Rules To Waste The Land:

Three little rules today -- two of them from Health and Human Services, a foreshadowing of the increased importance it will take on in every little aspect of your life from now on.

#1:  The first rule has to do with ensuring that abortions are paid for by, well, you.
The Department of Health and Human Services this month issued a final rule regarding the exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance coverage that includes elective abortion through a direct abortion subsidy.   
To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a separate $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment, and insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing the abortion surcharge.
H/t D29, who also links the actual rule.  My favorite part of it is the part where HHS asked for public comments:
A large number of commenters offered feedback on proposed §156.280... We considered the comments received on this section, and are finalizing the provisions of proposed §156.280 without modification....
Well, naturally.

#2:  'You know what would be really neat?  It'd be neat if we could take your Federal tax dollars, and use them to lobby state and local governments to raise your taxes.  It's like a feedback loop!

'Too bad it appears to be illegal... but that's a temporary problem we will ignore for now.  Perhaps we'll ask some future, compliant Congress to fix the law later... but we may not bother, since we are the ones who decide when to enforce the laws.'

#3:  Remember how, when you were a kid, you used to love to go swimming at the public pool on hot summer days?
On Jan. 31 of this year, DOJ granted the industry's call for a clarification: But it was not the answer they wanted. All 300,000 public pools in the United States must install a permanent fixed lift. The deadline for compliance is tomorrow, March 15....
There is no way all 300,000 pools can install permanent lifts by Thursday. There simply are not enough lifts in existence or enough people who know how to install them, according to industry spokesmen. Plus, each lift costs between $3,000 and $10,000 and installation can add $5,000 to $10,000 to the total. 
So what happens tomorrow when a disabled individual checks into a Holiday Inn and finds no lift at the pool? The Obama DOJ has said it will not be enforcing the new guidelines right away. That means no fines from the government, for now. 
But the ADA also empowered citizens to sue businesses that are not in compliance with DOJ guidelines. The result will be a huge payday for enterprising trial lawyers everywhere.
Officially, the Constitution empowers Congress to issue letters of marque and reprisal.  Maybe we're now issuing them to trial lawyers, for use against American citizens.


raven said...

Like vermin everywhere, they try to hide. In this case by hiding where the dollar goes. Hey Mr. Jones, YOUR dollar just helped fund killing someones baby! I know you tried for years to have kids of your own, and a few of them were conceived but died in childbirth or were stillborn or miscarried or premature and lived only a day or two clinging to life by a single breath - but HEY- NO HARD FEELINGS Mr. Jones.

Scum, slime, garbage, manure, all these things are good and proper and have a place in the universe. These things masquerading as human flesh are assassins of the soul. Look into their eyes and see the vortex of hell.

“Power is power over human beings, over the body; but above all over the mind… The real power; the power we have to fight for night and day is not power over things but over men. How does one man assert his power over another… by making him suffer… Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation… We shall crush you down to the point from which there is no coming back… You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves… The more the party is powerful the less it will be tolerant; the weaker the opposition the tighter the despotism… Always we shall have the heretic at our mercy, screaming with pain, broken up, contemptible; and in the end utterly penitent, saved from himself, crawling to our feet of his own accord. That is the world that we are preparing… If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.” George Orwell – 1984

Miss Ladybug said...

If every insurance policy in these exchanges are required to charge the fee, all it takes is someone to well-publicize this requirement to make it known. As to fixing the rule, well, once people know they are being forced into this, maybe enough of us will figure out elections have consequences and throw the socialist-statists out on their backsides...

Grim said...

If I understand the rule, there is supposed to be one abortion-free plan available in each exchange. However, you have to know to ask for it, since (a) the disclosure of the fee is made only at entry, in amongst all the other piles of forms associated with the plan, and (b) the fee is not to be spelled out as a part of the cost.

What I'm not sure about is what the differences will be in these exchange plans. So, for example, let's say there's one abortion-free plan; but it mimics the abortion-enabling plan that is the least-good (and perhaps cheapest) option that the exchange offers. If your insurance needs may be higher, you could be forced into one of the abortion-enabling plans.

As to whether the people will get smart, well, we'll see. My sense is that we're at an impasse here: a certain percentage of the population sees abortion as a moral horror, a roughly similar percentage sees it as an inviolable sacrament, and the rest of the population just wants to know what's in it for them. (Free stuff! Sign here.)

raven said...

As for the ones who think abortion is a right, and proper, I would venture this- when they are told they MUST have an abortion, they may like it less.- Make no mistake , the end goal is total control over each individuals body and mind.

"I am sorry Mrs. Manutti, your baby has a 50% chance of being abnormal. We are going to have to abort it. What's that? You don't want to abort baby? I'm sorry Mrs. Manutti, under these circumstances there is no way our health care can cover any of the birth or related expenses of baby."
These bastards are going to use the IRS, and the threat of catastrophic costs, to lever each person into the desired slot. Our "healthcare" is designed as a control instrument.