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  • World-Renowned Texas Cancer Center Reducing Workforce by 1,000 (because of Obamacare)

    01/05/2017 10:57:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 5, 2017 | Lana Shadwick
    The world-renown MD Anderson Cancer Center has announced a workforce reduction by 1,000, the CEO of the center said on Thursday. The cancer hospital has had $110 million in operating losses from September through November this year, reported the Houston Chronicle. [Snip] The local publication reported that the financial problems began in the spring when the hospital implemented a new electronic medical-record system. Doctors and staff members at the center spent a great deal of time getting up to speed in using the program and that took time away from their patients.
  • Obama tells Democrats: Whatever Republicans do on health care, call it ‘TrumpCare’

    01/05/2017 10:49:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Because only the worst health care laws get named after the presidents who sign them I’ve actually considered whether Trump would want the ObamaCare replacement saddled with this name. I know I sure as hell wouldn’t if it was me. The whole point of a market-oriented health care reform is that the government doesn’t run health care, so it makes no sense to tell the nation that its trips to the doctor are courtesy of a politician. Then again, Trump does like to see his name on things.
  • Obama lines up a meeting with lawmakers, a speech in Chicago

    12/31/2016 9:35:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 2:31 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    Eager to stop Republicans from destroying his signature health care law, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers will meet next week to try to forge a common strategy. Obama also plans a major valedictory speech in Chicago, his hometown, shortly before his presidency ends. Obama will travel to the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the meeting with House and Senate Democrats, according to an invitation sent to lawmakers. The White House is casting it as an effort to unite Democrats behind a plan to protect the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, before Republicans have a chance to settle...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • The Congressional Budget Office has some bad news for Obamacare repealers

    12/29/2016 10:50:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Yahoo [Vox.com] ^ | December 28, 2016 | Sarah Kliff Vox.com
    The Congressional Budget Office has stepped into the Obamacare repeal fight, issuing a fierce warning to Republicans in the form of … a sternly worded blog post. CBO is the government’s nonpartisan scorekeeper, the agency that tells Congress how much new programs cost and who they’ll cover. This is important, because in principle you could provide insurance coverage to everyone while spending practically nothing if you were willing to make the insurance totally worthless.
  • With ObamaCare Collapsing, What Do We Do Next?

    12/29/2016 12:17:27 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 29, 2016 in Forbes Magazine | Steve Forbes
    WITH THE OBAMACARE exchanges collapsing and millions of people being battered by ghastly increases in health insurance premiums, what's to be done? Forgetting that socialism doesn't work--never mind that it's deeply immoral--Democrats are addicted to the idea of government-dominated health care. They see ObamaCare's terminal crisis as the perfect opportunity to realize their age-old ambition of socialized medicine, hence the current mouthing of such slogans as "a single-payer system," "Medicare for all" and the offer to consumers of "a public option," i.e., subsidized policies from a health insurance company run by Uncle Sam. Republicans should be ready with proposals that...
  • ObamaCare Approved Fake Enrollees For Subsidies In Undercover Investigation

    12/21/2016 2:54:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/16 | Kathryn Watson
    **SNIP** California and the District of Columbia through their state-run marketplaces, and Florida and Virginia through the federal marketplace, approved nine of the 12 fictitious applicants GAO created for special enrollment and subsidies. That’s because there are no laws requiring marketplaces to verify whether someone is eligible for special enrollment outside the normal enrollment period for life events, like gaining a dependent through marriage or a making permanent move. “While subsidies under the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care) Act are generally not paid directly to enrollees, participants nevertheless benefit financially through reduced monthly premiums or lower costs due at time...
  • Repealing itself? Only 4 of 24 Obamacare exchanges still open

    12/12/2016 9:49:08 PM PST · by Ray76 · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Dec 12, 2016 | Richard Pollock
    Only four of the original 24 Obamacare health co-ops remain standing after Maryland’s co-op announced Dec. 8 it was suspending the sale of individual health insurance policies, the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has found. The four remaining co-ops clinging to financial solvency are in Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, Wisconsin.
  • Pelosi on Ryan's Medicaid Plan: People ‘Won’t Be Able to Go to Their Own Doctor’

    12/07/2016 6:42:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 7, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST | Penny Starr
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposal to cut Medicaid spending over time to help balance the federal budget would prevent seniors from seeing the doctor of their choosing. “And I might add with what they want to do to the Affordable Care Act and what they want to do in the Ryan budget to Medicaid — a trillion dollars over 10 years taken out of Medicaid,” Pelosi said. “Two thirds of that goes to long-term heath care to our seniors.” “They won’t be able to go to their own doctor...
  • Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

