(USA) Weather Report: A powerful winter storm with more than 100 million Americans in its path is expected to slam large swaths of the South and Mid-Atlantic on Sunday and into Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.18: The mountainous Appalachians will likely see the worst of the storm, with snow totals of up to 18 inches, but the impact could be widespread and severe as far south as Atlanta, where snow is rare and roads are notoriously difficult to clear.

#AceWeatherDesk says according to MailOnline News Report: Snow is also expected in parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia from the powerful weather system barreling in from Canada known as a ‘Saskatchewan screamer.’

‘A strong developing storm over the Lower Mississippi Valley will move eastward to the Southeast by Sunday morning then head northeastward to the northern Mid-Atlantic by Monday,’ the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin.

‘The combination of snow and ice may cause hazardous driving conditions on roads,’ the agency warned.

A powerful winter storm with more than 100 million Americans in its path is expected to slam large swathes of the South and Mid-Atlantic over Sunday into Monday
A jack-knifed semi sits stranded on shoulder of Interstate 80 near Mitchellville, Iowa, on Saturday, after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow across central Iowa. The storm is expected to wallop the South and mid-Atlantic
Des Moines residents shovel snow out of their driveways after the winter storm struck in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday

‘The storm will move swiftly northeastward with the heaviest snow lasting only about six hours and most of the snowfall spanning about 12 hours,’ said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger. 

However, he noted that the intense rate of snowfall will make up for its short duration. 

In Virginia, where a blizzard left thousands of motorists trapped on clogged highways earlier this month, outgoing Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and urged people to take the approaching storm seriously. 

In North Carolina, some store shelves were stripped bare of essentials including bread and milk.

By Friday, the fast-moving storm had already dropped heavy snow across a large swath of the Midwest, where travel conditions deteriorated and scores of schools closed or moved to online instruction. 

Iowa was hit the hardest. Brad Small, a National Weather Service meteorologist said the airport in Des Moines saw more than 14 inches of snow and a big swath of the central and southern Iowa recorded between 9 inches and a foot of snow.

In perhaps a preview of the kind of problems east, the Iowa State Patrol had reported that 207 motorists were assisted and 78 crashes had occurred in the four hours between 5pm and 9pm Friday, according to the Des Moines Register.

Governor warns North Carolina to brace for ‘dangerous’ storm

An Iowa state patrol vehicle was struck by a semi on Friday while he was assisting with another crash. The lieutenant involved suffered only minor injuries and was assessed at a local hosptial, the agency said
The storm system will follow a jet stream south and then loop back up to hit the mid-Atlantic, forecasters say
A map shows the predicted arrival times of snowfall in various states on Sunday and Monday
Some areas will see mostly snow (blue) while others will see a wintery mix of snow, ice and rain (magenta)

And in Chicago, where a mayor once lost a bid for re-election because, in part, of the city´s failure to adequately respond to a massive blizzard when he was in office, the streets and sanitation department was on Saturday morning equipping more than 200 trucks with snow plow blades to keep the streets passable during and after the expected storm.

Parts of Tennessee could get as much as 6 inches of snow, forecasters said, and northern Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley region of Alabama could receive light snow accumulations. With lows predicted in the 20s across a wide area, any precipitation could freeze, making driving difficult if not hazardous.

Travis Wagler said he hadn’t seen such a run on supplies at his Abbeville, South Carolina, hardware store in at least two winters.

‘We´re selling everything you might expect: sleds, but also salt, shovels and firewood,’ Wagler said from Abbeville Hardware on Friday. That region faced predictions of a quarter-inch of ice or more on trees and power lines, which could lead to days without electricity.

A winter storm watch extended from just north of metro Atlanta to Arkansas in the west and Pennsylvania in the north, covering parts of 10 states including Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. 

Travel problems could extend into metro Atlanta, where about 2 inches of snow brought traffic to a slip-sliding halt in 2014, an event still known as ‘Snowmaggedon.’

