Thursday, March 28, 2013
GOP and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate debated Wednesday night at the Channel 5 studios in Needham.
The Republican candidates for U.S. Senate leaned on their diverse backgrounds to explain positions on issues ranging from the economy and debt reduction to gay marriage Wednesday night. Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and businessman from Cohasset, said that hearing from a variety of perspectives served him well in the military and that he would bring those lessons to bear working with fellow Republicans and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), saying "Obamacare is bad for Massachusetts" and simply layers federal bureacracy on top of the state's system, highlighted an upcoming legislative proposal on Beacon Hill to reduce health care costs. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan talked about making …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Canton-based company is lobbying the White House to changes its definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, according to reports.
Canton-based Dunkin' Brands has joined the fight against Obamacare. The coffee and baked goods company is working to overturn a major provision of Obamacare, according to a Newsmax.com report this week. Specifically, Dunkin' is lobbying the White House to change its definition of full-time work from at least 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, CEO Nigel Travis told the Financial Times, according to The Huffington Post. The change would leave Dunkin', as well as other companies, with fewer workers to insure under the health care reform law, which requires large employers to provide health coverage to all full-time workers and their dependents. Those companies who fail to provide coverage could face a penalty of $2,000 per worker. The …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
In response to Obamacare, some franchise owners are planning to cut employee hours to avoid providing health care.
Businesses across the country are attempting to formulate a response to the Affordable Health Care Act, with some business owners and restaurant franchisees saying they will be cutting hours. One of the latest cases is a Wendy's franchisee in Nebraska announcing it would cut employees' hours — affecting roughly 100 employees — to avoid providing health care. Wendy's Corporate, which directly operates stores in Massachusetts, has not discounted cutting employee hours even as they distance themselves from the statement out of Nebraska. "We are still reviewing our approach to the Affordable Care Act, when the employer mandate goes into effect in 2014," Wendy's Corporate Media Contact Bob Bertini told Patch this week. "Our franchisees are …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Today, and throughout the weekend—in fact until people stop talking about it–we'll be reporting to you local reaction to the SCOTUS ruling.
Shortly after 10 a.m. today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of Obamacare. While pundits are still debating the intricacies of the ruling, it has been considered a "win" for the Obama administration and supporters of the Affordable Care Act. Today, throughout the weekend, and beyond, we'll be talking with local politicians, healthcare professionals, town administration and regular "people on the street" about their reaction to this historic ruling. Check back for updates on this as they filter in. Share your thoughts, as always, in the comments section below. U.S. Representative Jim McGovern quickly issued this statement: “I am pleased that the Supreme Court today upheld the will of …
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Proponents and opponents of the Affordable Care Act prepare to go before the judges beginning on Monday.
The Affordable Care Act comes before the US Supreme Court on Monday, March 26 in what will be a heavily watched legal and verbal boxing match on mandated health care coverage. At issue is whether the government overstepped its authority in mandating Americans to purchase minimum health care coverage or else pay a tax penalty. In one corner is the Obama administration, holding firm that it is within the federal government’s authority to regulate national markets. In the other corner are 26 states and several private parties who feel that the government overstepped its power. In today’s poll question, we ask: Was the federal government within its authority to approve the Affordable Care Act?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Mike Nestor of Littleton submitted this review of the recent program in Northborough.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Review submitted by Mike Nestor, Littleton On Monday, March 14, more than 100 concerned citizens gathered at the Northborough Free Library to listen to Harvard physicist Mike Stopa offer his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka Obamacare. Dr. Stopa presented a well-researched summary of what it means for America and what it means for the individuals who will be forced to participate. Aided by a Powerpoint slide show, Dr. Stopa introduced the group to various features of the plan—the Independent Payment Advisory Board, otherwise know as “Death Panels," and the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). He also explained the concept of Medical Loss Ratios, and how MLR regulations will create …