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  • Massive ObamaCare Rate Hikes Are A Good Thing, White House Says

    08/27/2016 11:21:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    investors.com ^ | Aug. 26, 2016
    Health Reform: This week Illinois' insurance regulator said ObamaCare premiums in the state will jump as high as 55%. The Obama administration's response to this and other news of massive rate hikes: Don't worry. Be happy. Anyone shopping for ObamaCare coverage in Illinois this fall is in for a big shock. The average increase for cheap Bronze plans is likely 44%. It's 45% for the lowest-cost Silver plan, and 55% for the cheapest Gold plan.
  • Dear John: ObamaCare’s Unaffordable Prices Make No Sense

    08/26/2016 12:52:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 20, 2016 | JOHN CRUDELE
    Dear John: I make approximately $25,000 a year before taxes and I make another $10,000 from rental income. My mortgage is $2,100 a month. I got ObamaCare coverage last year, and I paid approximately $230 a month with some subsidies from New York state.
  • How Obama Hoodwinked the Supreme Court on Obamacare

    08/22/2016 1:52:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 22, 2016 | Hollis Hurd
    In the case of King v. Burwell, decided by the Supreme Court in June of 2015, President Obama won the day by convincing six justices that Obamacare would collapse if he lost. The case involved the so-called "individual mandate," which imposes a financial penalty on those who neglect to buy health insurance. To many observers, the wording of Affordable Care Act seemed to impose the financial penalty only in states where a state exchange had been set up, not in states where the federal exchange operated by default. At that time, only 16 states (and the District of Columbia) had...
  • One-third of US won't have choice between Obamacare plans in 2017

    08/22/2016 10:18:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    It's looking like a lot of people are going to have little Obamacare choice next year.One-third of the United States may have just a single insurer to pick from on Obamacare marketplaces in 2017, an analysis released Friday suggests. Seven entire states are projected to have just one carrier in 2017: Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming, according to research by the Avalere consultancy. And more than half of the country, 55 percent, may end up having two or fewer insurers to choose from on those government-run exchanges, Avalere said. "And there may be some sub-region...
  • GHP seeks 41 percent rate hike (Geisinger Health Plan, very big in PA)

    08/22/2016 11:33:39 AM PDT · by jiggyboy · 8 replies
    The Daily Item ^ | August 22, 2016 | Rick Dandes
    If you rely on health insurance provided by companies aligned with the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Pennsylvania, prepare yourself for sticker shock when it’s time to pay those premiums in the fall. Valley residents enrolled in the ACA marketplace can choose from programs offered by Capital Advantage, Geisinger, Highmark, UPMC Health Options, Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Quality Options, and Keystone Health Plan Central. All are proposing significant rate increases for monthly premiums in 2017.
  • Big 3 Insurance Flip Obamacare the Bird

    08/22/2016 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    UnitedHealthcare, Humana—and now Aetna—are abandoning Obamacare exchanges because they’re unprofitable. Meanwhile, for the first time in 10 years, the U.S. death rate has increased. CDC researcher Andrew Fenelon told the Associated Press: “…it is quite rare to see it [a death rate increase] for the whole population. … Many countries in Europe are witnessing declines in mortality, so the gap between the U.S. and other countries is growing.” For 80 percent of the past decade, President Obama has been president. Obamacare was unconstitutionally rammed through Congress on Christmas Eve of 2009. Isn’t it interesting that in 2016—with Obamacare in full...
  • Obamacare Critic: 'Premiums Are Going Up, Up, Up'

    08/18/2016 9:17:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2016 | 4:48 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    When Obamacare’s fourth open enrollment period begins on November 1, many customers will face fewer insurance options and much higher prices. “Only the sick people sign up. And that’s why the premiums are going up, up, up,” said Obamacare critic Betsy McCaughey, who is the former Lt. Gov. of New York. Premiums will go up by double digits, she predicted — “20 percent for the biggest plans in New York, 40 percent in Tennessee, and somewhere in between around the country.” …
  • Fed Survey: Obamacare Causing Companies to Cut Jobs

    08/17/2016 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Vipal Monga
    Many companies are cutting jobs in response to rising health care costs spurred by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Roughly one-fifth of service sector and manufacturing company executives said they are reducing the number of workers in response to provisions in the healthcare law... The New York fed surveyed about 100 executives in the manufacturing sector and roughly 150 executives in the services sector located in New York State, Northern New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut... The results add to a bevy of bad news related to the...
  • Aetna Pulls Back on Obamacare Health Insurance Plans in 2017

