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  • Obamacare Enrollees Are Reeling from High Deductibles

    11/16/2015 11:54:20 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | November 16, 2015 | By Eric Pianin
    First, the administration revealed that enrollments for Obamacare next year will barely hit 10 million, far below previous projections. Then last week, the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company estimated that premiums for policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, were going up substantially in 2016. For instance, the median rate increase for the lowest priced, highly popular “Silver” plan will rise by 11 percent – compared to just a seven percent increase in 2015. Now there are troubling reports that consumers will be facing soaring out-of-pocket costs for deductibles next year – increases that in many...
  • Obama-Scare: Biggest US health insurer might leave exchanges

    11/19/2015 5:10:43 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | November 19, 2015 | Staff
    The nation’s largest health insurer fired a shot across the bow of ObamaCare on Thursday, citing flagging enrollment and high-risk customers in suggesting it may have to pull out of the exchanges in 2017. UnitedHealth Group raised the alarm in an earnings update Thursday morning, with CEO Stephen J. Hemsley warning of dimming conditions in the market. He pointed to lower enrollment forecasts and a concern that the exchanges are increasingly taking on less healthy – and therefore more costly – customers. “In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data...
  • UnitedHealth's Warning Shows How Medicaid Is Taking Over Obamacare

    11/19/2015 7:03:23 PM PST · by GilGil · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/19/2015 | Scott Gottlieb
    In short order, Obamacare is evolving into a Medicaid marketplace. Not only in terms of the design and quality of the narrow-network plans that are being offered, but in the actual carriers that sell those policies. Obamacare’s costly regulations mean that the mix of people who sign up are tending to be older and sicker. Many young and otherwise healthy individuals continue to be priced out of the exchanges, even after the benefit of federal subsidies are baked into their costs. Meanwhile, it’s the Medicaid managed care companies that are growing the number of plans they market on the exchanges....
  • Obamacare’s Bait and Switch Has Left Consumers Scrambling in 2016

    11/19/2015 7:45:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 19 November 2015 | Edward Morrissey
    The New York Times reported this weekend, even the words “affordable” and “care” have turned out to be untrue as well. The sharp rise in premiums has garnered the most headlines in the first three open-enrollment seasons of Obamacare, but equally if not more pernicious has been the increase in deductibles. As Eric Pianin explained for The Fiscal Times on Monday, deductibles have increased an average of 11 percent on Bronze level plans for 2016, intended to be the most affordable of all options, and now average over $5700. For Silver level, deductibles rose 6 percent and now average over...
  • New ObamaCare angst as top insurer threatens to bail - payout to insurers is .13 on every $1.00

    11/20/2015 3:56:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A threat by the nation's largest health insurer to pull out of ObamaCare is a sign of the industry's growing angst about the viability of the federal exchanges, sources close to the industry say. UnitedHealthcare's warning sent new shockwaves across the healthcare sector after weeks of mounting anxiety among private insurers whose participation in the exchanges is critical to the viability of the president's signature law. In the last month alone, insurers have learned that the Obama administration has significantly lowered its expectations for new customers and will have far fewer federal dollars to help cushion insurer losses. "We've been...
  • GOP senator: HHS answers on ObamaCare co-ops not enough

    11/19/2015 8:55:26 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Thursday that he is not satisfied with a new letter from the Obama administration about ObamaCare co-ops, and is continuing to block the confirmation of health-related nominees. The Nebraska senator has vowed to block confirmation of all nominees to the Department of Health and Human Services until he gets the answers he wants about the failure of ObamaCare’s co-op health plans. Twelve of the 23 co-ops — nonprofit health insurers set up under ObamaCare and meant to compete with established companies — have failed because of financial problems. Sasse has written a series of letters...
  • UnitedHealth Group May Leave Obamacare Exchanges By 2017

