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  • White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daaily Caller ^ | 7/22/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal) But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premium subsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • King Barack Rewrites Obamacare ... Again

    07/21/2014 5:12:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/21/2014 | David Catron
    Obamacare’s supporters have long insisted that it is the “law of the land,” implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn’t occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure. Thus, in a proclamation issued last week through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, His Highness declared that all U.S. territories are now exempt from most of PPACA’s morass of rules and regulations. Neither...
  • White House 'Quietly' Exempts 4.5 Million People In 5 "Territories" From Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 July 2014 | Tyler Durden
    As WSJ reports, last week's geopolitical chaos and distraction was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn't disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates - which woul dhave been a disaster PR-wise for the administration and so, under cover of catastrophe, WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively...
  • More Bad News for Obama and Obamacare: Deficit Set to Explode Sooner Than You Think

    07/17/2014 7:26:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    Buy now, pay later. That will be the epitaph on the tombstone of the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office, a research outfit that justifies government spending, is warning that while deficit may appear tame now-- comparatively speaking-- the budget path we are on is unsustainable. “The extended baseline projections show a substantial imbalance in the federal budget over the long term,” says the new CBO report, “with revenues falling well short of spending. As a result, budget deficits are projected to rise steadily and, by 2039, to push federal debt held by the public up to a percentage of...
  • Chicago Faces $67 Million Shortfall After Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Busts Budget

    07/16/2014 7:31:51 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/14/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    <p>Chicago’s public health system is facing a massive $67 million shortfall after an early adoption of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion cost much more than expected, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.</p> <p>Cook County, which encompasses Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, made a deal with the Obama administration to get an early start on the health care law’s Medicaid expansion in 2012.</p>
  • Need a Drug to Save Your Life? This Obamacare App May Prevent You From Getting It

    07/17/2014 6:46:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/17/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare’s emphasis on cost-benefit has apparently granted permission for the medical technocrats to conjure all kinds of healthcare rationing schemes.And the Medical Establishment is apparently playing along. From, “The Cancer Death-Panel App,” by Robert Goldberg in the NY Post: The latest innovation in cancer care isn’t a medical breakthrough but an app to ration new drugs. It’ll measure care in terms of what it costs health plans, instead of what it means for patients’ lives.That it’s being developed under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, the world’s leading oncology association, is a grim warning about...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Some South Florida docs decline to accept Obamacare

    07/13/2014 6:42:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | DANIEL CHANG
    After being without health insurance for two years, Miranda Childe of Hallandale Beach found a plan she could afford with financial aid from the government using the Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Childe, 60, bought an HMO plan from Humana, one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, and received a membership card in time for her coverage to kick in on May 1st. But instead of being able to pick a primary care physician to coordinate her healthcare, Childe says she repeatedly ran into closed doors from South Florida doctors who are listed in her plan’s provider network but refused...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Gov't Audit Finds

    07/09/2014 3:59:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/8/2014 | John Merline
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies. That's despite the fact that the law specifically calls for this reconciliation, and the fact that, as the IG report notes, "the federal marketplace obtained the services of a contractor to reconcile enrollment...
  • HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations [Thanks, Řbamacare]

    07/08/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Informationweek ^ | 7/8/2014 | Alison Diana
    Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The number of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation complaints received by the Department of Health and Human Services spiraled upward in 2013. Complaints are on a similar high-speed trajectory for 2014, according to analysis by TrueVault. "The number of complaints through May 2014 is up 20.6% over the number received through May in 2013, so we believe that we will continue to see complaints surge through 2014," Morgan Brown, vice president of growth at TrueVault, said...
  • HHS releases 1,296 pages of regulations ahead of holiday weekend

    07/07/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama's administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay...
  • Democrats Run Away from Obamacare

    07/07/2014 7:51:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Politico has a story today that might as well be called "The Democrat National Committee PR Site." "Why Liberals Are Abandoning the Obamacare Employer Mandate." Now, folks, this is so obvious as to be risible. For those of you in Rio Linda, it means laughable. The Politico is now pretending that the Democrats have changed their minds about the employer mandate, yeah, because, you know, you got an election coming up and the employer mandate -- providing health care -- employer mandate, we can't, oh, no, that's not gonna look good for us going into the election....
  • How Healthcare.Gov Imploded