    08/16/2016 1:36:28 PM PDT · by GilGil · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/16/2016 | Reutuers
    Aetna, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, on Monday said that due to persistent financial losses on Obamacare plans, it will sell individual insurance on the government-run online marketplaces in only four states next year, down from the current 15 states. Aetna's decision follows similar moves from UnitedHealth and Humana, which have cited similar concerns about financial losses on these exchanges created under President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform law.
  • Now we know the real reason Aetna bailed on Obamacare

    08/17/2016 7:11:29 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    business insider ^ | 8/17 | bob bryan
    ... Now, however, it appears a large reason for the shift in tone was the Department of Justice's lawsuit to block Aetna's merger with rival Humana. A July letter, acquired by The Huffington Post, outlined Aetna's thinking on the public exchanges if the deal with Humana were blocked. The letter from Bertolini to the DOJ outlined the effect of a possible merger on its Obamacare business. ...
  • At Least Six Swing States Face Double-Digit Premium Hikes under Obamacare

    08/16/2016 9:47:25 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 August 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Double-digit Obamacare premium hikes projected in 2017 may bode in Donald Trump’s favor, as several swing states are being impacted by double-digit increases under the law and consumers are expected to see the hikes around Nov. 1 — one week before heading to the polls. Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Hillary Clinton has vowed to make the Obamacare exchanges work. Some say the way she would do that is through raising taxes.
  • Aetna to cut back 70% on Obamacare plans in 2017

    08/16/2016 5:01:59 AM PDT · by mykroar · 16 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | Bertha Coombs
    Aetna is sharply cutting its participation in Obamacare exchanges for 2017. The health insurer said it will offer individual Affordable Care Act exchange plans in just four states, down from 15 this year, in an effort to reduce its losses. "As a strong supporter of public exchanges as a means to meet the needs of the uninsured, we regret having to make this decision," Chairman and CEO Marc Bertolini said in a statement. The insurance giant says it will offer ACA exchange plans in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia, slashing its Obamacare footprint by 70 percent next year. It will...
  • Blue Shield Of California: Furlough over Obamacare Losses

    08/16/2016 8:42:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/16 | AWR Hawkins
    Blue Shield of California (BSC) will be shutting down for four days following Labor Day weekend as a way to stop the financial bleeding resulting from losses in “Covered California,” the state’s Obamacare exchange program. The change will “affect most of [BSC’s] 6,000 employees in California,” the San Francisco Business Times reports, although the “exact number of workers involved hasn’t yet been tabulated.” But BSC hopes that the move could save “an estimated $4 million.” According to the Times, BSC spokesman Steve Shivinsky said, “This is certainly not normal for us. We’re definitely seeing some income challenges as of mid-year.”
  • Health Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them

    08/15/2016 3:47:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 14, 2016 | Robert Pear
    After the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, it created a review mechanism intended to prevent exorbitant increases in health insurance rates by shaming companies that sought them. But this summer, insurers are turning that process on its head, using it to highlight the reasons they are losing money under the health care law and their case for raising premiums in 2017. That has ignited an election-year fight between insurers and consumers, who are complaining bitterly about the double-digit increases being sought across the country. The conflicts have been on vivid display at hearings in states like Pennsylvania, where...
  • Taxpayers on the Hook as Obamacare Exchanges Near the Edge of Collapse

    08/14/2016 9:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 12, 2016 | 4:08 PM EDT | Phil Kerpen
    The health insurance exchanges that are the beating heart of Obamacare are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co-ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exits amid mounting losses. Even the liberal Capitol Hill newspaper is warning of a possible “Obamacare meltdown” this fall. Three states — Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming — are already down to just a single insurance company, as are large parts of several other states, totaling at least 664 counties. UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of...
  • Cost of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion 49% Higher Than Previously Estimated

    08/12/2016 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law provided for the federal government to pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion from 2014 through the end of this year. Obama has proposed an extra incentive for states that have not yet expanded Medicaid: three years of full federal financing no matter when they start. But the new cost estimates could complicate things. In a recent report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare...
  • ObamaCare crashing: Insurers seek massive rate hikes . . . if they’re staying in at all

