Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-12-12 04:27:21 GMT
The hype of the Auburn Tiger's SEC win has not died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.In Fayetteville GA, Robert Fulton is celebrating the Tiger's big SEC win by displayingMore >
The hype of the Auburn Tigers' SEC win hasn't died down and one Auburn fan is celebrating the big win in a unique way.More >
A U.S. Embassy official in the Turkish capital says the United States is suspending all non-lethal assistance destined for the opposition in northern Syria because of rebel infighting.More >
The U.S. and Britain said Wednesday they were suspending deliveries to rebels in northern Syria of nonlethal aid such as communications equipment and laptops after some of the gear was seized by Islamic militants.More >
"Me and my wife separated due to -- for several reasons; um, one of which being the way she treated my children," Terry Steinfurth told Nancy Grace Monday night. More >
"Me and my wife separated due to -- for several reasons; um, one of which being the way she treated my children. That's why we separated, and we separated back in November," Terry Steinfurth told Nancy Grace Monday night.More >
Apple sold more than 5 million i-phones in its first week of release, despite glitches like its new mapping service. While you are saving up the $200 for your new phone be sure to stash away more for all the accessories. More >
Apple sold more than 5 million i-phones in its first week of release, despite glitches like its new mapping service. While you are saving up the $200 for your new phone be sure to stash away more for all the new cases, cords, and adaptors you will need.More >
(Toledo News Now) -
Even though the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as it's also known, is scheduled to take effect January 1, it's starting to be felt right now, right here in northwest Ohio.
"My first step was - I've got to cut my budget," said Jeff Vernon, who already lives in a small apartment in west Toledo. Now, he's looking to cut back even more.
Vernon works at the Scrambler Marie's restaurant on Secor Road. He said he's about to have his hours trimmed because of ObamaCare. He told us the people he works for tried to find a different solution.
"They were real good about that," said Vernon. "The last thing they wanted to do was cut people. They don't want to fire anybody."
We talked to the owner of the restaurant Shane Beukre. He said any business with 50 or more employees will have to offer insurance to workers with 30 or more hours a week. If he does not do that, he gets fined $2,000 per employee.
Beukre told us he's cutting some people down to under 30 hours to help with costs to his business and the workers.
As it is explained in the new law, under ObamaCare, everyone must have insurance. So, the next step for workers is to get a plan through expanded Medicaid or through state or federal exchanges that will give them options on plans. If a plan is not offered through their employer, workers could get a subsidy to help with insurance costs.
It might be cheaper for individual people to have hours cut and pay less for insurance, but Vernon said he'll lose more than $400 a month with fewer hours and paying for health insurance.
"That leaves me $27.50 for two weeks to live off of," said Vernon.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel said he sees the Affordable Care Act already cutting jobs and pay because of a "look back" provision. That means the government will evaluate each business to see who's been working more than 30 hours in the previous three months, six months, even a year in some cases, and then calculate who should be offered an employer health care option.
We asked Mandel if this is just politics he's siding with because he's Republican and the president is Democrat. Mandel said it's about economics.
"Everywhere I hear, 'We don't like ObamaCare. We don't like it because it kills jobs.' And that's what we're seeing," Mandel explained. "We're seeing full-time jobs go part-time. We're seeing part-time jobs go to no job."
However, the White House has put out a progress report that shows the Affordable Care Act has already saved senior citizens and the disabled more than $3 billion on prescription drugs, and insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition.
The law will also help those not covered, insurance companies can't drop you when you get sick, it will provide access to free preventive services, and so much more.
Dr. Ken Berkta is the Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Health System, which approves of ObamaCare for many reasons, including a plan for a continuum of care between hospitals, specialists, and family doctors.
"That it's a coordinated journey," said Dr. Berkta. "That there's clean handoffs...there's a free flow of medical information so that patients and physicians and other caregivers can make the best decision with the best information."
Dr. Berkta did admit there are many uncertainties about how that will work without knowing exact regulations from the government yet. But when endorsing the healthcare reform, they studied the intended outcomes.
"The benefits of the Affordable Care Act outweighed the negatives," he said.
Vernon told us the negatives are hitting him now.
"A great job that I had was taken away from me," Vernon told us. "It was ripped right out of my hands. I wasn't doing great. This isn't a mansion, but I was doing okay."
Berkta told us there are three goals for ObamaCare: Better service and quality to individual patients, a focus on the health of the community, and do it all for less money.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:30 PM EST2013-12-11 17:30:12 GMT
A local community is left in shock after the death of their star athlete after Swartz Creek student and quarterback Brendon Fitch took his own life. Brendon Fitch was a record-setting quarterback andMore >
A local community is left in shock after the death of their star athlete after Swartz Creek student and quarterback Brendon Fitch took his own life.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 3:05 PM EST2013-12-11 20:05:01 GMT
On Sept. 3, the Mt. Pleasant Police department investigated the death of 22-year-old Kelly Markatos in the 900 block of S. Douglas Street in Mt. Pleasant. Markatos was found unresponsive in her apartmentMore >
Kelly Markatos was found unresponsive in her apartment bedroom by her roommates Sept. 3 near the CMU campus - police now say they know what killed her.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:09 PM EST2013-12-11 22:09:28 GMT
Police have identified a local woman who was found dead over the weekend. Yolanda Leal, 47, was found inside her home on Montana Avenue in Bridgeport. Authorities are still investigating what led toMore >
Police have identified a local woman who was found dead over the weekend.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:24 PM EST2013-12-11 19:24:21 GMT
The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (BAYANET) said it received information on two individuals selling heroin and other narcotics. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Detectives from BAYANET executed a search warrantMore >
The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team said a raid has resulted in the seizure of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:52 PM EST2013-12-11 22:52:14 GMT
It's been nearly a year since a local teenager was found dead, but still the case remains unsolved. Sixteen-year-old Dequavious Southward was shot and killed on Bethany Street in Saginaw just two daysMore >
It's been nearly a year since a local teenager was found dead, but still the case remains unsolved.More >
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:03 PM EST2013-12-10 20:03:34 GMT
A Ponchatoula, La. woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning after being charged with child desertion. She was accused of putting her child in an ice chest, along with a gas can, and closing the lid. JamiMore >
A Ponchatoula, La. woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning after being charged with child desertion. She was accused of putting her child in an ice chest, along with a gas can, and closing the lid.More >
Wednesday, December 11 2013 11:49 AM EST2013-12-11 16:49:26 GMT
(KGBT/CNN) - A family of 12 is living in the back of a tractor trailer in Texas. They gave a tour of their temporary home, and it has what you would expect in a house, beds, a TV and even a Christmas tree. ThereMore >
The Texas family gave a tour of their temporary home, and it has what you would expect in a house, beds, a TV and even a Christmas tree.More >