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  • Q&A: Why have rural hospitals been closing?

    05/01/2015 7:39:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) ó There are more than 4,700 hospitals in the U.S, spread about evenly between urban and rural areas. But that number has been dwindling. More than 100 hospitals have closed since 2010, and the pace has quickened in the past couple of years. Hospitals are closing at about the same rate in urban and rural areas, but health care analysts say the effect often is more pronounced in small towns, where residents typically must travel farther to get to the next nearest hospital. Some answers to common questions about hospital closings:
  • Milwaukee-based Assurant Health to be sold off or shut down

    04/29/2015 9:15:58 AM PDT · by JRios1968 · 39 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 4/28/2015 | Guy Boulton
    The parent company of Assurant Health said Tuesday that it will sell or shut down the Milwaukee health insurer ó which employs 1,200 people in the area ó by the end of next year. Assurant Health has struggled to adjust to changes in the health insurance market imposed by the Affordable Care Act and is expected to report an operating loss of $80 million to $90 million in its first quarter. That comes after it lost $64 million last year. The company, whose headquarters is in downtown Milwaukee, specializes in health insurance for small employers and individuals, the two market...
  • ObamaCare's Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted

    04/29/2015 8:33:06 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/29/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Providing still more evidence of how ObamaCare is "working," most enrollees learned this year that they had to pay back a huge chunk of their insurance subsidies. So much for "affordability."
  • No free ride: Two-thirds of Obamacare recipients had to repay subsidies to IRS

    04/28/2015 1:48:38 PM PDT · by yuffy · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, April 27, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr
    Most filers who received government subsidies to buy Obamacare plans had to pay money back to the IRS this year, according to an H&R Block analysis released Monday that looks at the health lawís first full tax season. The tax-prep giant studied its own massive customer base and concluded that two-thirds of its filers who got subsidies from Obamacare were overpaid during the course of the year, and owed money back to the IRS on the April 15 deadline. They repaid $729 on average, cutting the average refund by about a third.
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCareís contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • End The Personal Bribes Members Of Congress Are Getting Not To Reopen ObamaCare

    04/24/2015 9:00:42 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    The U.S. Constitution vests the legislative, executive, and judicial powers in separate branches of the government that are supposed to police each other. But what if one of those branches violates the law in a manner that personally benefits the members of another branch? Thatís what has been happening since the day ObamaCare became law in 2010. For more than five years, the executive branch has been issuing illegal subsidies that personally benefit the most powerful interest group in the nationís capital: members of Congress and their staffs. When congressional Democrats passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

    04/23/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/23/2015 | BySahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON ó The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov subsidies at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy...
  • VA Sends Veteransí Medical Info To FBI To Get Their Guns Taken Away

    04/22/2015 5:35:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller and interviews with American veterans reveal a shocking government program: The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming Americaís veterans by getting them placed on the FBIís criminal background-check list. The VA sends veteransí personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids. Veterans deemed mentally incompetent or financially incapable are finally speaking out about the errors in the system and the fearful harassment they and their families face from the federal government. And it all starts when vets...
  • Princeton prof: Kill severely disabled infants under Obamacare

    04/21/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 4/19/15
    In a radio interview Sunday, Princeton University ethics professor Peter Singer argued it is ďreasonableĒ for government or private insurance companies to deny treatment to severely disabled babies.Singer contended the health-care system under Obamacare should be more overt about rationing and that the country should acknowledge the necessity of ďintentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants.ĒThroughout the interview, Singer repeatedly referred to a disabled infant as ďit.ĒSinger was speaking on the ďAaron Klein Investigative RadioĒ broadcast on New Yorkís AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphiaís NewsTalk 990 AM.The Princeton professor is known for his controversial views on abortion and...
  • ObamaCare court fight escalates

    04/20/2015 5:33:25 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4-20-2015 | Peter Sullivan
    The fight over ObamaCareís Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texasís Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the Obama administration. "When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,Ē Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. ď[I] commend Governor Rick Scottís decision to take legal action to protect these important constitutional principles.Ē Last week, Scott announced he would sue the Obama administration over what he called an effort to illegally force Florida into expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. ďIt is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida...
  • What Part of īNoī Does HHS Not Get?