    08/11/2016 9:36:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 41 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Gigantic losses put exchanges on the brink, send program careening into chaos Remember when everyone watching ObamaCare was focused on how many people had signed up? First they needed 7 million, then 11 million, and on it went as new targets replaced the old. These weren’t meaningless - at least it didn’t appear that way. The targets represented the critical mass the Obama Administration itself said the program needed to be economically sustainable. Insurance, they told us, is about risk pools. If you’ve got enough people in the risk pool, you’d have enough premiums being paid in to cover those...
  • Illinois insurers seek premium hikes of up to 45 percent

    08/03/2016 9:39:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 2, 2016 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO--Health insurance premiums for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace could increase by as much as 45 percent according to proposals submitted by insurers and made public Monday. The leading insurer on Illinois' exchange, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is proposing increases for 2017 ranging from 23 percent to 45 percent for individual health care plans, according to proposals posted by Heathcare.gov. Another insurer, Coventry Health Care of Illinois, proposed rate increases as high as 21 percent. Harken Health Insurance Company has proposed a nearly 29 percent hike in individual premiums and Health Alliance Medical Plans...
  • Another major insurer to bolt Obamacare while premiums go through the roof

    08/03/2016 9:17:01 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03 August 2016 | Rick Moran
    Aetna, Inc., the third largest health insurer in America, will not expand its Obamacare coverage into New Jersey next year as originally planned and is reassessing its participation in the Obamacare program. In a conference call following the company's earnings announcement, CEO Mark Bertolini said that the firm has halted its plans to expand into two new states' exchanges in 2017 and is looking into the reasons for losses in the exchanges it is currently participating in. "In light of the disappointing year to date performance and updated 2016 projections for our individual on and off exchange products, combined with...
  • Long-Term Health Care Premium More Than Doubled

    07/30/2016 1:48:03 PM PDT · by American Quilter · 29 replies
    30 Jul 2016 | American Quilter
    I've just been notified by my long-term health care insurance program that they're increasing my monthly premium from $198 to $441 beginning in November due to "the severity of certain medical conditions, expected lifespans, returns on investment, and overall program expenses." The insurer is John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company. I'll have to pay the full premium increase in order to keep my annual 5% benefit increase. Or I can pay "only" $318 per month and drop to a 3.9% annual benefit increase. Or I can retain the current premium and drop to a 2% annual benefit increase.
  • When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

    07/29/2016 9:06:34 AM PDT · by oblomov · 29 replies
    the Daily Signal ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Hans Spakovsky
    Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface. Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herself repeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law.” Advocates of assisted suicide have blown off...
  • Creeping Sharia in Health Care

    07/28/2016 9:13:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Carol Brown
    Islamic supremacy is arriving in medical settings using stealth means, or what is often referred to as creeping sharia. Common themes include Muslim health care workers refusing to uphold infection control protocols, Muslim medical students refusing to study topics they deem forbidden according to Islamic law, Muslim visitors in hospitals ignoring hygiene guidelines to protect patients, and hospitals bending over backwards (or is it forwards?) to accommodate Muslim demands above and beyond anything done for members of any other religious or demographic group. Also covered are outright acts of violence perpetrated by Muslim men who attack hospital personnel. Islamic supremacy...
  • Rate hikes show rising health costs and Obamacare’s flaws

    07/26/2016 6:02:07 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 25, 2016 | Daniel Weintraub
    The big rate increases announced last week for health insurance policies sold by California’s version of the federal health reform are the latest evidence that the Affordable Care Act, despite its name, cannot do much to tame the rise of health care costs.
  • Obama: Honesty Is ‘Absolutely Necessary’ Trait for a President

    07/24/2016 11:27:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 78 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 24, 2016 | David Rutz
    President Obama said in an interview with CBS airing Sunday that honesty was “absolutely necessary” for a president in order to build trust with the American people. Obama has endorsed his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to succeed him in the White House. In the wake of her private email scandal and the FBI’s revelation that she was “extremely careless” with classified material, Clinton’s honesty numbers with the public are dismal. The FBI also refuted Clinton’s constant claim that she never sent or received classified material on her server, which she has dismissed as a mere “mistake.” “FDR and...
  • Humana To Leave Vast Majority Of Obamacare Markets After Massive Losses

    07/21/2016 5:01:30 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 60 replies
    Humana, one of the largest health care providers in the country, has made the decision to eventually leave the vast majority of the Obamacare markets. Out of the 23 Obamacare co-ops that were established only seven remain, virtually all of them under threat of folding by the end of this year.
  • Panic prompted ObamaCare lawlessness