    07/07/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Obama Administration continues to prioritize political success over people as evidenced in the rollout of the public face of Obamacare: Healthcare.gov. As of the end of February 2014, the Administration had spent $834 million developing a healthcare website that was flawed from the outset and allowed only a few million people to enroll for healthcare coverage, according to a new report by the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Five days before Healthcare.gov opened last year, President Obama addressed Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, promising that Obamacare would help the economy,...
  • Truth Buried — Again

    07/06/2014 4:22:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 07/03/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: You'd think that a government audit showing how ObamaCare couldn't tell whether millions of enrollees were eligible for the subsidies they're getting would be front-page news. Instead, the press hid it from view. If you wanted to read in the New York Times about these findings — which detailed rampant problems verifying eligibility and income information from millions of ObamaCare applicants — you had to dig 17 pages into the news section. In the Washington Post, the story was on page 11, after stop-the-press-stories like a change in House travel reporting rules and a puff piece on the new...
  • Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals

    07/05/2014 8:06:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-4-2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    July 4, 2014 Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals Pete Kasperowicz After months of frustration with the IRS over the targeting scandal and lost emails, House Republicans will exact some revenge next week by passing legislation that cuts the IRS operating budget by $341 million compared to current levels. GOP leaders plan to call up a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 that funds the IRS and other agencies, but singles out the IRS for the targeting scandal and other problems that have surfaced over the last few years. “The committee remains troubled by...
  • Obamacare bad now, but it will be far worse later

    07/05/2014 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Las Vegas Review ^ | July 3, 2014 | By STEPHEN PARENTE
    Nevada, buckle up. Over the next few months, you’ll learn how much your health insurance premiums will go up for next year. The early evidence isn’t good — the percentage increase could be in double digits. But that’s nothing compared with what you’ll face in 2017. In May, I released a comprehensive study showing how the Affordable Care Act will likely play out over the next few years. The diagnosis isn’t good. First, the short version. In two years, the ACA’s structural problems will lead to substantial premium increases. Once that happens, Nevadans will likely leave the insurance market in...
  • Despite Obamacare's Expanded Coverage, More Patients Going to the ER

    07/05/2014 9:04:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    CNS ^ | July 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Despite expanded health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more people are going to hospital emergency rooms (ER) for treatment because they can’t get an appointment with a primary care physician, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under ACA began to take effect,” according to ACEP, which gives overall emergency care in the U.S. “a dismal D+ grade.” In addition, 86 percent “expect emergency visits to increase over the next...
  • As Obamacare Goes, So Goes Obama

    07/04/2014 6:27:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's no accident that Obamacare has become emblematic of the Obama administration overall, because it exemplifies so thoroughly what Obama represents ideologically and functionally. Obamacare symbolizes government largesse, incompetence, inefficiency, arrogance and heartlessness, a government that knows better than you what is good for you. It epitomizes staggering spending, waste and debt. It typifies a government that is too big for its britches, which is crushing your liberties while telling you that it has your best interests at heart and that you can't live without it. It stands for wholesale dishonesty -- something that is entirely different from what it...
  • VA Employees Switched from Processing VA Applications to Obamacare Applications

    07/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | July 3 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "...we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer."
  • New York Healthcare Premiums Are About To Explode ('Tithing' to support ObamaCare ain't cheap!)

    07/03/2014 8:27:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7/3/14 | Brett LoGiurato - Business Insider
    Insurance companies operating in New York State's marketplace are expected to ask for double-digit premium hikes next year, according to new filings from the companies. Capital New York reports the average requested increase was 13%. The New York Post reports that number at about 12%. But the bigger insurers are seeking a bigger premium hike — according to Capital, the six most popular plans in New York are requesting an average increase of almost 15%. The Post reports that Excellus Health Plan, which has about 24,000 customers, is requesting a 19.7% hike. MVP Health Plan, which has nearly 33,000 customers,...
  • New York insurers seek 12- to 20-percent hike in Obamacare premiums

    07/03/2014 7:56:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Insurance companies that feed into New York’s health exchange system for Obamacare are requesting hikes to patient premiums that are in the double-digits, a New York Post investigation found. The average increase that insurers are considering for 2015 is 12 percent, the newspaper reported. But a large number of these insurers actually want to boost premium payment costs on patients by 20 percent. The rate hikes are curious, the New York Post noted, given the stated goal of Obamacare to rein in runaway medical costs. Insurers, however, blamed the premium increases directly on Obamacare.
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • Cancer patient, 64, who was suing over Obamacare enrollment mixup dies of her brain tumor

