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Stiffed: Middle Class Carrying Increasing Share of U.S. Healthcare Burden

Barack Obama's solemn assurances regarding ObamaCare, including "If you like your  doctor, you can keep your doctor," have been exposed as fraudulent.  That's a main reason why his main "legacy" has remained terribly unpopular since its inception.

Now, another alarming factor has been added to the miserable litany:  Middle-class Americans have had the cost of it all increasingly heaped upon them.  Since 2000, U.S. healthcare spending has jumped from 13.3% of our economy to 18.2% this year.  The news gets worse for the middle class:

The government has taken on a larger share in recent years as more people age into Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] expanded Medicaid and provided subsidies for low-income people buying insurance on state exchanges.  Middle-class households…[more]

August 29, 2016 • 02:09 pm

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Pokemon Go(es) to Court
Wednesday, August 24 2016

A New Jersey man is suing the makers of Pokemon Go after players trespassed on his property.

Jeffrey Marder filed the proposed class action lawsuit claiming the game's developer, Niantic, "caused Pokemon Go players to interfere with [his] use and enjoyment of his property." According to court documents, Marder's property, and that of thousands of others, contain PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms, which encourage the users to visit these virtual meeting points and "make unwanted incursions onto the properties."

The lawsuit, which also names Nintendo and the Pokemon Game, states that "during the week of Pokemon Go's release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand," and "at least five individuals knocked on [his] door and asked for access to [his] backyard in order to 'catch' Pokemon that the game had placed at [his] residence ... without [his] permission."

According to news reports, Marder is the only person named as a plaintiff, with the lawsuit stating that the number of people who may potentially be interested in suing "is uncertain and can only be ascertained through appropriate discovery." Harder is seeking class action status, compensation and a change to the game's practices.


Unhappy Hall of Fame Fans
Tuesday, August 16 2016

The late cancellation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game has led to a lawsuit against the NFL and the National Football Museum.

A class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by a group of unhappy fans who claim they traveled from far away and spent hundreds of dollars on tickets, lodging and food only to learn that the Hall of Fame Game was canceled due to a dangerous chemical being applied to the FieldTurf. Representatives of the class also are suing because they claim the stadium did not contain adequate seating to match up with the number of ticket sales.

The complaint alleges that the Hall of Fame/NFL didn’t tell the customers about the cancellation of the game until 8:00 p.m. ET, at least 80 minutes after the decision was made to pull the plug.

The Hall of Fame has offered to reimburse fans for the face value of tickets purchased to the game, but plaintiffs seek additional damages, including out-of-pocket costs for tickets for those who paid above face value, lodging and travel expenses, costs associated with items purchased before and after the game, and lost employment hours for fans who took time off to attend the game.


Cheated Out of an Education?
Wednesday, August 10 2016

A University of Central Florida student is suing the school after being barred from attending classes following an alleged cheating incident.

College student Taylor Seitz is accused of sneaking out a cellphone during a test. Following a formal disciplinary process, UCF placed her on discipline probation and barred her from attending classes for two semesters. Seitz claims in her lawsuit that the punishment rendered does not fit what her assistant professor and head of the department assured her would happen, namely, a failing course grade and the requirement to take a workshop on academic integrity. Seitz refers to the punishment as "egregious."

According to news reports, Seitz wrote a letter of apology, calling the incident "one of the biggest mistakes" of her life.

Source: Pensacola News Journal (Florida)

Nothing to Cheer About
Thursday, August 04 2016

A Florida high school student is threatening to sue her school district after she was denied a spot on the cheerleading squad.

According to news reports, the Leon County (Florida) School District is considering whether to bypass the selection process to make room for the aggrieved girl, an action that has occurred in the past.

Caylen Berry, Leon’s head cheerleading coach, is against this move. Leon has an "open tryout" and cheerleading hopefuls audition before multiple coaches. Berry said the girl threatening to use legal action is not the only senior who didn't make the team. During the recent tryout, she fell twice during the same tumbling routine and was ranked too low for a place on the varsity squad and school rules do not permit seniors to be on junior varsity.

“They should not put an athlete on the team that doesn’t deserve to be on the team,” Berry said. “A decision like this would question my integrity as a professional. It also questions the entire legitimacy of tryouts and cheerleading as a sport.”

Chris Petley, a spokesman for the district, did not provide additional details about the decision, but said officials were "made aware of a parent's complaint" and have "forwarded information back to Leon High School."

Source: (Tallahassee Democrat)

Man Sues Bar for Not Babysitting
Thursday, July 28 2016

A Dallas-area man is suing a local bar after he crashed his car following an eight hour drinking spree at the bar.

Gordon Savage is seeking $1 million in damages from W.W. Fairfield's of Richardson, Texas. Savage claims that he started drinking at the bar around 6 p.m. and employees continued to serve him alcohol past 2 a.m.  Around 3:10 a.m. Savage crashed his car into a concrete dividing wall on the North Central Expressway. Savage was treated at a local hospital, but never charged with drunken driving.

Savage's attorney, Tom Carse, blames the bar's servers, claiming they are trained to make sure customers aren't drinking too much.

"You don't go sit and drink for eight hours at a bar," Carse said. "You don't let a customer do that."

According to news reports, it is now up to a jury to decide whether Savage was "obviously intoxicated" to the point that the bar should be held partially liable under the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.


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"For years, ObamaCare supporters have been telling critics of the law to shut up and fall in line. Now, they are urging them to come to its rescue. A key part of President Obama's domestic legacy is sputtering so badly that even the law's boosters are admitting that the federal government needs to do more to prop it up. The ObamaCare exchanges were supposed to enhance choice and hold down costs --…[more]
—Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
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