    11/19/2015 9:29:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 19, 2015 @ 06:28 AM | Bruce Japsen
    UnitedHealth Group, in a surprising announcement, said this morning it has revised its profit expectations for the rest of the year due to what it called a "deterioration" of its individual commercial insurance offerings on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and offered no commitment it would stay in the business beyond next year. The nation's largest health insurer said it was "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment," pulling back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products for next year and "will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue...
  • UnitedHealth Group: Nation's largest insurer may exit Obamacare due to losses

    11/19/2015 7:48:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/19/2015 | Philip Klein
    UnitedHealth Group, the largest insurance company in the U.S., on Thursday slashed its earnings outlook, citing new problems related to Obamacare, and told investors it may exit the program's exchanges. "In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data has signaled higher risks and more difficulties while our own claims experience has deteriorated," Stephen J. Hemsley, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group, explained in a press release. The release added that, "UnitedHealthcare has pulled back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products in 2016. The company is evaluating the viability...
  • Many say high deductibles make Obamacare all but useless

    11/14/2015 8:31:20 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 103 replies
    New York Times via CNBC ^ | November 14, 2015 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials, urging people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, have trumpeted the low premiums available on the law's new marketplaces. But for many consumers, the sticker shock is coming not on the front end, when they purchase the plans, but on the back end when they get sick: sky-high deductibles that are leaving some newly insured feeling nearly as vulnerable as they were before they had coverage. "The deductible, $3,000 a year, makes it impossible to actually go to the doctor," said David R. Reines, 60, of Jefferson Township, N.J., a...
  • Mass exodus! U.S. doctors fleeing medicine

    11/14/2015 4:59:44 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 70 replies ^ | 11/14/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Mountains of Obamacare-related paperwork and the threats of severe fines for the slightest errors are forcing many doctors to retire and others to shut down their practices and work under the protection of hospitals, andall of it spells bad news for patients.Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner says the exodus is alarming, as evidenced by aPhysicians Foundation reportshowing the number of doctors who say they run an independent practice has dropped from 62 percent in 2008 to 35 percent in 2014. The survey of 20,000 physicians also shows only 17 percent in solo practice. Eighty-onepercent of doctors are at full capacity...
  • Doctors, Hospitals Say 'No' to Obamacare Plans

    11/04/2015 10:12:31 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Kimberly Leonard
    Government health officials worked diligently this year to improve consumer experience on and make sure people know what they are getting for their money when they pick health insurance. But one thing is out of the government's control: whether doctors and hospitals will agree to accept patients who buy these plans. Surveys and data are limited, so it's difficult to gauge the extent of the issue, but anecdotal evidence from patients and providers show it is a struggle. Some newly insured patients wonder whether it's worth paying for coverage they can't actually use. Even when they do find a...
  • Obamacare is dead

    11/05/2015 3:59:11 PM PST · by GilGil · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/4/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has failed. The grand vision of an efficient pseudo-market in health insurance under enlightened federal management — the heart of Obamacare — is not coming to pass. Obamacare, meaning the operating model that undergirded the law that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed with great fanfare — is dead, and it will not be revived. What remains is fitful chaos.
  • Your Health Insurance Premiums Are About To Go Through The Roof -The Stunning Reason Why

    11/02/2015 2:55:12 PM PST · by amorphous · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    After years of delays and failed launches, Obamacare has finally taken hold, and with it the economic and financial implications from this mandatory tax are finally being felt. We have extensively covered how Obama's Affordable Care Act will end up being a failure, observing both the economic implications in "In Latest Obamacare Fiasco, Most Low-Income Workers Can't Afford "Affordable Care Act" as well as its operational shortcomings in "Obamacare Is A Disaster: Co-Op Insurers Across America Are Collapsing, And Now There Is Fraud", paradoxically even as Obamacare - a tax - was according to the BEA the single biggest contributor...
  • Make sure you're covered [Email from nobama]

    11/02/2015 5:03:39 PM PST · by upchuck · 20 replies
    email | November 2 2015 | Obama
    Since the Affordable Care Act has taken effect, more than 17.5 million Americans have gotten covered. That's a lot of people resting easier at night, knowing they no longer have to worry about how they'll pay for a doctor visit, or whether a sudden illness could leave them deeply in debt. I think every American deserves to have that peace of mind. Starting now, people who need coverage for 2016 once again have the chance to get quality, affordable health insurance through the marketplace. If you still don't have health insurance for next year, financial assistance may be available. Check...
  • I'm Saving $950 Per Month On Health Insurance!

