoint Inc.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Insurance Company Refused to pay Operation for Baby's Brain Tumor

Savannah Snodgrass

Doctors discovered a life-threatening brain tumor in the left temporal lobe of Savannah Snodgrass when she was just 4 months old and she was immediately sent to the Texas Children's Hospital. The doctors decided to observe her since she was too fragile and just too young to undergo a brain surgery. Doctors watch if the tumor is growing. Now the doctors decided to do an emergency surgery last Tuesday July 8 but it was cancelled because Superior HealthPlan Texas HMO, denied their coverage for the operation.

Her mom Tessa Snodgrass, 38 is a retired U.S. Army major, she received the letter of denial from their HMO. She told Fox news that her baby was having seizures that started last March, and was brought to the hospital after having 15 seizures in a 24-hour period.

This is a really sad news, shame on the Superior HealthPlan for making it difficult for their members to get treated. The mother said that the company's reason for denying their claim is that the Texas Children's Hospital is an out-of-network provider and they need to transfer to a new hospital in Austin, Texas which is an hour drive. This is just ridiculous. I hope the HMO company come to their senses and make things right for this angel.

Read the whole story here on Fox News.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cars that tops the JD Powers 2014 Initial Quality Study

Hyundai Accent
Highest ranked small car: Hyundai Accent

Kia Sportage
Highest ranked small SUV (tie): Kia Sportage

Nissan Juke
Nissan Juke (tie)- Highest ranked small SUV

J.D. Power and Associates conducted released their 2014 Initial Quality Study on vehicle brands and Porsche topped the list. They have also noticed the increasing number of issues in all cars overall due to new technologies.
The survey ranks brands and individual models in terms of the number of problems a vehicle incurred per 100 within the first 90 days of ownership, the fewer the better. The survey is the auto industry's number one guide for new cars quality and meet customers expectation.

Porsche which is number 1 had 74 problems per 100 vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership, followed by Jaguar in second with 87 problems. The third is Lexus with 92, and then Hyundai with 94.

You'll noticed that Hyundai has improved tremendously taking the number 4 spot, they were at 10th in 2013. Also Hyundai is considerably cheaper than the high end brands in the top 3. Hyundai’s philosophy has paid off, "Go after the big ones; make measurable improvements."

Dave Zuchowski the CEO of Hyundai Motor America said that, their stunning climb in the survey “speaks to our long-term commitment to quality.” Hyundai vehicles got 3 top awards on the JD Powers 2014 Initial Quality. Hyundai Accent got the highest ranked small car, Elantra got the highest ranked compact car, and their Genesis sedan bagged the highest ranked midsize premium car.

2014 BRAND RANKING

*Average problems per 100 vehicles of brand's whole line:
  1. Porsche 74
  2. Jaguar 87
  3. Lexus 92
  4. Hyundai 94
  5. Toyota 105
  6. Chevrolet 106
  7. Kia 106
  8. BMW 108
  9. Honda 108
  10. Lincoln 109
  11. Audi 111
  12. Chrysler 111
  13. Cadillac 115
  14. Mercedes-Benz 115
  15. Volvo 115
  16. Ford 116
  17. GMC 116
  18. Ram 116
  19. INDUSTRY AVERAGE
  20. Buick 120
  21. Nissan 120
  22. Dodge 124
  23. Land Rover 127
  24. Infiniti 128
  25. Volkswagen 128
  26. Acura 131
  27. Mini 133
  28. Subaru 138
  29. Mazda 139
  30. Scion 140
  31. Mitsubishi 145
  32. Jeep 146
  33. Fiat 206
BEST INDIVIDUAL MODELS BY TYPE

Small car: Hyundai Accent, Mazda2, Kia Rio
Compact car: Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic
Compact premium car: Lexus ES Acura TL, Acura ILX (tie), BMW 4 Series (tie)
Compact sporty car: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Volkswagen GTI, Scion tC
Compact premium sporty car: Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayman, Nissan Z
Midsize car: Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry
Midsize sporty car: Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro
Midsize premium car: Hyundai Genesis, Lincoln MKS, BMW 6 Series (tie), Lexus GS (tie), Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (tie)
Midsize premium sporty car: Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type
Large car: Kia Cadenza, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon
Large premium car: Porsche Panamera, Lexus LS, Hyundai Equus
Small SUV: Buick Encore (tie), Kia Sportage (tie), Nissan Juke (tie)
Compact SUV: GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota FJ Cruiser
Compact premium SUV: Infiniti QX50, BMW X3, Audi Q5
Compact MPV: Mazda5, Kia Soul, Ford C-Max
Midsize SUV: Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe (tie) Nissan Murano (tie)
Midsize premium SUV: Lincoln MKX, Porsche Cayenne, Infiniti QX70
Midsize pickup: Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier (tie) Toyota Tacoma (tie)
Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan
Large SUV: Chevrolet Suburban (tie) GMC Yukon (tie), Chevrolet Tahoe
Large premium SUV: Infiniti QX80, Cadillac Escalade
Large light-duty pickup: Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra, Ram 1500
Large heavy-duty pickup: Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD





Monday, June 23, 2014

Car insurance Guide

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If you want to save on your Car Insurance you need to do your research and compare each of them. Insurance premiums are rising, it is up by 10% since 2008 which is big since before 2008 auto insurance premiums average increase is just 1% annually.

Most companies uses credit-based insurance scores to determine premiums. So if you have bad credits, you will have higher insurance premiums. Some companies even use firms that mine databases for personal policyholder information, insurance companies can use it to look for your personal information about your family, your marriage, your work and other information that is relevant and could increase your risks level this could lead to higher premiums.

There are insurance companies that requires their policyholders to have their car restored at their accredited repair shops so that they can cut cost. Some of them even use cheap aftermarket replacement parts.

There are factors that you don't have the power to change however, there are still ways to cut on your premiums for your auto insurance coverage.

1. Regularly (every 6 months) check rates from other insurance companies by getting quote from them online or by other means. However, if you have been with the same insurance company for a long time. They usually gives discount for longevity so your premiums with them will be hard to beat.

You can use Insurance Premiums comparison site to compare premiums. You can check out www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm to find a link to your state's agency. If you live in California use this link:

https://interactive.web.insurance.ca.gov/survey/survey?type=autoSurvey&event=autoStart

If you also compare through Answer Financial, Insure.com, InsWeb, and NetQuote. Sometimes you will not get an immediate results but they will email you the quote.

2. Check the background of the insurance company through research online, because some company charge less premiums but they will low-ball and cut corners when your car needs repairs. Some companies also increase premiums too much after an accident.

3. Your deductible should be just the right amount. If you choose a high deductible you will have a lower premium however you will have higher out of pocket cost when you have a claim. However, if you have a good driving record and you travel less having a higher deductible will be a good move.

4. The liability coverage covers property damage and bodily injuries that you caused in an event of an accident. If you reduce this and had an accident it can hurt you financially. Make sure that you purchase the standard coverage $100,000 per person for bodily injury, $300,000 per accident, and property damage up to $100,000.

5. Protect yourself from uninsured drivers make sure that your plan have uninsured/underinsured motorist protection. If you got hit by an uninsured driver you will be the one to pay for the damages and suit the driver who hit you in court to recoup what you paid for which will take time and more money.

6. If you are driving an old car and the yearly cost of your premiums equals or over 10% of your car's book value, just let go of the collision or comprehensive coverage. You will be paying more in premiums than what you will get to repair or replace your car.

7. If you have two cars, don't get the rental-reimbursement coverage.

8. If you have auto-club membership remove the roadside assistance coverage.

9. If you have a reliable health coverage then you don't have to get the personal-injury protection and medical-payments coverage.

10. Make sure that your Auto Insurance company will use shop that you trust and use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.

11. Always ask for discounts. Insurance companies usually gives discount if you also buy your other insurance from them like life-insurance or homeowners insurance.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Life insurance For New Parents

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We want the best for our children however, we cannot predict the future and in an event of an untimely death there will be tons of financial headache like  medical bills, funeral bills, or home mortgages. Don't worry you can plan ahead and have a financial safety net to ensure there’s money available for these expenses. Life insurance can be your safety cushion to save you from this financial disaster.

There are two kinds of Life insurance policy, Term insurance and Whole Life Insurance (permanent insurance or universal insurance).

Term insurance - insurance gives you coverage at a fixed rate of payments for a limited period of time. You pay premium for 10 years or 20 years and it entitles you to a specific amount of money. In an event that the policyholder dies during the policy term the beneficiaries are entitled to the payout.

After that period term expires any premiums paid are lost. However, there are policies that allows they term insurance to be extended but the coverage at the previous rate of premiums is no longer guaranteed.

This insurance is cheaper than the Whole Life Insurance.

Whole Life Insurance - this gives you coverage for the duration of your life. It also acts as a savings where the policyholder can access a portion of the money paid as premiums when it is needed.

Whole Life Insurance premiums are higher than Term insurance.

To make sure you do not overpay for an insurance, since the insurance agent may oversell you their products that you don't need use Life Happens insurance calculator to compute your life insurance needs.