    04/20/2015 4:09:29 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/20/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court has again thwarted the Obama administrationís illegal crusade to coerce employers into violating their religious convictions. Late last Wednesday, Associate Justice Samuel Alito stayed an order secured by the administration in a lower court that would have forced several Catholic organizations to comply with Obamacareís contraception mandate. Despite a high-profile Supreme Court defeat last June in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, President Obamaís HHS bureaucrats and lawyers have continued their attempts to bully obviously exempt entities into obeying the mandate. Justice Alitoís action constitutes the fifth time SCOTUS has been compelled to rein the government in. The Court...
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • Students being forced off school insurance by Obamacare

    04/15/2015 3:32:16 PM PDT · by yuffy · 17 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | Today at 11:19 AM EDT | Nick Pappas
    American college students are being forced off of their student health plans across the United States, and onto the state and federal exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Back in 2013, President Obama came under fire for claiming ďif you like your plan, you can keep itĒ in regards to Obamacareís new plans. This was taken by most Americans as a promise that new plans would not threaten the health insurance they already had. For more and more college students however, this promise seems to have been broken as schools stop offering insurance. According...
  • Obamacareís $800 Billion Tax Hike Explained in One Chart

    04/14/2015 9:25:43 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 6, 2015 | Alex Rendon
    April 15 is right around the corner, and millions of Americans will find themselves paying more in taxes than ever thanks to Obamacare. The law is more than a fundamental change to the countryís health care system. It also is a massive tax hike. As The Heritage Foundationís Federal Budget in Pictures shows, according to the most recent scores, Obamacare will increase taxes by nearly $800 billion for the period of 2013-2022.
  • The Head Of Coloradoís Obamacare Exchange Thinks It May Ultimately Fail

    04/08/2015 8:32:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/8/15 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The board chair of Coloradoís Obamacare exchange said in off-the-cuff remarks Wednesday that the state-run operation may not be able to cut it financially. Sharon OíHara, board chair of Connect for Health Colorado, was pushing the boardís pick for a new CEO of the exchange for state lawmakersí approval Wednesday when she made the comments, according to Denverís 9 News. OíHara expressed confidence in Robert Maloneís ability to right the troubled exchangeís finances ó if itís possible at all. ďIf this is doable,Ē OíHara said, ďhe can make it happen.Ē When pressed on her qualifier by Republican state Sen. Beth...
  • Obama Presents Climate Change As Health Hazard

    04/07/2015 6:59:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/7/2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN,
    President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. Obama on Tuesday was to announce a series of steps that private entities like Google and Microsoft are taking to better prepare the nation's health systems for the inevitable effects of a warmer, more erratic climate. He was to be joined at Howard University Medical School by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy.
  • In Case You Missed It, Obamacare Just Logged a Major Victory at the Supreme Court

    04/04/2015 6:45:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 4, 2015 | Sean Williams
    ... Regardless of whether you're a supporter or opponent of Obamacare, you may have missed an important "ruling" from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week that resulted in Obamacare logging a key victory. The case, Coons vs. Lew, was initially brought to court in 2011 by business owner Nick Coons and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Novack. The two, with the help of additional legal backing, alleged that the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, would trim Medicare costs and potentially hurt their business by instituting reimbursement levels that wouldn't cover their own expenses. These allegations are where the term...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
  • Krugman: All of These 'Imaginary' Obamacare Horror Stories Are 'Invented'

    03/31/2015 8:43:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Here we go again. One of the High Priests of the so-called "reality-based community" has for the umpteenth time pronounced Obamacare a great success, asserting that people who believe otherwise (like, for example, the majority of the American people) have either been deceived, or are liars. Paint-by-numbers acerbic Leftist, reactionary smear artist, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman calls Obamacare horror stories "imaginary disasters," made up from whole cloth to scare people and undermine a law that's working and helping people.  We've spent quite a lot of time refuting variants of this argument in recent years, producing detailed responses to President Obama, Harry Reid, and two...
  • ObamaCare Pushes Colleges to Dump Student Health Plans

