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ObamaCare Sexiest Man Alive to Boost Enrollment

Another gimmick on part of the administration to advertise ObamaCare as hot and sexy. That’s right, “The Sexiest Man Alive” has been enlisted to spice up the healthcare law.

Introducing ObamaCare Sexiest Man Alive!

According to Bloomberg, pop singer Adam Levine, who was awarded the designation from People magazine in November, is one among many other celebrities who will be hawking enrollment in online health insurance exchanges. It’s part of a social media campaign that is launching this month.

ObamaCare Adam Levine

Bloomberg reports: ”With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the plagued start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges adjoined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to advertise sign-ups, using social media such as Twitter and Facebook.”

100 Million Contacts? No Problem.

Yep, the ultimate goal is a reported 100 million online contacts. No small feat. And we know the White House’s track record with all such lofty goals.

Reprising a tactic Obama employed in his 2012 re-election campaign, organizers will use celebrity promotions and professionally produced videos aimed at inspiring Americans to encourage friends to enroll. The ultimate goal is generating 100 million Internet contacts before open enrollment closes March 31.

We’ll see how the cookie crumbles on this one.

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Government Employees Work Less than Private Sector Workers

Do government employees work less than private sector workers? Yeah, they do, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, government workers are 38 percent more likely to play hooky — for “being sick” or for personal reasons — than private sector workers.

“When an employed wage and salary worker who usually works 35 hours per week is reported as having worked fewer than 35 hours during the survey reference week, a question is asked as to why he or she worked fewer than 35 hours,” the BLS survey reported.

“Workers whose reasons for missing work include illness or other personal reasons are counted as having had an absence. Those who are reported as having worked fewer than 35 hours because of vacation, holiday, labor-management dispute, or bad weather which results in an employer temporarily curtailing business activities are not counted as having an absence.”

Last year, four percent of public employees were absent from work in the general reference week compared to only 2.9 percent of non-government workers.

And on and on. It keeps going, but you get the point. Government workers have it pretty cushy, and there’s an obvious accountability factor.

And that is, accountability is less of a priority.

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Ted Cruz vs Van Jones on CNN “Crossfire” Segment

This is a fun one. It’s not every day you get to see a Ted Cruz vs Van Jones square off. The debate was on CNN’s “Crossfire” on Thursday night when the two diametrically opposed political figures debated ObamaCare and the “unruly” GOP.

Jones knocked the Republican party for being “unpopular,” which he attributed to Cruz and his colleagues’ leadership — and consequently, their campaign to defund ObamaCare.

“Do you feel like you owe your party an apology? You have people who believed in you, they believed that you were somehow going to be able to defund Obamacare,” Jones asserted. “They followed you into a ditch. And now, there’s obviously there’s no chance Obamacare will be defunded and we’re on the brink of a horrific default. Do you think that in the reflection of your own heart, you might say, ‘You know what? I’m a new kid here, I think I owe you an apology?’”

Cruz chuckles, and then points out the obvious: “Van, I know you desperately want to change the topic from Obamacare.”

“Democrats in this town do not want to discuss Obamacare,” Cruz explained. “Why? Because it isn’t working.”

It’s interesting how Jones scrutinizes the popularity of the GOP when Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to 37 percent and the Democrats currently have the weakest middle-class support in the past 40 years.

The faceoff:

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ObamaCare Raises Premiums on Middle Class

ObamaCare is becoming a pain in the arse for no, not just the rich, but the middle and lower classes as well. It’s been well warned that the not-so-Affordable Care Act will hurt the general public, but the consequences are now coming to light. This is not the first ObamaCare-nightmare scenario, but The Blaze just reported on this:

Take Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky., who were recently told that their health insurance, which was purchased on the individual market, will triple in 2014, according to a letter the family received in the mail.

“When I saw the letter when I came home from work,” Andy Mangione told Fox News, “(it said) ‘your action required, benefit changes, act now.’ Of course I opened it immediately.”

The letter acknowledged that the couple’s insurance would boost from $333 to nearly $1,000 per month because of the law. And as Andy continued, it “isn’t a Cadillac plan,” nor is it even a “silver plan.” It’s a catastrophic plan that still poses significant financial risk for his family.

Here’s a little tidbit noted in the provider notice:

If your policy premium increased, you should know this isn’t unique to Humana — premium increases generally will occur industry-wide.

Increases aren’t based on your individual claims or changes in health status … Many other factors go in to your premium including: [Affordable Care Act] compliance, including the addition of new essential health benefits.

Why ObamaCare holds the blame: For people who choose a high-deductible, catastrophic health plan — designed, of course, to reduce premium payments — they are now being required to pay for all the new ACA-mandated benefits.

So while we’re listening to all the drama on Capitol Hill, the American people are watching their insurance premiums rise to the roof.