Health law a blow to small business, will stifle job creation
If Im a small business owner, once I grow to have 50 employees the Obama administration is going to force me to pay for my employees health care insurance or pay a fine.
Could someone smarter than me tell me why I would want to hire more people?
Our problem in this country is jobs and it appears this president is more concerned about giving everyone welfare instead of trying to get them a job.
Small business is where most of the new jobs will come from and this president is killing small business.
High court did the right thing, left it up to voters to decide
Bravo Chief Justice Roberts!
Youve just kicked the can down the street to Nov. 7 where it belongs.
The decision on the health care system is not for the politicians or the Supreme Court to decide, but for the American people.
Lets see how The People decide which direction America goes, left or right? Very clear choice now.
Get facts before you swallow GOP massive tax storyline
Before we drown in the Republican talking point that the Affordable Care Act is actually a massive tax, lets understand who pays this tax penalty.
If you are buying health insurance, the Act is estimated to bring down the cost of that health insurance. It does this, in part, by ensuring that everyone buys health insurance.
Those who choose not to buy insurance after 2014? Theyll be charged a tax penalty for what would be their contribution to the overall health care funding.
So, if you buy health insurance, there is no tax. If you dont, then there is a tax penalty.
Its as simple as that.
Affordable Care Act a start but not the real reform we need
The Affordable Care Act sloshes billions more dollars into a bloated corporate bureaucracy charged with maximizing profit, even at the expense of the sick.
The Affordable Care Act does include some consumer protections, but its not the real reform we need.
A single national health plan combined with privately-delivered care is the only way to rein in skyrocketing costs, improve care and cover everybody.
We already pay more than twice as much per person as other industrialized nations and still leave millions uninsured or struggling to pay medical costs. Single-payer is simple, it works and its way overdue.
In response to Obamacare ruling: Ill be taxed for your unhealthy lifestyle (June 29 Forum):
Like Obamacare or not, taxes levied for the greater good
Arguments that start off with I dont want to pay for your (fill in the blank) make little sense.
I didnt go to public school but I pay taxes for public education.
Ive never taken the bus but I pay taxes for CATS. I rarely drive on the highway but I pay for roads to be repaired.
Ive never called the fire department but I pay taxes for the fire department to help save the lives of others, and so on.
There are plenty of good arguments for and against Obamacare, this just isnt one of them.
In response to Inaction could cost N.C. control of health exchange (June 29):
Bergers inaction on benefits exchange reprehensible
N.C. Senate leader Phil Bergers inaction on the insurance exchange was arrogant and wasteful. The states were given a deadline to submit a plan, and Berger sat on it.
He was quoted as saying the prudent thing is to study the Supreme Courts decision then act. The prudent thing wouldve been to at least have an outline from which to sculpt and present by the deadline.
It does not matter where you stand on the health care act, but to go unprepared is inexcusable.
In response to House votes to hold attorney general in criminal contempt (June 29):
Dems who walked out of House session not worthy of office
It was a disgrace to see a bunch of immature elected officials walk out of a session of Congress. Actions like this make them comparable to a bunch of kids who did not get their way.
I wish these people would just keep walking and well replace them with someone who wants to do their job. We Americans fight for what we believe, we do not walk away from a problem.
In response to Budget impasse shelves projects (June 27) and related articles:
Budget process failed due to lack of clear vision, strategy
The unraveling of Charlottes capital plan demonstrated how critical it is to first develop consensus around a clear and compelling vision for the city.
This process broke down because it started with a list of well-meaning projects then tried to make a plan that fit the projects. Thats backwards.
Mayor Anthony Foxx and the City Council should step back and first create and agree upon on a long-term vision and strategy for Charlotte that encompasses the priorities and interests of our community stakeholders.
A clear vision/strategy will make the decision process regarding tactics, projects and priorities a lot more successful.