    03/31/2015 4:27:00 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/30/2015 | John Merline
    College professors and students keep suffering unexpected costly ObamaCare side effects. First, colleges started rolling back faculty hours to avoid the employer mandate, a development the American Association of Association of University Professors called "reprehensible." Then Harvard professors complained when the college hiked their insurance costs because of "health care reform." Now colleges are starting to dump their student insurance plans because of ObamaCare.
  • Harry Reid and the Chamber of Secrets

    03/30/2015 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    ďDeeply and deceptively interesting,Ē is how New York Times Magazine described Sen. Harry Reid in January of 2010. Deceptive indeed. Five years later, Reidís cache of secrets in the Senate chamber puts Harry Potterís wizardry to shame. Two chambersóHouse and Senateócomprise the U.S. legislature. Our bicameral structure helps keep raw political power in check. Yet without term limits, a bicameral legislature is not enough to restrain the ambition of politicians like 75-year-old Reid who have held public office for decades. Grab your candle and follow me as I guide you through the backmost rooms of the Senate chamber, where Reid...
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like dťjŗ-vu all over again, Maineís Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Hereís the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (ďMOEĒ) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • Audit says Maryland overbilled federal government $28.4M in health exchange launch

    03/27/2015 5:39:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 27, 2015 | By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn
    A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation. Though the year-long probe by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found no fraud or criminal wrongdoing, auditors said the state lacked oversight and internal controls ó and they recommended that Maryland refund what the federal government paid to subsidize the cost of signing people up for coverage. The report ó obtained by The Baltimore Sun...
  • Are You Better Off Today Because Of Obamacare? Facebook Users Passionately Respond: ďGod No!Ē

    03/26/2015 1:34:35 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 22 replies
    PJ Media | 03-26-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Our social media manager asked our followers on Facebook whether they are better off today than before Barack Obama took office and, more precisely, passed Obamacare. Their answers leave little room for doubt about the negative effects of this presidentís horrendous policies: [FB POST] ... So how about you? Are you better off because of Obamacare, or do you agree with 99% of our Facebook followers who say that Obamacare has been ďa disasterĒ for the country and for themselves? Let us know, here in the comment section and on Facebook!
  • Democrats Ask for Another ObamaCare Reprieve, Warning It Is ĎHarmful and Disruptiveí to Businesses

    03/26/2015 11:16:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Independet Journal Review ^ | 03/26/2015 | Victoria Taft
    The Daily Caller reports Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department asking†for a reprieve from ObamaCare†for small businesses scheduled to be brought under its regulatory umbrella in 2016. Apparently, the group fears†it will be ďparticularly harmful and disruptiveĒ to businesses.The Caller†reports that the letter was sent March 12 by Democrat Senators Claire McCaskill,†Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester, and independent Sen. Angus King.†They asked for a two-year†deferment: Under the law, employers with 51 to 100 employees will be included in the ACAís definition of small group market starting...
  • Pocketing Obamacare tax subsidies could result in an $800 tax bill for U.S. households

    03/24/2015 1:02:45 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Yahoo.Com ^ | 03/24/2015 | Mandi Woodruff
    Experts have long worried that millions of Obamacare recipients will file their taxes this year and and get hit with an unexpected tax bill. The reason? They possibly underestimated their income for the year and wound up pocketing a bigger health care tax subsidy than they should have. Now we have a better idea of just how expensive that bill could be. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that more than half of U.S. households eligible for health insurance subsidies in 2014 will wind up having to pay back $794 to the government. The way the health law works now, Obamacare...
  • The Democrats' Boil-The-Frog Strategy For ObamaCare

    03/24/2015 10:22:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/24/2015 | John Merline
    ObamaCare is supposed to be good for the nation. President Obama just said so again this week in his remarks celebrating the law's 5th anniversary. Yet at every turn, he and his fellow Democrats ó who crafted the law and rammed it through Congress ó keep trying to delay many of its key features out of fear that they will harm businesses, hurt individuals or cost them politically.
  • Earnest to Cruz: Remember What Happened the Last Time GOP Ran Against Obamacare (Video)

