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  • Obamascare: 60% of online Obamacare defenders 'paid to post' hits on critics

    02/25/2017 12:45:35 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feburary 25, 2017 | By Paul Bedard
    A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are "paid to post," according to a digital expert. "Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time," said Michael Brown. "They were paid to post." His shocking analysis was revealed on this weekend's Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, broadcast on Sinclair stations and streamed live Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Her upcoming show focuses on information wars and Brown was describing what happened when he had a problem with Obamacare and complained online. Brown said...
  • Obamacare replacement plan "dangerous," top Democrats say.

    02/24/2017 1:49:47 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 67 replies
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed a leaked draft plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying it cuts coverage and amounts to a tax break for the wealthy. "While Republicans hide from their constituents, they are moving down an increasingly cruel path to raise taxes on middle-class families and dismantle Americans' right to affordable health care," she said Friday. Pelosi's statement comes a few hours after leaked draft legislation was released by Politico Friday. The draft, dated Feb. 10, would cut Obamacare's mandates and taxes and pay for a replacement by capping tax breaks on employer-sponsored health plans. "The latest...
  • Leaked draft offers glimpse of GOP Obamacare replacement

    02/24/2017 1:06:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2017 | John Sexton
    Politico reports today that a leaked draft of the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan shows the House is not fiddling around the edges but moving toward full repeal and replacement of the law. The legislation would take down the foundation of Obamacare, including the unpopular individual mandate, subsidies based on people’s income, and all of the law’s taxes. It would significantly roll back Medicaid spending and give states money to create high-risk pools for some people with pre-existing conditions. Some elements would be effective right away; others not until 2020. The replacement plan would have no individual mandate. Instead, there...
  • Can Tom Price Be The Next Great Communicator?

    02/24/2017 8:51:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2017 | Andrew Mangione
    President Ronald Reagan was known as The Great Communicator. He did not have the assistance of a compliant media as his predecessors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, had during his two terms in office. He also had to deal with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives led by Speaker Thomas Tip ONeill who provided rigid opposition to his domestic and defense policies. Yet Ronald Reagan was successful in carrying out his agenda and given the enormity of his electoral victories, is considered one of Americas most beloved Presidents. How did he do it? In great part, the answer...
  • PINKERTON: A New Vision for Big Pharma and for the American Patient in the Trump Era

    02/22/2017 4:47:54 AM PST · by davikkm · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | JAMES P. PINKERTON
    First of Four Parts The Pharma Companies In the Crosshairs During last years presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump said that if elected, he would save the federal government billions by forcing the pharmaceutical companies to negotiatethat is, lowertheir prices. On January 11, 2017, President-elect Trump said that the pharma companies were getting away with murder in their pricing, and reiterated his demand for new competition policies aimed at bringing down costs. On January 31, President Trump met face-to-face with top executives and offered a more nuanced exposition of his thinking. First, he reiterated his oft-expressed point about the value of...
  • ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate

    02/22/2017 10:00:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/2017 | Alexander Bolton
    The most divisive issue for Senate Republicans when it comes to repealing and replacing ObamaCare is what to do with Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act gave states the option of accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor and disabled. Millions of people gained health insurance after 31 states -- including many with Republican governors -- decided to accept the deal. Repealing ObamaCare would end the Medicaid expansion, cutting federal funds to all of those states. Some Republicans want to save the expansion at least through a transition period during which states would continue to get...
  • Faux News did what?

    02/22/2017 10:26:07 AM PST · by antidemoncrat · 49 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/22/2017 | Jason Devaney
    Fox News announced Tuesday it has hired Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to serve as an on-air contributor. Emanuel has two famous brothers: Rahm Emanuel served as former President Barack Obama's chief of staff from 2009-2010 and has been the mayor of Chicago since 2011, while Ari Emanuel is a Hollywood talent agent. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, according to a press release, will appear on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network to discuss healthcare and policy. Emanuel worked in the Obama administration from 2009-2011 as a special advisor on health policy to the director of the Office of Management and...
  • Vox Asks Twitter How Obamacare Impacted Their Lives, Gets Flood of Negative Responses

