How Bad Would a Government Shut Down Be? Plus 6 More Things You Want to Know Today

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Here's a quick rundown from the world of business and economics this morning: the things you need to know, and some you'll just want to know.

• House Republicans are still threatening a government shutdown if President Obama doesn't gut his signature health care reform law, which we all know is never going to happen. So how bad would a shutdown be? Depends on how long it lasts.

• In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrats rolled to a strong electoral victory, putting her back in power for a third term. Why this matters to us? Germany is the biggest economic power on the Continent, and its No. 1 banker. Question is, will she ease off the austerity stance that has pushed painful budget cuts in Europe's big debtor nations since the economic crisis?

Apple sold 9 million iPhones this weekend, nearly doubling its previous best debut weekend record. The iPhone 5s sold out and is on back-order into October. Apple stock is up 6 percent in premarket trading. But Apple shouldn't feel too cocky this morning: Hackers have already cracked that super-cool fingerprint reader security system.

• There's something for almost everyone on Pinterest, the image-oriented social media site where people "pin" pictures of whatever cool stuff strikes their fancy. Well, now advertisers are going to be pinning stuff too, with "promoted pins." But the CEO promises that the ads will be "tasteful," with "no flashy banners or pop-up ads," and, equally important, that it will always be clear what's an ad.

• Has LinkedIn been accessing users accounts and hijacking their emails? So says a lawsuit filed Friday. Naturally, LinkedIn denies the allegations.

• Last week, we wrote about the collectors' market for currency with "fancy" serial numbers. Well, keep your eyes peeled when the new $100s hit the street. Some will be worth 10 times their face value to the right hobbyist.

• And finally, here's a variation on the old "a watched pot never boils" theme. Turns out, the more financial analysts there are "covering" a company, the worse it gets at innovating.

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Any way you slice it, chris1011. We can't afford "affordable" care.

September 24 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Myth #1: The ACA is a Sign of Impending Socialism Does ACA close down the free market framework and limited restrictions in the current structure? This is the framework we’ve operated under for decades, and that is has left tens of millions without care. A true socialized medicine would have us contributing via taxes to a government-administered healthcare delivery system. Instead ACA is a restructuring of the regulations that govern private insurance and private health care delivery.
Myth #2: The Government is Taxing You for Healthcare Nope. The penalty fee only applies to those who choose not to buy insurance, so outside of legal circles, calling it a “tax” is inaccurate. Taxes are intended to pay for public goods that the government provides to everyone. The individual mandate is intended to charge those individuals who don’t choose to buy insurance for the cost that society incurs as a result of their decisions—emergency room fees for example.
Myth #3: It’s Going to Plunge Us Into More Debt and Cost Us Trillions The Congressional Budget Office projects the ACA will save us money and cut the deficit by about a trillion dollars during its second decade of implementation. The ACA prevents average Americans from paying the healthcare costs of others: Because of those we have to pay for premiums go up, procedures are more costly, and physicians have to charge more.
Myth #4: The Government is Eliminating My Choices Choice is built into the ACA with health insurance exchanges. These allow people to choose the providers and plans they want. By giving you the ability to select your physician, the ACA reallocates to you the power previously held by insurance companies to tell you which doctors you can see. Additionally, with the virtual elimination of annual and lifetime caps which impose spending limits, you’re no longer forced to choose what essential medical tests or care to pursue based on arbitrarily low spending limits imposed by insurers.
Myth #5: ACA is Raiding Medicare In the last decade, payments from Medicare to private plans have increased dramatically—in fact, figures show that Medicare actually overpaid by 14-20 percent, and the costs of this overpayment fell on our seniors via increased premiums. The ACA has made Medicare more efficient by cutting out a significant part of that overpayment.


September 24 2013 at 1:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Myth #6....chrissy actually knows WTF he's talking about.

September 24 2013 at 12:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What's with all the repukes showing no facts?

September 23 2013 at 8:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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You make up your "facts" Evan.

September 24 2013 at 3:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

If the gov't shuts down, let our payment of taxes shut down as well to show the gov't what it means by theres no such thing as a free ride in life. Better yet hell with our gov't no country in this world will ever agree on everything 100% so just get rid of it all together with the taxes we got too because of it. Show the rest of the world how independant we really can be.