    12/07/2016 3:18:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2016 2:03 PM EST | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance. Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. […] The new study from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where “repeal” goes through, but “replace” stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual...
  • Drug Stocks Topple On Donald Trump's Pledge To Bring Down Drug Prices

    12/07/2016 9:22:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily News ^ | December 7, 2016 | Allison Gatlin
    Shares of a key biotech ETF plunged to their lowest point since the election, after President-elect Donald Trump pledged in an interview with Time Magazine to curb spiraling drug prices. In morning trading on the stock market today, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (IBB) exchange-traded fund was down more than 3%, near 266. The index had jumped 9% on Nov. 9, after Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, on the belief that high drug prices would not be as big a focus for Trump as it would have been for Clinton. IBD's 421-company Medical-Biomed/Biotech industry...
  • Obama: Health care act is law, US can't go backward

    12/02/2016 3:39:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 164 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the public to help save his health care law, which is in serious danger of being repealed under President-elect Donald Trump.In a Facebook Live appearance, Obama says the Affordable Care Act has improved millions of lives over the six years it's been the "law of the land." He says the country can't go "backward."
  • New Gruber Study Raises Major Questions About Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

    11/30/2016 8:08:49 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-27-16 | Brian Blase,
    A new study by Jonathan Gruber, one of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) chief economic architects, suggests that roughly two-thirds of new Medicaid enrollees in 2014 were eligible for the program under previous state eligibility criteria—meaning that they were not made eligible by the ACA. If accurate, then a much smaller share of new Medicaid enrollees were made eligible for the program by the ACA than Washington experts commonly believe. For example, the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) most recent projection is that only one of six new Medicaid enrollees were eligible for the program before the ACA. Gruber’s results, combined...
  • It looks like President-Elect Trump has found the man to replace Obamacare

    11/28/2016 7:38:06 PM PST · by TheRef · 25 replies
    Political Ref ^ | 11/28/16
    11/28/16   It looks like President-Elect Trump has found the man to replace Obamacare What has Congressman Price proposed to replace Obamacare? Image Price is the likely HHS secretary pick According to the New York Times, citing a transition team official, President-Elect Trump has tapped Congressman Price to head the Health and Human Services Department. He will control a $1 trillion budget and administer health programs that cover over 100 millions citizens. Congressman Tom Price is a medical doctor who worked in price practice as an orthopedic surgeon and spent some time teaching at the Emory University School of...
  • Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

    11/28/2016 7:04:58 PM PST · by usafa92 · 90 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/28/2016 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Tom Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act, to be secretary of health and human services, according to a transition team official. Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a severe critic of the health law, saying it interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions. And he says that events have borne out his warnings. “Premiums have gone up, not down,” Mr. Price said recently. “Many Americans lost the health coverage they were told time and time...
  • IT’S OFFICIAL: TRUMP CHOOSES TOM PRICE FOR HHS; SEEMA VERMA FOR CMS

    11/29/2016 7:29:39 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 79 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 29 Nov 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump is tapping Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a release from the transition team. “Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our healthcare system for the benefit of all Americans,” Trump said in a statement. Price, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a physician and a fierce opponent of Obamacare. “It is an honor to be nominated to serve our nation as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
  • Repeal Congress’ special exemption from Obamacare, kill two birds with one stone

    11/28/2016 5:36:08 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2016 | Jenny Beth Martin
    Repealing Congress’ special exemption from Obamacare regularly polls at the 90+ percent level, and for good reason — the illegal ruling by OPM once again allowed Members of Congress (and their staffs) to live by a different set of rules than those they imposed on the rest of America. Worse, by exempting the legislative branch from the pernicious effects of this particular law, it allows Members and their staffs to avoid the personal pain (financial and health) imposed by the monstrosity they imposed on the rest of us, and, by doing so, delays its inevitable repeal. The good news is,...
  • Donald Trump Just Said He'll Consider Keeping Some Major Parts of Obamacare

    11/11/2016 2:14:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    Fortune ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2016 | Sy Mukherjee
    He has repeatedly called the law a “disaster” and pledged full repeal. President-elect Donald Trump just announced his first big possible compromise. And it’s on, of all things, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. Trump made President Obama’s health reform law one of his scariest political boogeymen during the 2016 campaign. He called it a “disaster” that’s crushing consumers with spiraling costs and fleeing insurers (the reality is considerably more complicated despite very legitimate problems with the ACA). And Congressional Republicans, who have voted to repeal Obamacare upwards of 60 times during the now-lame duck president’s tenure, have pledged...
  • Highmark pulls out of ACA marketplace in 27 Pennsylvania counties for 2017

