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  • Small Businesses Get Sobering Dose Of Reality as Health Insurers Reveal Their Rates For 2015

    10/19/2014 9:30:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | october 19, 2014 | michael hausam
    Although the Obama administration has yet to release the federal health care premiums for 2015, some private insurers have. One of them in Minnesota has indicated that they will be showing increases of up to 60% for their ACA-compliant policies. Preferred One, the largest and lowest-cost provider of health insurance in the state, pulled out of the state’s MNsure exchange last month due to its being “unsustainable.” Alycia Riedl, with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters, commented on the news:
  • Obamacare Causing Big Layoffs for Union Nurses

    10/19/2014 6:16:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Oct 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Kaiser Permanente and other health providers are putting pressure on the powerful California Nurses Association (CAN) in negotiations for reductions in medical staffing and compensation due to the implementation of California’s version of Obamacare. Union nurses on Friday tried to launch a new initiative by demanding an extra compensation supplement and more staffing to be prepared to fight the Ebola virus. But just three years after union nurses won huge contract gains by striking, Obamacare rules that cut patient access to care could now result in huge nurse layoffs. ... the California Nurses Association and other labor unions that campaigned...
  • Obamacare Customers Afraid to Use Benefits Due to Sky-Sigh Deductibles

    10/19/2014 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 18, 2014 | by JOHN HAYWARD
    It must have pained the New York Times to publish its article about how many ObamaCare customers fear to make use of their taxpayer-subsidized, hyper-regulated benefits because the deductibles are so high.  It's a devastating indictment of the Affordable Care Act, cutting deep into the very small number of Americans who actually find the ACA somewhat useful.   Not only does ObamaCare have low approval ratings from the American public at large, it doesn't even score well among the group it was nominally intended to benefit most directly, the uninsured.     Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this...
  • Obama's "Affordable Health Care" Making health care unaffordable.

    10/19/2014 5:04:02 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 18 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/18/2014 | Moneyrunner
    As the New York Times explains, Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best. “To spend thousands of dollars just making...
  • A Very Bad Year for Obamacare…and a Worse Year for the Victims of Obamacare (long article)

    10/08/2014 5:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In the last few months of 2013, Obamacare suffered a series of embarrassing setbacks dealing with everything from a clunky website to plan cancellations tothe White House feeling compelled to arbitrarily ignore the law.Since that time, though, people seem to have adapted to this new burden.But adaptation doesn’t mean approval. There are still serious problems with Obamacare, as evidenced by the fact that the Obama Administration has postponed implementation of various provisions 38 times!However, the White House wants us to believe the law is a success, even if that requires statistical contortions.So let’s look at the record.My Cato colleague Mike Tanner argues...
  • Obamacare, That Most Callous of Reforms

    10/07/2014 3:01:31 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 6 replies
    RedState.com ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | John Hayward
    The next wave of ObamaCare insurance cancellations is under way, flying largely under the national media radar… until Wal-Mart announced it would be dropping coverage for all its part-time employees.
  • Virginia Dem Refuses To Address 250,000 Taxpayers Who Lost Healthcare Due To Obamacare

    10/07/2014 7:20:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/7/14 | staff
    Democratic Senator Mark Warner (D., Va.) refused to elaborate on the 250,000 Virginians who are losing their healthcare plans due to Obamacare during Tuesday’s Senate debate against Republican Ed Gillespie. Moderator Karen Tumulty asked Warner to respond to taxpayers who are losing their plans, but Warner did not acknowledge the cancellations. Rather, he touted the elements of Obamacare that he believes Virginians support. “Virginians want us to fix healthcare,” Warner said.
  • Obamacare Sends Iowa Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocketing

    10/10/2014 9:51:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    BigGovernment ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Thousands of Iowans are now facing double-digit health insurance premium hikes due to Obamacare. On Wednesday, the Des Moines Register reported that the state's insurance commissioner has approved Des Moines-based Wellmark to hike its rates between 11.9% and 14.5%. The premium spike will affect 19,000 Iowans. "That increase is for individual policyholders who have Affordable Care Act-compliant plans," reports the Register. CoOportunity, one of the main companies offering health insurance on the Obamacare exchange, will increase its rates 19%.
  • Susan Collins Says It's Too Late To Repeal Obamacare (Surprise!)

