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  • A 10-Year Prediction for the Affordable Care Act: Number of uninsured Americans may increase by 10%

    08/29/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/29/2014 | MICHAEL RAMLET
    The Affordable Care Act cannot be broken down into sound bites. This holds true for both its most ardent supporters and its most fervent opponents. The law is simply too complex to be labeled either a total failure or a smashing success. But that doesn't mean it isn't trending in one of those two directions. Across the country, individuals and families are beginning to learn whether their insurance premiums will change for 2015—early estimates indicate an overall national increase of 7.5 percent, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. That's what is expected despite the early promise that the ACA would lower...
  • Another 2,000 Insurance Policies Cancelled In Colorado

    08/21/2014 4:00:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/2014 | Greg Campbell
    More than 2,000 more Coloradans had their health insurance plans cancelled as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a letter from the state regulatory agency to state Senate Republicans.Following a dust-up earlier this year between Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and the Division of Insurance, Republicans have requested regular updates on policies that are cancelled because they don’t conform to Obamacare or because companies are getting out of the individual insurance market.Udall disputed the original number of nearly a quarter million cancellations in the immediate wake of Obamacare’s rollout in late 2013, arguing that almost all of...
  • Obamacare rates are rising once again

    08/21/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/21/2014 | PHILIP KLEIN
    Supporters of President Obama’s health care law have been touting proposed insurance rates for 2015 — arguing that they aren’t as high as some of the dire warnings of the law’s critics.But it’s worth considering some additional context.Data complied by the Health Research Institute of PricewaterhouseCoopers from about 29 states plus the District of Columbia show that the average premium increase for insurance starting next year is currently 8.2 percent. But within that average, there’s a wide range.In Arizona, for instance, the average premium increase submitted was 11.2 percent, but rates ranged from a decrease of 23 percent to a...
  • Providing futile treatment prevents other patients from receiving the critical care they need

    08/20/2014 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Sparklite · 18 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 20, 2014 | University of California
    "It is unjust when a patient is unable to access intensive care because ICU beds are occupied by patients who cannot benefit from such care. Our findings are particularly relevant in the U.S., but are also instructive elsewhere given universal concerns regarding providing treatments that are non-beneficial," the study states. "The ethic of 'first come, first served' is not only inefficient and wasteful, but it is contrary to medicine's responsibility to apply healthcare resources to best serve society. In the context of healthcare reform, which aims to more justly distribute medical care to the nation, opportunity cost is one more...
  • Thousands Of Firms Aren't Paying An "Obamacare Tax", IRS Audit Finds 24% Shortfall

    08/20/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    It appears Sen. Orin Hatch's comment that "everything from this ill-conceived tax's structure to its implementation has been a disaster," are coming true. As AP reports, an "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. An audit found the IRS received only 5,107 returns (against expectations of over 9,000) with a 24% shortfall in revenues. The tax is projected to generate $29 billion over the coming decade, so a 24 percent shortfall - if it were sustained - would be significant. As...
  • ObamaCare tax not meeting revenue target because companies not paying, audit finds

    08/19/2014 7:22:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 19, 2014
    An ObamaCare tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax. The tax agency, however, doesn't have adequate tools to identify which companies owe it, the audit said.
  • Not National News: Mass. Obamacare Exchange Requires Everyone to Re-enroll, Again May Not Work

    08/18/2014 3:55:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/18/14 | Tom Blumer
    Recent news about Obamacare hasn't exactly been good, but the press has been pretty effective in keeping it quiet. To name just a few items, Enrollment is shrinking, because perhaps as many as 20 percent of enrollees aren't keeping up with their premiums. Rising costs have moved insurers to beg for bailouts, which appear to be forthcoming. Then there's this: Just last week in Massachusetts, where the state-run health insurance got its start under Republican Governor Mitt Romney eight years ago, the state's exchange announced that everyone currently enrolled in 2014 or who should have enrolled and didn't is going...
  • The billion dollar web site you paid for

    08/14/2014 4:29:16 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    ZDNET ^ | 08/13/2014 | Larry Seltzer
    Perhaps no news about HealthCare.gov, the Federal healthcare exchange website and supporting systems, is shocking anymore. We all know that it was an utter disaster at launch on October 1, 2013 and was completely unusable for some time thereafter. But eventually they got it to the point of being usable, so no harm no foul, right?
  • Health Law Funds New $10 Billion Effort To Search For Health Care's Next Big Ideas