    07/16/2016 12:29:45 PM PDT · by Baynative · 29 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Dan Badger
    Senior Obama administration officials took a series of decisions beginning in late 2013 that ranged from the reckless to the illegal in an effort to keep insurers participating in health insurance exchanges. A report issued last week jointly by the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees explores how the administration came to unlawfully funnel $7 billion in unappropriated money to insurers through a single ObamaCare program.
  • Obama calls for 'public option' for Obamacare

    07/12/2016 10:44:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2016 | Tami Luhby
    President Obama joined the chorus of Democrats calling for the creation of a government run health insurance program as Obamacare is facing growing problems. In an article published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the president called for Congress to revisit the "public option" for Obamacare in areas where few insurers offer coverage. "Some parts of the country have struggled with limited insurance market competition for many years, which is one reason that, in the original debate over health reform, Congress considered and I supported including a Medicare-like public plan," Obama wrote in the piece. A public...
  • New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

    07/13/2016 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The nation’s health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor. The report from number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services projects that health care spending will grow at a faster rate than the national economy over the coming decade. That squeezes the ability of federal and state governments, not to mention employers and average citizens, to pay. Growth is projected to average 5.8 percent from...
  • Court Strikes Down Obama Health Care Rule on Insurance Standards

    07/05/2016 6:50:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2016 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers must be allowed to buy certain types of health insurance that do not meet the stringent standards of the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the administration had gone beyond the terms of federal law. The court struck down a rule issued by the Obama administration that barred the sale of such insurance as a separate stand-alone product. “Disagreeing with Congress’s expressly codified policy choices isn’t a luxury administrative agencies enjoy,” the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said on Friday in a decision that criticized...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Dropped In Nine States This Year

    07/06/2016 4:32:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 6/5/2016 | John Merline
    For a product that is supposed to be so great -- and that was supposed to be in such high demand -- ObamaCare is having trouble getting people to buy it, or keep it.
  • About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

    06/30/2016 8:53:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 6:39 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday. The report from the Health and Human Services department said some 11.1 million people were still signed up. But that’s a drop of nearly 13 percent from the 12.7 million who initially enrolled for subsidized private coverage this year. Those dropouts failed to seal the deal by paying their premiums. …
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Bails On ObamaCare After $500M Loss

    06/25/2016 8:29:04 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2016 | Jlhn Hayward
    The partial withdrawal of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota from the ObamaCare marketplace, driven out by staggering financial losses, is another important milestone in the collapse of the ill-conceived and inaccurately named Affordable Care Act. Providers have been bailing out of ObamaCare across the land, but not Blue Cross/Blue Shield providers. It’s not a total departure from the market, as CEO Michael Guyette took pains to explain at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: In a sign of continuing tumult in the health insurance industry, the state’s largest insurer said Thursday it will no longer offer its traditional suite of flexible...
  • Team Obama to use IRS data to pressure some Americans into Obamacare

    06/21/2016 3:13:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it will herd uninsured Americans into Obamacare plans this fall by targeting young adults and working with the IRS to root out people who paid a penalty for lacking coverage last year. Officials said people who were fined under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate can expect to receive a paper notice that explains their coverage options on the law’s web-based exchanges. The state of Massachusetts is already working with its revenue agency to locate the uninsured, and the Obama administration said those efforts appeared to be working. The Health and Human Services Department said...
  • Obama is gutting Medicare

    06/23/2016 12:23:35 AM PDT · by Boomer · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 21, 2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    Under the guise of “reform,” President Obama is dismantling Medicare — dooming seniors to needless pain and disability and shortening their lives. The stakes are high, because Medicare and the access it gives patients to medical innovations have transformed aging. Before Medicare, older folks languished in nursing homes or wheelchairs with crippling illnesses. Now, seniors dodge that fate, thanks to hip and knee replacements, cataract operations and heart procedures — all paid for by Medicare.
  • Obama Administration Coy on Expanding Obamacare to California Illegal Immigrants

    06/20/2016 3:53:58 AM PDT · by milton23 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/19/2016 | Fred Lucas
    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to expand Obamacare to cover illegal immigrants, but now it’s up to the Obama administration to determine if the nation’s largest state will get an exemption related to a specific promise the president made when trying to sell the health care law. The Golden State will be asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a “State Innovation Waiver” under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. This would allow illegal immigrants in the state to purchase private health insurance plans from the California exchange, Covered California,...
  • DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS ORDERED TO STEER CLEAR OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