A mixture of ice and up to an inch of snow is expected in Atlanta, according to an advisory issued Saturday by the National Weather Service.

A semi truck is seen involved in a crash in Iowa on Friday, where conditions could presage major disruptions in the South
Joe Davenport of Des Moines throws his disc during a snowy game of disc golf at Grandview Park in Des Moines on Saturday. More than a foot of snow was dumped on parts of central Iowa during an overnight snow storm
A Des Moines resident shovels downtown sidewalks after Winter Storm Izzy in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday

At Dawsonville Hardware about 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Atlanta, owner Dwight Gilleland said he was already out of heaters by noon Friday and only had five bags of salt and sand left.

‘I think the pandemic has made people more anxious than normal,’ he said.

Nearly 1,000 flights within the U.S. have already been cancelled for Sunday in anticipation of snow and ice in the South, according to the flight tracking site flightaware.com, which tracks flight cancellations worldwide. A major U.S. airport hub for American Airlines – Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina – leads the list of cancellations for Sunday at U.S. airports.

Possible power outages and travel problems could be exacerbated by any coating of ice – and winds gusting to 35 mph (55 kph), the National Weather Service said.

‘Hopefully, the storm will underdeliver, but it could overdeliver. We just don´t know,’ said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as he announced storm preparations. He was taking no chances as he declared a state of emergency and crews began treating major roads and highways in north Georgia.

Des Moines residents remove snow after a winter storm in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday
After a major storm a Des Moines resident removes snow in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday

Governor Henry McMaster in neighboring South Carolina also issued an emergency order, saying the state would likely start feeling the effects of the major winter storm Sunday morning.

‘There is a potential for very dangerous conditions caused by accumulations of ice and snow, which will likely result in power outages across the state,’ he said.

The city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, had to borrow workers from other departments to help treat roads ahead of the storm because COVID-19 had caused a shortage of workers, spokesman Randy Britton said. Even volunteers pitched in to help as the city stepped up its normal schedule of preparing for winter weather, he said.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an emergency order and the administration urged people to stay at home once the storm hits. The state highway agency warned that labor shortages meant crews might not respond to problems areas as quickly as normal.

The storm, after its expected weekend dip into the Southeast, was then expected to head into the Northeast while dropping snow, sleet and rain around the densely populated Eastern Seaboard.

Many schools and businesses will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which could help reduce travel problems along with temperatures that are supposed to rise into the 40s.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Jan.18: 2022:

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(OCRACOKE INLET, N.C.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard is searching for a 27-year-old woman in the vicinity of Portsmouth Island in Ocracoke Inlet, N.C. Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a report via 911 at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday of a capsized canoe with two people aboard. Watchstanders subsequently lost communication with the reporting source, who was a member of the same group.

News Release: U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

#AceDailyNews reports UPDATE 1: Coast Guard searches for woman in the water near Portsmouth Island, North Carolina: An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched to search for the people in the water as well as a 24-foot shallow water special purpose craft boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet.

The Jayhawk helicopter aircrew located a conscious male survivor alongside a green canoe approximately 2.8 miles offshore of Drum Inlet, North Carolina, at approximately 9:54 a.m. on Sunday. 

The survivor was hoisted into the aircraft and transported to Carteret Hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina.

A second survivor, the original reporting source, was found ashore on Great Island by a good samaritan, at which point he reported swimming to shore and had last seen the missing person in the early morning hours of Sunday. 

Searching are:

  •  An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • An HC-130 Hercules aircraft aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City
  •  A 24-foot shallow water special purpose craft boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet
  •  A 47-foot Motor Life Boat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet 
  •  A 47-foot Motor Life Boat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon
  •  Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat

#AceNewsDesk report …………………..Published: Oct.11: 2021:

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(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard medevaced a man from motor vessel CL Yingdu, approximately 223 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras on Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.20: Watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District command center received notification that a man aboard the vessel was suffering from an eye injury and needed medical attention…..