    08/11/2014 9:09:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    huffington post ^ | 8-11-2014 | Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News
    The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse. The center’s ten-year, $10 billion budget is the largest ever devoted to transforming care. In several states the office is working to overhaul medicine for nearly all residents — not just those with government Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Hundreds of organizations have gotten money. More than $2 billion has been doled out or committed since 2011. One of the biggest experiments is...
  • Report: Companies desperate to avoid ObamaCare 'Cadillac tax' shifting costs to workers

    08/14/2014 3:38:38 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Jim Angle
    A national business group representing the nation’s large employers reported Wednesday that companies desperate to avoid a 40 percent ObamaCare “Cadillac tax” are finding ways to shift the costs to workers. The so-called “Cadillac tax,” now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker. Meanwhile, employers are shifting workers into plans with higher deductibles, just as ObamaCare does in the health care exchanges, and using health savings accounts to help defray the costs.
  • Aetna: Actual ObamaCare enrollment turning out way lower than the White House said

    08/13/2014 5:09:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    And they should know because they're the ones not collecting the premiums.Much of the left has been trying its best to push the notion that "ObamaCare is working," largely based on the announced enrollment total of anywhere from 8 million to 10 million that has come out of the White House. Since this was more than the 7 million they originally said they needed to make the system viable, viola . . . success!One problem: They counted everyone who enrolled, without regard to whether enrollees ever paid a premium. If you don't pay the premium, you're not insured and you're...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Is Sinking Rapidly

    08/11/2014 5:43:05 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The number of Obamacare enrollments for top health insurer Aetna is plummeting, according to a report from Investor’s Business Daily. Aetna’s enrollment reached 720,000 by May 20, after the final end to the the extended open enrollment period. But by the end of June Aetna had less than 600,000 paying customers, IBD reports, and the company expects paying customers to fall to “just over 500,000″ by the end of 2015. That would be a drop of just under 30 percent from the May sign-up numbers — the last time the Obama administration released its official Obamacare enrollment tally. Aetna’s reported...
  • More bad news on Obamacare enrollments: Large drop offs in payments

    08/13/2014 7:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/13/2014
    President Obama's celebration of 8 million Obamacare enrollees was premature, according to this article in Investors Business Daily. Major insurers are reporting large drop offs in Obamacare paying customers, that could mean the number of Americans insured by Obamacare dropping below 6 million by year's end. ObamaCare exchange statistics should clear up any doubt as to why the Obama Administration has been tight-lipped about enrollment since celebrating 8 million sign-ups in mid-April. Reality, evidence suggests, could require quite a come-down from those lofty claims. The nation's third-largest health insurer had 720,000 people sign up for exchange coverage as of May...
  • Nevada family reportedly faces $1.2M in medical bills over ObamaCare typo, confusion

    08/08/2014 9:38:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-8-14
    <p>A Nevada family reportedly is grappling with more than $1 million in medical bills, after the insurance they bought on the ObamaCare exchange refused to pay claims over a typo and other issues.</p> <p>The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Kynell and Amber Smith are dealing with a six-month nightmare. It all started when Amber Smith in February delivered her daughter five weeks early.</p>
  • Health care divide between red, blue states deepens

    08/07/2014 5:49:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-5-14 | David Lauter
    WASHINGTON -- States that have aggressively put the Affordable Care Act into practice have cut the number of uninsured residents sharply -- in some cases in half or better -- while those that balked have improved little if at all, according to new data released Tuesday. The state-by-state numbers, from Gallup's Healthways Well-Being Index, reinforce one of the major effects of Obamacare so far: Political debate has widened the health care gap between red and blue states. All 10 states with the largest percentages of uninsured adults now have Republican governors and legislatures. The lowest percentages all are governed by...
  • 7 months later, many still can't use Washington health coverage (ongoing Obamacare disaster alert)

    08/07/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2014 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, authorities acknowledge that thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription. [Snip] Some people aren't being properly credited by the exchange for their insurance payments. In some cases, money and information has been lost somewhere between the exchange and the insurance companies. And some people have been told by their doctors that the insurance company has no record of their coverage.
  • More Bad News for the Middle Class and Their Health Care

    08/07/2014 6:34:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 7,2014 | Keith R. Jackson
    In the hospitals, we see the consequences. While the poor and the illegal immigrants get absolutely free care, the middle-class patients are collapsing financially under the strain of their deductibles and their lost income from their time off work, not to mention the additional stress of their illness. In our clinics, sick patients are choosing to forego testing, medicines, and surgery that they need solely because of cost. Instead they are living with their illnesses, often with cheap antibiotics as a means of delaying the inevitable. To make matters worse, the patients getting their health care for free will ask...
  • Obamacare rates to soar by as much as 23 per cent in 2015

    08/05/2014 9:30:06 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    Sticker shock is around the corner for many Americans with government-brokered medical coverage, as insurance companies are beginning to apply their first-year costs to next year's premiums. In the case of Florida, some consumers will pay as much as 23 per cent more when their plans are renewed in the fall, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2716851/Obamacare-rates-2015-23-cent.html#ixzz39aDNsRvB Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Doctors Begin To Refuse Obamacare Patients [Duh!]

