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Because of Amnesty, the IRS Will Now Perform a Special Favor for Illegals that Will Cost You Big Time

Because of Amnesty, the IRS Will Now Perform a Special Favor for Illegals that Will Cost You Big Time

American Prosperity News Network

Just like like the God-awful Affordable Care Act, Obama’s Executive Order to give millions of illegals amnesty is packed full of hidden surprises.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen only recently told Congress illegals would not be getting refunds. But in what seems to be an unexpected “change of mind,” he informed Congress the opposite is true.

It’s been revealed by the IRS illegals who are offered amnesty will be entitled to a refund… even though they didn’t pay taxes. For years illegals have robbed the taxpayers of tax money through special government programs for illegals, but now, because of Obama’s executive order, they’re going to be getting even more of your tax dollars.

All of this will happen when the illegal aliens are given new Social Security numbers as provided by the Obama administration.

You can be sure with this policy in effect there’s going to be yet another call for higher taxes to help cover the expense.

Koskinen said the President didn’t consult the IRS about the ripple effects of his amnesty policy.

Well, that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. After years saying he wasn’t a king, and didn’t have the authority to pass legislation, Obama went ahead and usurped power from the congress and got what he wanted by means of executive order.

House Republicans (who seem to be the only ones with fortitude these days) have resisted the executive order. Republican members from Ohio even penned a letter and sent it to Obama protesting his move.

“While we may disagree about whether your deferred action programs were lawfully created and implemented, we are confident that we can all agree that these programs cannot be permitted to impair the integrity of our election,” they wrote.

And this will really tick people off… Koskinen has even hinted illegals will be able to file for back-credits. As The Washington Times writes:

He also clarified his testimony to the Senate last week, where he acknowledged illegal immigrants who had paid taxes using substitute Social Security numbers but who gain real Social Security numbers when they are approved for the amnesty can apply for back-refunds of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

On Wednesday, he said even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to apply for back-credits once they get Social Security numbers.

The EITC is a refundable tax credit, which means those who don’t have any tax liability can still get money back from the government.

Under the new program, if you get a Social Security number and you work, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Mr. Koskinen said.

 He said that would apply even “if you did not file” taxes, as long as the illegal immigrant could demonstrate having worked off-the-books during those years.

The insanity of it all boggles the mind.

With as many as 4 million illegals expected to be covered by the amnesty order, and with the average credit being $500-$600 you can be sure every single dime of that money will come out of your federal taxes.

It’s just one more illegal and unconstitutional program you and every other red-blooded American is being forced to pay against your will.

Yet again Obama has defied his oath of office and the American people suffer because of his illegal activity.

Alert: Who Should We Trust, Parents or the State

ALERT:

Who Should We Trust, Parents or the State?

American Family Association of Indiana                                                                               February 23, 2015; 9:00 a,m,

There is a disturbing bill concerning vaccination policy in the Indiana House of Representatives. House Bill 1359 passed the Health Committee last week.  It is unacceptable as written.

HB 1359 is a major policy shift away from parents and local schools, over to the Indiana Department of Health in Indianapolis.

HB 1359 gives the Indiana Department of Health new powers over medical matters best left up to parents and their local physician.

HB 1359 seeks universal vaccination for a disease that is not easily communicable or carried as an airborne pathogen. This makes it very different from measles or mumps.

HB 1359 will push parents to vaccinate young pre-teen children for a sexually transmitted disease.  Such sensitive decisions are best left up to parents and their local family physician.

Current policies respect the decision making process of parents concerning sexually transmitted diseases and the values that such matters understandably involve.

This is not a debate over common vaccines.  However, the new HPV vaccines, which HB 1359 promotes, are very controversial and have legitimate medical questions surrounding their effectiveness and safety.

Current laws on vaccinations, and informing parents about their importance, are sufficient.  HB 1359 is not needed. It gives the Indiana Department of Health broad new powers in this arena.  HB 1359 is unacceptable in its current form.

Please Contact Your Representative in the Indiana House before they vote on this legislation later today.

You can call the House switchboard at 317-232-9600.

