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40, 29 and 50 September 27, 2013

Posted by hslu in Congress, Economics, Health Insurance, jobs, Obamacare.
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That’s all you need to know about Obamacare‘s impact to you if you work for a small business:

1.   You will work 29 hours per week instead of 40 in the past.

2.   Your employer will keep the headcount below the magic 50 number. No expansion. No new hires. No health insurance to you.

You are on your own starting January 2014.

A big reminder: if you do not buy health insurance from the government, the IRS will track you down. Fines. Penalties. Back taxes. You name it.

According to some estimates, IRS has hired at least 4,000 more new agents to do just that and you don’t have to worry for them. They have health insurance from the government (that’s you and me; thank you very much.) and it’s not Obamacare.

Obamacare Is reserved for us whether you like it or not.

Watch out, doctors! Your payments from the government will come down as dust settles in a year or two. You thought dealing with the insurance companies is bad. Just wait for the forms from Obamacare. You have to justify this charge and justify that procedure. You’ll have to wait for approval before operating on your patients too.

Eventually, private health insurance companies will cease to exist because they won’t make enough money when they have to compete with the almighty government.

That’s just the way it will be.

 

Endless Fees and Charges on Flights October 6, 2011

Posted by hslu in Economics, Food, Islam, Taxes, Travel.
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We have been making a few domestic and international flights in recent months and there are two more coming in three to four weeks.

One thing I have noticed when I booked our flights was that the fees associated with our flights were outrageous. They acted like extra taxes to the flight public and companies who have to cope with these extra charges whether they like it or not.

Simply put: these fees and charges  make traveling so much more expensive. Among the fees are security related charges thanks to Muslim terrorists. And what’s sad about them  is that they do not make the United States stronger.

Here are some fees and charges I was able to find out:

  • Passenger Facility Charges: Up to $18.00 to enhance safety, security, or capacity.
  • September 11th Security Fee: $2.50 per segment.
  • Foreign country Departure and Arrival Charges:  This tax can be up to $200.
  • U.S. International Departure Tax: $16.10
  • U.S. International Arrival Tax:
  1. Arrival tax: $16.10
  2.  US Customs fee: $5.50
  3. Immigration fee: $7.00
  4. Animal and Plant Health Inspection fee: $5.00.
  • Shipping & Handling Fees: $25 for paper tickets.
  • Service Fee: For the usage of travel sites when book a flight.
  • Itinerary Changes/Cancellations fees: $200 to $300

You see, even before your vacation begins, you have to shell out as much as $300 to make am international flight. If for whatever reason you have to make a change to your flight, that’s another $300.

Wow! This is ridiculousness!

On top of that, flight attendants and counter agents of many airline companies; AA and United are among the worst, treat their economy class travelers like a herd of sheep. There was no smile. There was no service. There was no politeness. They also serve the same kind of &%#*@ on international flights like they do on domestic flights.

For that enjoyment, you have to pay up to $300 fees and charges on top of the regular ticket prices.

This is so not fair and the traveling public can do nothing about it but to take it on the chin every time they have to fly to some where.

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