    02/17/2017 10:49:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/17/17 | Sam Dorman
    Vox asked Twitter users on Wednesday for stories on how the Affordable Care Act affected their lives, appearing to expect positive responses about former President Obama's chief legislative achievement.What the liberal publication got instead was a flood of stories highlighting skyrocketing premium costs and health care insurance loss, among other things."The ACA essentially saved my life," said a Vox reader ina quote posted to the publication'sTwittertimeline. Vox tweeted, "Tell us how the Affordable Care Act has impacted your life," above that quote.
  • Where Did The Uninsured Go Under ObamaCare? Not Where You Think

    02/17/2017 4:06:09 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/17/2017 | John Merline
    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that the uninsured rate has hit a historic low, or at least it's the lowest it's been in the 20 years the CDC has been tracking it. This is being treated as trouble for Republicans who want to repeal ObamaCare, since it seems to indicate that the law is working as promised. But does it? According to the report, the overall uninsured rate was 8.8% in the first nine months of 2016. That's down from 9.1% the year before, and 16% in 2010, the year President Obama signed ObamaCare ...
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Q.

    02/15/2017 7:37:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    reason.com ^ | |Feb. 14, 2017 | Peter Suderman
    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a...
  • Health Insurers Face 'Massive Confusion' As GOP Wavers On Obamacare

    02/10/2017 9:44:40 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 2-9-17 | Jay Hancock
    Premiums for Obamacare plans sold by New Mexico Health Connections could rise as little as 7 percent next year, said Martin Hickey, the insurance company's CEO. Or they might soar as much as 40 percent, he said. It all depends on what happens in Washington. Such is the vast uncertainty about how the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress are approaching their promises to repeal, repair and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. There is "pretty massive confusion," said Hickey, whose 45,000-member plan is one of the few nonprofit insurance co-ops created by the ACA to still be...
  • Ted Cruz Pulls Out Surprise Map During Debate With Sanders to Make a Point About Trump & Obamacare

    02/08/2017 5:17:09 AM PST · by browniexyz · 77 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/7/2017 | Jason Howerton
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled out a surprise map during his town hall debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on CNN Tuesday night to make a point about the problems facing Obamacare. Cruz argued that in 70 percent of counties in America, consumers have a choice of one or two health insurance plans on the Obamacare exchanges.
  • Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow

    02/08/2017 7:04:19 AM PST · by yoe · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | February 7, 2017 | Rachael Bade
    House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told Politico.
  • In leaked audio, Republicans destroy their own public talking points on Obamacare

    01/27/2017 5:18:58 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 38 replies
    The WorldNews (WN) Network ^ | 1/27/17 | wm.com
    The Posts Mike DeBonis has obtained leaked audio of Republicans at a closed-door session airing serious anxieties about the GOPs strategy to repeal and replace Obamacare. Whats remarkable is how decisively their specific comments in private undercut the partys public, carefully-crafted talking points about the battle to come. Now, to be clear, these private comments [] Related: Trumps secret plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall, revealed Steve Bannon just attacked the media. The correct response: Keep pointing out the lies. Happy Hour Roundup ...
  • Trump administration pulls back on HealthCare.gov ads

    01/26/2017 9:28:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 10:36 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Trump administration said Thursday night it is pulling back advertising to promote HealthCare.gov as open enrollment draws to a close for this year. The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement that the government has pulled back about $5 million in ads as part of an effort to cut costs. The statement said HHS has already spent more than $60 million to promote sign-ups this year under former President Barack Obamas health care law. Former Obama officials immediately accused the new administration of sabotage.
  • Trump has committed the most revolutionary act I've seen in 45 years

    01/26/2017 11:21:45 AM PST · by maddog55 · 115 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 26, 2017 | Judge Napolitano
    Within four hours of becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit immediately the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) in ways that are revolutionary. With the stroke of a pen, the president assaulted the heart of the law that was the domestic centerpiece of his predecessors administration. How did this happen? How can a U.S. president, who took an oath to enforce the laws faithfully, gut one of them merely because he disagrees with it? Here is the back story. When ObamaCare went through Congress in 2010, all...
  • MNsure Relief Bill To Help Minnesotans With Skyrocketing Premiums (25% rebate)