You can find your State Representative here:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Harvard Profs Taste Their Own Obamacare Medicine; Don’t Like It

Bob Allen

Obamacare has come to the Harvard Profs and they are angry at having to suffer under their own “genius.”

Harvard

I know I shouldn’t laugh… I really shouldn’t. It’s simply sad, but… it provides me with at least a tiny ray of hope that perhaps… just perhaps… a few of them with finally awaken from their mental captivity to nonsense. I know… it’s a long-shot, but I can hope.

From the New York Times: “Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard.”

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.

The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?

“Harvard is a microcosm of what’s happening in health care in the country,” said David M. Cutler, a health economist at the university who was an adviser to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. But only up to a point: Professors at Harvard have until now generally avoided the higher expenses that other employers have been passing on to employees. That makes the outrage among the faculty remarkable, Mr. Cutler said, because “Harvard was and remains a very generous employer.”

This is what happens when Ivory Tower Progressive Unicorn fantasies meet the hard and unforgiving road of economic and human reality.

The Harvard faculty screams: No! We will not live in the real world! Not fair! Give us back our illusions! This reality does not match up with our academic theories and the strong delusion which drives us onward!

 

Anthem Canceling 30,000 Individual Health Policies for Hoosiers

IJB.com October 31, 2014 J.K. Wall

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is canceling the policies of about 30,000 Hoosiers and asking them to switch over to new health plans that comply with Obamacare’s rules.

That change could cause some customers’ premiums to spike while at the same time limiting their choices of hospitals and doctors.

For the past few months, the Indianapolis-based health insurer has been sending out notices to holders of individual insurance policies who renewed their coverage before Dec. 31, 2013. Such early renewals allowed Anthem customers to continue coverage under pre-Obamacare rules.

The Obama administration has said these so-called transitional policies can continue until as late as 2016. But an Anthem spokesman said the insurer chose to end them now due to what it perceived as modest demand.

“Because only 25 percent of our individual members renewed early, we made the business decision to not extend these non-compliant plans into 2015,” wrote Anthem spokesman Tony Felts in an email.

By contrast, about two-thirds of Anthem’s small-employer customers early-renewed their plans in 2013, and Anthem will keep those plans in place for 2015, Felts said.

Another factor, according to health insurance brokers, was that Anthem was struggling to provide customer service to both pre-Obamacare and post-Obamacare plans.

The cancellation of pre-Obamacare policies can lead to a big run-up in premiums—at least for some customers.

Obamacare required all individual insurance policies to cover a list of 10 essential health benefits and to pay for at least 60 percent of all expected medical costs. In addition, Obamacare no longer allows insurers to charge customers more or less based on their health status—other than whether they smoke.

Obamacare also requires insurers to charge their oldest customers no more than three times as much as their youngest customers. Before the law, the oldest customers were often charged five or six times more.

Anthem’s premiums for 2015 for its individual Obamacare policies will be on average 50 percent higher than its individual premiums were in 2013.

Tony Nefouse, a local health insurance broker, said most of his clients having their Anthem policies canceled are not eligible for the tax credits Obamacare makes available to low- and moderate-income households. So they are getting hit with premium increases of 15 percent to 20 percent.

“Nobody wants that,” Nefouse said. “If you’re in that middle class and you don’t qualify for tax credits, you have to make some major decisions.”

The other big change for customers having their policies canceled is that, if they remain with Anthem, their choice of doctors and hospitals will shrink. Unlike its pre-Obamacare policies, Anthem’s Obamacare policies exclude the state’s three largest hospital systems—Indiana University Health, St. Vincent Health and Franciscan Alliance—as well as many physicians.

Anthem is by far the state’s largest provider of individual insurance policies, which are sold directly to families or individuals, rather than through employers, where the majority of Hoosiers obtain health coverage.

According to filings with the Indiana Department of Insurance, Anthem has about 159,000 individual insurance customers—up nearly one-third from a year ago. About 112,000 of those customers hold Obamacare-compliant plans.

It’s not clear how many other insurers are canceling the “transitional” health plans that were early-renewed in 2013.

Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare said it is moving fewer than 40 policyholders that have “legacy” plans over to Obamacare-compliant plans. But other than that, it is allowing its customers that early-renewed their plans in 2013 to stay on them for 2015.

“We are not canceling anyone’s coverage and no one currently covered by a UnitedHealthcare individual and family plan in Indiana is losing their coverage in 2015,” wrote UnitedHealthcare spokeswoman Ellen Laden in an email.

A year ago, it encouraged its policyholders to renew early because UnitedHealthcare exited the Indiana individual market for 2014. But now UnitedHealthcare is coming back, offering Obamacare-compliant plans on the Obamacare exchange and off the exchange.

UnitedHealthcare has about 16,000 individual customers, according to its filings with the Indiana Insurance Department.

In addition, New York-based Assurant Inc. said it will allow some of its roughly 12,000 Indiana customers to remain in their pre-Obamacare plans until 2016.

Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations

Posted 4/1/2010 8:53 PM  By Alison Young, USA TODAY

The Obama administration has quietly scrapped plans to enact sweeping new federal quarantine regulations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted four years ago as critical to protecting Americans from dangerous diseases spread by travelers.

The regulations, proposed in 2005 during the Bush administration amid fears of avian flu, would have given the federal government additional powers to detain sick airline passengers and those exposed to certain diseases. They also would have expanded requirements for airlines to report ill passengers to the CDC and mandated that airlines collect and maintain contact information for fliers in case they later needed to be traced as part of an investigation into an outbreak.

Airline and civil liberties groups, which had opposed the rules, praised their withdrawal.

The Air Transport Association had decried them as imposing “unprecedented” regulations on airlines at costs they couldn’t afford. “We think that the CDC was right to withdraw the proposed rule,” association spokeswoman Elizabeth Merida said Thursday.

The American Civil Liberties Union had objected to potential passenger privacy rights violations and the proposal’s “provisional quarantine” rule. That rule would have allowed the CDC to detain people involuntarily for three business days if the agency believed they had certain diseases: pandemic flu, infectious tuberculosis, plague, cholera, SARS, smallpox, yellow fever, diphtheria or viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.

“The fact that they’re backing away from this very coercive style of quarantine is good news,” said ACLU legislative counsel Christopher Calabrese, who was unaware the proposed rules had been withdrawn.

CDC officials had stressed the rules would only be used in rare circumstances when someone posed a threat and refused to cooperate. The new rules, they noted at the time, added legal protections and appeals for those subject to quarantines.

CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC’s parent agency, withdrew the proposed regulations after discussion across the government made it clear that “further revision and reconsideration is necessary to update the regulations.”

HHS and the CDC are crafting new regulations that will incorporate public health lessons learned since 2005, Pearson said in the statement. She did not elaborate and referred questions to HHS. HHS spokeswoman Vicki Rivas-Vazquez said late Thursday the department had no further comment.

Last June, after the H1N1, or swine flu, pandemic emerged, the White House Office of Management and Budget received the final rules for review, records show. HHS withdrew the proposed regulations Jan. 20 — after more than four years of refining them and reviewing public comments.

Jennifer Nuzzo, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Biosecurity, said the rapid worldwide spread of swine flu showed flaws in the proposed regulations’ premise.

“They probably learned during H1N1 that this hope of preventing diseases from entering the country by stationing people at airports is unrealistic,” she said.

In 2007, after an Atlanta man with drug-resistant tuberculosis drew international attention to the potential risks posed by infected air travelers, CDC Director Julie Gerberding testified before Congress that the proposed regulations would improve the agency’s ability to identify exposed passengers quickly. Gerberding, now president of Merck Vaccines, was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Even in the Bush administration, some were skeptical of the CDC’s 2005 proposal, said Stewart Baker, assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. “There were a lot of questions about how plausible it was to treat airports as a place where you could stop and inspect and quarantine people,” Baker said Thursday.

