RUSH: "A new study predicts that health premiums could increase as much as 40 percent for young adults once Obamacare goes into effect in 2014. The concern, according to a study published in 'Contingencies' magazine, is that an influx of relatively healthy people will tip the balance away from those with immediate health needs, which will drive up the cost for individuals between the ages of 21 and 29, The Hill reports.
"'This means that close to 4 million uninsured individuals ... can expect to pay more out of pocket for single coverage than they otherwise would, even given the availability of premium assistance,' the study's authors wrote." Now, I remember that Obama said he was gonna cut the deficit in half in his first term, and he was gonna reduce health care premiums by $2500 a year, and that if you liked your doctor, you were going to be able to keep your doctor.
If you liked your plan, you were going to be able to keep your plan. It's just a shame that none of that's working out. Health premiums are gonna be going up by a minimum of $2500. The deficit and the debt? We all know what has happened there. But, you know, Obama's a nice guy. Don't blame him that things don't work for out. Blame Bush! These are all mission accomplished items.
Boom Time for Planned Parenthood
RUSH: Planned Parenthood is reporting a record year for abortions. Right on, dude, right on. It's from the Washington Examiner, but actually it comes from the latest annual report from Planned Parenthood, fiscal year 2011 to 2012. Planned Parenthood reveals it performed 334,000 abortions in 2011, a record year for the organization. This is something they'll fund-raise off of. According to the annual reports, Planned Parenthood performed 332,000 abortions in 2009, 329,000 abortions in 2010, making a total number of abortions in three years, 995,000. Right on, mama. Congratulations to Planned Parenthood from all of us. What is it, 250 bucks a pop?
You thought it was three, three fifty? You would know more than I. So three, three fifty a pop times 995,000 abortions. Planned Parenthood reported receiving a record $542 million in taxpayer funding. The news just gets better and better for these people. Susan B. Anthony list analyzed the report, gave us this information. The taxpayer funding came in the form of government grants, government contracts, Medicaid reimbursements, and that amount, that $542 million taxpayer funding, why, that represents almost half of Planned Parenthood's annual revenue. So in the question of revenue, Planned Parenthood's up. Planned Parenthood is not having a problem.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the Susan B. Anthony List president, said, "While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business." Well, those are inconvenient lives. It's no big deal.
College Generation Thinks They're the Greatest
RUSH: The UK Daily Mail Online: "How College Students Think They Are More Special Than EVER: Study Reveals Rocketing Sense Of Entitlement on U.S. Campuses."
Here's the story. "Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror. Young people's unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966. Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years.
Psychologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there's been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being 'above average' in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence."
Wow. "'What's really become prevalent over the last two decades is the idea that being highly self-confident - loving yourself, believing in yourself - is the key to success,' Twenge said. 'Now the interesting thing about that belief is it's widely held, it's very deeply held, and it's also untrue.'" Well, no, just based on their own self-assessment. But you're asking is the self-assessment based on anything. Well, apparently not because the psychologist that compiled the data says all the things they believe about themselves is wrong, is untrue.
"Despite a library's worth of self-help books promoting the idea we can achieve anything if we believe we can, there's very little evidence that raising self-esteem produces positive, real-world outcomes." It produces a lot of people running around thinking that they don't stink, but they don't actually do anything as a result. They don't think they have to. They're already there. That's the point that she's making. Then somebody named Baumeister "found that while successful people did have high-self esteem in many cases, it was unclear what actual caused their success if the first place. Both self-esteem and success were often influenced by another factor." The other factors are not stipulated here.