Another tip, life insurance is cheaper while you are younger.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Need Auto Insurance? Go to Comparenow.com to compare prices

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Value for money is our ultimate goal, and every cents counts. If you can get the same topnotch service for less price you will definitely grab it. All insurance company promise that they offer the lowest price and that you can save money on your car insurance if you buy their insurance. How can you know for sure if you don't compare it with other insurance company. Going to one Insurance company website to another will take so much time since there are about 400 insurance companies in the US.

You can use Comparenow.com to get an instant auto insurance quote for your car by signing up for a free account and entering the basic information that insurance providers need to calculate their coverage costs.

Comparenow.com can help you search for the car insurance that will really saves you money. All you have to do is go to their website, enter your zipcode and click on "Start Comparing". It will then ask you for information about the car and how you use it. Then it will ask you for your address, and other information. Then it will ask you about the car's current coverage. Then after that it will ask you to create a log in using your email address.

Once you have an account you will be asked to Select the package that best meets your coverage needs and then they wil retrieve your quote. Your coverages can be customized by clicking on the "Customize Coverages" link. Then it will ask you to wait for 30 seconds as they retrieve your quote.

The great thing about Comparenow.com, you can get the insurance that will give you the most value for your money. However, please do note that most of the time the insurance companies  cannot offer a quote immediately since they need more time to process your information. What will happen is that they will email you your quotes.

Comparenow is doing what other online price comparison websites like Priceline.com is doing, get shoppers that wants value for their money.

Comparenow is owned by Admiral Group PLC, which is a British insurance company they also owns Henrico-based auto insurer Elephant Insurance Services LLC.

Other price comparison websites for car insurance is AutoInsurance.com which has partnered with Walmart.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Obamacare sign-ups on track to hit 7M as website stalls

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HealthCare.gov which is the official website for U.S. consumers to enroll in private health insurance under Obamacare encountered technical issues twice on Monday due to huge surge of people accessing the website before the midnight deadline to sign up for coverage.

More than 6 million people had signed up for a private health coverage through the new Obamacare insurance market. It surpass the target set after a disastrous October rollout. Experts said that if the surge continues, they may exceed the original goal of 7 million.

There were times that there are more than 125,000 people using HealthCare.gov at once, thus straining it beyond its capacity.

President Barrack Obama has aggressively courting healthy 18 to 34 years, but there are reports that most of the enrollees are 35 and older.

McKinsey & Company also shows that 27% of the enrollees were previously uninsured and that roughly 75% of those who signed up for private insurance under ObamaCare have paid their premiums.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Highest and Lowest Insurance for 2014 Vehicle Model

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Insure.com has released the survey for the highest and lowest insurance rates for the 2014 model cars. They use information from the 6 leading insurance companies in all 50 states.

Jeep Wrangler Sport topped the cheapest 2014 models to insure at $1,080 annually while the Nissan GT-R Track Edition is the priciest 2014 model to insure at $3,169.

By states, the highest average insurance rates are Michigan which is number 1 then followed by West Virginia, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island. While the five states with the cheapest average rates is headed by Ohio followed by Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho and Iowa.

Cheapest 2014 models to insure:


  1. Jeep Wrangler Sport - $1,080
  2. Honda Odyssey LX  - $1,103
  3. Jeep Patriot Sport - $1,104
  4. Honda CR-V LX - $1,115
  5. Jeep Compass Sport - $1,140
  6. Chrysler Town & Country Touring - $1,140
  7. Subaru Outback 2.5i - $1,144
  8. Dodge Journey SE - $1,149
  9. Honda Odyssey EX - $1,149
  10. Dodge Grand Caravan SE - $1,158

Priciest 2014 models to insure:


  1. Nissan GT-R Track Edition - $3,169
  2. BMW M6 - $3,065
  3. Mercedes-Benz CL550 4Matic AWD - $3,019
  4. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT - $2,986
  5. Porsche Panamera Turbo S - $2,970
  6. Audi R8 5.2 Spyder Quattro - $2,917
  7. Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG - $2,887
  8. Audi A8 L 6.3 Quattro - $2,869
  9. Jaguar XKR Supercharged - $2,854
  10. Jaguar XK - $2,610

10 States with the Lowest average auto insurance rates:

  1. Ohio ($926)
  2. Maine ($964)
  3. New Hampshire (963)
  4. Idaho ($1,053)
  5. Iowa ($1,058)
  6. North Carolina ($1,060)
  7. Wisconsin ($1,087)
  8. Virginia ($1,114)
  9. Vermont ($1,149)
  10. New York ($1,173)


Source: Insure.com

Friday, February 14, 2014

260,000 Vehicles recalled by Toyota US

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NEW YORK - After recalling Prius hybrids last Wednesday Toyota are now recalling another 260,000 cars and pickup trucks in the United States Friday because of electrical problems that may caused faulty breaks.