#AceDailyNews reports that the Coast Guard has conducts medevac approximately 223 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 07/19/2021 08:20 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

PHOTOS AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: Coast Guard conducts medevac approximately 223 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City conducts a medevac approximately 223 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, July 19, 2021. The 41-year-old man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy video/Released)
Coast Guard hoists injured mariner approximately 223 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City conducts a medevac approximately 223 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, July 19, 2021. The 41-year-old man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy video/Released)

Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

The command center consulted with a U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended medical evacuation.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were dispatched. 

The MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene and deployed a rescue swimmer to conduct a hoist and medevac the injured man.

The patient was transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia for treatment. 

“We generally hoist from the back of a vessel but because of a lack of suitable space for hoisting operations we had to hoist from the front, which essentially put the helicopter in a flying position that is unfamiliar to routine operations,” said Lt. j.g. Marissa Bonnefin, the MH-60 Jayhawk copilot. “We receive a variety of training and work alongside members who have valuable experience. As an aircew we were able to implement the training and knowledge that we each have into the evolution to safely conduct the mission.” 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.20: 2021:

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(NORTH CAROLINA) Justice Dept Report: A man pleaded guilty today to smuggling drugs and other contraband into Caledonia Correctional Institution in exchange for bribe payments #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.20: According to court documents, Kenneth Farr, 47, of Rocky Mount, worked as a correctional officer at Caledonia Correctional Institution, a state prison in Halifax County. On at least six occasions in 2018, Farr used his position to smuggle contraband, including marijuana, tobacco, and what he believed to be oxycodone pills, to inmates in the prison. In exchange for smuggling the contraband, Farr received payments ranging from $300 to $500 in cash or via a mobile application and pocketed at least $2,200 from inmates and their associates:

Former Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Role in Bribery and Drug Smuggling Conspiracy: ‘Farr pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce in furtherance of unlawful activity. He is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-June and faces a maximum of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors’

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Robert R. Wells of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI is investigating the case, with significant assistance from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Trial Attorneys Rebecca M. Schuman and Lauren E. Britsch of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.20: 2021:

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‘ William T Sherman & Nathan Bedford Forrest Civil War Criminals ‘

#AceNewsReport – USA: June.10: In recent weeks, activists have been retiring the Confederate flag by burning it to symbolize the end of the Civil War. Of course, Fox News objected, but another artist depicted the flag unravelling. A better idea would be to unravel the legacy of two, so-called Civil War heroes who are the reason there are so many unresolved issues from that conflict: William T. Sherman and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

While researching my article for the most underrated Civil War generals for my Memorial Day column (to see who was overlooked on the sites), I frequently came across sites that credited Northern General William T. Sherman along with Southern General Nathan Bedford Forrest with being two of the best in the Civil War, like this one. I have to respectfully disagree.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL RECOGNISE SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN SIX NEW STATES ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 26 – In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

#ANS2014 

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SUPREME COURT ALLOWS TEXAS TO ENFORCE NEW PHOTO ID LAW AT POLLS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections, reaching the opposite conclusion from a similar Wisconsin case a week earlier, following last weeks refusal.  

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

The order, coming two days before early voting is set to begin, completes a series of voting rights challenges that had come before the court on an emergency basis. The justices also upheld new restrictions on voting in North Carolina and Ohio that did not include photo ID requirements.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

The order was not signed, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a six-page dissent, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg said.

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#ANS2014

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NORTH CAROLINA: ‘ 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM SENATORS MEET ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (North Carolina) – October 16 – On the 200th anniversary of America’s National Anthem, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and other Christian conservative leaders spoke at an event in North Carolina, reflecting on God’s hand of providence and expressing hope that He would continue to help protect religious freedom.