Ebola Hits America

By Judson Phillips,  Washington Times , October 1, 2014

Barack Obama may be the only one in America surprised that the deadly Ebola virus has arrived in America.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that a man in Dallas was diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Despite the protestations of the Obama regime that it was very unlikely Ebola would ever show up in America, it is here.

This is not a great shock since the regime has done everything but invite an Ebola patient to parade down Wall Street at high noon on a busy weekday. The regime allowed sick doctors to be brought into America, and allowed a ship with a possible case of Ebola to dock at New Orleans. The regime has not stopped easy access from the Ebola hot zone to America.

It is almost like they want the disease here.

Hospital officials refused to identify the nationality of the Ebola patient but said he had been in Liberia. Right now, there are 200,000 outstanding visas that have been given to people from Western African nations that compose the Ebola hotzone.

Why haven’t these visas been cancelled immediately?

Ebola is a disease that has up to a 90 percent mortality rate. In plain English, depending on the circumstances, nine out of ten people who contract Ebola will die. Some virologists are saying 5 million people will die from Ebola before this outbreak burns itself out.

Why isn’t America protecting itself against this disease?

The bright lights at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim Ebola is not an airborne disease. They claim it can only be transferred by contact with bodily fluids.

Really?

Doctors in Western Africa are coming down with Ebola. When they are dealing with Ebola patients, they don bio hazmat suits. These suits are supposed to block the transmission of the disease by fluids. If these doctors who are taking every precaution to prevent infection are still being infected, what does that say?

It says either the doctors don’t know everything about that disease or it is more easily communicable than the government is telling us.

The main weapon in the war against Ebola is isolation. Put an Ebola patient in a secured area where hopefully the infection cannot escape.

But all of this goes back to the first question.

Why are we allowing Ebola anywhere near the United States?

If the Obama regime were serious about combating Ebola, the best, most effective way to do that is to exclude non-Americans from coming to the United States if they have been in the Ebola hot zone area. For Americans who are coming from Western Africa, there is only one answer.

That is to quarantine them until the incubation period for Ebola has passed.

Perhaps that is not fair to them, but spreading Ebola to millions of Americans isn’t fair either.

The cold, hard truth is our government is not prepared for a pandemic. The government is not prepared for a major Ebola outbreak here in the United States.

An outbreak is still preventable.

The real question here is why doesn’t the Obama regime want to take the simple steps necessary to prevent an Ebola outbreak in America?

Ebola Victims Without Symptoms Can Still Be Contagious

Posted By Jerome R. Corsi On 10/08/2014 @ 8:05 pm In Health,Politics,U.S.,World |

NEW YORK – A group of German medical doctors in a peer-reviewed medical journal article published by Oxford University Press have challenged a key assumption regarding the Ebola virus repeatedly asserted by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The researchers found that a patient showing no symptoms of the disease can still transmit a virus like Ebola by air if droplets containing the virus are transmitted to another person by a sneeze or cough.

As WND reported Tuesday, the World Health Organization has admitted that “wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently could transmit the Ebola virus over a short distance to another nearby person.”

WHO said it could happen when “virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.”

Still, WHO added a qualification, insisting the transmission of Ebola by sneezing or coughing is not within its definition of airborne transmission.

News broke Wednesday morning that the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, had died in Dallas. The victim’s home neighborhood in the Liberian capital, meanwhile, remained under quarantine.

Later Wednesday, a Texas sheriff’s deputy was rushed to the hospital in Frisco, Texas, with Ebola symptoms after delivering a quarantine notice to the apartment where Duncan was staying.

WND reported Wednesday Liberia is preventing journalists from reporting Ebola-related stories from health care centers in the country unless they obtain written permission from the government. The news came as the World Health Organization issued a statement warning that the officially reported decline in new cases in Liberia over the past three weeks “is unlikely to be genuine,” because problems with data gathering continue.

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‘Not easily detected’

The German physicians, led by Dr. Timm H. Westhoff of the Department of Nephrology at the Carité Campus Benjamin Franklin in Berlin, noted in a virology blog published Feb. 12, 2009, that acute viral infections such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever may cause little or no clinical symptoms in a so-called “inapparent infection” yet may be contagious.