    07/02/2014 8:41:54 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/02/2014 | Lydia Warren
    Linda Rolain passed away at her Las Vegas home on Monday Her family had joined two lawsuits against the State of Nevada and the company that set up its troubled online software, Xerox She had tried to enroll in the state's health exchange in November and after numerous issues, finally paid in January for coverage to start in March But when she went to get treatment, there was no record of her name and she finally received an insurance card in May She underwent surgery in mid-May but struggled to recover Robert Rolain, who lost 60 pounds due to stress,...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Government Audits Reveal Vast ObamaCare Failures

    07/02/2014 3:56:22 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/1/2014 | IBD Staff
    Accountability: Two new audits reveal failures in ObamaCare on a scale even we didn't think possible, with unresolved discrepancies, rules violations and technology problems that expose taxpayers to massive overpayments. In the first of a series of ObamaCare audits, the Health and Human Services inspector general found 2.9 million "inconsistencies" in applications submitted to the federal HealthCare.gov exchange in the first five months of open enrollment. In other words, the Social Security numbers, income, family size, citizenship or other information applicants provided didn't match existing government data. Some 1.3 million of the problems involved citizenship, and an additional million involved...
  • Five problems a government inspection found with Obamacare subsidies [nothing to see here folks...]

    07/02/2014 2:44:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/2/2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    The inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services released a report highlighting problems verifying eligibility for federal health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.Here are five issues the IG found in place as of Feb. 23:1. Fraud could be significant. The audit found the federal government has been unable to resolve 2.6 million out of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” in the information provided by people who applied for health care subsidies. In other words, it could not verify the data provided by people seeking subsidies.2. Most inconsistencies were about citizenship and income. The vast majority of the...
  • Justices act in other health law mandate cases (Hobby Lobby applies broadly to ALL contraceptives)

    07/01/2014 10:45:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling. The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception....
  • Government Still Slogging Through 2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' On Obamacare Applications

    07/01/2014 12:47:38 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 1, 2014 | Adrian Jeffries
    Time to check in on the Healthcare.gov quagmire, where health department officials are facing 2.6 million "inconsistencies" — places where information submitted on an application failed to match government records — that were supposed to be resolved months ago. Income and citizenship status are causing the most problems, followed by employer-sponsored minimum coverage, Social Security number, non-employer sponsored minimum coverage, incarceration status, and Native American status. All these factors affect an applicant's eligibility for insurance and subsidies. The department expected some applicants would have problems with their applications, either due to errors or deliberate lies, and it budgeted 90 days...
  • Inspector General reports finds problems with O-Care eligibility

    07/01/2014 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    Two new reports from the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General say the new federal healthcare insurance market is having trouble verifying whether people are eligible for the health insurance they are receiving, or the federal subsidies that help them pay their premiums. One of the two Health and Human Services inspector general reports found 2.9 million inconsistencies in the federal marketplace. It said the federal marketplace was unable to resolve 2.6 million of them because the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) system for determining eligibility was “not fully operational.” The reports looked at the exchanges between...
  • Euthanasia Activists Want Nursing Homes to Starve Patients to Death

    06/30/2014 12:06:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 55 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/30/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    No line in bioethics is ever fixed. Rather, the push to eradicate the boundaries that keep medical professionalism tied to Hippocratic values (sniffed at as “paternalism” by many in the field) continues unabated, with new boundary lines created, consolidated, and then moved again into ever-more extreme territory.Some call this, the “slippery slope.” Case in point: Suicide by starvation, known as VSED (voluntary stop eating and drinking). Not only do bioethicists say doctors should participate in this method of suicide by palliating the pain starvation and dehydration causes, but also DO IT FOR THE PATIENT if they stated they wanted to...
  • Obamacare: Massive backlog stalls Medi-Cal expansion

    06/29/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 28, 2014 | By Helen Shen
    A mountainous backlog of Medi-Cal applications is well into its third month, but California officials have provided little information about how and when the largest such bottleneck in the nation might be cleared. Not only has application processing been delayed, the state has also fallen behind in sending final notifications to enrollees, officials confirmed. Meanwhile, many low-income people who qualify for Medi-Cal are showing up at community clinics and costly emergency rooms as they have in the past. Others are putting off care. The holdup in Medi-Cal approvals has led to financial uncertainty for many of California's community health clinics,...
  • Confusion over doctor lists is costly for Obamacare enrollees in state

    06/29/2014 6:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 28, 2014 | by Chad Terhune
    Frustration and legal challenges over the network of doctors and hospitals for Obamacare patients have marred an otherwise successful rollout of the federal healthcare law in California. Limiting the number of medical providers was part of an effort by insurers to hold down premiums. But confusion over the new plans has led to unforeseen medical bills for some patients and prompted a state investigation. More complaints are surfacing as patients start to use their new coverage bought through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange. "I thought I had done everything right, and it's been awful," said Jean Buchanan, 56....
  • Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either

    06/28/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Health Reform: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them. Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported. Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors' course loads to dodge coverage. Others are...
  • Rand Paul Teams Up with Lamar Alexander for Healthcare Roundtable

    06/27/2014 5:27:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has yet to endorse a candidate in the Tennessee primary, but incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has already recruited him for an event in his state. The two senators will host a healthcare roundtable discussion in Nashville on June 30 with Tennessee healthcare executives and professionals to discuss the effects of Obamacare. Although the discussion is closed to the press, the two senators will hold media availability after the event. As he faces primary challenger Joe Carr in the fall, Alexander has touted his work with Sen. Paul in campaign ads – particularly on the Freedom to...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: I 'made some mistakes'

    06/27/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | June 27, 2014 | By NATALIE VILLACORTA
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Friday that she made mistakes leading up to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, worrying too much about whether there’d be a market for Obamacare and spending “too little time clearly on the technology side.” “I sure made some mistakes along the way in terms of focusing on some things and not on others,” she said at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • WASHINGTON: ObamaCare whistleblower claims retaliation, Republicans cry foul

    06/27/2014 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Linda Frances · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/27/2014 | Dan Springer
    "If a judge is told by a party to decide his cases in a certain way, or one party can threaten the judge’s job if the case is not decided in that party’s favor, then this central pillar of our democratic society is corroded,” Petersen said at a recent hearing called by the Senate Law and Justice Committee.
  • Report: Many Obamacare Customers Will Have To Switch Plans Or Face Skyrocketing Costs

    06/27/2014 12:54:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/26/14
    Most Obamacare customers will face serious premium hikes next year unless they change their health insurance again, according to a Thursday study from Avalere Health. Most Obamacare customers are receiving some level of taxpayer subsidies to take the edge off high premium rates, but the plans that determine the amount of subsidies available will be changing significantly, according to Avalere.
  • Health Care System Needs To Prepare For Global Warming

    06/27/2014 9:26:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | June 26, 2014 | By Lisa Gillespie
    Climate change is happening, and with that will come more deaths from heat-related illness and disease, according to a report released Tuesday. The report, spearheaded and funded by investor and philanthropist Thomas Steyer, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examines many of the effects of climate change for business and individuals. "One of the most striking findings in our analysis is that increasing heat and humidity in some parts of the country could lead to outside conditions that are literally unbearable to humans, who must maintain a skin temperature below 95°F in order to...
  • Saline shortages create troubles for U.S. hospitals

    06/27/2014 4:27:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    PBS.org ^ | 6/25/14 | APRIL DEMBOSKY
    Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline — a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won’t be able to catch up with demand until next year. ...“The Most Expensive Drug Shortage in History” The burden ultimately falls on hospitals, clinics, and dialysis centers to come up with their own workarounds. And all that staff time adds up. Hospitals spend $216 million a year on the labor costs of managing drug shortages, according...
  • The bad news the press managed to miss in that Kaiser ObamaCare survey

    06/25/2014 8:41:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 06/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    Enrollment: ObamaCare loyalists are trumpeting a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey finding that more than half of those who enrolled had been uninsured. But the survey's findings are nothing to cheer about. First, nobody knows exactly how many ObamaCare enrollees were previously uninsured, because the administration didn't bother to ask for that information when people signed up. So it's been up to pollsters to figure out what happened, and previous surveys showed that only a small percentage of ObamaCare sign-ups came from the ranks of the uninsured. The new Kaiser survey, in contrast, found that 57% of those getting coverage...
  • The Media Smears More Lipstick on Obamacare

    06/23/2014 5:23:55 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/23/2014 | David Catron
    The legacy news media are once again doting on the porcine Affordable Care Act with an extravagance not lavished on a pig since P.G. Wodehouse created the immortal Empress of Blandings. If you are unfamiliar with the latter, she was a gigantic Berkshire sow who was treated by her aristocratic owner with a level of reverence that caused his friends and family to question his grip on reality. Likewise, after an all-too-brief flirtation with fact-based journalism inspired by the bungled rollout of Healthcare.gov, mainstream reporters have reverted to coverage of Obamacare that suggests they, too, may be delusional. Most voters...
  • ‘The President needs you’: Meet the three Canadians who helped save Healthcare.gov

    06/22/2014 10:53:08 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | June 21, 2014 | Armina Ligaya
    In late November, Stephanie Van Dyk got a cryptic call from her boss at Google. She noticed Mikey Dickerson, a site reliability engineer, hadn’t been at their Mountain View, Calif. office lately. Now he was calling her from an unknown location with this request: “Your country needs you.” Ms. Van Dyk, who is from Vancouver, jokingly said: “I don’t think you’re talking about my country.” He laughed, then said: “Fine, fine — the President needs you.” That’s how Ms. Van Dyk became one of three Canadians who were part of the so-called “tech surge”: a group of the best and...
  • McAuliffe says he'll expand Medicaid by executive action (Vetos funds for New Judge Appointments)

    06/20/2014 11:00:22 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 12:22 p.m. EDT, June 20, 2014 | Travis Fain
    RICHMOND— Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to expand Medicaid by executive action, he said Friday, sidestepping a Republican-controlled General Assembly that has blocked expansion through legislative action. McAuliffe also said he will veto sections of the state budget, including language meant to block expansion by fiat. His administration is looking at a number of options - which the governor did not detail - and expects to have a formal plan by September. The move leads Virginia into complex legal ground on arguably the most divisive political issue in the state. The governor said he'll allow most the spending plan to become...
  • 3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49%

    06/20/2014 6:13:25 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    There are hundreds of aspects of Obamacare that people argue over. But there’s one question that matters above all others: does the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive? Last November, our team at the Manhattan Institute published a study indicating that Obamacare had increased the underlying cost of individually-purchased health insurance in the average state by 41 percent in 2014, relative to 2013. We’ve now redone the study on a county-by-county basis, complete with a brand-new interactive map. Depending on where you live, the results may surprise you.
  • Obama Official: The Obamacare "Bailout" Of Insurers Will Be Financed By A New Tax On Everyone's Plan

    06/19/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 19, 2014 | By Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    For months, there have been assertions that the mechanisms embedded in Obamacare, designed to offset losses that insurance companies will take this year on their exchange business, amount to a bailout of the insurance industry. At the same time, it wasn’t clear where the money to pay for these “risk adjustments” would come from in the first place. Now we know where the “bailout” money is going to come from. It will be paid for by a new tax levied on the insurance companies. Since Obamacare health plans were prevented from pricing products to reflect true risk, they were always...
  • U.S. healthcare system ranking revealed and compared internationally, it isn’t good

    06/18/2014 10:01:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | 06/18/2014 | James Fluere
    If you could pick any healthcare system in the world, it probably wouldn’t be the U.S.’s. According to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, titled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally,” the U.S healthcare system is the most costly in the world, but it ranks poorly compared to other countries on most measures of performance.Among the 11 nations assessed by The Commonwealth Fund — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S. — the U.S. ranks last, as it did in four...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • The Continuing Obamacare Nightmare

    06/10/2014 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    While President Obama diverts the nation's attention with his other myriad scandals, the Obamacare Express continues to careen off the rails, leaving a wide path of destruction and rendering its supporters defenseless. The latest outrage, in a yearslong string, is that at least 4 million of the 8 million total Obamacare sign-ups contain flawed applications, according to a report by House Republicans. But this isn't some arbitrarily divined number chosen by Republicans for political purposes. It is based on a chart prepared by federal Obamacare contractor Serco that shows more than 4 million application discrepancies as of May 27. These...
  • Why did Democrats give Obamacare an annual marriage tax of up to $11,028 per couple?

    06/10/2014 7:36:39 AM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 13, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Why did Democrats give Obamacare an annual marriage tax of up to $11,028 per couple? In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare is a tax.According to the Obamacare calulator, Obamacare places an annual tax on married couples for being married instead of single. The amount of this tax depends upon the ages, incomes, and parental status of the married couple.According to the Obamacare calculator, the extreme case of this tax occurs with a 60-year-old married couple with no children, where the two spouses have identical incomes totaling $62,041 per year....