200th anniversary of America's National Anthem

200th anniversary of America’s National Anthem

Dr. Mark Harris, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, the venue for the “Star Spangled Sunday,” called it “a celebration of worship and praise.”

'America's National Anthem '

‘America’s National Anthem ‘

Perkins, whose group was co-host of the event, was the emcee for the evening.

“Increasingly, there is an effort to sanitize American history of its Judeo-Christian heritage,” he told the crowd of about 500 people. “Our children are being robbed of our past, and as a result, our future is being stolen.”

The event was simulcast to 351 evangelical churches across the country.

Perkins also encouraged Christians to register to vote, explaining that the responsibility to protect freedoms does not lie with the president or the courts, but with the people, who are supposed to participate in the democratic process.

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‘ Hurricane Arthur Gains Momentum as Category 1 as Many Cancel July 4th Celebrations or Postpone ‘

#AceWorldNews- UNITED STATES (North Carolina) – July 04 – As Arthur, now a Category 1 hurricane, gyrates up the East Coast, beach-front Fourth of July celebrations are falling flat, and that could save lives.

The Atlantic storm graduated from a tropical storm to a hurricane early Thursday, the National Weather Service said. It’s maximum sustained wind speeds have reached 75 mph, as it grinds towards the shoreline of North Carolina.

Even if Arthur goes down in weather history as a softie of a cyclone, it may have some lethal tricks up its sleeve.


(Latest from Hurrican Tracker)

Death in the surf is a greater threat as Hurricane gains momentum. After it has finished its pass of North Carolina by the end of Thursday, it could still leave a danger lurking beneath the surf.

Rip currents and anyone in North Carolina should stay out of the water, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers warns.

“There’s no time for you to react. That’s why you can’t be there at all,” Myers said. “This is not a landfall-problem hurricane. This is a rip-current-problem hurricane,” he said.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCory agrees. He tells those who plan to hit the beaches: “Don’t put your stupid hat on” and stay out of the ocean.

“I don’t want you to put at risk not only yourself but also people who may try to help you, especially our emergency operation workers,” he told journalists.

#ANS2014

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` Democrats are Struggling to Persuade Skeptic’s of the Benefits of Obamacare ‘

#AceGuestNews – SOMERSWORTH – New HampshireBarack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president’s signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November’s midterm elections.

Three races in New Hampshire illustrate the challenge, offering a test of whether Democrats can overcome voter skepticism about the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law, aiming to expand health insurance coverage to millions more Americans, has come under sustained attack from Republicans.

The president has urged Democrats campaigning in the November 4 congressional elections not to run away from “Obamacare,” but instead to “forcefully defend” it. Obama has said that a surge in enrollment shows the system is running smoothly now, after its disastrous debut last October.

New Hampshire, which is closely divided between Democrats and Republicans, is one of about 10 states where Republicans hope to make gains in order to pick up six seats they need to put the Democratic-led Senate under their control.

Senators Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have been among the Democratic targets of anti-Obamacare ads by conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity.

Republicans are counting on voter antipathy toward Obamacare to try to take charge of the Senate and expand their majority in the House of Representatives.

But while Obamacare may now be working better, national polls clearly show more people disapprove than approve of the law.

Reuters

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By Susan Cornwell 

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` Marine Standing Guard at `Main Gate of Camp Lejeune ‘ was Shot and Killed by a Fellow Marine ‘

#AceWorldNews – ONSLOW COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA- April 09 – A Marine standing guard at the main gate to Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina was shot and killed by a fellow Marine at approximately 5:30pm on Tuesday evening, according to military officials.

Fahy said law enforcement and emergency personnel attempted to revive the shooting victim, who received a single shot, but the victim was later pronounced dead at a base hospital.

The shooter discharged an M4 rifle, though officials could not confirm whether the shooting was intentional or accidental, nor were the identities of the victim and shooter released. “The Base Provost Marshal has stated the incident is being considered neither as an act of terrorism nor an active shooter event at this time,” the military’s statement read.