    11/01/2015 6:48:07 AM PST · by appeal2 · 31 replies ^ | November 1, 2015 | Kerry Lutz
    I interviewed Dale Bellis the person who's taking health cost sharing to the next level. It's becoming a movement and way to avoid the ravages of Obamacare and rising health care expenses. Liberty Health Share is defined as a Health Care Sharing Ministry and is specifically exempted from Obamacare. I signed up in August of this year and I'm saving $950 per month off my health coverage since I found LibertyHealthShare. I now pay $199 per month, have a $500 deductible and am covered for up to $1 million per incident. And best of all no Obamacare! Click Here To...
  • Is Short Term Insurance the Answer? (Obamacare)

    11/01/2015 5:41:13 AM PST · by CA_soon_gone · 42 replies
    My wife and I are early 60s retired, not yet on Medicare. The new Obamacare prices are out today and our monthly cost went from $1k/month to $1.9k/month. This is clearly over the 8% of income hardship limit for us so I should not have to pay any tax penalty for not buying Obamacare. I'd like to not completely be without some form of catastrophic coverage. Recently I've been researching short term health insurance. I can get a six month policy with lower deductibles than the Ocare for about $300/month. Am I missing something. Anyone else going this route?
  • Did New York’s Obamacare Co-op Deliberately Mislead Regulators? (Pelosi knew)

    11/01/2015 3:38:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/30/15 | Richard Pollock
    **SNIP** The statement said "a subsequent NYDFS and CMS-led review of Health Republic's finances has found that the company's financial condition is substantially worse than the company previously reported in its filings to NYDFS." The statement provided no further details on the new discoveries regarding the co-op, which received the largest single federal loan under the Obamacare health reform law. In addition to its original $265 million, the co-op received another $90 million in an emergency solvency loan funds from federal officials in September 2014. The co-op previously reported it was burning through money at a disastrous rate. Its 2014...
  • Obamacare Is A Disaster: Co-Op Insurers Across America Are Collapsing, And Now There Is Fraud

    10/31/2015 11:32:41 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 57 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 October 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago we reported that in what at the time was still a rather isolated incident, Colorado's largest nonprofit health insurer (aka co-op), Colorado HealthOP is abruptly shutting down, forcing 80,000 Coloradans to find a new insurer for 2016. At the time, we said that the health insurer had been decertified by the Division of Insurance as an eligible insurance company because the cooperative relied on federal support, and federal authorities announced last month they wouldn't be able to pay most of what they owed in a program designed to help health insurance co-ops get established. In other words,...
  • Obamacare Deductible for Subsidized NOT $6,000

    10/30/2015 4:18:47 PM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 66 replies
    Vanity | 10/30/15 | Self
    Hello all you other gainfully employed chumps paying for your own health care insurance. I just wanted you to know something I've found out. If you have a BRONZE plan like I do, because you are paying for it yourself and can't afford anything else, you are paying a $6,000 deductible per person before you can file a single claim to perhaps get any benefit. Meanwhile, people who have subsidized plans because they aren't working or not working or not earning very much get the vaunted SILVER plan! And you are paying for it. You are paying for a plan...
  • NO FIXING THEM: Dead enrolled in NY's health exchange

    10/29/2015 11:45:06 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin | 1:44 p.m. EDT October 29, 2015 | Joseph Spector,
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  • CBO: ObamaCare Increases Deficit by $1.35 Trillion

    10/28/2015 7:44:29 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    After barely more than a year in operation, ObamaCare is now projected to require more than a trillion dollars in deficit spending over the next decade, according to the new CBO report. Buried in a new report by the Congressional Budget Office is the latest admission that ObamaCare was sold on a foundation of lies. Back in 2009, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress that our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing comes close. Nothing else. The presidents speech was designed to...
  • Your Health Plan Will Now Self-Destruct (10 Zerocare co-ops cancel 2016 plans)

    10/29/2015 8:06:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 29, 2015 — 6:00 AM EDT | John Tozzi
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  • Average premiums to rise 7.5 percent on key ObamaCare plan

    10/27/2015 8:04:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/26/15 | Sarah Ferris
    The price of the benchmark ObamaCare plan will jump by 7.5 percent on average next year, according to data released Monday. The premium increase is far more than last years 2 percent jump among benchmark silver plans. Those plans, the second-lowest cost option among silver plans, are important because they determine healthcare subsidies for people living in that area, even if they pick a different tiered plan. ... The increase for next year does not take into account the billions of dollars in government subsidies that are given to people on the exchanges. It also doesnt include the dozen state...
  • Massive shortfall in government payouts to insurance companies promises big premium increases

    10/27/2015 7:50:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/27/2015 | Rick Moran
    The government program to reimburse insurance companies with big losses as a result of signing up too many old and sick customers is massively short of funds and could cause some companies to either go under or get out of the Obamacare exchanges. The so-called "risk corridors" that forced profitable companies to pay into a fund that would be disbursed to companies who lost money is underfunded by 88% and will almost certainly lead to big changes in premiums and consumer choice on the exchanges. Washington Examiner: Obamacare insurers requested about $2.9 billion in risk corridor payments for the...
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield cuts individual plans from health exchange in parts of Wisconsin

    10/26/2015 7:39:30 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 19 OCTOBER 2015 | Steve Schuster
    Anthem, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) licensee in Wisconsin, has decided to completely pull out of the health care exchange (individual plans) market place in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties starting January. Anthem is also significantly cutting back on the number of available exchange plans in 34 Wisconsin counties, which include the Fox Valley, according to Scott Larrivee, Public Relations Director at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. Anthem individual members in these [Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine] counties will need to select a new health insurance plan with a different company for 2016, Larrivee said, noting...
  • Missing Money? Report questions how states spent ObamaCare funds (Pelosi knew)

    10/25/2015 4:17:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/25/15 | Hollie McKay
    **SNIP** About $4.6 billion was given to these 17 recipients, including California, New York, Washington state and Kentucky. But the GAO report found that so far, just $1.4 billion of that has been spent on IT projects, and a total of $3 billion has been spent or drawn down, though not all the spending is detailed. That, then, leaves at least $1.6 billion unaccounted for. Yet only three states returned any portion of the money a total of just over $1 million was given back. [T]he specific amount spent on marketplace-related projects was uncertain, as only a selected number...
  • White House Turns to Threats as ObamaCare Enrollments Stall (fines going up)

    10/20/2015 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/19/15 | John Nolte
    Now that ObamaCare is failing in the exact way its critics predicted more than 5 years ago, the White House is preparing to use threats to increase ObamaCare enrollment numbers next year. The threat, of course, is the ObamaCare tax. Next year the annual fine for not buying President Obamas overpriced health insurance will jump to $695 or 2.5% of your income, whichever is greater. The White House intends to use the hefty fines as leverage in the upcoming 2016 enrollment period, which starts in November: Administration officials are looking for a balance. We need to be make sure that...
  • Feds Hide Secret List Of 11 Staggering Obamacare Insurers

    10/19/2015 2:40:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/15 | Richard Pollock
    Federal officials have a secret list of 11 Obamacare health insurance co-ops they fear are on the verge of failure, but they refuse to disclose them to the public or to Congress, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has learned.Just in the last three weeks, five of the original 24 Obamacare co-ops announced plans to close, bringing the total of failures to nine barely two years after their launch with $2 billion in start-up capital from the taxpayers under the Affordable Care Act.All 24 received 15-year loans in varying amounts to offer health insurance to poor and low income customers...
  • Eight ObamaCare Co-Ops Failed; Are 11 More On The Way?

