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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Obama Care Enrollee Average Monthly Premium Increased 23% This Year

(17 Mar 2015) For 2015, the average monthly premium increased to $364 from $346 (5.2%). The average taxpayer subsidy decreased to $263 from $264. The average enrollee net monthly premium increased to $101 from $82 (23.2%). (Sources: 10 Mar 2015 Dept. Of Health & Human Services, 17 Mar National Center for Policy Analysis)

If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan, You Can Keep It ... Or Maybe Not

(17 Mar 2015) In Colorado, more than 340,000 have had their policies cancelled because of Obama Care. Now, the state insurance commissioner has confirmed another 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because their plans fail to comply with Obama Care. (Source: 14 Mar 2015 Washington Times)

Young People In U.S. Last In Math Scores Among Developed Nations

(17 Mar 2015) In a test given in 23 countries to people aged 16 to 65, scores for Americans 16 to 34 years were very low. Literacy scores were: Japan 305, average 282, U.S. 274 (only 3 countries were lower). Math scores were: Finland 295, average 276, U.S. 255 (lowest). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))

$455 Billion In Medicare Cuts To Help Pay For Obama Care

(15 Mar 2015) Medicare spending will be cut $455 billion cut over the next 10 years to help fund Obama Care. Most of the Medicare cuts will be achieved by reducing fees paid to doctors and hospitals. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

USDA Has 15 Food Assistance Programs That Cost $109 Billion In FY 2013

(15 Mar 2015) The Dept. of Agriculture has 15 food assistance programs that cost $108.9 billion in fiscal 2013. The average participants were: food stamps (SNAP) 47.6 million; School Lunch 30.6 million; School Breakfast 13.1 million; and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 8.7 million. (Source: Feb 2014 Dept. of Agriculture)

Social Security Is A Terrible Retirement Plan

(15 Mar 2015) If my Social Security taxes had been placed in a private account and earned only 4.48% per year, the current monthly income would be equal to the monthly after-tax payment I receive. When I die, my heirs would receive $340,000. Instead, they will receive nothing from Social Security.

National Public Debt Continues To Soar

(8 Mar 2015) During the 73 full months of Czar Obama's reign, the national public debt increased by $7.52 trillion to $18.16 trillion, at an annual rate of $1.24 trillion. The increase in the last 12 months was $0.69 trillion. During Bush's 95 full months, the debt increased $4.98 trillion at an annual rate of $0.63 trillion. Obama's rate is 1.96 times Bush's. Bush was bad ... Obama is horrible.

Czar Obama Wants Higher Costs To Transport Oil Rather Than XL Pipeline

(8 Mar 2015) Oil shipments by rail increased from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to 500,000 in 2014, driven by production in North Dakota and Montana, where pipeline limitations force 70% of the crude to move by rail. Ruptures and fires have prompted Czar Obama to consider requiring upgrades such as thicker tanks, shields to prevent tankers from crumpling, rollover protections and electronic brakes that could make cars stop simultaneously, rather than slam into each other. (Sources: Association of American Railroads, 6 Mar 2015 Fox News)

Amtrak Has Never Made A Profit

(8 Mar 2015) Amtrak started operating in 1971, receiving $40 million in federal taxpayer subsidies. Amtrak claimed it would reach the break-even point by 1974. Amtrak has never reached break-even in any year. Since 1981, Amtrak has been required to end its food / beverage service losses, but the law has not been enforced. From fiscal year 2006 through 2012, the food / beverage service lost $609 million. Amtrak sells hamburgers for $9.50 that cost $16.15. (Sources: Amtrak Inspector General, 26 Feb 2015 Daily Signal)

Less Than 1% Of Vehicles Sold Were All-Electrics Or Hybrids

(3 Mar 2015) In 2014, only 0.6% of the 12.5 million vehicles sold in Europe were all-electrics or hybrids. (Source: 3 Mar 2015 Associated Press)

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