The name of the shooter, who Fahy said was a male, hasn’t been released, and Fahy said the victim’s name is being withheld until relatives are notified.

There were other guards at the gate, but no one else was hurt.

ANS2014

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Gov Pat McCrory & other `Republicans Plan to Raise’ the `NC Public School Teachers Minimum Salaries’ to $35,000 PA”

#AceNewsServices says `Republicans Plan to Raise NC Public school teachers‘ Minimum salaries to $35,000′

Republicans

Republicans (Photo credit: Jed Sheehan)

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republicans will propose Monday to raise base salaries for the least experienced teachers, AP reported.

The move is intended to make those teachers more competitive with Southern neighbours and the nation. The document says the legislature will consider a bill to ensure all public school teachers make at least $33,000 during the 2014-15 school year and at least $35,000 the following year.

Teachers have reportedly had only one raise since 2008, leading to low morale.

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” Affordable Healthcare for Who? Certainly Not for the Citizens – According to These Figures”

Blue Cross Brand Bullies

#AceHealthcareNews says during the “Christmas” period l was looking at certain companies that purport to serve the betterment of society and especially the ” Health Care System” one such company that had certain articles – very skilfully woven was “Blue Cross” looking deeper and a little research later l found more this time from various new providers.

One of the worst things about companies that are involved in the “Healthcare Industry” is that they look first at turnover, secondly profit and thirdly at their future growth. The word “Care” should be applied in thought, word and deed, but it never gets a look in, as smoke and mirror’s covers up the #truth.     

This latest article confirms my suspicions and highlights not the article that l will add to the bottom of this post, but what really certain not-for-profit companies really mean by not-for-profit as these fee scales show:

WASHINGTON – The New Year brings yet another negative surprise from Obamacare: a raft of new taxes and fees that already are translating into higher health insurance premiums for average Americans.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest private health insurer, has notified customers it’s raising their premiums by as much as 10 percent in January because of eight new levies and fees in the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Blue Cross linked the increase to taxes and fees taking effect Jan. 1.

“The ACA includes new taxes and fees,” the insurance giant told each policyholder in a three-page letter, titled “Information about Your 2014 Renewal.” “The costs required to pay these new taxes and fees are included in your premium and will not be charged separately.”

Blue Cross of Montana sent out a similar notice, while Blue Cross of Alabama cited the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

"Mackin Disputes Obama's Statement"Blue Cross polices and costs are expected to set a standard for the industry, influencing how insurers adjust to the law, which is also raising premiums because of mandates that expand coverage and benefits. Aetna has also blamed taxes and fees for coming rate hikes.

Specifically, the insurance companies have referenced two Obamacare charges taking effect Jan. 

1. One is a flat 2 percent tax on all health insurers, which is expected to raise $8 billion for the administration to help pay costs of the overall act in 2014, but raise health-care premiums for consumers by more than 3 percent. The other is a yearly “reinsurance fee” of $63 per person insured.

2.There’s also a $2 fee per policy that funds a new federal bureaucracy called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Insurers also must pay a 3.5 percent user free to sell health plans on the HealthCare.gov website.

Although these taxes are imposed on insurance companies, policyholders end up paying for them in the form of higher premiums. Over the next decade, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation estimates the average American family will pay roughly $5,000 more in premiums to pay for them all.

And these are just the Obamacare taxes and fees that insurers are warning customers they’re passing on to them. There are also hidden taxes, such as the medical equipment levy that will make heart valves, stents, pacemakers and other medical devices more expensive.

All told, there are more than 20 new or higher taxes and fees embedded in the Affordable Care Act – more than half of which affect families earning less than $250,000 a year.

The new taxes, which cost more than $675 billion over the next decade, include:

  • A 2.3 percent excise tax on U.S. sales of medical devices that’s already devastating the medical supply industry and its work force.

