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  • The Unfolding Fiscal Disaster Behind ACA Enrollment Figures (A Must read)

    04/21/2014 9:52:52 AM PDT · by kabar · 43 replies
    Mercatus Center - George Mason Uninversity ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | Charles Blahous
    Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite...
  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...
  • 'He Makes Stuff Up': Krauthammer Reacts After President Says ObamaCare Is 'Working'

    04/18/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | April 18, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Special Report All-Star Panel weighed in after President Obama touted the success of ObamaCare in remarks at the White House, lashing out at Republican critics. “We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people. ... They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.
  • Krauthammer Slams President for ObamaCare Remarks: Makes Stuff Up with 'Brazenness'

    04/18/2014 7:25:40 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On Thursday's "Special Report" on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama for his comments earlier depicting ObamaCare as an overall success. Partial transcript as follows: KRAUTHAMMER: Well, everybody is getting a worse deal. If the providers are, that means the doctors aren't getting their usual payments, which means they have to see much more patients which means they spend less time which means the care is inferior. That means hospitals are reimbursed at a lower rate, which means some of them will go out of business. Or they're going to have to consolidate...
  • The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers...(No shock to anyone here!)

    04/18/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Michael Cannon
    Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend. If the courts put a stop to that unauthorized spending, a majority of Exchange enrollees would suddenly face the full cost of ObamaCare coverage, and enrollments would plummet.
  • Arden Heights woman with chronic illnesses says Obamacare left her without doctors and medication

    04/17/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    silive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tracy Porpora
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions. Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied. While she had signed up for new health coverage -- because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan -- the company's internal paperwork apparently wasn't filed. She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn't accept the new insurance plan. For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers...
  • Zero Covered Dentists Within 100 Miles for Mandatory Dental Plan Under Obamacare

    04/17/2014 9:40:37 AM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Scot Vorse
    For years we have known that the claim under Obamacare, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” was false. We have also known that the claim under Obamacare, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” was false. But what we didn’t know was that under Obamacare, “If you need a doctor, you may have to drive more than 100 miles to find a doctor.” I noticed in my new Anthem monthly premium under Obamacare that I was required to pay a separate monthly charge for dental insurance for my two teenage children (I also...
  • Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say

    04/16/2014 8:10:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2014 9:02 PM EDT | Charles Babington and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The outlook for the president’s health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it’s time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon. Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. Other Democratic candidates, however, remain wary, unsure that a modest dose of good news will be enough to offset countless TV ads denouncing “Obamacare.” Those worries are well founded, say Republicans who shrug off the developments Democrats tout. […] Republicans already were pushing their luck by vowing to “repeal and replace” the health care law without having a...
  • Feds Begin Fingerprinting 'High Risk' Medicare Providers and Suppliers

    04/16/2014 4:38:01 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    Four years after Obamacare became law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is notifying Medicare providers and suppliers of new fingerprint-based background checks. Eventually, all individuals who hold a five percent or greater stake in a Medicare supplier or provider that is categorized as "high risk" will be subject to the requirement. The provision is part of the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Program Integrity Provisions (Title E) of the Affordable Care Act, and gives the HHS secretary broad discretion in applying the background check requirements depending on the potential for abuse, fraud, and/or waste. The new requirements are...
  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/16/2014 5:31:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4-16-14
    Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad? By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise. It’s hard for anyone outside the profession to understand just how rotten the job has become—and what bad news that is for America’s health care system. Perhaps that’s why author Malcolm Gladwell recently implied that to...
  • Health Law Poses a Test in New Hampshire Senate Race

    04/16/2014 7:58:38 AM PDT · by Kenny · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2014 | Janet Hook
    SALEM, N.H.—New Hampshire's rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been one of the rockiest in the nation, putting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the front lines of Republican efforts to make the 2014 elections a referendum on the health law.Only a single insurer in the state offers policies through the new law. Ten of the state's 26 hospitals and one fifth of its primary care providers aren't in its network. Residents of Concord, the state capital, have to drive to other cities to get covered hospital care.If Ms. Shaheen can weather those conditions, Democrats say it would bode well...
  • The CBO Gets It Very Wrong on ObamaCare

    04/16/2014 4:32:44 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/15/2014 | IBD Staff
    Failure: ObamaCare fans are cheering the latest Congressional Budget Office report, which appears to show that it will cost less and cover more people than expected. But that's true only if you ignore reality. We don't always agree with the CBO, but we have long respected it as a credible source of budget numbers. Sure, its projections almost never turn out to be true. But simply too many variables are at play for anyone to guess such things perfectly, and it provides a more or less independent source of information on highly charged, partisan issues. But the CBO's latest report...
  • How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

