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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

2017 Obama Care With Higher Premiums And Fewer Choices

(22 Dec 2016) Premiums for a midlevel Obama Care plan in states with HealthCare.gov are increasing an average of 25% next year, driven by lower-than-expected enrollment and higher medical costs. About 1/3 of the counties will have only 1 marketplace insurer because some major commercial carriers have left the market. Subsidies will increase to $42.6 billion for 2017. (Source: 21 Dec 2016 Associated Press)

Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX Received $4.9 Billion In Government Support

(16 Dec 2016) Elon Musk's companies (Tesla Motors, SolarCity and Space Exploration Technologies) have benefited from $4.9 billion in government support (grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits that can be sold). (Source: 30 May 2015 Los Angeles Times)

83.8% Of The Increase In Health Care In 2014-15 Was Due To Medicaid / CHIP

(15 Dec 2016) In 2014 and 2015, there was an increase of 5.86 million people covered by individual-market health insurance policies and a decrease of 3.60 million with employer-market policies (net increase of 2.27 million). Additionally, there was an increase of 10.39 million covered in states that expanded Medicaid / CHIP and an increase of 1.36 million in states that did not expand Medicaid / CHIP. (Source: 31 Oct 2016 Heritage Foundation)

Portland Increases Taxes As Way To Establish Authoritarian Wage Control

(15 Dec 2016) The Dodd-Frank legislation required publicly-traded companies to report their chief executive's compensation and their workers' median pay to the SEC. Armed with that information, Portland, Oregon is levying a 10 or 25% surcharge on the business tax paid by any of the approximately 550 companies that pay the tax if their CEO-worker ratio exceeds threshold values. (Source: 7 Dec 2016 New York Times)

$137 Billion Of Federal Student Loans Will Not Be Repaid

(9 Dec 2016) Federal student loans total nearly $1.3 trillion. Of the $352 billion in loans with payments made based on income made in the years 1995 to 2017, $137 billion (39%) won't be repaid. $108 billion will be forgiven and $29 billion will be discharged because of death or disability. (Sources: Nov 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO), 6 Dec Washington Examiner)

"Least Educated" Metro Area

(9 Dec 2016) The largest 150 metro areas were analyzed. McAllen / Edinburg / Mission, Texas won the prize. 2 categories were considered: "educational attainment" (percentages with high school up through graduate school diplomas) weighted at 80% and "quality of education" (public school rankings, quality of colleges, number of students in top 200 colleges, racial and gender gaps in the "educational attainment" category) weighted at 20%. McAllen / Edinburg / Mission is 86.1% Hispanic and received a score of 6.8. Ann Arbor, Michigan was the highest rated with a score of 94.9. (Source: 25 July 2016 WalletHub)

Obama Care Not Helpful To People 18 To 64 With Private Health Insurance

(3 Dec 2016) Earlier this year, 69.2% of residents age 18 to 64 had private health insurance, including people with Obama Care via the exchanges ... the same rate as in 2005. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))

Higher Probability Black Children Live In 1-Parent Households And Receive Food Stamps

(3 Dec 2016) 75.6% of non-Hispanic whites under 18 live with both parents ... 38.7% of blacks. 76.4% under 18 in households not receiving food stamps are living with both parents. 60.8% under 18 in households receiving food stamps are living with 1 parent.

Chicago More Deadly Than Afghanistan

(20 Nov 2016) The most U.S. military killed in action in Afghanistan in 1 year was 440 in 2010. There have been 685 homicides in Chicago in 2016 through mid-Nov. The last time Chicago exceeded 700 in 1 year was 704 in 1998. Chicago's record is 940 in 1992. (Sources: iCasualties, Chicago Tribune, DNAinfo, abc News)

Migrants Sending Money To Mexico Hurts U.S. Economy

(16 Nov 2016) In 2015, migrants in the U.S. sent almost $25 billion in remittances to Mexico … money earned in the U.S. and spent in Mexico. (Source: 14 Nov 2016 Associated Press)

U.S.-Born Hispanics Not In Labor Force Has More Than Doubled In 16 Years

(15 Nov 2016) The number of Hispanics born in the U.S. who are between 18 and 64 years old and not in the labor force has increased from 2.3 million to 4.9 million from 2000 to now. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau)

Illegal Aliens Are 10.4% of Nevada's Workforce

(15 Nov 2016) In 2014, there were 7.9 million illegal aliens working or looking for work. The states with the largest percentages of their workforces being illegal aliens were Nevada (10.4), California (9.0) and Texas (8.5). Illegal aliens are 22% of the crop production workforce, 22% of private household employment, 21% of the landscaping industry, 19% of the apparel manufacturing industry, 19% of the building maintenance sector and 18% of the dry cleaning/ laundry industry. Illegal aliens outnumbered legal immigrants 26 vs 20% in farming jobs and 15 vs 12% in construction jobs. Illegal aliens made up only 2% each of management, professional and office support workers. (Source: 3 Nov 2016 Pew Research Center)

80% More Government Employees Than Manufacturing Employees

(10 Nov 2016) The government has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment data since January 1939. Manufacturing employees outnumbered government employees every month until August 1989. In October 2016, government employment was 22.2 million, compared to 12.3 million manufacturing employees. The 22.2 million government jobs exceed the individual populations of 48 states. (Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7 Nov 2016 CNSNews)

Obama's Afghanistan War

(10 Nov 2016) 75% of U.S. military deaths and 87% of injuries in Afghanistan have taken place during Czar Obama’s reign. (Sources: Dept. of Defense, Breitbart News)

Addicted To Taxpayer Support

(7 Nov 2016) 73,137,154 people benefitted from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in August … 22.5% of the population. (Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Census Bureau, CNSNews)

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