The levy, which took effect Jan. 1, 2013, is a $20 billion blow to an industry that employs more than 360,000 working in plants across the U.S.

"Stop the Healthcare Rip-Off's"Several major manufacturers have been impacted, including:

  • Stryker Corp. of Michigan, which blames the tax for 1,000 layoffs.
  • Indianabased Zimmer Corp., which cites the tax in laying off 450 and taking a $50 million charge against earnings.
  • Indiana-based Cook Medical Inc., which has scrubbed plans to open a new U.S. factory each year.
  • Boston Scientific Corp., which has opted to open plants in tax-friendlier China and Ireland to help offset a $100 million charge against earnings.
  • Minnesota-based Medtronic Inc., which expects an annual charge against earnings of $175 million.
  • A $50,000 excise tax on charitable hospitals that fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance” and other rules set by the Health and Human Services Department (took effect in 2010).
  •  A 3.8 percent surtax on investment income from capital gains and dividends that applies to single filers earning more than $200,000 and married couples filing jointly earning more than $250,000 (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  A $24 billion tax on the paper industry to control a pollutant known as black liquor (took effect in 2010).
  •  A $2.3 billion-a-year tax on innovator drug companies (took effect in 2010).
  •  A 10 percent excise tax on Americans using indoor tanning salons (took effect July 1, 2010).
  •  An $87 billion hike in Medicare payroll taxes for employees, as well as the self-employed (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  A hike in the threshold for writing off medical expenses to 10 percent of adjusted gross income from 7.5 percent (took effect Jan. 1, 2013.).
  •  A new cap on flexible spending accounts of $2,500 a year (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  Elimination of the tax deduction for employer-provided prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  An income surtax of 1 percent of adjusted gross income, rising to 2.5 percent by 2016, on individuals who refuse to go along with Obamacare by buying  a policy not approved by the government (took effect Jan. 1, 2013).
  •  A $2,000 tax charged to employers with 50 or more workers for every full-time worker not offered health coverage (delayed).
  •  A $60 billion tax on health insurers (effective Jan. 1, 2014).
  •  A 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac, or higher cost, health insurance plans (goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018).

As promised here is that article posted and sent to my news desk: 

DETROIT, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the only health insurer to offer coverage to people in all of Michigan’s 83 counties on the federally-run health insurance marketplace that opened today at 8 a.m.

Blue Cross and its affiliated HMO, Blue Care Network of Michigan, offer some of the lowest-priced plans across Michigan’s 16 rating regions.  In the majority of counties in Michigan, BCBSM or BCN bronze and silver plan options offer some of the most affordable premiums on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Products, pricing and plan design are available onwww.healthcare.gov and on the BCBSM website at www.bcbsm.com/myblue.

“Blue Cross and Blue Care Network have worked very hard to put affordable health insurance options in front of Michiganconsumers as uninsured people and small employers begin open enrollment today,” said Terry Burke, BCBSM vice president for individual business.  “As people examine their choices, Blue Cross will be offering guidance – both online and on the phone – to help people make a health plan choice that is right for them.”

The Blues offer a total of 18 options for coverage.  These products are available on the federally-run Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, opening today, through independent Blue-certified insurance agents and directly through BCBSM and BCN.

“The Affordable Care Act has significantly changed what health insurance covers, how it’s sold and what it costs. With the marketplace now open, consumers will be able to choose from 18 competitively priced Blues products, with options available toMichigan residents in every county,” Burke said.  “We are proud to offer some of the lowest-priced plans in Michigan.  These affordable options give more people the opportunity to choose Blue Cross plans.”

Both Blue Cross and Blue Care Network will offer plans at the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Catastrophic levels. Under ACA guidelines, Bronze plans will cover 60 percent of health care expenses, Silver plans cover 70 percent, and Gold cover 80 percent. Catastrophic plans, available to individuals under the age of 30 or those qualifying for a hardship, have a higher deductible and are not associated with metal level actuarial values. 

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