    04/15/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/15/2014
    Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad? By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise. Simply put, being a doctor has become a miserable and humiliating undertaking. Indeed, many doctors feel that America has declared war on physicians—and both physicians and patients are the losers. Not surprisingly, many doctors want out....
  • Obamacare Only Enrolled 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals

    04/13/2014 5:29:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Obamacare has reportedly enrolled 7.1 million individuals since its exchanges opened in October. However, according to a recently released RAND report, just 1.4 million of those individuals were previously uninsured.Avik Roy of Forbes reports: Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation. The report indicated that only one-third of Obamacare’s purported 7.1 million exchange sign-ups were from the previously uninsured. But Noam Levey, the author of the Times article, didn’t disclose RAND’s actual findings as to the actual number of previously uninsured exchange enrollees. Well, now we know why. RAND published the full...
  • Kathleen Sebelius' Reign Of Error

    04/14/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act's iconic use of the phrase "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in ObamaCare's guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it's time to go. Or rather it's been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare's current alleged enrollment...
  • Covered California = Colossal Catastrophe

    04/13/2014 7:01:45 PM PDT · by smitty1970 · 36 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    We are a family of six – two parents and four children – who, because of a rough year in 2013, had to apply for subsidized healthcare coverage under the new Obamacare rules. Yes, count us among the 7.1 million that Kathleen Sebelius is currently claiming are active Obamacare signups. We live in Orange County, Southern California, so our coverage comes through the state exchange, Covered California ...
  • The Left’s Pro-Single Payer Health Care Graphic: Right Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription

    04/11/2014 11:52:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The new leftist website, Vox, has an article by Sarah Kliff on Vermont’s experiment with a single-payer healthcare system. But I don’t really have much to say about what’s happening in the Green Mountain State, other than to declare that I much prefer healthcare experiments to occur at the state level. Indeed, we should reform Medicaid and Medicare and also fix the tax code so that Washington has no role in healthcare. Then the states can experiment and compete to see what works best. But that’s a topic for another day. The real reason I cite Kliff’s article is that...
  • BP Guidelines May Take Millions of People Off Meds

    04/11/2014 1:30:04 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Study estimates impact of controversial changes that raised treatment threshold
  • Obama Administration To Insurers: There’s No Such Thing As Illegal Immigrants

    04/10/2014 9:49:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 10 | Ben Domenech
    Lost in the overall shuffle concerning the many problems with Obamacare’s exchanges is the central problem of enforcement of those aspects of the law the president hasn’t waived or delayed yet – including the particular challenge when it comes to verifying the immigration status of those applying for taxpayer subsidized insurance. On April 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new guidance document to health insurers. The CMS guidance says that people whose immigration status is uncertain will be presumed eligible for subsidized coverage in Obamacare’s marketplaces while a further review is pending. Emphasis mine: If there...
  • Medicaid Expansion Studies Weren't Trustworthy

    04/11/2014 12:25:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2014 | Jack McHugh
    It may be water over the dam, but one report on the potential impact to employers if Michigan did not adopt the Obamacare Medicaid expansion has been exposed as being essentially bunk due to flagrant misuse or misrepresentation of the data it cited. This is worth noting because the claims from Jackson Hewitt were widely cited by Republican lawmakers here who supported the expansion, and probably tilted others into that camp. Its conclusion was that "employers may pay substantially higher federal tax penalties under the ACA (Affordable Care Act) in states that do not expand Medicaid." Jackson Hewitt estimated Michigan...
  • OY VEY: Obamacare Causes Spike in Small Group Premiums, Colorado’s Increase 29%

    04/09/2014 9:05:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | April 8, 2014
    News about the disastrous implementation of Obamacare has become so widespread that, to be honest, we’re having a hard time keeping up with all of it. We’ve written extensively about the canceled plans that failed to meet Obamacare coverage requirements, and we’ve written about how Sen. Mark Udall tried to cover it all up. Now, we’re seeing reports that if you weren’t one of the unlucky souls whose small group plan was cancelled because of Obamacare, your premiums have likely increased by 29 percent instead. Colorado is among the top ten states seeing the biggest increases in health insurance premiums...
  • Early Drug Claims Suggest Exchange Plan Enrollees Are Sicker Than Average