    11/06/2016 8:24:52 PM PST · by kvanbrunt2 · 10 replies
    https://twitter.com/sentoomey ^ | Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 12:33 a.m. | By Wes Venteicher
    Highmark Inc. is canceling individual health plans in more than half of the Pennsylvania counties in which it has sold the plans on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace, reducing the competition that some experts say is necessary to make the market sustainable. The Pittsburgh-based insurer is no longer selling the plans in 27 of the 49 counties in which it sold them for 2016, according to a Tribune-Review analysis of federal marketplace data. About 70 percent of the insurer's individual marketplace members in Pennsylvania will lose their plans, according to a Highmark spokesman. The plans expire at the end of...
  • ObamaCare’s Chickens Come Home to Roost

    11/03/2016 8:57:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 11/03/16 10:00am | Austin Bay
    Lies passed ObamaCare legislation, lies supported its implementation. As its death spiral begins, angry and panicked lies by Democratic apologists attempt to deflect accountability for its economic devastation. ObamaCare’s economic wreckage will insure President Barack Obama’s now classic promises regarding ObamaCare will eventually scar his legacy. History is written usually by the victors. In the case of ObamaCare, the economic losers are so numerous their bitter complaints will write the titles, fill the chapters and pack the footnotes. …
  • (Vanity) 67% increase in my health insurance premium

    10/27/2016 4:28:40 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 37 replies
    10/27/2016 | Self
    Just got my renewal for Blue Cross here in Texas. A 67% increase and deductible raised from $6000 to $6500.
  • Trump: Obamacare has been a ‘catastrophic event’

    10/27/2016 4:42:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Oct. 27, 2016 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump called Obamacare a “catastrophic event” at a rally Wednesday in Ohio, telling supporters that insurance premium hikes have exposed the lies President Obama relied on to promote the health care law. Mr. Trump said Mr. Obama also lied to voters when they would be able to keep their health care plans and their doctors. “They have caught him in a lot of lies lately, folks,” Mr. Trump said. “Hillary Clinton, talking about liars, wants to double down … on Obamacare and make it even worse.” Mr. Trump pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new law that...
  • Obama says health consumers need to shop around

    10/27/2016 3:40:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 5:41 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is telling workers and volunteers signing up customers for health insurance coverage that the enrollment season comes at a critical time in the Affordable Care Act’s history. […] Some insurers have bailed out of markets and premiums are jumping in many states. But Obama says government tax credits will offset the premium increases for most consumers. He says people will be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable their options are, if they shop around. …
  • ObamaCare architect Emanuel on rate hikes: ‘It’s not a big increase’ and you ‘can shop much faster’

    10/26/2016 9:47:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/126/16 | Robert Laurie
    Stop whining, cheapos. As you probably know, Ezekiel Emanuel served as a health care policy adviser during Obama’s first term and was instrumental in the creation of ObamaCare. He’s also the creepy gentleman who thinks 75 is the proper age to die. As Obama’s “signature legislation” endures an easily-envisioned and oft-predicted implosion, Emanuel’s been making the rounds playing defense. He wants to make sure you know a few things. 1. The massive rate hikes caused by the law are not that big. You’re just imagining things. Sure, you can rattle off a list of states where the increases are anywhere...
  • True Catastrophic Health Insurance Options

    10/26/2016 10:05:12 AM PDT · by Degaston · 14 replies
    Ok folks, where can we find true catastrophic health insurance? I'm looking for a low cost option that will preferably have a 25K-30K deductible, do the traditional exclusions, and provide real protection in case some catastrophic health event occurs. Specifically I'm in the Republic of Texas, which might have to secede from the Union if this baloney doesn't change :( Oh yes it will not be "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) compliant. But with premiums rising through the roof that law is now essentially a 2.5% tax on anyone healthy by the year 2018. Can you say "Oh Bum No Care"?...
  • Obamacare rates surge (Up 50% in PA ...Election Effect?)