    08/05/2014 10:55:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 08-05-2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Obamacare plans have shrunk payments to physicians so much that some doctors say they won’t be able to afford to accept Obamacare coverage, NPR reports. Many of the eight million sign-ups in Obamacare exchanges nationwide already face more limited choices for physicians and hospitals than those in the private insurance market. But with low physician reimbursement rates, the problem could get even worse. For a typical quick patient visit, Dr. Doug Gerard, a Connecticut internist, told NPR a private insurer would pay $100 while Medicare would pay around $80. But Obamacare plans are more likely to pay closer to $80,...
  • As Docs Opt Out of Obamacare, a Two-Tiered System Is Born

    08/05/2014 10:03:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Fiscal Times - Kaiser Health News ^ | August 5, 2014 | Jeffrey Cohen
    On a recent afternoon at his office in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard examines a patient complaining of joint pain. Gerard, an internist, checks her out, asks her a few questions about her symptoms and then orders a few tests before sending her on her way. For a typical quick visit like this, Gerard could get reimbursed $100 or more from a private insurer. For the same visit, Medicare pays less — about $80. And now, with the new private plans under the Affordable Care Act, Gerard says he would get something in between, but closer to the lower Medicare...
  • Democrats Fudge Truth about Subsidies on Health Care Exchanges

    08/03/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Some people want you to suspend your imagination and your memory regarding what the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) actually states in terms of who can receive subsidies for their health insurance. Of course, as usual, when you have right on your side, truth does not matter. But we will explain why the subsidies disbursed from the federal exchange fails the test of what is right. As you know by now, there were two rulings issued in a Court of Appeals that were diametrically opposed to each other. The issue revolves around whether the federal exchange (operating in 36 states)...
  • An Obamacare Statist Gets Caught Lying (over and over again)

    08/02/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Many of you probably heard about the “Halbig” decision, in which a federal court struck a blow against Obamacare by ruling that the IRS was wrong to arbitrarily grant subsidies for health insurance policies purchased through a federal exchange. And why did the judges rule against the IRS? Well, for the simple reason that the Obamacare legislation specifically says that subsidies are only available for policies purchased through exchanges set up by state governments. My Cato colleague Michael Cannon explains: The PPACA authorizes the IRS to issue health-insurance tax credits only to taxpayers who purchase coverage “through an Exchange established...
  • Bill for Obamacare blunder: $173M

    08/02/2014 8:07:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 2, 2014 | by Chris Cassidy
    The cost of providing free taxpayer-funded coverage to Bay Staters unable to sign up for Obamacare because of Massachusetts’ disastrous website problems has soared to $173 million, according to a new Patrick administration report. Some 251,280 Bay Staters are now on the free transitional coverage — basically Medicaid — marking an increase of about 50,000 people since April that one watchdog found alarming. “There should be a red siren going off for state budget writers and taxpayers about the cost of this, and yet there seems to be very little alarm,” said Joshua Archambault of the Pioneer Institute. “There will...
  • Obamacare opponents ask Supreme Court to step in

    08/01/2014 2:19:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 1, 2014 | By Adam Serwer
    The group seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to Americans purchasing health insurance through federally run state marketplaces is asking the Supreme Court to take up the case early. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the conservative group funding challenges to the IRS rule allowing subsidies to flow to state exchanges, announced Thursday that it was asking the Supreme Court to intervene. The challengers argue that the Affordable Care Act only allows subsidies in exchanges set up by states – an interpretation that could lead to millions of people being unable to afford coverage. Owing largely to Republican resistance, only...
  • Florida’s Biggest Obamacare Insurer Hiking Premiums Over 17 Percent

    08/01/2014 3:03:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2014 | by Sarah Hurtubise
    Florida’s largest Obamacare exchange health insurer is boosting its premiums by 17.6 percent, a staggering increase for hundreds of thousands of Floridians. Florida Blue, the Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer in Florida, has the largest market share of any insurer operating on the state’s Obamacare exchange. The company cited higher health costs than expected due to an older customer base which is using more health services than they’d prepared for, according to Kaiser Health News. Patrick Geraghty, Florida Blue’s CEO, had previously warned that the company was under “tremendous financial pressure” and that they’d be seeking significant hikes.
  • Poll: Record 53% Disapprove of Obamacare

