Monthly Archives: November 2015

Obama economy hitting NY City, 36 percent in Bronx trouble buying food, 30 percent in Manhattan just getting by, Shades of 1984 and Big Brother propaganda

Obama economy hitting NY City, 36 percent in Bronx trouble buying food, 30 percent in Manhattan just getting by, Shades of 1984 and Big Brother propaganda

“In December 2014 there were 18 million immigrants (legal and illegal) living in the country who had arrived since January 2000. But job growth over this period was just 9.3 million — half of new immigration.”…Center for Immigration Studies February 2015

“U.S. food banks are expected to give away about 4 billion pounds of food this year, more than double the amount provided a decade ago, according to Feeding America, the nation’s primary food bank network. The group gave away 3.8 billion in 2013.
While reliance on food banks exploded when the economy tanked in 2008, groups said demand continues to rise year after year, leaving them scrambling to find more food.”…Associated Press August 13, 2015

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

You have been hearing and reading it for several years in the mainstream media and White House press releases. The economy and jobs are improving.

If you are a reader of Citizen Wells you knew that was a lie.

A lie reminiscent of those told to the populace in “1984” by George Orwell.

Consider this from “1984.”

“But actually, he thought as he re-adjusted the Ministry of Plenty’s figures, it was not even forgery. It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another. Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connexion with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connexion that is contained in a direct lie. Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version as in their rectified version. A great deal of the time you were expected to make them up out of your head. For example, the Ministry of Plenty’s forecast had estimated the output of boots for the quarter at one-hundred-and-forty-five million pairs. The actual output was given as sixty-two millions. Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled. In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than one-hundred-and-forty-five millions. Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain.”

From the NY Times November 18, 2015.

“Half of New Yorkers Say They Are Barely or Not Getting By, Poll Shows

Half of New York City residents say they are struggling economically, making ends meet just barely, if at all, and most feel sharp uncertainty about the future of the city’s next generation, a new poll shows.

The poll, conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, shows great disparities in quality of life among the city’s five boroughs. The stresses weighing on New Yorkers vary widely, from the Bronx, where residents feel acute concern about access to jobs and educational opportunity, to Staten Island, where one in five report recently experiencing vandalism or theft.

But an atmosphere of economic anxiety pervades all areas of the city: 51 percent of New Yorkers said they were either just getting by or finding it difficult to do so.

Even in Manhattan, three in 10 said they were just getting by. (Fifty-eight percent said they were doing all right or thriving financially — the highest response of the five boroughs.)”

“In those boroughs, nearly three in five residents said they were straining to make ends meet. In the Bronx, 36 percent said there had been times in the past year when they did not have the money to buy enough food for their family; only one in five said they and their neighbors had good or excellent access to suitable jobs.”

Read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/nyregion/half-of-new-yorkers-say-they-are-barely-or-not-getting-by-poll-shows.html?smid=nytnow-share&smprod=nytnow&_r=1

 

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UnitedHealth Group pulling out of Obamacare exchanges?, Expects major losses on its business through Affordable Care Act, Other insurers sounding alarms about their exchange business, Many insurers have raised premiums to cover medical costs of enrollees

UnitedHealth Group pulling out of Obamacare exchanges?, Expects major losses on its business through Affordable Care Act, Other insurers sounding alarms about their exchange business, Many insurers have raised premiums to cover medical costs of enrollees

“If you’ve got health insurance we’re going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president.”…Barack Obama

“Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he’d be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.

But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being cancelled because it didn’t cover certain benefits required under the law.

The Griffins, who live near Philadelphia, pay $770 monthly for their soon-to-be-terminated health care plan with a $2,500 deductible. The cheapest plan they found on their state insurance exchange was a so-called bronze plan charging a $1,275 monthly premium with deductibles totalling $12,700. It covers only providers in Pennsylvania, so the couple, who live near Delaware, won’t be able to see doctors they’ve used for more than a decade.”…Times Colonist November 2, 2013

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

 

From Market Watch November 19, 2015.

“UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it expects major losses on its business through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges and will consider withdrawing from them, in the most prominent signal so far of health insurers’ struggles with the health law’s marketplaces.

The disclosure by the biggest U.S. health insurer, which had just last month sounded optimistic notes about the segment’s prospects, will sharply boost worries about the sustainability of the law’s signature marketplaces, amid signs that many insurers’ losses on the business continue to mount.

UnitedHealth Group’s chief executive, Stephen J. Hemsley, said it made the move, which included a downgrade of its earnings projections for 2015, amid reduced growth expectations, the expected shutdowns of the majority of the health law’s nonprofit cooperative insurers, and signs that its own enrollees continue to increase their use of medical services, raising costs.
As a result, UnitedHealth said it is pulling back on marketing its exchange products, as open enrollment is currently under way for plans that will take effect in 2016. And the insurer said it is “evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment and will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue to serve the public exchange markets in 2017.” UnitedHealth had previously expanded its exchange offerings to 11 new states for 2016, and said in October it had around 550,000 people enrolled.

UnitedHealth said it was revising its 2015 earnings projection to $6 a share, from a previous range of $6.25 to $6.35. The move reflected “pressure” of $425 million, or 26 cents a share, tied to individual plans sold under the health law, it said. The $425 million includes $275 million related to the “advance recognition” of losses it expects to incur in 2016. UnitedHealth also said it expects its 2016 earnings to be between $7.10 and $7.30 per share in 2016; previously, the company said it thought next year’s earnings would be within the range of analysts’ projections, then around $7.09 to $7.55.

Chris Rigg, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, wrote that it was likely “this is more of an industry issue,” and if the exchanges don’t stabilize, he would expect UnitedHealth to “exit this business line.”

UnitedHealth’s announcement comes as other insurers have been sounding alarms about their exchange business, but the big insurer went considerably farther than its peers in flagging the recent rapid deterioration of its performance and raising concerns about future viability. UnitedHealth also changed its own tone markedly from its Oct. 15 earnings call, when it said it expected “strikingly better” results on the exchanges in 2016, due partly to price increases that it said averaged in the double digits.

The impact of the insurance industry’s struggles is already clear in the products currently on offer in the marketplaces, many of which are aimed at stanching a flood of red ink. For these plans, which will take effect in 2016, many insurers have raised premiums in order to cover the medical costs of enrollees, which have run higher than many companies originally projected, fueling this year’s losses. Insurers have also shifted to offering more limited choices of health-care providers. The majority of the startup cooperative insurers created under the health law are slated to shut down.

Analysts say the danger is that higher rates might discourage enrollment, particularly by the younger, healthier consumers that the marketplaces need to draw in, since they are the ones that are most likely to feel they can go without insurance. That would have the effect of driving premiums even higher in the future, because insurers would need more rate increases to cover the costs of a smaller, sicker pool of enrollees. At its worst, this cycle can feed on itself, creating what the industry calls a “death spiral.””

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/unitedhealth-cuts-guidance-citing-obamacare-2015-11-19

Rod Blagojevich SCOTUS appeal, US Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari, Attorney Len Goodman

Rod Blagojevich SCOTUS appeal, US Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari, Attorney Len Goodman

Why did Patrick Fitzgerald and the US Justice Department wait until December 2008 to arrest Rod Blagojevich?”…Citizen Wells

“I believe I’m more pristine on Rezko than him.”…Rod Blagojevich

“Regardless of how this plays out, it benefits Obama. If there is no appeal or the appeal is denied, Blagojevich will be sequestered. If the appeal proceeds, it could drag out beyond impacting the 2012 election cycle. The intent is obvious.”…Citizen Wells, July 19, 2011

 

 

From the Associated Press.

 

“Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear an appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

The court is more likely to accept cases that raise weighty and divisive legal issues, and the 83-page filing stated one such issue is questions of where the line is between the legal and illegal trading of political favors. It asks the court to clarify “what is the standard for distinguishing lawful attempts to obtain campaign contributions from criminal violations.”