    03/23/2015 1:01:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    mediaite ^ | 3-23-2015 | Josh Feldman
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded today to Ted CruzĎs strong pledge in his presidential announcement this morning to repeal Obamacare once he gets into office. In his list of things he asked the audience to imagine, Cruz said, ďImagine a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare.Ē When asked about this today, Earnest said, ďThere was a presidential candidate who ran in 2012 promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that campaign pledge didnít work out very well for him.Ē
  • This Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants Because of Obamacare

    03/22/2015 7:51:07 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rob Bluey
    Four years ago, my reporting on Obamacare brought me to the city of Terre Haute, Ind. Located near the Illinoisí border, about an hourís drive from Indianapolis, the city of 60,000 residents reminded me of the area where I grew up near Utica, N.Y.It was a brisk March morning, nearly a year after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and I had trekked to the Midwest with a camera crew to meet Scott Womack, owner of about a dozen IHOP restaurants in Indiana and Ohio. Womackís testimony before Congress earlier in 2011 caught my attention and I wanted to...
  • Study: Employers aren't really cutting health benefits

    03/20/2015 7:38:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    WBALTV.com ^ | 03/20/2015 | Michelle Andrews
    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney) óThe predictions were dire.</p> <p>Under Affordable Care Act rules that kicked in this year, large employers have to offer health benefits to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties. Some fretted that the new rules would cost employers a bundle or prompt them to cut workers' hours to get under the cap.</p>
  • The Danger of Obama's "Pre-Existing Conditions" Ban

    03/19/2015 6:22:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    CCHC ^ | 3-18-15 | Twila Brase
    There is a way out. The path to freedom is available -- and increasingly possible as Obamacare opposition grows and support for repeal increases. Here is a starter package of much-needed policy changes: ‚¶Ā Repeal every word of Obamacare, including the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions. ‚¶Ā Refuse to legalize Obama¬ís illegal subsidies if King wins King v. Burwell. ‚¶Ā Refuse to build a state exchange no matter who wins King v. Burwell. ‚¶Ā Restore access to indemnity (catastrophic) policies ¬Ė true health insurance ‚¶Ā Offer individual insurance pre-birth, with ownership linked to the baby. ‚¶Ā Encourage ownership of insurance...
  • IRS blames Obamacare for shoddy customer service

    03/18/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS is unable to answer most taxpayersí calls this year because itís had to put money into getting up and running for Obamacare, agency Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday.Mr. Koskinen said his agency has had to shift tens of millions of dollars from customer service over to build the computer systems and get ready to handle questions this year about Obamacare and the lawís tax penalty, which kicks in for the first time this year.
  • Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court? (George Wallace Would be Proud)

    03/17/2015 12:09:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | William Baude
    IT is time to talk about President Obamaís contingency plan for health care. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the provision of tax credits on federal insurance exchanges. While the legal issues are dry lawyersí fare ó how to interpret several interconnected phrases of the Affordable Care Act ó the practical stakes are high. The government estimates that millions of Americans will be left without affordable health insurance if it loses. While the administration may well prevail, it has expressed remarkable pessimism about its options if it does lose. The...
  • I just did my income taxes

    03/18/2015 6:21:17 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 21 replies
    Free Republic Blogosphere ^ | 3/18/2015 | Mr. K
    I just did my income taxes It came to a question of ďDid I have health insurance coverageĒ and I answered NO (there was no option for ďnone of your f%^&ing businessĒ) I wanted to see where this was going to take me. It then asked why I didn't have coverage and said that under Ďspecial circumstancesí that my fine/tax could be waived and it listed 5 options- one of which was ďIt was too expensiveĒ and so I picked that... (inexplicably again there was no option for ďnone of your f%^&ing businessĒ) Then it said ďCongratulations! your fine/tax fee...
  • ObamaCare Premiums Jumped 23% This Year -- After Subsidies