    10/10/2014 4:50:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10-10-2014 | Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks it's time for Republicans to let go of their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Speaking to an NBC affiliate in Portland on Thursday, Collins argued that the GOP has missed its chance to get rid of the health care law entirely. She noticeably did not say whether she would vote to repeal or defund Obamacare, despite being asked. "You know at this point, I think we’re past that," Collins said. "I think it would’ve been much better if there’d been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such...
  • Obamacare Poised to Cause Insurance Cancellations, Networks Silent

    10/10/2014 1:05:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | October 10, 2014 | Joseph Rossell
    According to Fox News and several print media outlets tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people are about to be notified that their health insurance policies are being cancelled, thanks to Obamacare. That could mean bad news for liberals just weeks before 2014 midterm elections, except the broadcast networks have refused to report it. ABC, CBS and NBC news programs failed to mention the latest wave of policy cancellations as of Oct. 9. Plans that could not meet regulations mandated under the Affordable Care Act will no longer be granted a reprieve in thirteen states and the District...
  • Obamacare: Nothing Short of a Disaster

    10/09/2014 1:12:45 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Robert E. Moffitt
    On November 15, open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges begins again. Before the second act of our national healthcare drama commences, let’s review what we’ve learned in Act I. For starters, everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged when it comes to setting up a website. But they’ve demonstrated the ability to dole out a huge amount of taxpayers’ money for millions of people signing up for Medicaid, a welfare program. And they’ve proved they can send hundreds of millions of federal taxpayers’ dollars to their bureaucratic counterparts in states, like Maryland and Oregon, that can’t manage their own...
  • More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare

    10/09/2014 4:05:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10-9-2014 | Jim Angle
    More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare in the coming weeks, affecting thousands of people just before the midterm elections. "It looks like several hundred thousand people across the country will receive notices in the coming days and weeks," said Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The policies are being canceled because states that initially granted a reprieve at the request of President Obama are no longer willing to do so. In coming weeks, 13 states and the District of Columbia plan to cancel such policies, which generally...
  • Wal-Mart's insurance move reveals Obamacare truth

    10/08/2014 11:47:06 PM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | October 8, 2014 | Anthony Zurcher
    As the 800-pound gorilla of retailers, Wal-Mart made national headlines when it announced on Tuesday that it was cutting the health benefits for its 30,000 employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week. A company blog post put the move down to rising healthcare costs, but the 30-hour cut-off gives a clue as to the real cause - President Barack Obama's healthcare reform. Under the Affordable Care Act, large companies are required, starting this January, to provide subsidised healthcare for every employee who works 30-hours a week or more. As the Atlantic's David A Graham notes, many of the...
  • Even Walmart Can't Escape ObamaCare's Always High Prices

    10/08/2014 9:34:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/7/2014 | IBD Staff
    Wal-Mart says it's cutting health benefits to part-timers and boosting worker premiums. If a retail empire built on low prices can't find a way around ObamaCare's added costs, we are all doomed.
  • Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers

    10/07/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by Signalman · 32 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 10/7/2014 | Katy Lobosco
    Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer, is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. The cut applies to part-timers who work fewer than 30 hours a week, Wal-Mart said Tuesday. It impacts 2% of the company's U.S. workforce. More of Wal-Mart's employees signed up for health benefits this year than the company expected, which boosted the company's costs.. Obamacare requires everyone to have coverage, which has prompted people to compare plans available to them at work with plans offered on government exchanges. The cheapest and most popular Wal-Mart plan currently costs employees as little as...
  • Not-Too-Happy Meal: Diners Miffed Over Obamacare Surcharges

    10/07/2014 12:16:13 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 135 replies
    newsmax ^ | 10/7/14 | j blosser
    Next time you eat out at a fancy restaurant, don't be surprised if, at the end of your meal, you spot an unfamiliar item on your tab — a surcharge to pay for Obamacare. Diners at high-end restaurants such as Melisse, AOC, and a dozen others in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas have noticed a 3 percent surcharge for employee healthcare tacked on to their bills, and the Los Angeles Times reports that some of the customers are none too happy about it. One diner complained in an online blog, "It's basically management saying 'Obamacare made me do...
  • Producer of anti-Obamacare movie ‘Sick and Sicker’ hit with IRS audit