    10/20/2015 5:42:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/20/2015 | John Merline
    Last week, the total number of failed ObamaCare-created insurance co-ops reached eight, as co-ops in Colorado and Oregon announced that they were closing doors at the end of the year.
  • Social Security is screwing over Americas elderly

    10/20/2015 5:31:34 AM PDT · by · 28 replies
    NY POST ^ | October 17, 2015 | Jonathon Trugman
    More than 65 million seniors got their pockets picked last week, and the hue and cry could be heard across the country. The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that there would be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2016. Yes, Americas elderly, who paid into the system with each paycheck, are getting screwed. And thats due to the way the SSAs COLA calculation is done it essentially comes directly from the notoriously inaccurate Consumer Price Index (CPI). Why not use the Core CPI, which strips out food and energy and is not subject to the volatile swings in commodities...
  • Overnight Healthcare: House Republicans earn another win for ObamaCare suit

    10/20/2015 2:03:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/15 | Sarah Ferris, Peter Sullivan
    A federal judge on Monday denied a request from the Obama administration to immediately appeal a ruling in House Republicans' ObamaCare lawsuit. The district court judge, Rosemary Collyer, last month gave House Republicans a big win by ruling that their lawsuit against the administration could move forward. The Obama administration strongly objected to that decision and asked for the ability to immediately appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But on Monday, Collyer denied that request, deciding that she will first decide the substance of the case. Collyer wrote that a ruling on the substance of...
  • A winning issue for Republicans: back repealing Congress Obamacare exemption

    10/20/2015 2:00:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 5 replies
    wash times ^ | 10/19/15 | Kellyanne Conway and Heather R. Higgins
    With so much time spent and ink spilled over who will carry the banner for the GOP both in the presidential campaign and now for new House speaker, perhaps the real question is not who, but what is a winner. Some new survey data suggests an unorthodox issue might help Republicans attract voters who have been elusive to the center-right, and help the party re-establish its law-abiding, anti-crony moorings with its base. Would you agree that women, young people, liberals and minorities have cost the GOP elections? Wouldnt it be worth noting an issue that has more than 70 percent...
  • Hopes dim for deal to avert Medicare premium spikes

    10/18/2015 10:45:01 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/15 02:30 PM EDT | Sarah Ferris
    The window is closing for congressional leaders to avert the double-digit premium hikes that are set to hit 8 million Medicare enrollees next year. Congress has only a handful of weeks to prevent the 52 percent premium hikes the largest in the programs history that will harm seniors and drain state budgets. And with a key deadline missed on Thursday, aides of both parties say a deal between House leaders by years end is becoming less likely.
  • CO-OP FLOP: The Biggest Obamacare Disaster Youve Never Heard About

    10/18/2015 4:25:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 16 Oct 15 | Mark Tapscott
    Its an Obamacare story with every imaginable outrage blatant conflicts of interest, millions of tax dollars going to political cronies, thousands of Americans left without health insurance, lavish pay for incompetent executives, federal funds diverted illegally, multiple congressional investigations, insider trading convictions and big decisions made behind closed doors. Tragically, there is even a child abuser. But search the New York Times web site for Obamacare co-ops and nothing comes up. Just three entries appear for the same search on the Washington Post web site. Not so, Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundations Investigative Group. Pollock has...
  • Two more Obamacare health insurance plans collapse

    10/16/2015 4:11:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 16, 2015
    Nearly a third of the innovative health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act will be out of business at the end of 2015, following announcements Friday that plans in Oregon and Colorado are folding. In just the past week, four co-ops, as the nonprofit plans are known, have decided or been ordered to shut down. Their demise means that eight of the 23 co-ops in existence a year ago will be unavailable to consumers shopping for 2016 coverage through insurance marketplaces created under the ACA
  • Obamacare's Latest Casualty: Largest Health Insurer On Colorado Exchange Abruptly Collapses