September 23 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Free Market Medical Care ..

The Free market of Supply and Demand takes over... You have to look back at history, we did not automatically have companies providing Health Care to all workers 60 years ago, but as the supply of workers dried up and the demand increased, the companies decided to offer benefits and one such benefit was health care insurance..

I remember the days when companies offered their middle-level managers a new vehicle, dental insurance, health care insurance, eye care insurance, free schooling, free vacation travel in conjunction with a business event, and dozens of other benefits.

Today, with the lack of demand, the lack of highly qualified workers (we no longer need laborers, we need brains for today's jobs), the influx of Indian, Japanese, and Chinese college educated people, and the demise of the Unions that kept Employers honest, the companies NO LONGER NEED to cater to you, the potential or actual employee.

So, you want to keep your Company Paid Health Care Insurance, then UNIONIZE and DEMAND that companies AGAIN appreciate the JOB you DO for them so that THEY can make their excessive PROFITS...

September 23 2013 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The Bi-Partisan Creation of the ACT

The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act was done by a team of six people appointed by the Obama administration from the halls of Congress; three (3) Republicans and three (3) Democrats spent nine (9) months working on the Bill, a team of researchers looked over tens of thousands of pages of past bills to eliminate conflicts, thousands of people in various industries were consulted for their input, and finally the draft was taken to the Congress off-vote and approved for a full Congressional vote.

The Bill is patterned on Massachusetts State, Richard M. Nixon's, and Newt Gingrich's attempts as well as attempts and such from George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act was tentatively approved by both houses of Congress BEFORE going to full vote nearly a year and a half after it was proposed. The 906 page *.PDF document is on the web under the USA Senate Website..

September 23 2013 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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You never post who these six senators were.

September 23 2013 at 11:11 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I could care less if the government shut down or not.. I'm tired of repubies and their whinning.. waaa waaa waaa...

September 23 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Jobs being created by ObamaCare the PP&ACA .

Here is a list of the jobs that may and can be generated across the 50 states and 7 territories of the United States of America due to the implementation of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act.

The Act has certain requirements for expanding health care and for making health care more accessible to nearly 30,000,000 people, thus there will be a boom in the construction and communications trades, as well as the medical profession trades as new hospitals are built, additions are added to existing, and new neighborhood clinics are constructed. There will also be a need for more 'teaching' schools and hospitals, and more advertising and signage used to inform people of the new facilities that will spring up in nearly every community of the USA and its territories..

We will need for each construction project and medical facility:

Air conditioning installers and maintenance workers
Architects for overall design of new facilities
Attorneys for legal paperwork creation and review
Carpenters to rough frame in new offices and laboratories.
Cement workers
Computer installers, programmers, maintenance technicians, and operators
Designers for new hospitals, upgraded facilities, new clinics, etc.
Doctors and specialist
Drug manufacturers and druggist
Drywall specialist
Electricians to install electrical, communications, and low voltage lines
Elevator manufacturing, installation, and servicing personnel
Equipment makers installers, programmers, maintenance technicians, and operators
Food service workers for the cafeterias and food services
Furniture makers
Heating contractors, HVAC
Heavy equipment operators
Inspectors, for all building trades and medical equipment installations
Iron, aluminum, and steel workers
Janitors and facilities management personnel
Laundry workers
Medical technicians for CT, x-ray, and MRI scanners
Nurses, transportation specialist, and nurses aids
Painters for painting the new offices and laboratories
Paperwork scanner operators
Parking attendants and cashiers in some areas
Plumbers, rough and finished
Radiation specialist
Roofing installers and maintenance personnel
Signage makers and painters
Telephone installers, programmers, maintenance technicians, and operators
Tile layers to tile floors, bathrooms, entries, etc.
Window glass installers and maintenance personnel
Woodworkers and Cabinet makers and installers

September 23 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The worst part of a "gov't shutdown" is no paychecks for gov't workers. Of course if they are "shut down" does that mean we won't be spending a billion dollars a day wagin' war somewhere? If that's the case then let it remain shut down.

September 23 2013 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

you know every time you see a government shut down you see the GOP me its not the GOP alone its the stoopid politicians we have in DC DEM Liberals and those GOP's both of them...

September 23 2013 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply