Obamacare News: Target Drops Health Insurance for Part-Time Employees

Jan 23, 2014, 12:32 pm EST

Target (TGT), announced on Tuesday, that it is cutting health insurance to part-time employees. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Target claims that it’s ending its health-insurance offers to part-time employees because Obamacare health insurance is the better option. To help with the change, Target is giving any part-time employee who had health insurance through the company $500. Target says that only around 10% of its part-time employees are enrolled in health insurance through the company, reports The Washington Times.

Target also noted that it will continue to offer vacation, dental, disability, life insurance and 401(k) benefits to part-time employees, The Washington Times notes. Read 

IRS.Gov: The 2014 Tax Filing Season Opens Jan. 31

Jan 22, 2014, 4:30 pm EST

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced that the tax filing season begins on Jan. 31 and they encourage taxpayers to file online via IRS.gov. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Taxpayers can file for their 2013 tax returns by paper but those will not be processed until Jan. 31. The IRS recommends using the IRS.gov electronic filing system which is the fastest way to receive refunds. The original date for the tax filing season to begin was Jan. 21 but that was pushed back due to the government shutdown.

April 15 is still the deadline for filing taxes  and the IRS said that taxpayers can request a six-month extension to file their tax return. Read 

Sean Hannity Threatens to Leave New York After Gov. Cuomo’s Comments

Jan 21, 2014, 1:41 pm EST

Sean Hannity, a conservative radio host, threatened to leave New York over the controversial comments made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Sean Hannity said that he plans to leave New York and move down to Texas or Florida. Hannity’s threat to leave New York comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated during a radio show that there was no place for pro-life conservatives in the state. Hannity said that he is leaning toward moving to Florida because he likes to fish, reports The Washington Times.

Here is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statement that set Sean Hannity off, as collected by FishbowlNY. Read 

Texas Gov Candidate Wendy Davis Accused of Fudging Bio Facts

Jan 21, 2014, 12:58 pm EST

Texas Governor candidate Wendy Davis has been accused of fudging her biography facts. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

A newspaper article that went up over the weekend pointed out that Wendy Davis was 21 when she got a divorce, not 19. Davis argued back against the article and claimed that it was a part of opponent Greg Abbott’s campaign against her. However, the writer of the article claims that he didn’t talk to a single person from Abbot’s campaign to get information for the piece, reports Politico.

Wendy Davis’ bio paints a picture of her as a single-teenage mother that lived in a trailer and had multiple minimum wage jobs to pay for her tuition at Harvard Law School. The article examining Davis’ bio states that she only lived in a trailer for a short time and that she married a lawyer when she was 24. This lawyer, Jeff Davis, helped pay for Davis’ tuition with loans and his 401K, The Washington Post notes. Read 

Why Senator Tom Coburn Is Retiring Before the End of His Term

Jan 17, 2014, 9:49 am EST
Why Senator Tom Coburn Is Retiring Before the End of His Term

A leading conservative voice is leaving the U.S. Senate. Source: Wikipedia

On Thursday, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn announced that he will step down as senator at the end of 2014. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican, was reelected to a second term in the Sentate in 2010. That term does not expire until January 2017, USA TODAY notes.

Senator Tom Coburn has been battling prostate cancer for several years. He had previously hinted that his condition might force an early end to his political career. However, in a statement announcing his decision to leave the Senate, Senator Tom Coburn said that the “decision isn’t about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires.” Instead, Senator Tom Coburn said he felt he could best help his family by “shifting my focus elsewhere.” Read 

Obamacare News: Young People Aren’t Signing Up — and That’s a Problem

Jan 14, 2014, 9:58 am EST

Obamacare may see more issues in the future as young people aren’t signing up for insurance. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

A recent report has shown that about 70% of people who have signed up for Obamacare are 35 years old or older. This misses the 40% target that the Obama administration had set for how many people under the age of 35 that it wanted signed up for insurance. The Obama administration was hoping more young people would enroll and help balance out the cost of health care for older people, reports Bloomberg.

If more young people don’t sign up for Obamacare by April, then insurance premiums may increase. In an effort to combat this, the Obama administration is targeting 25 cities where it will focus on helping young people sign up for health insurance. The effort will mainly target young males, as females already make up around 54% of the people that have signed up for Obamacare, Bloomberg notes. Read 

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