The Supreme Court hears only around 80 cases a year, out of more than 10,000 requests. A decision on whether it will take on Blagojevich’s case should be made within the next few months. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence in Colorado. A lower court tossed five of his 18 convictions in July, and he’s now asking the Supreme Court to toss the rest. An appeal to the high court is a last slim hope for Blagojevich.

One of his defense attorneys, Leonard Goodman, said earlier this year that the Supreme Court might agree to look at an issue that caused disagreement at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: That in each case of alleged corruption, Blagojevich was participating in legal, run-of-the-mill politicking.

Allowing all the convictions to stand, Goodman said, “puts every public official who must raise campaign funds to stay in office and to be effective at the mercy of an ambitious or politically motivated federal prosecutor.”

A focus of the July ruling by the 7th Circuit striking five of Blagojevich’s conviction was the question of when an official crosses the line into illegal political wheeling and dealing.”

Read more:

Blagojevich SCOTUS appeal:

Obamacare costs skyrocket and low income people can’t afford, Huge deductibles hidden story emerges, Hospitals medical providers and public will pay for unpaid bills, Family spent half its annual income paying for obamacare

Obamacare costs skyrocket and low income people can’t afford, Huge deductibles hidden story emerges, Hospitals medical providers and public will pay for unpaid bills, Family spent half its annual income paying for obamacare

“If you’ve got health insurance we’re going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president.”…Barack Obama

“Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he’d be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.

But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being cancelled because it didn’t cover certain benefits required under the law.

The Griffins, who live near Philadelphia, pay $770 monthly for their soon-to-be-terminated health care plan with a $2,500 deductible. The cheapest plan they found on their state insurance exchange was a so-called bronze plan charging a $1,275 monthly premium with deductibles totalling $12,700. It covers only providers in Pennsylvania, so the couple, who live near Delaware, won’t be able to see doctors they’ve used for more than a decade.”…Times Colonist November 2, 2013

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

Citizen Wells has been warning you for years that aside from the catastrophic effect of Obamacare on premiums our healthcare system and jobs, the hidden story was rising deductibles that lower income people will not be able to pay and the burden this will place on the entire country.

From Citizen Wells October 17, 2013.

Obamacare is increasing healthcare premiums in 45 states.

A 27 year old in Virginia will see an increase of over 252 percent.

And one of the biggest under reported Obama scandals is the skyrocketing deductibles under Obamacare.

https://citizenwells.com/2013/10/17/obamacare-increases-premiums-in-45-states-deductibles-skyrocket-27-year-old-in-va-up-252-percent-obama-lied-about-keeping-your-insurance-and-reducing-costs/

From Zero Hedge November 15, 2015.

“Meet The Family That Just Spent Half Its Annual Income Paying For Obamacare”

“Well, since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as the Obamacare tax, we have watched in horror as shocker after shocker are revealed.

Some examples:

Now we can add one more thing that “was in it”: soaring deductibles, which give the fake impression of contained, low all-in costs… until one actually needs expensive medial help (and these days there is no other kind).

The latest expose against Obamacare comes not from its usual nemesis, but the hard-left NYT, suggesting that even the ideological supporters of Obama’s “crowning achievement” are losing faith. To wit:

Obama administration officials, urging people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, have trumpeted the low premiums available on the law’s new marketplaces.

 

But for many consumers, the sticker shock is coming not on the front end, when they purchase the plans, but on the back end when they get sick: sky-high deductibles that are leaving some newly insured feeling nearly as vulnerable as they were before they had coverage.

 

“The deductible, $3,000 a year, makes it impossible to actually go to the doctor,” said David R. Reines, 60, of Jefferson Township, N.J., a former hardware salesman with chronic knee pain. “We have insurance, but can’t afford to use it.”

 

In many states, more than half the plans offered for sale through HealthCare.gov, the federal online marketplace, have a deductible of $3,000 or more, a New York Times review has found. Those deductibles are causing concern among Democrats — and some Republican detractors of the health law, who once pushed high-deductible health plans in the belief that consumers would be more cost-conscious if they had more of a financial stake or skin in the game.

