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How Did NPR Decide that the Employer Penalties in the Health Care Bill Are Large?

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 04:42

NPR presented a segment on the impact of the new health care bill on farmer this morning. It told listeners that employers of more than 50 workers who do not provide insurance will be required to pay a "hefty" fee. It is not clear how NPR determined that the fee was "hefty."


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written by izzatzo, April 28, 2010 7:49
The penalty for refusing a mandate,
To buy insurance from the switchbaits,
Who force everyone to have it,
So they can continue the racket,

Whether hefty or low matters not,
Employees will take the hit,
One way or other, forced to buy it,
From the corporate mobster tit.
written by AbqMike, April 28, 2010 9:19
Izzatzo, For the first time in weeks I actually looked at one of your comments. I regret my mistake. What a waste of 15 seconds!!
written by Marty, Brentwood, April 28, 2010 12:10
Someone said that Izzatzo was being very ironic, and for a while I thought I understood what he was saying, in that light, but generally, I just don't get this guy. (If it's a guy.)
'It is not clear how NPR determined that the fee was "hefty."'
written by MrJM, April 28, 2010 1:49
The read it on the US Chamber of Commerce website.

-- MrJM
written by Duck Butter, April 28, 2010 6:59
NPR is still scraping along the bottom. The fair and balanced interview ratio appears to be 3 republicans for each democrat interviewed. Mora Liarson is especially bad. And goodness, why is Kookie Roberts still on there? The headline reader for Morning Edition is pleasant enough, but she still can't get through a sentence without stumbling over her words. And the headline reader on ATC....well, nevermind. Way past time to clean up NPR news shows. Nina Totenberg's coverage on the SC is generally good.
NPR mixed bag with jewels
written by Hal Horvath, April 28, 2010 11:04
Robert Siegel.

Need I say more. If you're not sure, just listen to about 5-7 of his pieces. You'll be pleased I bet.

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