    08/01/2014 9:51:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 1, 2014 - 8:54 AM | Barbara Boland
    53% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare, up 8% since last month. This is the largest unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the survey’s four year history, a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds. Only 37% of people actually have a favorable opinion of the law. Obamacare lost favorability with women, whites, and those in the low and middle income brackets, along with other groups—including Democrats. …
  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

    07/29/2014 9:32:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesn’t violate the Constitution’s requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that the Obamacare tax was “incidental” to the primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act, so it isn’t a revenue-raising measure as envisioned by the Constitution. “Some exercises of the taxing power are not subject to the Origination Clause,” the unanimous panel concluded. The issue had been in...
  • Jonathan Gruber, the Flip-Flopping Architect of Obamacare

    07/29/2014 7:34:49 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michsel F. Cannon
    And it is precisely because of Gruber’s intellect and profound familiarity with the PPACA that his attempts to explain away his past statements are not credible. Gruber’s first attempt was, in essence, “Dude, I flaked.” He said his comments were the verbal equivalent of a “typo” — a “speak-o,” as he called it. Then another recording from 2012 emerged in which Gruber said exactly the same thing to a different audience. This was not a “speak-o.” It was part of a presentation Gruber had given multiple times.
  • Obama Goes Around Congress — Again — to Expand Health Coverage for Federal Workers

    07/28/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 28, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the government’s health care program, even though current law would appear to prohibit them from using that program. The rule from the Office of Personnel Management would let these federal workers sign up for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and also allow some of them to enjoy a government contribution to their insurance premiums. Both steps would be done through OPM’s proposed regulation, and not through an act of Congress. The proposed rule indicates that...
  • Obamacare Architect Admists Taxpayers in Non-Exchange States Won't Get the Subsidy

    07/28/2014 6:37:59 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ryan Radia
    UNKNOWN QUESTIONER:“Um, you mentioned the Health Insurance Exchanges for the States. And it’s my understanding that if the States don’t provide them, that the Federal Government will provide them.”M.I.T. economics Prof. Jonathan Gruber:“Yeah, so these Health Insurance Exchanges —once you go on MA-HealthConnect.org and CRS [is] in Massachusetts—will be these new shopping places. And they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. “In the law it says [that] if States don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The Federal Government has been sort-of slow in putting in this backstop, I think partially, because they...
  • White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daaily Caller ^ | 7/22/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal) But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premium subsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • King Barack Rewrites Obamacare ... Again

    07/21/2014 5:12:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/21/2014 | David Catron
    Obamacare’s supporters have long insisted that it is the “law of the land,” implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn’t occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure. Thus, in a proclamation issued last week through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, His Highness declared that all U.S. territories are now exempt from most of PPACA’s morass of rules and regulations. Neither...
  • White House 'Quietly' Exempts 4.5 Million People In 5 "Territories" From Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 July 2014 | Tyler Durden
    As WSJ reports, last week's geopolitical chaos and distraction was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn't disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates - which woul dhave been a disaster PR-wise for the administration and so, under cover of catastrophe, WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively...
  • More Bad News for Obama and Obamacare: Deficit Set to Explode Sooner Than You Think

    07/17/2014 7:26:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    Buy now, pay later. That will be the epitaph on the tombstone of the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office, a research outfit that justifies government spending, is warning that while deficit may appear tame now-- comparatively speaking-- the budget path we are on is unsustainable. “The extended baseline projections show a substantial imbalance in the federal budget over the long term,” says the new CBO report, “with revenues falling well short of spending. As a result, budget deficits are projected to rise steadily and, by 2039, to push federal debt held by the public up to a percentage of...
  • Chicago Faces $67 Million Shortfall After Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Busts Budget

    07/16/2014 7:31:51 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/14/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    <p>Chicago’s public health system is facing a massive $67 million shortfall after an early adoption of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion cost much more than expected, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.</p> <p>Cook County, which encompasses Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, made a deal with the Obama administration to get an early start on the health care law’s Medicaid expansion in 2012.</p>
  • Need a Drug to Save Your Life? This Obamacare App May Prevent You From Getting It

    07/17/2014 6:46:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/17/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare’s emphasis on cost-benefit has apparently granted permission for the medical technocrats to conjure all kinds of healthcare rationing schemes.And the Medical Establishment is apparently playing along. From, “The Cancer Death-Panel App,” by Robert Goldberg in the NY Post: The latest innovation in cancer care isn’t a medical breakthrough but an app to ration new drugs. It’ll measure care in terms of what it costs health plans, instead of what it means for patients’ lives.That it’s being developed under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, the world’s leading oncology association, is a grim warning about...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Some South Florida docs decline to accept Obamacare

    07/13/2014 6:42:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | DANIEL CHANG
    After being without health insurance for two years, Miranda Childe of Hallandale Beach found a plan she could afford with financial aid from the government using the Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Childe, 60, bought an HMO plan from Humana, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, and received a membership card in time for her coverage to kick in on May 1st. But instead of being able to pick a primary care physician to coordinate her healthcare, Childe says she repeatedly ran into closed doors from South Florida doctors who are listed in her plan’s provider network but refused...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Gov't Audit Finds

    07/09/2014 3:59:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/8/2014 | John Merline
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies. That's despite the fact that the law specifically calls for this reconciliation, and the fact that, as the IG report notes, "the federal marketplace obtained the services of a contractor to reconcile enrollment...
  • HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations [Thanks, Řbamacare]

    07/08/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Informationweek ^ | 7/8/2014 | Alison Diana
    Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The number of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation complaints received by the Department of Health and Human Services spiraled upward in 2013. Complaints are on a similar high-speed trajectory for 2014, according to analysis by TrueVault. "The number of complaints through May 2014 is up 20.6% over the number received through May in 2013, so we believe that we will continue to see complaints surge through 2014," Morgan Brown, vice president of growth at TrueVault, said...
  • HHS releases 1,296 pages of regulations ahead of holiday weekend

    07/07/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama's administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay...
  • Democrats Run Away from Obamacare

    07/07/2014 7:51:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Politico has a story today that might as well be called "The Democrat National Committee PR Site." "Why Liberals Are Abandoning the Obamacare Employer Mandate." Now, folks, this is so obvious as to be risible. For those of you in Rio Linda, it means laughable. The Politico is now pretending that the Democrats have changed their minds about the employer mandate, yeah, because, you know, you got an election coming up and the employer mandate -- providing health care -- employer mandate, we can't, oh, no, that's not gonna look good for us going into the election....
  • How Healthcare.Gov Imploded

    07/07/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Obama Administration continues to prioritize political success over people as evidenced in the rollout of the public face of Obamacare: Healthcare.gov. As of the end of February 2014, the Administration had spent $834 million developing a healthcare website that was flawed from the outset and allowed only a few million people to enroll for healthcare coverage, according to a new report by the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Five days before Healthcare.gov opened last year, President Obama addressed Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, promising that Obamacare would help the economy,...
  • Truth Buried — Again

    07/06/2014 4:22:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 07/03/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: You'd think that a government audit showing how ObamaCare couldn't tell whether millions of enrollees were eligible for the subsidies they're getting would be front-page news. Instead, the press hid it from view. If you wanted to read in the New York Times about these findings — which detailed rampant problems verifying eligibility and income information from millions of ObamaCare applicants — you had to dig 17 pages into the news section. In the Washington Post, the story was on page 11, after stop-the-press-stories like a change in House travel reporting rules and a puff piece on the new...
  • Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals

    07/05/2014 8:06:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-4-2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    July 4, 2014 Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals Pete Kasperowicz After months of frustration with the IRS over the targeting scandal and lost emails, House Republicans will exact some revenge next week by passing legislation that cuts the IRS operating budget by $341 million compared to current levels. GOP leaders plan to call up a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 that funds the IRS and other agencies, but singles out the IRS for the targeting scandal and other problems that have surfaced over the last few years. “The committee remains troubled by...
  • Obamacare bad now, but it will be far worse later

    07/05/2014 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Las Vegas Review ^ | July 3, 2014 | By STEPHEN PARENTE
    Nevada, buckle up. Over the next few months, you’ll learn how much your health insurance premiums will go up for next year. The early evidence isn’t good — the percentage increase could be in double digits. But that’s nothing compared with what you’ll face in 2017. In May, I released a comprehensive study showing how the Affordable Care Act will likely play out over the next few years. The diagnosis isn’t good. First, the short version. In two years, the ACA’s structural problems will lead to substantial premium increases. Once that happens, Nevadans will likely leave the insurance market in...
  • Despite Obamacare's Expanded Coverage, More Patients Going to the ER

    07/05/2014 9:04:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    CNS ^ | July 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Despite expanded health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more people are going to hospital emergency rooms (ER) for treatment because they can’t get an appointment with a primary care physician, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under ACA began to take effect,” according to ACEP, which gives overall emergency care in the U.S. “a dismal D+ grade.” In addition, 86 percent “expect emergency visits to increase over the next...