    03/18/2015 4:12:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/17/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama has talked a lot in recent months about how health care inflation has moderated in recent years, and he always manages to credit ObamaCare for the result. But there is rampant inflation in one part of the health care system, and ironically enough it involves ObamaCare premiums.
  • Josh Earnest: Rejecting Medicaid expansion is basically condemning Americans to death

    03/17/2015 6:45:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/17/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The Party of Science has struck again. Conservatives who are either programmatically or philosophically allergic to the notion that expanding access to Medicaid is tantamount to providing the poor access to health care will be surprised to learn that they are heartless ghouls who may also be complicit in an untold number of negligent homicides. During Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Sec. Josh Earnest reportedly equated the decision made by some governors to decline to expand access to Medicaid in their state under the Affordable Care Act with a lack of concern for the health of their constituents:...
  • Obamacareís 1095-A Nightmare

    03/11/2015 5:11:01 AM PDT · by grundle · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | March 11, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Somewhere along the way, the worker bees at Connect for Health Colorado dragooned us into an Obamacare exchange plan offered by Rocky Mountain Health without our knowledge or consent. (How else has the White House inflated Obamacare enrollment figures? Things that make you go ďhmm.Ē) Last month, we received an IRS 1095-A form, which, much to our shock and chagrin, indicated that we had paid Obamacare premiums every month during 2014. It took hours of time on the phone and Internet to receive an explanation from Connect for Health Colorado on how exactly this had happened. Here was the governmentís...
  • Nearly 200,000 Colorado Health Plans to be Canceled Despite Obamacare Extension

    03/14/2015 4:54:33 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    PJ tattler ^ | March 13, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said heís ďutterly appalledĒ by the Colorado Division of Insurance decision to cancel 190,000 health plans that donít comply with Obamacare regulations ó even though they have the authority to continue the old plans for another year under grandfathering rules announced last year. ďColoradans were promised by supporters of this healthcare law that if they liked their plans, they could keep their plans,Ē he said. ďDOI should follow through on that promise, and prove that last yearís extension wasnít simply an empty election year ploy to fool people into believing they were going to be...
  • 7.7M ObamaCare customers qualify for subsidies in 2015 ($2 billion per month)

    03/10/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Nearly nine in 10 people who signed up for healthcare from the federal government this year qualify for subsidies, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. A total of 7.7 million people would receive subsidies this year in the roughly three-dozen states using HealthCare.gov Ė a figure that has held steady since ObamaCare's first year. The Obama administration touted the figure Tuesday to show that the vast majority of people in states using the federal exchange rely on subsidies as the Supreme Court weighs a case that could eliminate them. A total of 34 states using HealthCare.gov could lose subsidies if the...
  • Did 11.7 Mil Sign Up For ObamaCare? Not By A Long Shot

    03/12/2015 5:37:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/11/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: The Obama administration is touting the "fact" that nearly 12 million people either signed up or re-enrolled for ObamaCare this year. Why on Earth should anyone believe this?
  • Washington state's ObamaCare exchange faces funding shortfall

    03/11/2015 10:38:03 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Dan Springer
    The Washington Health Benefit Exchange call center in Spokane is so busy that staffing has been quadrupled, with the center receiving up to 10,000 calls a day. The problem is not enough of those callers are actually signing up for insurance. The state has enrolled 160,000 paying customers in ObamaCare exchange health plans but that's more than 50,000 short of goal, which has led to an extension of the enrollment deadline and a request that the Washington State Legislature fork over $125 million to fund the exchange. Republicans are angry because they were told the exchange would be self-sufficient by...
  • Federal health insurance aid in doubt for nearly 8M

    03/10/2015 12:24:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 10, 2015 3:21 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Kevin S. Vineys
    Nearly 8 million people could lose up to $24 billion a year in health insurance subsidies in a Supreme Court case threatening President Barack Obamaís law, according to a government report released Tuesday. The estimates by The Associated Press show whatís at stake in the case. Health overhaul opponents argue that subsidies are illegal in some three dozen states where the federal government took charge of running the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges. The justices heard arguments last week, and the courtís decision is expected in late June. Tuesdayís report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that...
  • Affordable Care Act will cost less than thought

    03/09/2015 5:52:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    WISN.com ^ | 03/09/2015
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) óThe Affordable Care Act's price tag continues to fall.The president's landmark health reform law will cost $506 billion for the coming five fiscal years, according to updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office, released Monday. That's 29% less than the agency's projection back in March 2010. Among the reasons for the decline:-- The Supreme Court's 2012 ruling that allowed states to decide whether to expand Medicaid. -- The continued slow growth of health care spending. -- Enrollment in Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges has ramped up more slowly than anticipated.In its latest projection, CBO also revised its...
  • Here's What Scalia Said About Obamacare Last Week. It's Not What He Said 3 Years Ago.

