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Democrats seek relief from tax penalties that they, and they alone passed

16 February 2015 - 02:07 PM





WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan to strongly urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first time this year.

The three are Michigan's Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, and Lloyd Doggett of Texas. All worked to help steer Obama's law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010.

The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it's already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday.

That means they could wind up uninsured for another year, only to owe substantially higher fines in 2016. The fines are collected through the income tax system.

This year is the first time ordinary Americans will experience the complicated interactions between the health care law and taxes. Based on congressional analysis, tax preparation giant H&R Block says roughly 4 million uninsured people will pay penalties.

The IRS has warned that health-care related issues will make its job harder this filing season and taxpayers should be prepared for long call-center hold times, particularly since the GOP-led Congress has been loath to approve more money for the agency.

"Open enrollment period ended before many Americans filed their taxes," the three lawmakers said in a statement. "Without a special enrollment period, many people (who will be paying fines) will not have another opportunity to get health coverage this year.

"A special enrollment period will not only help many Americans avoid making an even larger payment next year, but, more importantly, it will help them gain quality health insurance for 2015," the lawmakers added.

So far, administration officials have deflected questions about whether an extension will be granted. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has authority to grant special enrollment periods under certain circumstances.

Oregon governor resigns

13 February 2015 - 03:34 PM



Pretty tough when your residence is surrounded by cops.  Thing is all this was known prior to last November.  Oh well. 

Little League Champions stripped of title

12 February 2015 - 11:36 AM

They were poaching players from nearby districts and when they made it to Williamsport, they sent in altered district maps.  Idiotic parents and coaches conspired and did this.  Sad for the kids, but it's not like they were 8/9 years old.  They knew these new kids weren't from their district, but they still did achieve something great. 




Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West and suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday.

Jackie Robinson West must vacate wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament -- including its Great Lakes Regional and United States championships.

AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastThe Jackie Robinson West Little League team was ruled to have used players from outside its local area by recruiting players from neighboring districts.

The team's manager, Darold Butler, has been suspended from Little League activity, and Illinois District 4 administrator Michael Kelly has been removed from his position.

The organization found that Jackie Robinson West used a falsified boundary map and that team officials met with neighboring Little League districts in Illinois to claim players and build what amounts to a superteam.

Party of No

09 February 2015 - 01:16 PM



Seems Obama is going to quietly veto the Keystone pipeline.  If you read the WashPo story, only the fringe left are opposed to it.  So he'll veto it, and the real party of NO will not put forth any votes (we'll see) to override the veto on something that has wide public support.


Reid was always the problem and the firewall to Obama. 

Whine about tax dodgers...this guy is doing a bang up job at it

05 February 2015 - 10:39 AM



So far, every for-profit enterprise started by Al Sharpton and known to National Review Online has been shut down in at least one jurisdiction for failure to pay taxes, a review of public records in New York and Delaware reveals.


Records show that Sharpton’s beleaguered for-profit entities often overlap and intertwine, some sharing ties with the reverend’s nonprofit organization, National Action Network. Their financial records are copious, confusing, and sometimes outright bizarre, and together, they depict persistent financial woes for Sharpton, who also personally owes New York State nearly $596,000, according to active tax warrants.


The reporting on this is vast and you really have to go read the story to get the full gist of the tax evasion scheme this guy's been running for decades. 


NBC will probably just offer to pay off his debts for him because he's incapable of running anything.