“A well-known example is poliovirus: over 90% are without infections,” Westhoff and his colleagues continued. “During an inapparent infection, sufficient virus replication occurs in the host to induce antiviral antibodies, but not enough to cause disease. Such infections are important for the spread of infection, because they are not easily detected.”

Westhoff and his colleagues then made the key point that individuals with an inapparent infection, showing no symptoms, can yet spread diseases such as polio.

“During the height of the polio epidemic in the United States, the quarantine of paralyzed patients had no effect on the spread of the disease, because 99 percent of the infected individuals had no symptoms and were leading normal lives spreading infection.”

Westhoff and his colleagues also discussed the risk of spreading Ebola by sneezing or coughing.

“An example of a classic acute infection is uncomplicated influenza,” the medical doctors noted. “Virus particles are inhaled in droplets produced by sneezing or coughing, and begin replicating in ciliated columnar epithelial cells of the respiratory tract. As new infectious virions are produced, they spread to neighboring cells.”

The point was clear: “Inapparent infections probably are important features of pathogens that are well-adapted to their hosts. They replicate sufficiently to endure the spread to new hosts, but not enough to damage the host and prevent transmission.”

Westhoff and his associates conclude: “Acute viral infections are responsible for epidemics of disease involving millions of individuals each year, such as influenza and measles. When vaccines are not available, acute infections are difficult to control – most are complete by the time the patient feels ill, and the virus has already spread to another host.”

The German physicians published in 2008 the fundamental medical research that formed the basis for their blog comments, demonstrating kidney-transplant patients could carry the norovirus infection that is common in cases of acute gastroenteritis, even if the patient was asymptomatic.

Westhoff’s 2008 study provided “the first evidence” that norovirus, typically a self-limiting disease of short duration, can cause chronic infection in renal transplant recipients,” even when there are no symptoms of acute gastroenteritis evident in the patient.

Dr. Norman M. Balog, D.O., a board-certified family doctor practicing in Silver Spring, Maryland, brought the research of the German medical team to the attention of WND as evidence that the CDC’s Frieden could not prove his assertion air travel was safe as long as a person infected with Ebola were not showing symptoms. An infected person can go as long as 21 days in an incubation period before being infected.

“Dr. Freiden is either completely uninformed of this research,” Balog explained to WND in an exclusive telephone interview, “or he is deliberately lying because he does not want to panic the general public.”

Balog pointed out that asymptomatic carriers of diseases infecting others is a phenomenon that has been widely documented in virology studies for decades.

“There’s a good potential that on any given day a person you may shake hands with will have Strep Group A Streptococcus that causes sore throats,” he pointed out. “Shaking hands you take the risk you are going to get the Streptococcus virus, even if the person you shook hands with looked perfectly well.”

Balog explained to WND much of the fundamental research on Ebola, including the conditions under which asymptomatic carriers of the disease can infect others, has yet to be conducted and reported in peer-reviewed medical journals.

“Dr. Freiden and the CDC have been reassuring the American public from the beginning of the current outbreak that we can contain and control Ebola, no problem; but the first assurances were three continents ago,” he pointed out. “Now we have Ebola in the United States and in Spain. Where is Ebola going to show up next?”

Balog was critical of the steps taken so far by the CDC to contain the Ebola outbreak.

“Ebola is spreading a lot faster than anybody expected,” he said.

“But even today we are not stopping people from West Africa from boarding international air flights; health officials in Dallas did not put up a fence around Duncan’s apartment complex; and it took several days before Dallas health authorities found anyone qualified to clean up the vomit outside Duncan’s apartment. And then the workers just washed the vomit down into the town storm drains.”

Balog pointed out the medical literature on virology commonly says asymptomatic but infected individuals can spread a disease to others before showing any signs of being sick.

“We have medical models that say a person is capable of secreting a virus like Ebola in bodily fluids before the person displays symptoms of the disease,” he stressed, “and that medical evidence is simply being ignored by Dr. Frieden and the CDC when the public is told repeatedly it’s OK to let Ebola-infected people fly as long as they don’t have a fever.”