    01/26/2017 5:09:15 PM PST · by maggief · 7 replies
    CBS-WCCO ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pat Kessler
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) Help is coming for thousands of Minnesotans hit with skyrocketing health care premiums. The Minnesota House and Senate passed an emergency aid package Thursday and have sent it to the Governor. And Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill immediately. The Minnesota House and Senate passed that rescue rebate for 125,000 Minnesotans hit with huge monthly premium hikes. But it took months to reach agreement, while Minnesota families worried about what to do. Self-employed families are facing monthly insurance premiums of $2,500 a month or more. They make too much to get tax...
  • GOP senators: Give states the option of keeping ObamaCare

    01/23/2017 10:24:22 AM PST · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/23/17 | Peter Sullivan
    Two Republican senators on Monday unveiled the outlines of an ObamaCare replacement plan that they hope would be able to attract some Democratic support. The plan, from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), contains less drastic changes than some Republican proposals. It envisions keeping many of ObamaCares taxes in place in order to provide revenue for the replacement plan and gives states the choice of whether they want to keep ObamaCare. Under the plan, known as the Patient Freedom Act, state legislatures would have the choice of whether to keep ObamaCare operating in their states, complete with its...
  • Healthcare.gov - Advertising on ESPN

    01/23/2017 10:19:25 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 13 replies
    Vanity | 1/23/17 | Self
    Just saw an ad on espn for Obamacare, saying that people have until 1/31 to sign up before the penalty. What are we doing here, these ads should be pulled.
  • Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate: aide

    01/22/2017 12:16:41 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 47 replies
    Rooters ^ | January 22, 2017
    The Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said on Sunday Speaking on ABC's "This Week" program, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said President Donald Trump "may stop enforcing the individual mandate." Separately, on CBS' "Face the Nation" show, she reiterated Republican promises that no one would lose their health insurance under Obamacare while a replacement is being developed.
  • When Discussing Obamacare, Remember the UniParty Supports It(Ryan, McCarthy, McConnell Cornyn)

    01/17/2017 5:43:11 AM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | January 16, 2017 | sundance
    With the repeal of Obamacare gathering a considerable amount of corporate media attention, it is important to remember the UniParty, Democrats and Republicans, have been paid by the U.S. CoC to retain it at all costs. ♦ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce constructed a short list of Wall Street-centric legislative priorities back in 2014 for legislative years ’15 and ’16. Among those priorities was: Retention of Obamacare Implementation of Common Core federal education standards. Passage of the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP) Comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty. the-big-club-2 U.S. CoC President Tom Donohue has spent hundreds of millions via K-Street...
  • Why Obamacare's "20 Million Insured" Number Is Fake

    01/17/2017 9:12:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/17/2017 | Submitted by Genevieve Wood via DailySignal.com
    Liberals are notorious for caring about “groups” of people, but when it gets down to individual persons, not so much. You’re about to see this play out in spades as Democrats cry crocodile tears over the coming repeal of Obamacare.You hear it over and over again: “This will be catastrophic for the 20 million people who were previously uninsured but now have coverage! You can’t take away their health care!”First of all, no one is talking about doing that. Any repeal legislation will have a transition period for those who got coverage through Obamacare to move to new plans. And...
  • World-Renowned Texas Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000 (because of Obamacare)

    01/05/2017 10:57:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lana Shadwick
    The world-renown MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a workforce reduction by 1,000, the CEO of the center said on Thursday. The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. [Snip] The local publication reported that the financial problems began in the spring when the hospital implemented a new electronic medical-record system. Doctors and staff members at the center spent a great deal of time getting up to speed in using the program and that took time away from their patients.
  • Obama tells Democrats: Whatever Republicans do on health care, call it TrumpCare

    01/05/2017 10:49:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Because only the worst health care laws get named after the presidents who sign them Ive actually considered whether Trump would want the ObamaCare replacement saddled with this name. I know I sure as hell wouldnt if it was me. The whole point of a market-oriented health care reform is that the government doesnt run health care, so it makes no sense to tell the nation that its trips to the doctor are courtesy of a politician. Then again, Trump does like to see his name on things.
  • Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago

    12/31/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 2:31 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends. Obama will travel to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the meeting with House and Senate Democrats, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers. The White House is casting it as an effort to unite Democrats behind a plan to protect the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, before Republicans have a chance to settle...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obamas agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obamas health care law. Beyond that, theyll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats stand ready to fight vigorously to protect health care and other...
  • The Congressional Budget Office has some bad news for Obamacare repealers

    12/29/2016 10:50:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Yahoo [Vox.com] ^ | December 28, 2016 | Sarah Kliff Vox.com
    The Congressional Budget Office has stepped into the Obamacare repeal fight, issuing a fierce warning to Republicans in the form of a sternly worded blog post. CBO is the governments nonpartisan scorekeeper, the agency that tells Congress how much new programs cost and who theyll cover. This is important, because in principle you could provide insurance coverage to everyone while spending practically nothing if you were willing to make the insurance totally worthless.
  • With ObamaCare Collapsing, What Do We Do Next?