    06/10/2016 6:40:38 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 27 replies
    Compass Colorado ^ | 9 Jun, 2016
    DENVER — A Colorado state representative and candidate for the state Senate recently revealed to The Denver Post that she and her colleagues are under strict orders not to take a public stance on the increasingly contentious debate on Amendment 69, the socialized medicine ballot measure that would double the state’s budget and drastically increase taxes. Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, a candidate for Senate District 31, recently participated in The Denver Post’s Voter Guide, a biannual question-and-answer platform that the newspaper offers to all candidates running for state and federal offices in Colorado. In her answers, Court revealed a stunning...
  • Spiraling drug costs prompt call for major Medicare changes

    06/17/2016 6:53:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 15 June 2016 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old. The proposal from the nonpartisan Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, steers clear of calling for the government to negotiate drug prices directly, an option both presidential candidates advocate. For beneficiaries, the plan is a mixed bag. All seniors would get better protection from extremely high costs, but some may have to spend more. The recommendations are unlikely to gain traction in Congress during an election year, but they will get a serious look from staff...
  • Double-digit ObamaCare premium hikes projected in 2017

    06/15/2016 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2016 | (Joseph Weber/AP)
    Americans in markets across the country could be looking at double-digit premium hikes under ObamaCare next year, according to a new study that’s already fueling election-year finger-pointing. The Kaiser Family Foundation report found premiums for popular low-cost plans under the health care law are projected to increase an average 11 percent in 2017. Among the sharpest projected increases are: 26 percent in Portland, Ore.; 21 percent in the District of Columbia; and 16 percent in New York City. The study focused on the two least-expensive — and very popular — “silver” policies. It specifically examined the impact of rising premiums...
  • UnitedHealth pulls out of Obamacare in California

    05/31/2016 2:51:50 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/31/16 | By Robert King
    UnitedHealth is exiting California's Obamacare exchange as part of its exodus from the law's individual marketplaces. The state's Obamacare exchange, Covered California, told Kaiser Health News on Tuesday that the largest U.S. insurer is leaving the entire individual market in the state. Obamacare comprises a majority of the individual market, which is for people who don't get insurance through their job. UnitedHealth has been in the exchange for only about a year and has about 1,200 enrollees. Covered California had more than 425,000 people enroll overall in the latest open enrollment period. Earlier this year, UnitedHealth announced it was leaving...
  • Where is the administration getting the money to fund these Obamacare programs?

    06/01/2016 3:55:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Congress is looking into the funding for several Obamacare programs for which no money has been directly appropriated. Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that the administration is unlawfully paying insurers who are required to reduce costs for poorer customers on Obamacare’s exchanges. But there are other Obamacare programs that the administration is running for which Congress has refused to fund. ... Subpoenas ignored or willfully unfulfilled, stonewalling witnesses, and lies, lies, lies. Sound familiar? "The most transparent administration in history" has a game plan when dealing with Congress and they play it out to the letter. They even...
  • Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Could Face Fine Up to $500K

    05/31/2016 8:09:07 AM PDT · by milton23 · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/30/16 | Melissa Quinn
    When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told The Daily Signal. “Usually it’s the opposite.” Kunkel owns Full House Marketing and Print in Edgewood, Maryland, and employs 21 full-time workers and up to 10 part-time employees. While he doesn’t provide them with health insurance, Kunkel cuts his workers a monthly check through a...
  • (Senator)Barrasso: Obamacare Deductibles So High, No One Gets to Use the Insurance

    05/25/2016 7:51:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 88 replies
    CNS ^ | May 25, 2016 | Susan Jones
    The Department of Health and Human Services insists that the Affordable Care Act not only expanded health insurance to many more Americans, but it also "made everyone's insurance better." But some Republicans are asking, what good is the health insurance if sky-high deductibles mean you never get to use it? The Democrats' Affordable Care Act is a mandate -- "not to get care, but to get coverage," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Tuesday. "And many people are finding the coverage is not at all of value to them because they can't get care. Either...their doctors don't take Obamacare or...
  • New York Health Insurers on Obamacare Exchange Seeking Massive Rate Hikes

