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  • ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart

    05/24/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/23/15 | John Podhoretz
    Deep into the seventh year of his tenure, Barack Obama is thinking about his post-presidential legacy. We know this because he’s telling us so. In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our...
  • No biggie: Your Obamacare premiums are going up. Way up in some cases.

    05/24/2015 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The “Affordable” Care Act may be looking for a new name in the near future. As Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are reporting, the next round of health care premium cost adjustments are coming down the pike, and you’ll never guess where things are heading. Okay… you probably guessed already. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Obamacare rates are about to shoot up, in some cases as much as 40%. The rate increases requested by insurance carriers vary state by state, but the overall picture is bad.“In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp....
  • Survey finds 3 out of 4 satisfied with their ObamaCare plans

    05/23/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by upchuck · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges are satisfied with their plans, according to a new national survey.People overwhelmingly said they felt positively about their choices of doctors and hospitals and their copays for appointments and prescriptions, delivering good news for the Obama administration one year into the law's rollout.More surprisingly, that satisfaction also extended to people’s monthly premiums and annual deductibles, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.Sixty percent of ObamaCare customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their monthly premium costs — more than people who bought coverage before the...
  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    05/22/2015 7:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2015 | Louise Radnofsky
    Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact. Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. It’s unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • Obamacare exchanges on life support

    05/17/2015 3:45:37 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    http://michellemalkin.com/ ^ | May 15, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: “I came up with things like, you know, health care.” Ah, yes. “Health care.” Remember when the president’s signature Obamacare health insurance exchanges were going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the remote control, jogger strollers, Siri, the Keurig coffee maker, driverless cars and Legos all rolled into one? The miraculous, efficient, cost-saving, innovative 21st-century government-run “marketplaces” were supposed to put the...
  • The dire ObamaCare threat to New York’s hospitals

    05/17/2015 3:03:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    nypost.com ^ | may 16, 2015
    City Comptroller Scott Stringer laid out the grim facts last week on how the most progressive law in decades means disaster for New York City. The bottom line of Stringer’s report: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, Uncle Sam will cut more than $800 million in payments to the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp, by Fiscal Year 2019. The president’s signature law slashes federal payments that long helped out hospitals serving lots of patients who lack insurance. The idea was that the law would boost coverage so dramatically the aid would be unnecessary. Except that illegal immigrants don’t...
  • It turns out Ted Cruz does not get his insurance through Obamacare

    05/16/2015 12:14:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | By Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) wants to kill Obamacare, but he admitted that he might have to sign up for it after his wife took a leave from her job and its benefits. As it turns out, Cruz never signed up for Obamacare. He purchased his family's health insurance off the open market. Cruz and his wife, Heidi, purchased a private health insurance plan from Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said Saturday. "They didn't buy it off the exchange," Tyler said. There was no gap between coverage, and the Cruz family never enrolled in a plan...
  • 1 In 3 Private Health Insurance Customers Receive Surprise Medical Bills

    05/11/2015 9:15:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    One in three Americans with private health insurance has been hit with a surprise medical bill, according to a new survey by Consumers Union. The study of 2,200 individuals also found consumers overall are confused when it comes to how to fight a surprise bill. Among the surprises: bills that were for higher amounts than customer’s expected, bills for out-of-network services that customers believed were in-network, and bills from doctors they did not expect would send them a bill. Betsy Imholz of Consumers Union says few people who receive surprise bills ever file a complaint with a state agency. “Nobody...
  • Health exchange considers higher fees as federal grants end

    05/12/2015 3:45:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    KRDO-TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Chris Loveless
    Denver -- The state's health exchange is looking at more than doubling the fee that insurers pass onto customers who buy policies. The Denver Post reports Connect for Health Colorado staff recommended the increase Monday as $177 million in federal startup grants come to a close and as insurance carriers prepare to submit their rate plans by May 29. If the health exchange board approves the 3.5 percent charge for premiums, the fee for a $4,000 yearly plan would go up by $84. Staff also recommended upping a monthly assessment charge for 1.2 million private insurance policies to bring in...
  • Obama Administration Tries To Blackmail States Into Expanding Obamacare

    05/13/2015 6:51:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 13, 2015 | By Jonathan Ingram and Josh Archambault
    The Obama administration has worked for years to lure states into accepting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion under the false promise of “flexibility.” Despite its best efforts, 21 states have rejected the expansion. And at least two states that previously expanded Medicaid under Obamacare are looking to turn back the clock and draw down their Medicaid expansions in 2016. The Obama administration is desperate for a national leader like Florida to expand Obamacare, hoping it will set off a chain reaction to convince leaders in other states to fall in line. So, frustrated with its lack of success in convincing conservatives to...
  • Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    05/12/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2015 | Jack McHugh
    In a news story titled “Nearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future,” The Washington Post reports the following: Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers — and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing...
  • Obama’s Home State To Shut Down State-Based Obamacare Exchange Over Lack of Funds

    05/12/2015 11:42:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/12/15 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii is shutting down its state-based health care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector (HHC), due to incurring debts and the unwillingness of state legislators to put more taxpayer money into the struggling operation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday.Established in 2011, the non-profit organization is Hawaii’s state-based health exchange for the President’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. There are currently about 37,000 Hawaiians enrolled in health care plans through the exchange, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it, the article reports.Officials with the exchange released a report to its...
  • States Scramble for ‘Plan B’ Ahead of Court Ruling on Obamacare