    12/29/2016 12:17:27 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 29, 2016 in Forbes Magazine | Steve Forbes
    WITH THE OBAMACARE exchanges collapsing and millions of people being battered by ghastly increases in health insurance premiums, what's to be done? Forgetting that socialism doesn't work--never mind that it's deeply immoral--Democrats are addicted to the idea of government-dominated health care. They see ObamaCare's terminal crisis as the perfect opportunity to realize their age-old ambition of socialized medicine, hence the current mouthing of such slogans as "a single-payer system," "Medicare for all" and the offer to consumers of "a public option," i.e., subsidized policies from a health insurance company run by Uncle Sam. Republicans should be ready with proposals that...
  • ObamaCare Approved Fake Enrollees For Subsidies In Undercover Investigation

    12/21/2016 2:54:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/16 | Kathryn Watson
    **SNIP** California and the District of Columbia through their state-run marketplaces, and Florida and Virginia through the federal marketplace, approved nine of the 12 fictitious applicants GAO created for special enrollment and subsidies. Thats because there are no laws requiring marketplaces to verify whether someone is eligible for special enrollment outside the normal enrollment period for life events, like gaining a dependent through marriage or a making permanent move. While subsidies under the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care) Act are generally not paid directly to enrollees, participants nevertheless benefit financially through reduced monthly premiums or lower costs due at time...
  • Repealing itself? Only 4 of 24 Obamacare exchanges still open

    12/12/2016 9:49:08 PM PST · by Ray76 · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Dec 12, 2016 | Richard Pollock
    Only four of the original 24 Obamacare health co-ops remain standing after Marylands co-op announced Dec. 8 it was suspending the sale of individual health insurance policies, the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has found. The four remaining co-ops clinging to financial solvency are in Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, Wisconsin.
  • Pelosi on Ryan's Medicaid Plan: People Wont Be Able to Go to Their Own Doctor

    12/07/2016 6:42:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST | Penny Starr
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryans (R-Wisc.) proposal to cut Medicaid spending over time to help balance the federal budget would prevent seniors from seeing the doctor of their choosing. And I might add with what they want to do to the Affordable Care Act and what they want to do in the Ryan budget to Medicaid a trillion dollars over 10 years taken out of Medicaid, Pelosi said. Two thirds of that goes to long-term heath care to our seniors. They wont be able to go to their own doctor...
  • Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

    12/07/2016 3:18:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 2:03 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Repealing President Barack Obamas health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of significant market disruption that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. [] The new study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where repeal goes through, but replace stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual...
  • Drug Stocks Topple On Donald Trump's Pledge To Bring Down Drug Prices

    12/07/2016 9:22:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily News ^ | December 7, 2016 | Allison Gatlin
    Shares of a key biotech ETF plunged to their lowest point since the election, after President-elect Donald Trump pledged in an interview with Time Magazine to curb spiraling drug prices. In morning trading on the stock market today, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (IBB) exchange-traded fund was down more than 3%, near 266. The index had jumped 9% on Nov. 9, after Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, on the belief that high drug prices would not be as big a focus for Trump as it would have been for Clinton. IBD's 421-company Medical-Biomed/Biotech industry...
  • Obama: Health care act is law, US can't go backward

    12/02/2016 3:39:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 164 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is urging the public to help save his health care law, which is in serious danger of being repealed under President-elect Donald Trump.In a Facebook Live appearance, Obama says the Affordable Care Act has improved millions of lives over the six years it's been the "law of the land." He says the country can't go "backward."
  • New Gruber Study Raises Major Questions About Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

    11/30/2016 8:08:49 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-27-16 | Brian Blase,
    A new study by Jonathan Gruber, one of the Affordable Care Acts (ACA) chief economic architects, suggests that roughly two-thirds of new Medicaid enrollees in 2014 were eligible for the program under previous state eligibility criteriameaning that they were not made eligible by the ACA. If accurate, then a much smaller share of new Medicaid enrollees were made eligible for the program by the ACA than Washington experts commonly believe. For example, the Congressional Budget Offices (CBO) most recent projection is that only one of six new Medicaid enrollees were eligible for the program before the ACA. Grubers results, combined...
  • It looks like President-Elect Trump has found the man to replace Obamacare

    11/28/2016 7:38:06 PM PST · by TheRef · 25 replies
    Political Ref ^ | 11/28/16
    11/28/16 It looks like President-Elect Trump has found the man to replace Obamacare What has Congressman Price proposed to replace Obamacare? Image Price is the likely HHS secretary pick According to the New York Times, citing a transition team official, President-Elect Trump has tapped Congressman Price to head the Health and Human Services Department. He will control a $1 trillion budget and administer health programs that cover over 100 millions citizens. Congressman Tom Price is a medical doctor who worked in price practice as an orthopedic surgeon and spent some time teaching at the Emory University School of...
  • Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Trumps Choice for Health Secretary

    11/28/2016 7:04:58 PM PST · by usafa92 · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/28/2016 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Tom Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act, to be secretary of health and human services, according to a transition team official. Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a severe critic of the health law, saying it interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions. And he says that events have borne out his warnings. Premiums have gone up, not down, Mr. Price said recently. Many Americans lost the health coverage they were told time and time...
  • ITS OFFICIAL: TRUMP CHOOSES TOM PRICE FOR HHS; SEEMA VERMA FOR CMS

    11/29/2016 7:29:39 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 79 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 29 Nov 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump is tapping Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a release from the transition team. Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans, Trump said in a statement. Price, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a physician and a fierce opponent of Obamacare. It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
  • Repeal Congress special exemption from Obamacare, kill two birds with one stone

    11/28/2016 5:36:08 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2016 | Jenny Beth Martin
    Repealing Congress special exemption from Obamacare regularly polls at the 90+ percent level, and for good reason the illegal ruling by OPM once again allowed Members of Congress (and their staffs) to live by a different set of rules than those they imposed on the rest of America. Worse, by exempting the legislative branch from the pernicious effects of this particular law, it allows Members and their staffs to avoid the personal pain (financial and health) imposed by the monstrosity they imposed on the rest of us, and, by doing so, delays its inevitable repeal. The good news is,...
  • Donald Trump Just Said He'll Consider Keeping Some Major Parts of Obamacare

    11/11/2016 2:14:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    Fortune ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2016 | Sy Mukherjee
    He has repeatedly called the law a disaster and pledged full repeal. President-elect Donald Trump just announced his first big possible compromise. And its on, of all things, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. Trump made President Obamas health reform law one of his scariest political boogeymen during the 2016 campaign. He called it a disaster thats crushing consumers with spiraling costs and fleeing insurers (the reality is considerably more complicated despite very legitimate problems with the ACA). And Congressional Republicans, who have voted to repeal Obamacare upwards of 60 times during the now-lame duck presidents tenure, have pledged...
  • Highmark pulls out of ACA marketplace in 27 Pennsylvania counties for 2017

    11/06/2016 8:24:52 PM PST · by kvanbrunt2 · 10 replies
    https://twitter.com/sentoomey ^ | Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 12:33 a.m. | By Wes Venteicher
    Highmark Inc. is canceling individual health plans in more than half of the Pennsylvania counties in which it has sold the plans on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace, reducing the competition that some experts say is necessary to make the market sustainable. The Pittsburgh-based insurer is no longer selling the plans in 27 of the 49 counties in which it sold them for 2016, according to a Tribune-Review analysis of federal marketplace data. About 70 percent of the insurer's individual marketplace members in Pennsylvania will lose their plans, according to a Highmark spokesman. The plans expire at the end of...
  • ObamaCares Chickens Come Home to Roost

    11/03/2016 8:57:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 11/03/16 10:00am | Austin Bay
    Lies passed ObamaCare legislation, lies supported its implementation. As its death spiral begins, angry and panicked lies by Democratic apologists attempt to deflect accountability for its economic devastation. ObamaCares economic wreckage will insure President Barack Obamas now classic promises regarding ObamaCare will eventually scar his legacy. History is written usually by the victors. In the case of ObamaCare, the economic losers are so numerous their bitter complaints will write the titles, fill the chapters and pack the footnotes.
  • (Vanity) 67% increase in my health insurance premium