    10/16/2015 3:41:56 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 53 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/16/15 | Tyler Durden
    With the mainstream media, at least the majority that is left of center, flooded with story after story touting Obamacare's success, the news coming this morning from Denver that Colorado's largest nonprofit health insurer and participant in that state's insurance exchange Colorado HealthOP is abruptly shutting down, forcing 80,000 Coloradans to find a new insurer for 2016, was a slap in the face for the Obama administration's crowning achievement. According to AP, the health insurer announced Friday that the state Division of Insurance has de-certified it as an eligible insurance company. That's because the cooperative relied on federal support, and...
  • Medicare Rates Set to Soar for Many Seniors

    10/16/2015 6:39:36 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 October 2015 | Stephanie Armour And Anne Tergesen
    About 30% of the roughly 52 million people enrolled in Part B could see a 52% rise in those premiums if Congress and the Obama administration dont find a way to freeze or reduce the increase. New beneficiaries, those with high incomes and Medicare recipients who dont get Social Security would be hit with the increase. For them, the standard Part B premium would rise about $55 a month, or about $650 a year.
  • Medicare Premiums May Soar as Social Security Payments Stay Flat

    10/15/2015 11:18:53 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 15, 2015 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON The 60 million people on Social Security will not receive any cost-of-living increase in their benefits in 2016, the government said on Thursday, but because of a quirk in federal law, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes. With millions of older Americans on fixed incomes facing that one-two punch, the Obama administration is urging Congress to moderate or stop the health insurance premium increases, which could raise the cost for some Medicare beneficiaries by about 50 percent the largest increase, by far, in the history of Medicare. But...
  • Obamacares Mysterious Missing Billions

    10/15/2015 7:54:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Mytheos Holt
    Obamacare, depending on who you ask in the GOP, is either a calculated Trojan Horse designed to collapse and release single payer health care upon the American public, a flawed piece of legislation that needs badly to be revised, or the greatest evil inflicted on the American public since slavery. But what if it was something far simpler: namely, free money for Democrats? A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to congressional requesters provided to this author suggests that this explanation may, in fact, be the correct one. Buried in the documents appendices is a stunning statistic. Out...
  • ObamaCare exchanges collapsing, enrollment plummeting

    10/14/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Four exchanges insolvent, 11 receive warning letters . . . and nearly 2 million enrollees aren't paying their subsidized premiums Gosh, who saw this coming? The federal government sets up an artificial market for selling health insurance, sets the prices, subsidizes the premiums, goads people to buy whove never before been able to afford it, forbids profits and bans anyone who actually knows what theyre doing from running the darn things. How could that possibly fail? Quite spectacularly as it turns out. While the mainstream media ignores all of the following, lest it stumble in its role as Democrat campaign...
  • Obama Lied, My Health Plan Died ... Twice!

    10/14/2015 4:28:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 14, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    It's deja screwed all over again. In the fall of 2013, our family received notice from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado that we could no longer keep our private health insurance plan because of "changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA)."We liked our high-deductible preferred provider organization plan that allowed us to choose from a wide range of doctors. But Obamacare wouldn't let us keep it. Reluctantly, and after great bureaucratic difficulty, my hubby and I enrolled in an individual market plan with Rocky Mountain Health, which offered a much narrower provider...
  • Makeover Coming for

    10/13/2015 1:58:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/13/2015 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON Acknowledging at least tacitly the difficulties of some health care consumers, the Obama administration plans major changes to this year to make it easier for shoppers to find health insurance plans that include their doctors and to predict their health care costs for the coming year. With substantial premium increases coming in some states in 2016, administration officials are expecting that many consumers already in the Affordable Care Acts networks will have to switch health plans and find new doctors as they scramble for cheaper alternatives. And millions more Americans could be receiving health insurance through health...
  • California Governor Denies Terminally Ill Access to Potentially Life-Saving Drugs