    05/12/2015 11:09:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | BY BRIANNA EHLEY
    With less than one month to go until the Supreme Court issues a ruling in King v. Burwell -- the case that could dismantle Obamacare -- some states are preparing contingency plans to avert a disaster if the court strikes down access to federally subsidized health care for their residents. If the Court rules against the administration and says that language in the Affordable Care Act only provides subsidies to people enrolled in coverage in states that set up their own marketplaces, some 7.5 million people in the 34 states relying on the federal exchange would lose their subsidized coverage...
  • Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire

    05/12/2015 6:32:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | By MANU RAJU
    One fellow senator calls David Vitter’s years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.” Another says it’s obviously being done “for political purposes.” “I just don’t think he’s made a lot of progress on this issue,” a third senator says. And those are just fellow Republicans talking. Within the chummy confines of the U.S. Senate, Vitter has emerged as one of the most disliked members. The second-term senator’s effort to kill the federal health care contribution, worth several thousand dollars to lawmakers and their staffers, is a big part of it.
  • Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down

    05/12/2015 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies
    Fierce Health Payer ^ | May 11, 2015 | Brian Eastwood
    Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down Hawaii Health Connector never achieved financial sustainability May 11, 2015 | By Brian Eastwood The Hawaii Health Connector will shut down operations on Sept. 30, InsuranceNewsNet reported. The exchange site will cease new enrollment this week, discontinue its outreach programs at the end of May and transfer its technology assets to the state by Sept. 30, the article said. The exchange's 37,000 enrollees can re-enroll on the federal Healthcare.gov exchange for the 2016 plan year. Hawaii Health Connector has faced financial problems from its inception. A report issued earlier this year found that...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • IRS unable to make sure people comply with Obamacare penalty: Treasury IG

    05/08/2015 10:07:56 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The IRS cannot be sure that Americans who lacked health insurance last year have complied with Obamacare’s “individual mandate” penalty this tax season, according to an inspector general report Friday that pointed to a decision to delay proof-of-coverage forms from insurers and employers until 2016. Agency mangers told the Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration that a “business decision was made to not develop processes and procedures” to ensure compliance after it decided in 2013 to delay the pair of forms. The documents are sent to both filers and the IRS, allowing the federal government to cross-check what filers say...
  • Scott orders up hospital finance inquiry

    05/05/2015 11:50:10 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5-5-2015 | Gray Rohrer
    Gov. Rick Scott issues executive order to look at hospitals' books TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Tuesday calling for a panel to look at the finances, political contributions, lobbying efforts and quality and cost of care provided at hospitals funded with taxpayer money. The Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding will consist of members appointed entirely by Scott. The move comes after a stalemate between the House and the Senate over healthcare spending led to the end of the legislative session last week without any of his priorities accomplished. Scott’s goals of $673 million in tax...
  • ObamaCare Exchanges Are A Model Of Failure

    05/06/2015 2:53:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/05/2015 | Staff
    Waste: After spending billions on state-run ObamaCare exchanges, the federal government is only now writing clear rules on how that money can be spent, while half of the exchanges head toward bankruptcy.
  • 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) — 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 — which employs 1,200 people in the area — 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 law’s 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 ObamaCare’s 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? That’s 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 nation’s 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 — 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 Veterans’ Medical Info To FBI To Get Their Guns Taken Away

    04/22/2015 5:35:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 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 America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list. The VA sends veterans’ 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 “reasonable” 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 “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants.”Throughout the interview, Singer repeatedly referred to a disabled infant as “it.”Singer was speaking on the “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s 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 ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas’s Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the Obama administration. "When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “[I] commend Governor Rick Scott’s decision to take legal action to protect these important constitutional principles.” 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. “It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida...
  • What Part of ´No´ 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 administration’s 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 Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Despite a high-profile Supreme Court defeat last June in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, President Obama’s HHS bureaucrats and lawyers have continued their attempts to bully obviously exempt entities into obeying the mandate. Justice Alito’s 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 “if you like your plan, you can keep it” in regards to Obamacare’s 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...
  • Obamacare’s $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 country’s health care system. It also is a massive tax hike. As The Heritage Foundation’s 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 Colorado’s 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 Colorado’s Obamacare exchange said in off-the-cuff remarks Wednesday that the state-run operation may not be able to cut it financially. Sharon O’Hara, board chair of Connect for Health Colorado, was pushing the board’s pick for a new CEO of the exchange for state lawmakers’ approval Wednesday when she made the comments, according to Denver’s 9 News. O’Hara expressed confidence in Robert Malone’s ability to right the troubled exchange’s finances — if it’s possible at all. “If this is doable,” O’Hara said, “he can make it happen.” 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
    “Deeply and deceptively interesting,” is how New York Times Magazine described Sen. Harry Reid in January of 2010. Deceptive indeed. Five years later, Reid’s cache of secrets in the Senate chamber puts Harry Potter’s wizardry to shame. Two chambers—House and Senate—comprise 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 déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (“MOE”) 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 — and they recommended that Maryland refund what the federal government paid to subsidize the cost of signing people up for coverage. The report — obtained by The Baltimore Sun...
  • Are You Better Off Today Because Of Obamacare? Facebook Users Passionately Respond: “God No!”

    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 president’s 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 “a disaster” 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 ‘Harmful and Disruptive’ 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 “particularly harmful and disruptive” 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 ACA’s 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 — who crafted the law and rammed it through Congress — 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 Cruz‘s 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, “Imagine a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare.” When asked about this today, Earnest said, “There was a presidential candidate who ran in 2012 promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that campaign pledge didn’t work out very well for him.”
  • 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 Illinois’ border, about an hour’s 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. Womack’s 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) —The 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>