 

“We could not afford the deductible,” said Kevin Fanning, 59, who lives in North Texas, near Wichita Falls. “Basically I was paying for insurance I could not afford to use.” He dropped his policy.

In other words, Obamacare’s “affordable care” is affordable, as long as one doesn’t actually have to use it!”

Read more:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-15/meet-family-just-spent-half-its-annual-income-paying-obamacare

 

Obama economy Obamacare slam Guilford County NC and most of US, Poverty and food assistance skyrockets, Greensboro High Point metro area one of fastest in poverty growth, Families fallen out of middle class because of layoffs companies closing loss of benefits reduced hours rising prices

Obama economy Obamacare slam Guilford County NC and most of US, Poverty and food assistance skyrockets, Greensboro High Point metro area one of fastest in poverty growth, Families fallen out of middle class because of layoffs companies closing loss of benefits reduced hours rising prices

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“Nearly half of U.S. companies are reluctant to hire full-time employees because of the ACA. One in five firms indicates they are likely to hire fewer employees, and another one in 10 may lay off current employees in response to the law.

Other firms will shift toward part-time workers. More than 40 percent of CFOs say their companies will consider switching some jobs to less than 30 hours per week or targeting part-time workers for future employment.”…Duke University Fuqua School of Business December 11, 2013

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

The Guilford County NC, Greensboro High Point metro area has been hit hard by the Obama economy and impact of Obamacare.

But in many ways it represents the plight of much of mainstreet US in increased poverty and food assistance needs.

White American employment has been decimated since Obama Took office in January 2009.

Since January 2015 there are 74,000 fewer white Americans employed.

And the disgusting, Obama protecting media is not telling you this.

The data comes straight from the US Labor Department.

The labor force participation rate in NC has dropped 4.3 % under Obama so it is no surprise that people are suffering in Guilford County NC and much of the country.

From the Greensboro News Record November 13, 2015.

“Guilford County poverty: Old story, new faces

The elderly woman, who worked all her life but is now on a fixed income, was explaining that she had tried going without her medicine so she could eat.

“That wasn’t wise,” the diabetic told Tyra Clymer, the emergency assistance program director at Greensboro Urban Ministry, after asking for a few bags of food on Thursday.

Similar stories were circulating around the agency’s dining hall tables at the Potter’s House community kitchen, which feeds as many as 600 people daily for lunch. And across the desk to intake workers in offices going over family income with those there for help to keep the power on. And just outside the building, where this woman and others finish hours-long waits to get a few bags of groceries.

Demand for services at Urban Ministry is already up as much as 20 to 50 percent across the board.

There are waiting lists at the Pathways Center, which houses homeless families, and Partnership Village, for the formerly homeless.

Observers only expect it to get worse next year when adults without children or a disability will be moved off public assistance after a three-month time limit.

NC Policy Watch notes that with state House Bill 318, the average income of the people who will lose their food assistance is just $2,236 per year.

Chris Fitzsimon the group’s executive director, says this is in addition to the cuts that have been made to unemployment benefits, childcare subsidies, pre-K for at-risk kids and services in the schools.

“It’s going to fall on a patchwork of nonprofits and individuals to try to pick up the slack,” Fitzsimon said.

Statistics say some of the fastest-growing poverty in the country is reported in the Greensboro-High Point metro area. Last year, polls showed the area as among the hungriest in the country.

Those who work with the needy point to the growing addition of families who have fallen out of the middle class because of layoffs or companies closing or underemployment; of working-class people grappling with loss of benefits or reduced hours or rising prices that give them less to live on; and of those who can’t find work or have given up on looking.

Many end up in line at Urban Ministry.

“I see people just like me,” said Valerie Martin, who was at Urban Ministry Thursday. She has a food service job on a local college campus but stops by once or twice a year for the groceries when her own means won’t stretch.

Ask Clymer about the changing face of poverty, and this is it.