This will affect Lexus RX350s and Toyota Tacomas for the model years 2013 and 2012, also included are Rav4 2012 stated in the report by the US National Transportation Safety Board.

The faulty electrical component of the brake actuator in the brake system of the vehicles has the tendency to malfunction that would turn on warning lights for the stability control, braking and traction control systems.

If that happens the system will malfunction and will no longer operate that can cause crash.

Last Wednesday February 12, 2014 Toyota notify owners in Japan that they will recall 1.9 million Prius hybrid cars after the uncovering some problems with software used to control a power converter.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bitcoin Crashes, Withdrawals Frozen

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There were whispers of uncertainties about Bitcoin even when they were soaring, there are a hint of doubts. However, some people who wants to get rich quick disregard the red flags and were too eager to jump to invest in the cryptocurrency.

The bitcoin crashed, which is its 3rd in recent months, that leaves investors wondering if this is the end of the once promising currency.

The crash was a result of an oversight made by Tokyo based MtGox, which is the largest exchange. They allowed bitcoins to be traded for traditional currency. Then they hold the accounts of all its customers and stop their operations when the company discovered an unfortunate glitch.

MtGox said in a statement: “A bug in the bitcoin software makes it possible for someone to use the Bitcoin network to alter transaction details to make it seem like a sending of bitcoins to a bitcoin wallet did not occur when in fact it did occur.”

Which means the bug permit someone to get additional bitcoin currency and it may be use to exploit the system for fraud. They also said that the flaw in the bitcoin standard allowed fraudulent cancellations of completed transactions.

The currency value dropped by 20%. After hanging in the range of $900 to $1,000 for most of 2014, Bitcoin prices plummets to as low as $500 before recovering slightly to around $700 on Monday.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Congressional Budget Office: Obamacare Will result to Loss of 2 million Jobs, Shrink the Economy

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Last Tuesday the Congressional Budget Office said that the Obamacare or healthcare law will diminish work hours that is equivalent to 2 million full-time jobs in 2017.

The latest U.S. fiscal outlook which is a non-partisan CBO indicated that the Obamacare will affect the workforce of the country particularly those who are in the lower income bracket. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said that workers will limit their hours so that they will not lose federal subsidies that is provided by the law to help pay for health insurance and other healthcare costs.

The country will feel its impact in 2017 owing to the fact that major provisions of Obamacare

The biggest impact would begin in 2017, CBO said, because major provisions of the law will have started by then. They said that on 2024 the work hours will shrunk by equivalent of 2.5 million jobs.

He further said, "The act creates a disincentive for people to work."

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis that the law will not lay off workers but people will choose not to work because of this provision.

"As a result ... that (lower) labor supply lowers economic growth," Ryan said.

Elmendorf answered: "Yes, that's right."

Ryan added that this would mean that few people would be joining the middle class.

"It's adding insult to injury," he said. "As the welfare state expands, the incentive to work declines meaning grow the government, you shrink the economy."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama's Fact Check Highlights Misstatements in Speech



I've stumble upon an interesting article by Calvin Woodward AP, talking about misstatements made by Barrack Obama on his State of Union address. He gave his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington,last Tuesday January 28, 2014.

My take about the article is I don't think retiring baby boomers is that significant and it is not the same as unemployed. In reality, most of Americans wants to find full time job but can't, because of the continues exporting of jobs to other countries. 

check out the article after the jump!




WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he's bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later.


So it went Tuesday night, when he declared Medicare premiums have stayed flat thanks to the law, when they've gone up. As for an even bigger theme of his State of the Union address, the president's assertion that "upward mobility has stalled" in America runs contrary to recent research, while other findings support him.

A look at some of the facts and political circumstances behind his claims, along with a glance at the Republican response to his speech:

OBAMA: "Because of this (health care) law, no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. And we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat, and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors."

THE FACTS: He's right that insurers can no longer turn people down because of medical problems, and they can't charge higher premiums to women because of their sex. The law also lowered costs for seniors with high prescription drug bills. But Medicare's monthly premium for outpatient care has gone up in recent years.

Although the basic premium remained the same this year at $104.90, it increased by $5 a month in 2013, up from $99.90 in 2012. Obama's health care law also raised Medicare premiums for upper-income beneficiaries, and both the president and Republicans have proposed to expand that.