    10/27/2016 4:28:40 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 37 replies
    10/27/2016 | Self
    Just got my renewal for Blue Cross here in Texas. A 67% increase and deductible raised from $6000 to $6500.
  • Trump: Obamacare has been a catastrophic event

    10/27/2016 4:42:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Oct. 27, 2016 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump called Obamacare a catastrophic event at a rally Wednesday in Ohio, telling supporters that insurance premium hikes have exposed the lies President Obama relied on to promote the health care law. Mr. Trump said Mr. Obama also lied to voters when they would be able to keep their health care plans and their doctors. They have caught him in a lot of lies lately, folks, Mr. Trump said. Hillary Clinton, talking about liars, wants to double down on Obamacare and make it even worse. Mr. Trump pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new law that...
  • Obama says health consumers need to shop around

    10/27/2016 3:40:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 5:41 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is telling workers and volunteers signing up customers for health insurance coverage that the enrollment season comes at a critical time in the Affordable Care Acts history. [] Some insurers have bailed out of markets and premiums are jumping in many states. But Obama says government tax credits will offset the premium increases for most consumers. He says people will be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable their options are, if they shop around.
  • ObamaCare architect Emanuel on rate hikes: Its not a big increase and you can shop much faster

    10/26/2016 9:47:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/126/16 | Robert Laurie
    Stop whining, cheapos. As you probably know, Ezekiel Emanuel served as a health care policy adviser during Obamas first term and was instrumental in the creation of ObamaCare. Hes also the creepy gentleman who thinks 75 is the proper age to die. As Obamas signature legislation endures an easily-envisioned and oft-predicted implosion, Emanuels been making the rounds playing defense. He wants to make sure you know a few things. 1. The massive rate hikes caused by the law are not that big. Youre just imagining things. Sure, you can rattle off a list of states where the increases are anywhere...
  • True Catastrophic Health Insurance Options

    10/26/2016 10:05:12 AM PDT · by Degaston · 14 replies
    Ok folks, where can we find true catastrophic health insurance? I'm looking for a low cost option that will preferably have a 25K-30K deductible, do the traditional exclusions, and provide real protection in case some catastrophic health event occurs. Specifically I'm in the Republic of Texas, which might have to secede from the Union if this baloney doesn't change :( Oh yes it will not be "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) compliant. But with premiums rising through the roof that law is now essentially a 2.5% tax on anyone healthy by the year 2018. Can you say "Oh Bum No Care"?...
  • Obamacare rates surge (Up 50% in PA ...Election Effect?)

    10/25/2016 4:10:31 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | October 25, 2016 | Sam Kennedy
    When the Affordable Care Act's fourth open enrollment period starts next week, many Lehigh Valley participants will notice a sharp spike in premiums. In Pennsylvania, the average price for the benchmark second-lowest-cost silver plan for a 27-year-old is going up 53 percent, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That's nearly four times the rate of increase nationally.
  • ObamaCare rate up 53%

    10/25/2016 2:52:10 PM PDT · by Degaston · 18 replies
    The neverending saga of how the "Affordable Care Act" (aka ObamaCare) is making its mark in the USA continues. The politicians had promised that it would result in lower costs. So where do we stand now? Just 22 months ago I was on the "Bronze HMO 006" plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas with a monthly premium of 193.07. In 2015 the premium changed to 226.57 and in 2016 it changed to 286.29. Today I see on http://www.healthcare.gov that for 2017 its going to be 438.10 per month. That is a hike of 126.9%. Its also a year-over-year...
  • 2017 Healthcare.gov premiums up 25 pct

    10/25/2016 2:53:16 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10-24-2016 | Caroline Humer, Clarke, Grebler, Matthew Lewis
    Oct 24 (Reuters) - The average premium for benchmark 2017 Obamacare insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov rose 25 percent compared with 2016, the U.S. government said on Monday, the biggest increase since the insurance first went on sale in 2013 for the following year. The average monthly premium for the benchmark plan is rising to $302 from $242 in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency attributed the large increase to insurers adjusting their premiums to reflect two years of cost data that became available.