    04/09/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 9, 2014 | By Julie Appleby
    Offering a first glimpse of the health care needs of Americans who bought coverage through federal and state marketplaces, an analysis of the first two months of claims data shows the new enrollees are more likely to use expensive specialty drugs to treat conditions like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C than those with job-based insurance. The sample of claims data - considered a preliminary look at whether new enrollees are sicker-than-average - also found that prescriptions for treating pain, seizures and depression are also proportionally higher in exchange plans, according to Express Scripts, one of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit management...
  • MNsure to undergo evaluation by auditor, analysis of its coverage effectiveness

    04/10/2014 4:59:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-10-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    As Minnesota's legislative auditor announced Wednesday a full evaluation of MNsure, state officials revealed plans to address a key question: Did the federal health law reduce the number of Minnesotans lacking coverage. MNsure has asked University of Minnesota researchers to work with insurance companies and the state Department of Human Services to provide a preliminary estimate for the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on the uninsured rate in Minnesota. The most recent estimate suggests about 445,000 Minnesotans lacked coverage last year. Projections last year suggested the health law would reduce that number to between 159,000 and 201,000 by...
  • Americans on Medicaid Exceed Population of UK

    04/07/2014 10:46:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 7, 2014 - 6:19 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at any time during fiscal 2013 exceeded the entire population of the United Kingdom, according to new data published by the federal government’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC). Were Medicaid a nation instead of a U.S. entitlement program it would be the 20th most populous country on earth. …
  • Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn't 'expand' Obamacare, we repealed a piece

    04/07/2014 6:43:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/6/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Hours after the Drudge Report suggested on Sunday that "Republicans expand[ed] Obamacare" in the headline for the site's lead story, an "alert" from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, countered that they had actually "chip[ped] away another piece" of the law. The recent change "eliminated a cap on deductibles for small group policies offered inside the law's health care exchanges as well as outside," the Associated Press explained. "Successfully repealing this Obamacare provision is just one part of Republicans' larger effort to repeal the full law and replace it with better solutions focused on lowering health care costs...
  • ObamaCare makes it more difficult to buy insurance year-round

    04/04/2014 4:17:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 04, 2014
    Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn't sign up during the government's open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it's already too late. With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for HealthCare.gov and the state marketplaces. They...
  • Inmates getting coverage under ObamaCare, as states shift cost to feds

    04/04/2014 6:56:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration often touts that people with pre-existing conditions and countless others can now get covered under ObamaCare. But there's another group that's starting to benefit from the law -- prison inmates. Cash-strapped state and local prisons increasingly are using the Affordable Care Act to pay for their inmates' medical costs, taking advantage of a little-known provision that lets them shift some of those expenses to the federal government. Ohio, Illinois and Iowa are among the states trying to offload the rising costs of health care – which include mental health programs – by enrolling inmates into...
  • NOONAN: A CATASTROPHE LIKE NO OTHER (WH spin shows a calculated Obama)

    04/04/2014 4:46:46 AM PDT · by Liz · 40 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | 4/2/14 | PEGGY NOONAN
    SNIP-- Support it or not, you cannot look at ObamaCare and call it anything but a huge, historic mess....utterly unique in the annals of American lawmaking and govt administration.....then-Democratic speaker Pelosi blithely, mindlessly said---but in a way forthcomingly—that we have to pass it to find out what's in it. .... an historic admission that she was fighting hard for something she herself didn't understand, but she had every confidence regulators and bureaucratic interpreters would tell her in time what she'd done. ....for the next three years Democrats would carry on like blithering idiots making believe they'd read the bill and...
  • Obamacare Kills Opie & Anthony's Healthcare Plans, and They're Pissed

    04/03/2014 7:58:35 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 22 replies
    Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | 3 Apr 2014, 4:23 PM PDT | Christian Toto
    Gregg Hughes was perfectly happy with his existing health care plan. That plan is now a thing of the past thanks to ObamaCare, and Hughes has a pretty big microphone to blast the people responsible for the change. Hughes is one half of the veteran radio team Opie & Anthony, and that allowed him to rail against the so-called Affordable Care Act and its unintended consequences. "I have to pick all new plans because what I have wasn't good enough," Hughes said. Anthony Cumia tried to console his radio partner. "Were you happy with your other insurance. ... then you...
  • Networks Snub Obama On Primetime Health Care Address

    04/03/2014 6:09:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 04/03/14 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    White House officials sought valuable primetime air for a rare, impromptu Tuesday night address to tout the accomplishment of signing up more than 7 million people under the Affordable Care Act. But network officials refused to make the kind of accommodation they did previously for the announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, for instance, and Obama was left instead cutting into the much smaller audiences of Ellen and other daytime shows. Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the primetime slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging...
  • THE STAGGERING COSTS OF OBAMACARE

    04/02/2014 4:24:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 2,2014 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Now that President Obama has completed his end-zone dance for perhaps signing up more people for health insurance than have been dropped from coverage due to Obamacare, it’s time for a sober look at the costs of his signature program. Our friend Tevi Troy, head of the American Health Policy Institute (AHPI), provides that look in a study called “The Cost of the Affordable Care Act to Large Employers.” The study is based on internal cost data from more than 100 large employers (10,000 or more employees each) doing business in the United States. It offers the first-ever look at...
  • GOP gets O-Care angst (Establishment Republican strategists: Stop criticizing Obamacare so much)

    04/02/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/02/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Anxious Senate Republicans are worried party leaders are focusing too much this election year on ObamaCare and not enough on jobs and the economy. The concern among GOP centrists comes as President Obama and congressional Democrats are crowing about a surge in late enrollments and claiming the political winds are shifting around the Affordable Care Act. A growing rift in the GOP was exposed when a group of Senate Republicans recently struck a bipartisan deal to extend unemployment benefits. Neither Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) nor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) embraced the agreement. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who spearheaded...
  • Stop reporting enrollment and start reporting policies in force

    04/01/2014 12:16:45 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 11 replies
    ACA Death Spiral ^ | 3/31/14 | ACA Death Spiral
    In theory, open enrollment ends tonight. No longer can individuals without any excuse whatsoever wait to purchase health insurance policies on the Exchanges that will be in effect during 2014. I very much expect we will hear numbers over the next few days such as 6.5 million or 7 million bandied about as “enrollment figures.” Many supporters of the ideas behind the original ACA who have managed to tolerate its metamorphosis over the past year will herald those numbers as signs of success. And, indeed, those numbers are considerably better than many had feared. I, for one, am prepared to...
  • The Embarrassing California Obamacare Glitch Involving Deaf Callers and a Naughty Hotline

    04/01/2014 12:06:08 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 1, 2014 | becket adams
    Deaf Californians looking to sign up for health insurance coverage through the state’s Obamacare exchange were directed Monday to a hotline offering to connect them with “hot ladies.” As some Californians learned on the final day of open enrollment, one of the phone numbers provided by Covered California, the state’s online exchange, was 1-888-899-4500, one digit off from the real number, 1-888-889-4500. So instead of being connected to an Obamacare representative, some hearing-impaired Californians were instead sent to an “adult entertainment” phone service. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one...
  • Obama plans statement, 7 million sign-ups reached (Today from the Rose Garden)

    04/01/2014 11:13:49 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 68 replies
    http://www.cnbc.com ^ | 4/1/2014 | dragnet2
    President Barack Obama is planning a Rose Garden appearance Tuesday afternoon as sign-ups under his health care law surpassed 7 million.
  • Finally, Obamacare is Working!

    04/01/2014 10:01:27 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 24 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 1, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Rarely has a bill passed by Congress endured as many nicknames, both positive and negative, as The Affordable Care Act of 2010. Obamacare, Nationalized Healthcare, Socialized Medicine, even The Abominable Care Act… the list seems endless, as do the tentacles of this far-reaching 2000-some-page law, not to mention the stacks of enabling regulations that already tower over the average homeowner’s foreclosed house. But the critics and skeptics must admit at last, four years after its passage, that the program is working far beyond the wildest dreams of its supporters. Despite almost daily, almost laughable website crashes, holes in its security...
  • AP Ignores Why Vegas Culinary Workers Have Authorized Strike: Obamacare

    03/31/2014 4:27:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/30/2014 | Tom Blumer
    The headline and first paragraph at an Associated Press item on a union strike authorization vote in Las Vegas are both far more vague than they could or should be. Though the rest of Ken Ritter's coverage at least identifies the union involved, it completely fails to get to the heart of the matter, which is that Obamacare is causing huge increases in their employers' cost of providing health care coverage.
  • Hundreds of Jobs Lost as Store Chain Closes Due to ObamaCare and Minimum Wage Hike

    03/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/30/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    By the time ObamaCare and the minimum wage get done wiping out jobs, everyone will need that basic guaranteed income that libs love talking about. Citing Obamacare and an increase in the stateÂ’s minimum wage, the owner of Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar is closing down shop on all 23 remaining locations.Its owner Keith Flike blamed the Affordable Care Act and the increase in the stateÂ’s minimum wage for the decision to shut down. Each store has six to 10 employees, he told the Post Star. Those are just more employees who have been liberated from job lock to explore their...
  • Local couple upset after receiving pre-marked voter registration card from Covered California

    03/30/2014 10:10:52 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 35 replies
    10news ^ | 03-29-2014 | Preston Phillips
    A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party.
  • GOP senator: Administration 'cooking the books' on ObamaCare enrollment

    03/30/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that the Obama administration was “cooking the books” on enrollment figures for ObamaCare. ADVERTISEMENT Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Barrasso said he wasn’t persuaded by statistics that said that more than six million people had signed up for insurance under the healthcare law.
  • Yankee One Dollar Closing Remaining Stores Due to Obamacare

    03/30/2014 9:16:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://legalinsurrection.com ^ | march 28, 2014 | rusty weiss
    Citing Obamacare and an increase in the state’s minimum wage, the owner of Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar is closing down shop on all 23 remaining locations. Via the Times Union: Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar stores will be gone within the next five months, its owner told the Post Star of Glens Falls. Keith Flike blamed the Affordable Care Act and the increase in the state’s minimum wage for the decision to shut down. Each store has six to 10 employees, he told the Post Star. Yankee One Dollar has 23 stores, down from a peak of 39. The Daily Gazette reported...
  • Millions could go off blood pressure meds

    03/29/2014 6:57:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 64 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | March 29, 2014
    Washington (AFP) - One in four American adults over 60 being treated for high blood pressure could go off their medication under recent guidelines issued in the United States, a study said Saturday. The changes, which stirred controversy in the medical community, could mean nearly six million may no longer need drugs to control their blood pressure, Duke University researchers said in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings are the first to analyze the impact of 2014 guidelines that raised blood pressure targets to 150/90, instead of the previous goal of 140/90, in adults age 60 and...
  • Obamacare: Taxpayers in the Hole for $1.5 Trillion

    03/27/2014 10:18:04 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Edward Morrissey
    “What the hell is this, a joke?” Speaker of the House John Boehner said in reaction to news this week that yet another “deadline” in the Affordable Care Act had been unilaterally delayed by the Obama administration. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is yes, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that the joke is on the American taxpayer. Late Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services – which has taken to bragging about “enrollment” numbers that fall millions short of their original goals – announced that the March 31st deadline for open enrollment had become more of a guideline....
  • Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair'

    03/29/2014 8:14:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair' Cash wasted on this clunker. Geoffrey Norman March 29, 2014 10:45 AM The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag. As Mary Pat Flaherty and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post report: … [Maryland] officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least...
  • The six undeniable elements of the ObamaCare scam

    03/27/2014 12:35:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Best Of Cain ^ | March 27, 2014 | Herman Cain
    There's one born every minute.The latest delay to ObamaCare - is it the 29th? the 30th? I can't keep track anymore - should leave no doubt in anyone's mind that this ill-conceived law is a complete and utter disaster. I don't think there is anyone left outside the partisan Democrat world (and the mainstream media, which is just another way of saying the same thing) who fails to sense that at this point. But it's one thing to sense something. It's another to be able to quantify it. To demonstrate factually what a scam ObamaCare is, there are six specific...
  • One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • Can Rep. Joe Wilson be Vindicated Now?

    03/28/2014 6:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Breitbart -- the Conversation ^ | 3-27-14 | Kerry Pickett
    Breitbart News recently reported that Mexican nationals and others were being enrolled at Mexican Consulates all over the United States. This now brings into the question if Rep. Joe Wilson (R -SC) who exclaimed in the House Chamber, "you lie, to President Barack Obama during the 2009 State of the Union when Obama remarked the health care bill would only cover American citizens, was the one who actually told the truth. OBAMA: The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. WILSON: You lie! Rep. Wilson was later asked about his loud protest in the House...
  • Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support

    03/28/2014 12:31:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 28, 2014 3:09 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Dennis Junius
    Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer—13 percent—think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed. “To get something repealed that has been passed is pretty impossible,” said Gwen Sliger of Dallas. “At this point, I don’t see that happening.” […] “I like the idea that if...
  • Hobby Lobby provided emergency contraceptives before they opposed them

    03/27/2014 12:02:35 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 56 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 27, 2014 | Brian Woodward
    It is quite hard to take the claims by Hobby Lobby seriously. The main drugs in question in the case brought before the Supreme Court are the emergency contraceptives Plan-B and Ella. One huge problem with this situation is that up until 2012, Hobby Lobby provided them as part of their insurance plan. Only when they realized that Obamacare was going to mandate this coverage did they suddenly become interested in not providing these drugs. In their initial complaint to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Hobby Lobby stated, “After learning about the current HHS...
  • Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

    03/27/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 100 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Rob Garver
    The problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be masking another major change in the way health care is delivered to U.S. consumers, experts believe. At a conference in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business. Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in the state of New York, said that starting next year, Mt. Sinai will begin...