    05/23/2016 7:19:40 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 16 replies
    The Mental Recession ^ | 05/23/2016 | Rusty Weiss
    Insurers on the New York health exchange are requesting rate hikes averaging in excess of 17%, with UnitedHealthcare going as high as a whopping 45.6%. UnitedHealthcare has already announced that they would exit most of the Affordable Care Act state exchanges in which they operate in 2017, New York being one of the few exceptions. The biggest health insurer in the country announced that it lost $475 million on the ACA exchanges last year and could lose another $500 million this year. They explained that states in which they would continue to serve – like New York – would be...
  • Obama Admin Rule Forces Hospitals, Doctors Accepting Federal Funds to Provide Gender Transition

    05/15/2016 2:51:32 AM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 May 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Truncated title. Full title: Obama Admin Rule Forces Hospitals, Doctors Accepting Federal Funds to Provide Gender Transition Services and Abortions The Obama administration is capping off a week of forcing Americans to accept gender ideology as normal with a final rule on Obamacare’s nondiscrimination policies in healthcare. The rule will require physicians, hospitals, insurers, and other healthcare entities that receive federal funds — such as Medicare and Medicaid — to include gender transition treatments and even abortion among their services for the alleged sake of “equity.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final rule on Obamacare’s...
  • More HillbamaCare Shock: Premiums Up 18-27%, Deductibles Soaring

    05/19/2016 8:20:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Contra Corner ^ | 16 May 2016 | Jed Graham
    Reports continue to flow in of big ObamaCare premium spikes that will hit exchanges around the country in 2017. Insurers are seeking an average 27% rate hike in Oregon; 21% in Maine; 18% in Virginia; and 18% in Florida. But if the premiums don’t shock you, the deductibles very well might. Not only are bronze deductibles rising as high as $7,150 in 2017, from a maximum of $6,850 this year, but silver deductibles of $6,000 or more are becoming commonplace. In fact, Centene (CNC), one of the most aggressive exchange competitors when it comes to pricing, is planning to roll...
  • (Health) Insurance Options Dwindle in Some Rural Regions

    05/16/2016 10:37:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2016 | ANNA WILDE MATHEWS and STEPHANIE ARMOUR
    Health-insurance customers in a growing number of mostly rural regions will have just one insurer’s plans to choose from on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges next year, as some companies pull out of unprofitable markets. The entire states of Alaska and Alabama are expected to have only one insurer on the health law’s signature online marketplaces next year, according to state regulators. The same is expected to be true in parts of several other states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma, state regulators said. So far, more than 650 counties appear on track to have just one insurer on...
  • Maryland: 83 Percent of Obamacare Enrollments Are Medicaid

    05/17/2016 2:54:46 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard By Jeryl Bier 10:49 AM, May 16, 2016 ^ | The Weekly Standard By Jeryl Bier 10:49 AM, May 16, 2016 | The Weekly Standard By Jeryl Bier 10:49 AM, May 16, 2016
    The Maryland Health Connection is the state's Obamacare Marketplace. Monday, an agency press release noted that Maryland "has cut by 40 percent the number of Marylanders who were eligible for private insurance coverage when the state marketplace began three years ago." However, the breakdown of that statistic reveals that only 165,000 out of more than one million sign-ups are non-Medicaid enrollments. When the exchange opened three years ago, an estimated 405,000 people were eligible for private coverage. Three years later, that number has fallen to 240,000. But the press release notes that including Medicaid over one million have been enrolled...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

    05/18/2016 4:26:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 17, 2016 | By Elisabeth Rosenthal - The New York Times
    Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created NY state exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare," the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president's signature health legislation. Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else's the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers....
  • Obamacare has been good for the economy

    05/16/2016 9:57:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    AOL ^ | May 15, 2016 | Bob bryan
    The largest increase in consumer spending since gas prices have dropped, according to Markowska, has been on healthcare. "In nominal terms, household spending on healthcare averaged 3.9% between 2010 and 2013," wrote Markowska in a note to clients Thursday. "It began to accelerate in the first half of 2014 and has averaged at 5.2% since then. Importantly, this pickup in healthcare spending was not driven by higher costs; real spending in this category accelerated from 1.9% in 2010-2013 to 3.9% thereafter." This would indicate that Americans have been not only been spending more because of increased costs, but also intentionally...
  • In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

    05/16/2016 6:54:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 8:44 AM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state’s health care system. So, in what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from Obama’s new health care system. What’s more, GOP leaders are considering a tax hike to cover the state’s share...