It’s that woman in the nursing uniform sitting down Thursday to a hot meal, perhaps on her lunch break.

It’s those children spooning up food across the room.

“I don’t like to see kids hungry, but when they are here, you wonder if it might be the only meal they get,” said Howard Coates, a board member clearing off tables at the Potter’s House, who was once homeless himself.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/guilford-county-poverty-old-story-new-faces/article_0aff704e-2467-55ba-8d41-0b3583eafe82.html

Oh, by the way, until recently Greensboro functioned as a sanctuary city providing illegal aliens with opportunities while stifling those of native born Americans.

Market Watch new reports suggest October jobs blowout is an outlier, Outliar (outright liar) more accurate, Over 1.8 million jobs added since January but 74k fewer white Americans employed

Market Watch new reports suggest October jobs blowout is an outlier, Outliar (outright liar) more accurate, Over 1.8 million jobs added since January but 74k fewer white Americans employed

“In today’s labor market, there are nearly 1 million “missing” young workers—potential workers who are neither employed nor actively seeking work (and are thus not counted in the unemployment rate) because job opportunities remain so scarce. If these missing workers were in the labor market looking for work, the unemployment rate of workers under age 25 would be 18.1 percent instead of 14.5 percent.”…Economic Policy Institute May 1, 2014

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

From Market Watch November 9, 2015.

“New reports suggest October jobs blowout is an outlier

The surprisingly large 271,000 increase in U.S. jobs in October is likely to prove an exception and not the new normal, according to a fresh pair of employment indicators.

The Federal Reserve’s gauge of labor-market health and a privately run employment trends index suggest the economy will continue to spit out a steady number of new jobs. Just not at October’s heady pace.

The Fed’s labor index rose to 1.6 in October from 1.3 in September, remaining in positive territory for the 6th straight month.

The index is averaging a much lower 1.5 in 2015, however, compared to 5.4 in 2014, when job growth was considerably stronger. The U.S. has added an average of 206,000 jobs a month this year vs a 15-year high of 260,000 in 2014.”

“So what’s it all mean? The pace of job creation in the near future will probably be closer to 200,000 a month instead of 250,000 to 300,000.”

Read more:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-reports-suggest-october-jobs-blowout-is-an-outlier-2015-11-09

Outlier?

More like Outliar (outright liar).

The US labor Department has reported jobs added since January 2015 of over 1.8 million.

It also reveals a drop of 74,000 white American employments over the same period.

Are you getting this from the mainstream media?

October Labor Dept jobs lies continue, Jobs vs people employed, 74K fewer white Americans employed in 2015, Hispanics gained 130K employments in October, ADP report show 182K jobs added in Oct, Orwellian lies continue

October Labor Dept jobs lies continue, Jobs vs people employed, 74K fewer white Americans employed in 2015, Hispanics gained 130K employments in October, ADP report show 182K jobs added in Oct, Orwellian lies continue

“In December 2014 there were 18 million immigrants (legal and illegal) living in the country who had arrived since January 2000. But job growth over this period was just 9.3 million — half of new immigration.”…Center for Immigration Studies February 2015

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

From the US Labor Department November 6, 2015.

“THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2015

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 271,000 in October, and the
unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and
business services, health care, retail trade, food services and drinking
places, and construction.”

“The civilian labor force participation rate was unchanged at 62.4 percent in
October, following a decline of 0.2 percentage point in September. The employment-
population ratio, at 59.3 percent, changed little in October and has shown
little movement over the past year. (See table A-1.)”

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

ADP reported 182,000 jobs added in October.

Who can you trust?

You can trust Citizen Wells to report the facts.

You can also trust your eyes by simply going to the US Labor Department website and looking at the historical tables.

Look at the numbers employed by race for 2015 and for the change from September to October.

These are people employed, not mythical jobs.

You will find:

From January 2015 to October, there were 74,000 fewer white Americans employed.

For one month, there were 130,000 more Hispanics employed

How does this match up with the euphoria already happening in the mainstream media and financial markets.