The Odd Connection between Obamacare and Foodstamps

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BY MICHAEL MINKOFF

Ever since Obamacare has been implemented, food stamp usage has increased, seemingly disconnected from the “improving” economy:

In most affected states, the enrollment increases were not huge, ranging from 1 percent to 6 percent over two years, according to an Associated Press analysis. The sole exception was Nevada, where enrollment shot up 14 percent.

The enrollment is climbing as Republicans try to cut the costs of the food program and at a time when food-stamp usage would normally be expected to decline. Eligibility rules have not changed.

West Virginia’s food-stamp enrollment increased 4 percent after a Medicaid expansion that was part of the health care changes. Enrollment jumped because people were “more engaged with our systems and more aware what they’re eligible for,” said Jeremiah Samples of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

So Obamacare forces people to engage with the welfare system in at least one way, and some of those people are dipping into other welfare services while they’re there. Because why not?

Everyone knew Obamacare was going to be more expensive than anyone had predicted. But not even the most diehard opponent of Obamacare foresaw this. People would have said we were grasping at straws if we had predicted an up-tick in welfare enrollment correlated to Obamacare. Yet that is just what is happening.

So what’s the solution? The solution is obvious. Get the civil government out of the welfare business. They are really terrible at it. By that, I mean that they are really terrible at actually helping people. They are very adept at finding new ways to give “support” to people who would probably be better off without it in the long-term.

There probably isn’t a chance of abolishing Obamacare at this point. Everyone points to how well it’s working. No one seems to care that we can’t afford it. Well at least we’ll be able to eat some freshly minted food stamps when the economy collapses.

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OUTRAGEOUS Your Tax Dollars Paid for Boston Bomber’s Family’s Trip to U.S.

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Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing are outraged after learning that family members of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were flown to the U.S., put up in a hotel and provided with extensive security – all paid for with taxpayer dollars.

“Fox and Friends Weekend” broke down the numbers, and they are shocking.

Anna Kooiman reported that it cost $2,500 per person to fly to the U.S. from Amsterdam, $200 per person a night at the hotel, $100,000 for round-the-clock security, plus lawyer fees.

“[This] shouldn’t surprise you because you’ve been paying for it since day one,” Tucker Carlson said. “Mrs. Tsarnaev was brought here along with her boys, the ones she claimed that were wronged, at your expense.”

“They claimed asylum and then they immediately went on welfare. They’ve been living at taxpayer expense on the dole all these years, and now their extended family is doing the same.”

Kooiman pointed out that the reason the federal government is spending all this money and going through all this trouble is to be sure that the appeals process does not happen over and over again.

The 12 jurors who found Tsarnaev guilty on all charges now have to decide whether he will be sentenced to death or life in prison. The verdict must be unanimous. A divided jury would result in a life sentence for Tsarnaev.

“They want to get it right the first time,” Kooiman said. “It’s unfortunate, though, what is the result.”

Double-dipping: Low wage-paying companies force taxpayers to fund benefits, says report

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More than half of the billions of dollars spent on state and federal government assistance programs each year goes to benefit working Americans because their salaries are too low to make ends meet.

A study published out of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California’s Berkley campus this week says 56 percent of the $226.8 billion used annually on assistance programs between 2009 and 2011 went to working families.

“When companies pay too little for workers to provide for their families, workers rely on public assistance programs to meet their basic needs,” Ken Jacobs, the chair of the labor center and co-author of report released this week, said in a statement. “This creates significant cost to the states.”

The researchers say that around $153 billion in taxpayer money is spent each year, on average, aiding families that otherwise depend on earned wages.

The economists studied the use of state and federal funds on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, and then looked to see how much of that money goes to families where at least one person has worked a minimum of 10 hours per week for half a year or longer.

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The report determined that working families make up roughly 61 percent of Medicaid enrollees and 74 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients, and also reaped the benefits of food stamps and TANF around one third of the time.

Nearly three-quarters of those who receive earned income tax credit are in working families, and those funds are only available to people who hold down jobs but still make either near or below the standard of living.

In explaining his group’s findings, Jacobs says that consistently low wages have made it hard for families to meet the cost of living. The study determined that wages, adjusted for inflation, haven’t increased for anyone in the bottom 70 percent of earners between 2003 and 2013, and that those on the bottom 10 percent are actually making less now, after adjustments, than Americans were earning 35 years earlier.

“We’re subsidizing the profits of Wal-Mart,” SEIU 1199 New England President David Pickus, whose union represents healthcare workers, told the Hartford Currant. “They’ve lived this way as if this is the way things are. It’s an amazing sense of corporate welfare.”

Ratchet Female Is Pissed Off She Can’t Get Change With Her EBT Card (THIS IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA HAVE CREATED.)*

This video shows a woman getting wild when she is told that she cannot get change with her welfare card.

Yes, She wants cash along with Government’s food.

The entitled woman attacks the poor cashier, saying she will “shut this b**ch down” and that he is “switching the game up.” She cannot understand why the employee won’t just hand her money like the government does. Luckily, the cashier is unfazed by her threats and stands strong, Mr. Conservative Reported.

Are you tired of paying for this?

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