    10/25/2016 4:10:31 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | October 25, 2016 | Sam Kennedy
    When the Affordable Care Act's fourth open enrollment period starts next week, many Lehigh Valley participants will notice a sharp spike in premiums. In Pennsylvania, the average price for the benchmark second-lowest-cost silver plan for a 27-year-old is going up 53 percent, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That's nearly four times the rate of increase nationally.
  • ObamaCare rate up 53%

    10/25/2016 2:52:10 PM PDT · by Degaston · 18 replies
    The neverending saga of how the "Affordable Care Act" (aka ObamaCare) is making its mark in the USA continues. The politicians had promised that it would result in lower costs. So where do we stand now? Just 22 months ago I was on the "Bronze HMO 006" plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas with a monthly premium of 193.07. In 2015 the premium changed to 226.57 and in 2016 it changed to 286.29. Today I see on http://www.healthcare.gov that for 2017 its going to be 438.10 per month. That is a hike of 126.9%. Its also a year-over-year...
  • 2017 Healthcare.gov premiums up 25 pct

    10/25/2016 2:53:16 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10-24-2016 | Caroline Humer, Clarke, Grebler, Matthew Lewis
    Oct 24 (Reuters) - The average premium for benchmark 2017 Obamacare insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov rose 25 percent compared with 2016, the U.S. government said on Monday, the biggest increase since the insurance first went on sale in 2013 for the following year. The average monthly premium for the benchmark plan is rising to $302 from $242 in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency attributed the large increase to insurers adjusting their premiums to reflect two years of cost data that became available.
  • Single Provider: 5 States Will Have Only 1 Obamacare Insurance Provider

    10/25/2016 10:41:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 25, 2016 | 9:43 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Five states—Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming—will have only one insurance company offering plans through the Obamacare health insurance exchange in 2017, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. “In states that use Healthcare.gov, the average number of insurers participating in the marketplace will be 3.9 in 2017 (down from 5.4 companies per state in 2016, 5.9 in 2015 and 4.5 in 2014),” said KFF. […] In addition to the five states that will have only 1 insurance company offering plans through the Obamacare exchange, nine states will have only two insurance companies offering plans through the...
  • Trump hits hard at 'Obamacare' after gloomy report

    10/25/2016 9:12:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 25, 2016 11:43 AM EDT | Jonathan Lemire and Steve Peoples
    Donald Trump declared Tuesday that “Obamacare is just blowing up,” hoping for powerful late-campaign ammunition against Hillary Clinton after the government projected sharp cost increases for President Barack Obama’s health care program. Just two weeks before Election Day, the New York businessman addressed the health care development during an appearance at one of his Florida golf resorts that highlighted the extraordinary intersection of his business and political interests. His message was somewhat scattershot, leaving questions of how well he and his party can capitalize on a revived emphasis on “Obamacare.” …
  • Clinton Thug Robert Creamer Planned Obamacare in Jail

    10/22/2016 4:52:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Robert Creamer, founder and partner of Democracy Partners, the group behind the organized violence at Trump rallies, as shown in the video by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas, is no ordinary agitator. Creamer, a convicted felon, is arguably the spiritual godfather of ObamaCare and much of the current progressive left agenda. Creamer, along with his wife, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky is no stranger to agitation, violence, and expanding the progressive agenda. As Investor’s Business Daily pointed out in March 5, 2010 editorial regarding protests against House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski over the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988,...
  • Profile: Quentin Young, "The primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp"

    10/22/2016 5:56:55 AM PDT · by ETL · 5 replies
    sdeveral sources (links provided) | several authors
    Dr. Quentin Young, Longtime Obama Confidante and Physician to MLK [Martin Luther King]FROM "THE OBAMA FILE"...RE: QUENTIN YOUNGThe primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp was Quentin Young, an 86-year-old retired physician who was a longtime friend and neighbor of Obama in Chicago.  Young joined the Young Communist League as a teenager in the late 1930s.  From the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, he was closely associated with the Communist Party.  In October 1968 he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was probing the extent of his knowledge about the riots that had erupted at...
  • President Obama Explains How He Wants to Fix Obamacare in Speech at Florida College

    10/20/2016 2:37:37 PM PDT · by McGruff · 51 replies
    Time ^ | 10/20/2016 | Maya Rhodan
    President Barack Obama blamed partisanship for the lingering discontent around his signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, during his latest pitch on the benefits of the law to millennials at Miami Dade College in Florida. But Obama also admitted that there are problems with the law that need to be addressed, including costly premiums and persistent gaps in coverage. “Part of the problem is a Democratic President named Barack Obama passed the law,” the president said to cheers. “But just because a lot of the Republican criticism has proven to be false doesn’t mean that there aren’t legitimate...
  • ‘I Had Nothing to Do With That!’ Obama Dodges Blame For Skyrocketing Premiums

    10/20/2016 2:23:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10.20.16 | Charles Spiering
    President Barack Obama offers multiple excuses for why health insurance premiums continue to skyrocket, including blaming Republicans and insurance companies for the problems. He complains that too many reporters spend more time discussing premium increases than explaining why he isn’t responsible for them. “No, I had nothing to do with that,” Obama said, calling it “complicated” despite the “hysteria” that was growing. Obama traveled to Florida to argue that Obamacare was working well, but needed to be fixed
  • Regulators approve higher health premiums to strengthen Obamacare insurers

    10/19/2016 9:12:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
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  • Obamacare Is the Ultimate Death Panel

    10/19/2016 7:33:39 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 19 Oct, 2016 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Remember when Sarah Palin was excoriated for suggesting that ObamaCare contained death panels? Then we learned that the nonexistent death panels were actually deleted from the law and then, oops, economist Paul Krugman let slip that "...we're also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version... which I shouldn't even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this [.]" Such is the usual seesaw when a law which should never have seen the...
  • Wikileaks reveal Obama coerced Justice Roberts to pass Obamacare

    10/15/2016 5:43:35 PM PDT · by MNDude · 70 replies
    "it was pretty critical that the President threw the gauntlet down last time on the Court, warning them in the first case that it would politicize the role of the Court for them to rule against the ACA. As a close reader of the case, I honestly believe that was vital to scaring Roberts off"
  • Dayton: Health Law 'No Longer Affordable'

    10/12/2016 12:21:00 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 10/12/16 | AP
    Minnesota's Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is "no longer affordable," a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law just a few years ago. Gov. Mark Dayton made the comments while addressing questions about Minnesota's fragile health insurance market, where individual plans are facing double-digit increases after all insurers threatened to exit the market entirely in 2017. They follow cost concerns and criticism nationwide, including President Bill Clinton saying last week that the law was "the craziest thing in the world" before he backtracked.
  • Obama Lied. My Third Health Plan Just Died.

    10/12/2016 4:30:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    Once was a shock. Twice was an outrage. Thrice is a nightmare that won't end. Over the past three years, my family's private, individual health insurance plan -- a high-deductible Preferred Provider Organization -- has been canceled three times. Our first death notice, from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, arrived in the fall of 2013. Our second, from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, came last August. Three weeks ago, we received another ominous "notice of plan discontinuation" from Anthem informing us that the insurer "will no longer offer your current health plan in the State of Colorado." Every time we...
  • Obamacare 'architect' fires back at Trump

    10/10/2016 2:02:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/10/16 | Robert King
    The economist often referred to as the architect of Obamacare called Donald Trump's healthcare policy incoherent on Monday, firing back at the GOP nominee for criticizing him during Sunday night's debate. "My only comment is that last night showed the difference between a candidate with a strong and coherent health care agenda [Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton] and one with a garbage salad of right-wing talking points," Jonathan Gruber said in the Boston Business Journal. Gruber is an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who played a pivotal role in crafting the Affordable Care Act. He said several years...
  • Bill Clinton’s ObamaCare rant was scripted — and approved by Obama

    10/07/2016 6:22:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 7, 2016 | Edward Klein
    When Bill Clinton recently criticized ObamaCare as “the craziest thing in the world,” it looked to everyone like he had given Donald Trump a stick to beat Hillary with at their second presidential debate this Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis. But as usual, the Big Dog was crazy like a fox. According to multiple sources both in the White House and the Clinton campaign, Bill was following a carefully crafted script that was poll tested and endorsed by his wife and Barack Obama. “Barack warned Hillary that she was going to have to confront an attack from Trump...
  • Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion Is Unnerving Some States

    10/06/2016 12:11:17 PM PDT · by tekrat · 26 replies
    Associated Press and ABC News ^ | 10/5/2016 | Christina A. Cassidy
    The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings. Far more people than projected are signing up under the new, more relaxed eligibility requirements, and their health care costs are running higher than anticipated, in part because the new enrollees are apparently sicker than expected. Rising drug prices may also be a factor. As a result, at least three expansion states, Arkansas, Kentucky and Ohio, have been pushing to require Medicaid recipients to pay more toward their health insurance - a step that...
  • UnitedHealth sued over prescription drug co-pay costs

    10/05/2016 5:10:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    CNBC ^ | ‎10‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎
    UnitedHealth Group has been sued by three customers who accused the largest U.S. health insurer of charging co-payments for prescription drugs that were higher than their actual cost and pocketing the difference. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Minnesota by three UnitedHealth customers, seeks to represent a nationwide class that it says could include "tens of thousands" of people insured by UnitedHealth. The lawsuit said Minnesota-based UnitedHealth and affiliated companies charged customers co-payments for drugs that were significantly higher than prices it negotiated with pharmacies for those drugs. For example, the lawsuit claims, one class member paid a...
  • Obama's Ideas to Fix Obamacare: Expand Medicaid, Offer a 'Public Option'

    10/04/2016 11:50:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 4, 2016 | 8:43 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Barack Obama is “quite proud” that his signature health care law has expanded coverage to 20 million more Americans. But he admits the law could be strengthened, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. “The president does have some ideas for things that we could do to further strengthen Obamacare. The first is to find a way to ensure that every state across the country is expanding Medicaid, consistent with what was envisioned in the law.” Earnest said “too many Republican governors” have blocked Medicaid expansion “just because of political differences” with Obama. But some of those governors...
  • The real reason the Clintons - and the New York Times - are suddenly trashing ObamaCare

    10/04/2016 12:17:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Hint: They don't care about your healthcare in the least. • Impossible to argue otherwise • Pivot Toward Single Payer This morning, Dan discussed a recent Bill Clinton speech in which the former President trashed Obamacare as a “crazy” system which hurts small business. In case you haven’t seen the clips, seen below. So, if they’re admitting what conservatives said all along - that ObamaCare is an unworkable mess - you have to ask why. Here’s the answer:
  • Bill Clinton calls Obamacare 'crazy system' during campaign stop

    10/04/2016 10:28:00 AM PDT · by tekrat · 12 replies
    United Press International (UPI) ^ | 10/4/2016 | Allen Cone
    Former President Bill Clinton criticized the Affordable Care Act as a "crazy system" during a presidential campaign stop in Flint, Mich., for his wife Hillary Clinton. During the rally Monday, the former president said Obamacare is causing premiums to rise because of the exchange markets. "It doesn't make any sense. The insurance model doesn't work here," Clinton said.
  • Bill Clinton calls Obamacare a ‘crazy system’ that ‘doesn’t make any sense’

    10/04/2016 3:54:33 AM PDT · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Daily Caller article repost on American Thinker ^ | October 4, 2016 | Daily Caller article reposted by Thomas Lifson
    Bill Clinton understands the public is fed up with the skyrocketing costs, stratospheric deductibles, and vanishing insurance providers of Obamacare, and he wants to save Hillary from going down with the ship. So President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment gets thrown under the bus.... "Former President Bill Clinton attacked President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation Monday, calling it a “crazy system” that “doesn’t make any sense” during a Michigan campaign event for Hillary...."
  • BILL CLINTON ON OBAMACARE: “IT’S THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORLD”

    10/04/2016 2:27:01 AM PDT · by Enchante · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | October 3, 2016 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    BILL CLINTON ON OBAMACARE: “IT’S THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORLD” Bill Clinton ripped Obamacare during a campaign rally for his wife in Michigan today. Calling Obamacare, “a crazy system” and “the craziest thing in the world,” the former president said “it doesn’t many any sense; the insurance model doesn’t work here.” Clinton went on to say that Obamacare “works fine” for people with “modest” incomes or who are eligible for government subsidies, but “the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of...
  • Obama takes an Obamacare victory lap (with no mention of the lying)

    10/03/2016 3:03:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 3, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    New York magazine published an interview with President Obama Sunday night which is really Obama recounting some of the high profile political arguments of his tenure. One of the arguments which gets a lot of space is Obamacare. Here’s a sample picking up from the moment Scott Brown won a special election which ended Democrats’ 60 vote majority in the Senate: The most important phone call I made after that was to Nancy Pelosi, because the question I posed to her and to Harry Reid was, “Are you guys still game? Because if you guys are still game, we’ll find...
  • ObamaCare a 'crazy system' that 'doesn't work', says . . . Bill Clinton?

    10/04/2016 11:33:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Frenemy. He’s right, of course, although you suspect his preferred solution is not a free market system that lets individuals make their own economic arrangements without the interference of the state. ObamaCare is just about the craziest thing in the world, and not only for the people who make just too much to get subsidies. It’s crazy for the people with subsidies too because the quality of the care they can receive under such a cost-controlled structure is far less than if they simply paid the same money out of pocket directly for services.