Finally, the degree to which the health care law improved Medicare finances is hotly debated. On paper, the program's giant trust fund for inpatient care gained more than a decade of solvency because of cuts to service providers required under the health law. But in practice those savings cannot simultaneously be used to expand coverage for the uninsured and shore up Medicare.

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OBAMA: "Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled."

THE FACTS: The most recent evidence suggests that mobility hasn't worsened. A team of economists led by Harvard's Raj Chetty released a study last week that found the United States isn't any less socially mobile than it was in the 1970s. Looking at children born between 1971 and 1993, the economists found that the odds of a child born in the poorest 20 percent of families making it into the top 20 percent hasn't changed.

"We find that children entering the labor market today have the same chances of moving up in the income distribution (relative to their parents) as children born in the 1970s," the authors said.

Still, other research has found that the United States isn't as mobile a society as most Americans would like to believe. In a study of 22 countries, economist Miles Corak of the University of Ottawa found that the United States ranked 15th in social mobility. Only Italy and Britain among wealthy countries ranked lower. By some measures, children in the United States are as likely to inherit their parents' economic status as their height.

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OBAMA: "We'll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer.  But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible."

THE FACTS: Cutting rules and regulations doesn't address what's holding up most transportation projects, which is lack of money. The federal Highway Trust Fund will run out of money in August without action. To finance infrastructure projects, Obama wants Congress to raise taxes on businesses that keep profits or jobs overseas, but that idea has been a political nonstarter.

The number of projects affected by the administration's efforts to cut red tape is relatively small, said Joshua Schank, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a think tank. "The reason most of these projects are delayed is they don't have enough money. So it's great that you are expediting the review process, but the review process isn't the problem. The problem is we don't have enough money to invest in our infrastructure in the first place."

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OBAMA: "More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage."

THE FACTS: That's not to say 9 million more Americans have gained insurance under the law.

The administration says about 6 million people have been determined to be eligible for Medicaid since Oct. 1 and an additional 3 million roughly have signed up for private health insurance through the new markets created by the health care law. That's where Obama's number of 9 million comes from. But it's unclear how many in the Medicaid group were already eligible for the program or renewing existing coverage.

Likewise, it's not known how many of those who signed up for private coverage were previously insured. A large survey released last week suggests the numbers of uninsured gaining coverage may be smaller. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. That would translate to roughly 2 million to 3 million newly insured people since the law's coverage expansion started Jan. 1.

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OBAMA: "In the coming weeks, I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour, because if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty."

THE FACTS: This would be a hefty boost in the federal minimum wage, now $7.25, but not many would see it.

Most employees of federal contractors already earn more than $10.10. About 10 percent of those workers, roughly 200,000, might be covered by the higher minimum wage. But there are several wrinkles. The increase would not take effect until 2015 at the earliest and it doesn't apply to existing federal contracts, only new ones. Renewed contracts also will be exempt from Obama's order unless other terms of the agreement change, such as the type of work or number of employees needed.

Obama also said he'll press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage overall. He tried that last year, seeking a $9 minimum, but Congress didn't act.

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REP. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS of Washington, in her prepared Republican response: "Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one. Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the president's policies are making people's lives harder."

THE FACTS: She leaves out a significant factor in the high number of people who aren't looking for jobs: Baby boomers are retiring.

It's true that a large part of the still-high unemployment rate is due to weak job creation in a slowly recovering economy. There are roughly three people seeking every job opening. But one big reason people aren't seeking employment is that there are so many boomers — the generation born in the immediate aftermath of World War II — and therefore more than the usual number of retirements.

sources: http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-obama-medicare-premiums-035611405--politics.html

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Take on ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act)



Jimmy Kimmel live opening monologue is about ObamaCare, he ridiculed the young people who are supporting the Law since they will be the one to be disadvantaged. Check out the video clip above.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Accenture is now the lead contractor for Obamacare website HealthCare.gov

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Reuters recently reported that the Obama government awarded Accenture as the lead contractor for the Obamacare enrollment website. They will be replacing CGI Federal, which encountered  a lot of failures and bugs when they launched the website HealthCare.gov in October for millions of Americans shopping for health insurance. This was announced by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Saturday.

When CGI build the website HealthCare.gov it was riddled with errors, slow speeds, and glitches that gave President Barack Obama a lot of problems and gave Republican another reason to repeal Obamacare.

CGI Federal announced last Friday that its contract that was awarded in 2011, will end on February 28, and would not be renewed.

Accenture said the contract was worth $45 million for the initial phase of the project, and the final value of the one-year contract would be about $90 million.

March 31 is the deadline for signing up for a 2014 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Accenture will need to be ready and take on the surge of last-minute sign-ups.