    03/09/2015 9:59:11 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 3/9 | Jonathon Cohn
    It's going to be at least a few weeks, and probably a few months, before we know what the Supreme Court is going to do with Obamacare. But Wednesday's oral arguments in King v. Burwell have already made something very clear: Justice Antonin Scalia isn't too worried about intellectual consistency. Among the many issues that came up Wednesday were the likely consequences if the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, thereby prohibiting the federal government from distributing Obamacare's tax credits in two-thirds of the states. Millions of people depend on those tax credits to purchase health insurance; without the...
  • U.S. Unveils comprehensive new adult vaccination plan

    02/28/2015 8:06:58 AM PST · by azkathy · 112 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2-25-15 | Alicia Bayer
    While childhood vaccination rates are well over 90%, adults are far more likely to be behind on vaccinations http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/national_adult_immunization_plan_final.pdf Think you're up to date on your vaccinations? You might be surprised at how many vaccinations are now recommended for American adults -- and the federal government plans to start tracking which of those vaccines you're behind on. The Department of Health and Human Services released its preliminary draft of a new five year plan to increase adult vaccinations this month. The newly revised 52-page National Adult Immunization Plan says: While the NVP provides a vision for improving protection from vaccine-preventable...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that itís payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund Ė a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. Thatís the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The coupleís total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • What if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare?

    02/22/2015 7:30:48 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Kyle Cheney, Sarah Wheaton and Rachana Pradhan
    The Supreme Court this June could cut off millions of Americans from affordable Obamacare coverage. The response from the nationís governors gathering in Washington this week was an assortment of shrugs. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen governors, from both parties, this weekend at the National Governors Association winter meeting. Most said theyíre in a wait-and-see zone. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week, the decision is likely in late June and no one can foretell how the court will rule on its second major case that could strike at the heart of the presidentís signature health law. For...
  • ObamaCare exchange not allowing addition of newborns to policies

    02/22/2015 11:14:06 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the new bad news coming out this week from ObamaCare, hereís another horror story about the Healthcare.gov exchange from Utah that exemplifies the incompetence of government bureaucracy. One basic and nearly ubiquitous feature of health care ó and indeed of family life ó is the birth of children. Health insurance plans have made it simple to add children to family plans for decades, allowing new moms and dads to have the costs of childbirth covered ex post facto, as long as the covered individual notified the insurer within a set period of time, usually 30 days. Now,...
  • Could anything be more awful than Obamacare?

    02/21/2015 5:47:58 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 30 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 21, 2015 | Tom Shattuck
    The frigid winter has gotten even colder for Barack Obama. President ďselfie-stickĒ just got a snapshot of his troubled Affordable Care Act and itís starting to resemble an unaffordable debacle. The latest snafu: Some 800,000 Americans who got their plans on the technologically toxic Healthcare.gov were given incorrect tax forms and will need to ďamendĒ their filings. Donít worry though, the correct forms are coming ... in March! Bad news if youíve already spent your refund. By the way, youíre going to need that refund because anemic enrollment means fewer dollars in the pool and that means premiums will go...
  • A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars

    02/19/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    If you want a sense of just how far-reaching the impact of a Supreme Court decision gutting Obamacare subsidies could prove, new data on health care signups released this week provide a fresh way to game out such a rulingís consequences. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the other day that some 11.4 million people have signed up for health plans through federal marketplaces. The new HHS data also provides a breakdown of the number of sign-ups in each of the three dozen states on the federal exchange ó precisely the states that would no longer get subsidies...