    10/12/2015 6:15:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/12/15 | Mary Lou Byrd
    Californians who are terminally ill will not be able to access drugs with the potential to save or prolong their lives as a result of Gov. Jerry Browns veto of the Right to Try Act on Sunday. AB 159, the California Right to Try Act, passed the state assembly and senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. Its disappointing that Governor Brown couldnt see the need to allow Californians the right to fight to save their own lives, said Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D., Whittier), who sponsored the legislation. Both Democrats and Republicans wanted this for our Californias terminally ill. In his veto...
  • Kentucky Health Cooperative going out of business; 51,000 insurance customers affected

    10/10/2015 8:35:04 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 12 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 10/9/2015 | JACK BRAMMER
    FRANKFORT The largest private provider of health insurance policies on Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance exchange, is going out of business. The Louisville-based Kentucky Health Cooperative Inc. announced Friday that it will end current memberships on Dec. 31 and will not add new members because of financial problems. It will not offer health insurance plans on Kynect when open enrollment for 2016 coverage starts on Nov. 1. The cooperative has about 51,000 members in all 120 Kentucky counties. ... Jonathan Gold, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email that the federal government...
  • Obama-Care Screwed Me

    10/10/2015 5:23:19 PM PDT · by MrMarbles · 29 replies
    10.10.2015 | Mr. Marbles
    For the first time in my life of fifty-one years, I still haven't received my tax refund because of the Obamacare portion of my taxes. I waited two hours on the phone in early September to finally talk to an IRS agent, only to be told I should give my situation another 60 days because the agency is so overwhelmed with Obamacare crap they are trying to process.
  • Obama Just Signed His 10th Bill Repealing (Parts Of) ObamaCare

    10/12/2015 3:10:51 AM PDT · by RockyTCB · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/09/2015 | John Merline
    If you listen to the rhetoric from Democrats, the proof that Republicans are fixated on repealing ObamaCare comes from the claim that they've voted 50-some odd times to do so. That's not entirely true, since many were votes to repeal parts of the law. What is true is that Obama himself has signed multiple bills into law that have repealed ObamaCare bit by bit.
  • Kaiser Study: Deductibles under Obamacare rising seven times faster than inflation

    09/24/2015 2:17:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/24/2015 | KRISTINA RIBALI
    We all remember the promise – President Obama famously told us time and time again that ObamaCare would lower health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year for families. But unless you’re receiving a giant subsidy from the government for your insurance, you’re not paying less in premiums, in fact, for employer sponsored plans, premiums have risen nearly $5,000 since Obama promised to cut them. What about deductibles? They haven’t decreased either. But don’t just take my word for it.A new survey finds that in 2015 deductibles on employer-provided health plans actually rose by almost nine percent.According to a new...
  • Obamacare Waste Continues to Pile Up

    09/26/2015 8:48:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Heartland ^ | 9/26/15 | Justin Haskins
    **SNIP** According to, an official website of the Obamacare administration, the ACA reduces health care costs, in part, by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse. A new government audit of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) management of contracts made with eight companies that helped to build the website, shows the 20 contracts most critical to the websites operation worth roughly $600 million in total were incredibly mismanaged. According to the report, millions were wasted in cost overruns, shoddy practices, and poor business practices. John Tozzi of Bloomberg Business reports the primary...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (NYT 2012 article cites Gruber as influence)

    Mr. Gruber has spent decades modeling the intricacies of the health care ecosystem, which involves making predictions about how new laws will play out based on past experience and economic theory. It is his research that convinced the Obama administration that health care reform could not work without requiring everyone to buy insurance. And it is his work that explains why President Obama has so much riding on the three days of United States Supreme Court hearings, which ended Wednesday, about the constitutionality of the mandate. Questioning by the courts conservative justices has suggested deep skepticism about the mandate, setting...
  • Trump Pushes Single Payer Healthcare, Tax Increase On Wealthy

    09/28/2015 11:40:17 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 217 replies
    Copyright 2015 Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | John Nolte
    During his 60 Minutes interview Sunday, Republican presidential front-runner appeared to come out in favor of a form of single payer health insurance for the uninsured ... and openly called for raising taxes on the wealthy.