    10/07/2014 9:46:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The producer of a new movie that criticizes Obamacare has reportedly become the latest prominent conservative slapped with an IRS audit. Logan Clements, producer of “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style,” announced via press release Tuesday that he is being audited for the first time ever. “I had never been audited before I made this movie,” he says in a YouTube video. “There seems to be a pattern here.” The news comes one month after the conservative Breitbart News announced that it, too, was being audited and that the action was probably politically motivated. Mr. Clements‘ movie makes the case...
  • Survey: 1 in 3 Seniors Went Without Medical Care Due to High Energy Prices

    10/10/2014 7:45:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 10, 2014 - 11:39 AM | Ali Meyer
    More than one in three low-income seniors, or 41 percent, has already gone without medical or dental care because of high energy bills, according to a survey included in a newly released report. And things will only get worse for seniors, says the 60 Plus Association, as states scramble to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon-reduction rules. […] For example, because of high energy prices, 41 percent of seniors went without medical or dental care, 30 percent of seniors went without food for at least a day, 33 percent did not fill a prescription or took less than their...
  • Obamacare plan is 'Dickensian nightmare:' NY lawsuit

    10/08/2014 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 8, 2014 | by Dan Mangan
    What's the prescription for this man's frustrating, fruitless quest to find a doctor on his Obamacare plan? Going to court. A Yale Law grad is suing a New York insurer, claiming that the $620.69-per-month health plan he bought failed miserably in its promise that its website would be available to help him find a primary care physician "anytime." "Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth," said Jon Fougner's lawsuit against Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Fougner, who filed the case himself, said that after he looked on Empire's site for doctors near him who were accepting new patients, it listed 30...
  • An Ebola goof and an Obama crony (pocketed $30 Billion stimulus for faulty Texas tech)

    10/09/2014 5:23:53 AM PDT · by Liz · 13 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 10/9/14 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    --snip-- Texas Health contracts with Epic Systems for its electronic-medical-records (EMR) system. Epic was founded by billionaire Judy Faulkner, a top Obama donor---the dominant EMR player in the US health-care market. The firm’s Top 10 PAC recipients are all Dem/lefty outfits: DCCC got nearly $230,000; DNC Services Corp. nearly $175,000.......Obama campaign-finance bundler, Faulkner, served as an adviser to WH health-information-tech guru David Blumenthal--in charge of dispensing EMR subsidies. Faulkner also served on the same committee Blumenthal chaired. Epic and other large firms lobbied aggressively for nearly $30 billion in 2009 stimulus subsidies. Epic has been the subject of rising industry...
  • Obama to Hide Obamacare Rates Till After Election Day

    10/09/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Oct 09, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    HealthCare.gov, the online portal where millions of Americans must by health insurance, will not display premiums for 2015 until after the 2014 elections ... Americans will not be able to find out if their health insurance premiums are going up "until the second week of November," which conveniently falls after Americans will go to the polls November 4th.
  • Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled

    10/08/2014 9:22:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 7:33 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won’t display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open enrollment season runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Coverage can start as early as Jan. 1. […] The goof is a mistranslation in large type on the home page of the Spanish-language version of the site. It’s the very first word on the page. Trying to translate “get ready,” someone came up with the wrong word in...
  • Unemployment truthers see new conspiracy

    10/06/2014 9:35:05 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/06/14 | Steve Benen
    <p>Two years ago this week, the nation’s unemployment dipped below 8% for the first time since the start of the Great Recession. Almost immediately, Republicans were outraged – the good news couldn’t be real, they said, but rather must be the result of an elaborate conspiracy.</p>
  • One family’s Obamacare nightmare; One-size-fits-all health care could mean bankruptcy and death

    10/05/2014 8:08:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/2/14 | Pattie Curran
    As the mother of two chronically ill children, I have long faced high health care costs. My sons suffer from a rare bone-marrow failure syndrome called Shwachman-Diamond syndrome and have secondary mitochondrial disease that requires treatment with a broad range of expensive medications. We averaged $10,000 to $12,000 a year in billed out-of-pocket medical expenses before Obamacare became law. In 2013, we incurred just over $27,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. President Obama’s signature piece of legislation has more than doubled our yearly medical costs. Having read the then-proposed Affordable Care Act in 2010, I was skeptical of the legislation from...
  • In Praise of Walmart

    01/25/2013 9:37:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Once again I am here to sing the praises of Walmart. Over the years I have done so on many occasions. Many misguided souls take the other side. They blame Walmart for ruining mom and pop grocery stores, mom and pop hardware stores, etc. Not me, I praise cheaper prices. Moreover, it's what consumers voted for with there hard-earned dollars. If anyone wants to pay more for stuff, all they have to do is shop at a mom and pop hardware store, grocery store, or pharmacy. Most don't because they want a bargain. Today, I have good news. Walmart-style competition...
  • Steel Plant Manager to Obama: Why Are Health Care Costs Rising?

    10/05/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    mediaite ^ | 10/4/14 | Josh Feldman |
    President Obama held a town hall yesterday in Indiana, and faced a question from a steel plant manager about rising health care costs. And Obama told him he might not be “shopping effectively enough.” The man said, “One of the questions I had is about the health care costs. We are seeing almost a double-digit increase in health care costs every year. So do you think that trends will go down and what can we do to control that trend?” Obama answered, “The question is whether you guys are shopping effectively enough, because it turns out that this year, and...
  • Judge: IRS Obamacare Rule 'Is Arbitrary, Capricious, and Abuse of Discretion'

    10/03/2014 8:51:26 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 02 October 2014 | Craig Bannister
    In his decision, U.S. District Judge Ronald White concluded Tuesday that the IRS rule altering the Obamacare law and providing billions in subsidies is "arbitrary, capricious and abuse of discretion": "The court holds that the IRS rule is arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law, pursuant to 5 U.S.C.706(2)(A), in excess of summary jurisdiction, authority or limitation, or short of statutory right, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 706(2)(C), or otherwise is an invalidation of the ACA [Affordable Care Act], and is hereby vacated. The court's order of vacatur is stayed, however, pending resolution of any...
  • The Two Issues That Could Bring Down Obamacare

    10/01/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Brianna Ehley
    Today marks the one-year anniversary for Obamacare’s health exchanges—which have helped more than 7 million people across the country enroll in health coverage. And while Obamacare’s marketplace is settling in for its second year, serious issues are cropping up that could potentially derail the entire health care law leaving millions without affordable health coverage. The first potential problem deals with funding for the law’s crucial risk corridor program, which protects insurers from major losses. Insurers who agree to sell policies on the new exchanges are compensated for if they incur heavy losses during the first few years of Obamacare’s implementation....
  • Health plans out of step with Obamacare are getting the boot

    10/03/2014 5:37:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 10/3/2014 | Tucker Echols
    Grandfather is fast losing his protective power. Many health plans that did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but were spared last year by a plea from the Obama Administration to let consumers keep existing coverage, are now heading for the scrap heap, Kaiser Health News reports. The policy cancellations will affect thousands of customers who get insurance coverage from CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente, Humana and Anthem among others.A primary reason for doing away with the plans is the bottom line. The insurance industry has figured out that it can get higher premiums and make more money selling...
  • Obamacare may hold the key to saving the U.S. from Ebola

    10/02/2014 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
    Fear of Ebola has been climbing steadily in the United States since Tuesday's announcement that a Liberian traveler in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, was diagnosed with the disease. America's special vulnerability to Ebola is its limitations on access to health care. In times of contagion, societal risk rises with every uninsured or underinsured individual who struggles to work or go to school with a fever, and avoids bankrupting visits to health providers. One doesn't need to have a political position up or down on "Obamacare" to recognize and solve this.
  • 60 Percent of Voters Want Obamacare to Be Repealed

    10/01/2014 5:38:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/1/14 | Jeffrey H Anderson
    A new poll finds that three-fifths of likely voters support the repeal of Obamacare. A large plurality — 44 percent — wants to see Obamacare repealed replaced with a conservative alternative. A much smaller group —16 percent — wants to see it repealed but not replaced. Less than one in three respondents — 32 percent — would like to keep Obamacare, whether in its current form or in amended form. So, with a conservative alternative in play, 60 percent of Americans support repeal, while only 32 percent oppose it.
  • Brookings Analysis: 37 Percent of Dem Candidates Avoiding Obamacare

    09/30/2014 10:57:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 06:20 PM | Cathy Burke
    Health care is a hot topic on the campaign trial for both parties, but 37 percent of Democrats running for Congress don’t even bring up the subject of Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, a Brookings Institution analysis has found. The study of 1,662 candidates running in House and Senate primaries also found just 25.5 percent of Democratic candidates were willing to offer even lukewarm support of the Affordable Care Act.Republican candidates, on the other hand, were adamantly opposed, with 73.8 percent favoring repeal of Obamacare, the study found. …
  • Why This Conservative Lawyer Thinks He Can Still Cripple Obamacare

    09/26/2014 9:37:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    The top lawyer arguing a case to overturn Obamacare subsidies believes he can succeed at crippling the law even if it's upheld in every district and appellate court. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit invalidated the federal exchange subsidies in June. The full court subsequently vacated the ruling and announced it'll re-hear the case, called Halbig v. Burwell. The conservative opponents have a tough battle because the en banc ruling will feature 8 Democratic-appointed judges — four of whom were appointed by President Obama himself — and 5 Republican-appointed judges. Michael Carvin, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, has appealed...
  • Underinsured ACA enrollees strain community health centers

    09/26/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Modern Health Care ^ | Sept. 25, 2014 | Virgil Dickson
    Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say. The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. So the centers are subsidizing that care by offering them means-tested sliding-scale fees. When the centers, which are not allowed to turn away patients for inability to pay, try to get...
  • Old and In the Way?

    09/25/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, "We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic. But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama...
  • Why You Are Likely To Lose Your Health Insurance -- No Matter How Much You Like It

    09/24/2014 8:44:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9-24-14 | John C. Goodman
    One of Barack Obama’s best-remembered promises was, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” But at the very same time the president was making that promise, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were drafting legislation that would make sure that promise could never be kept. We call it Obamacare. Moreover, the problem is not only that millions of people were unable to keep the plan they had in 2010, when the health reform law was passed. They are not likely to be able to keep for long any plan they have selected this year on a health insurance exchange....
  • The 15 Most Shocking Statements in ObamaCare Architect's 'Die at 75' Article

    09/23/2014 4:06:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-22-14 | John Nolte
    Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn't want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, "Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare." Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their "last contribution" to society likely occurred more than a decade ago. Good God. The phrase "the banality of evil" gets bandied about...
  • Mark Steyn: No reason to believe GOP will ever repeal Obamacare

    09/21/2014 2:39:55 PM PDT · by buffyt · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/2013 | Jeff Poor
    National Review columnist Mark Steyn blasted claims by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others that the best strategy is to allow Obamacare to crumble under its own weight and only then seek to repeal it. Filling in as host on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Monday, Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” explained to a caller named “Joe” that there is no reason to believe congressional Republicans have the will to repeal anything, especially considering that Carter-era institutions like the Department of Education and the Department of Energy have managed to flourish even in times of...
  • Scam Alert: Hospitals All Over America Are Wildly Inflating Medical Bills

    09/21/2014 7:24:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/20/2014 | Michael Snyder
    The next time you visit a hospital, it is your wallet that may end up hurting the most. All over the United States, it has become common practice for hospitals to wildly inflate medical bills. For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill. And as you will see below, some victims report being billed tens of thousands of dollars for a non-surgical hospital visit that lasts only a few hours. When something is seriously wrong with us, most of us never stop to ask our health professionals how...
  • ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel has anounced the ‘optimal age of death’ - you won’t like it

    09/19/2014 12:30:11 PM PDT · by xzins · 128 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 19, 2014 | Robert Laurie
    Democrats seem to love death.  Whether they’re yammering about abortion or “end of life” planning, they just can’t get enough of talking up the myriad ways people can exit life’s stage.  They always claim this is simply a discussion about personal responsibility and individual choice but, since they despise those ideals in virtually every other matter, it’s a hard argument to buy. Enter Ezekiel Emanuel.  Emanuel was one of the chief architects of ObamaCare and is, of course, the brother of Rahm.  Over at The Atlantic, he’s penned an article about his own death and he’s made a shocking announcement...
  • ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel has anounced the ‘optimal age of death’ - you won’t like it

    09/19/2014 2:38:55 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/19/14 | Robert Laurie
    Old people are such a burden. Democrats seem to love death. Whether they’re yammering about abortion or “end of life” planning, they just can’t get enough of talking up the myriad ways people can exit life’s stage. They always claim this is simply a discussion about personal responsibility and individual choice but, since they despise those ideals in virtually every other matter, it’s a hard argument to buy. Enter Ezekiel Emanuel. Emanuel was one of the chief architects of ObamaCare and is, of course, the brother of Rahm. Over at The Atlantic, he’s penned an article about his own death...
  • Read 8 damning emails from behind the scenes of the Healthcare.gov meltdown

    09/18/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    We all now know what happened with the federal healthcare marketplace, Healthcare.gov. The three-year development was complicated by changing specifications, and the government's convoluted procurement process meant entrenched companies were getting contracts over and over. But a wave of government accountability reports, concluded after months of investigations, is bringing new attention to the meltdown. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning.
  • Obamacare Creator: Die At 75!

    09/18/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 123 replies
    Breitbart, Big Government ^ | 9/18/14 | Ben Shapiro
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the masterminds behind Obamacare, has now explained that he wishes to die at age 75. In an article in The Atlantic, Emanuel writes, “Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.” He explains that his daughters disagree; so do his brothers and his friends. But, he says, “I am sure of my position…here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but
  • Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

    09/18/2014 12:15:42 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | PAM BELLUCK
    The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday... The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” said its recommendations...would produce significant savings that would help make health care more affordable.
  • Government Insider Warned of HealthCare.gov Security Risks: ‘I Am Tired of the Cover Ups’

    09/18/2014 7:06:02 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 9/18/2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Government insiders who flagged security issues prior to the launch of HealthCare.gov were right to be concerned. That’s according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office, which concluded that security weaknesses are putting “the sensitive personal information” contained by HealthCare.gov and its related systems at risk. As the Obama administration prepared to launch the website last fall, one of those insiders voiced concern about the vulnerabilities and complained about “cover ups” masking the severity of the problems.
  • Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure

    09/16/2014 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 11 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennie Olson
    It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015. The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race. Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance just notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of their decision through a letter. Sources tell KSTP’s Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning. PreferredOne Spokesman Steve Peterson tells Hauser this is “purely a business decision.” He says the...
  • Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

    09/14/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2014 7:37 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system. Getting those who signed up this year enrolled again for 2015 won’t be as easy as it might seem. And the law’s interaction between insurance and taxes looks like a sure-fire formula for confusion. …
  • HHS awards more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds

    09/12/2014 11:10:30 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ^ | 9/12/2014 | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12,2014 Contact: ONC Media Relations 202-260-6342 HHS awards more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds to increase access to primary care at health centers Funding creates an estimated 4,750 new jobs; Helps newly insured access careHealth and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to expand primary care services.Today’s awards enable  health centers to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services by hiring...
  • Businesses Consider Dumping Employee Health Coverage

    09/12/2014 9:43:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | BY BRIANNA EHLEY
    As new provisions under Obamacare began to take effect, more and more employers are considering shifting their workers onto private health exchanges—instead of offering the traditional employer-based plans. A new survey of 1,200 businesses released today by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institutes (PWC) found that one third of employers are now considering shifting their employees onto private health exchanges. The employers say that new costs and regulations brought on by the Affordable Care Act are prompting them to rethink the way they offer benefits to their employees. Some companies, for example, are moving toward a model where they would give...
  • HHS pledges more funds to enroll minorities in O-Care

    09/11/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Crystal Hill
    Federal health officials announced $3.2 million in new funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Minority Health awarded grants to 13 organizations that will help educate and encourage minority communities to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces.