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  • When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

    07/29/2016 9:06:34 AM PDT · by oblomov · 23 replies
    the Daily Signal ^ | 28 Jul 2016 | Hans Spakovsky
    Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent desire to relieve suffering, the horrifying results of such a practice still lie just beneath the surface. Recently, an elderly Vermont woman found herself repeatedly pressured to commit assisted suicide. Her grave ailment? Only a broken wrist. Nevertheless, staff at her rehab center “repeatedly asked the elderly woman if she was in pain or depressed; then they would remind her that she could commit doctor-prescribed suicide under the new law.” Advocates of assisted suicide have blown off...
  • Creeping Sharia in Health Care

    07/28/2016 9:13:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Carol Brown
    Islamic supremacy is arriving in medical settings using stealth means, or what is often referred to as creeping sharia. Common themes include Muslim health care workers refusing to uphold infection control protocols, Muslim medical students refusing to study topics they deem forbidden according to Islamic law, Muslim visitors in hospitals ignoring hygiene guidelines to protect patients, and hospitals bending over backwards (or is it forwards?) to accommodate Muslim demands above and beyond anything done for members of any other religious or demographic group. Also covered are outright acts of violence perpetrated by Muslim men who attack hospital personnel. Islamic supremacy...
  • Rate hikes show rising health costs and Obamacare’s flaws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/16/2016 6:54:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 8:44 AM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state’s health care system. So, in what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from Obama’s new health care system. What’s more, GOP leaders are considering a tax hike to cover the state’s share...
  • Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare

    05/15/2016 5:31:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 14, 2016 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    AMY MOSES and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: “We don’t take Obamacare,” the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president’s signature health legislation. “Anyone who is on these plans knows it’s a two-tiered system,” said Ms. Moses, describing the emotional sting of those words to a successful entrepreneur....
  • Obama administration: Insurers must provide services regardless of gender identity

    05/13/2016 10:53:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2016 at 1:46 PM | Juliet Eilperin
    The Obama administration unveiled two broad initiatives Friday aimed at combating discrimination against transgender Americans in schools and health-care coverage, affirming the president’s goal of elevating transgender protections to one of the central civil rights issues of his presidency. The moves, both of which had been in the works for years, prompted an immediate backlash from conservatives who disparaged the measures as government overreach. […] Hours after directing public schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, the administration issued a second directive prohibiting health insurers from denying transgender Americans coverage and services based on...
  • Charlie Rose and Obama's former speechwriters laugh about Obama's 'if you like your plan' lie

    05/10/2016 5:12:30 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkqn6wsrUfs
  • How Congress Mysteriously Became a ‘Small Business’ to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies

    05/12/2016 11:08:25 AM PDT · by milton23 · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/11/16 | Robert Moffit
    It seems that federal officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust. Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the “fast and furious” gun-running fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act—all these scandals have common themes: arrogant and abusive bureaucracy, double dealing, lame excuses, and legal hairsplitting. The outrages listed above can be placed squarely at the doorstep of the White House. But one scandal is truly bipartisan: How key administration and congressional officials connived to create, under cover of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, special health insurance subsidies for members...
  • The Obamacare Health Exchange in Tennessee Is Sickening

    05/12/2016 5:57:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Knoxville Mercury ^ | May 11, 2016 | by Joe Sullivan
    After raising its premiums for coverage on the Obamacare exchange by 36.3 percent for 2016, the state's dominant health insurer is heralding another increase of the "same order of magnitude" for 2017. BlueCross BlueShield claims it lost more than $150 million in 2015 when its rates were among the lowest in the land. But the 36.3 percent increase for 2016, the largest of any state, brings Tennessee rates to just about the national average. So how on Earth can costs be going up so exponentially to justify such a rate increase on the part of a nonprofit insurance company whose...
  • White House Taunts Despite Court Ruling Against Obamacare: ‘They’ve Been Losing This Fight For Six

    05/12/2016 2:22:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/12/2016 | David Rutz
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest taunted congressional Republicans Thursday in spite of a major court ruling against Obamacare, saying “they’ve been losing this fight for six years.” The Hill reports: In a major ruling, Judge Rosemary Collyer, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said the administration does not have the power to spend money on “cost sharing reduction payments” to insurers without an appropriation from Congress. Collyer’s decision doesn’t immediately go into effect, however, so that the administration can appeal it. A reporter asked Earnest at the outset of the briefing how “problematic” this was for the law overall....
  • How November’s Elections Could Impact the House’s Obamacare Lawsuit

    05/13/2016 6:46:26 AM PDT · by milton23 · 4 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Melissa Quinn
    A federal judge delivered a blow to the Obama administration and the president’s signature health care law Thursday in a lawsuit mounted by the House of Representatives. But the lawsuit’s future could be impacted further by November’s elections. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer sided with the House in a case challenging how the Obama administration has been funding payments to insurers through Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies. Collyer, appointed by President George W. Bush, is allowing the program to continue, pending an appeal from the Department of Justice.
  • Humana Seeks 50% ObamaCare Premium Hike In Michigan

    05/11/2016 2:28:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | May 11, 2016 | by JED GRAHAM
    Humana wasn't kidding when it hinted last week of big premium hikes for 2017 in those ObamaCare markets where it remains. This year, the nation's fifth-largest insurer offers the cheapest bronze and silver plans in Michigan's largest market, including Detroit. But Humana has filed for a 50% premium hike for its low-cost silver plan. Meanwhile, Humana wants a 38% premium increase for its lowest-cost bronze plan. So far only Oregon, where insurers are requesting an average 27% premium hike, and Virginia, where insurers want an 18% hike, are the only two states to make all rate filings available.
  • Your vanishing health coverage: Employers are cutting retiree health benefits at a rapid rate

    05/11/2016 2:38:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 11, 2016 | By Michael Hiltzik
    The shrinkage of employee retirement resources in the US has been well documented, as employers shift more risk onto their workers. Less so is the rate at which employers have been eliminating healthcare benefits for retirees. As the Kaiser Family Foundation recently reported, retiree health coverage is becoming an endangered species. "Employer-sponsored retiree health coverage once played a key role in supplementing Medicare," observe Tricia Neuman of the foundation. "Any way you slice it, this coverage is eroding." The chances of reversing this trend, plainly, are nil. But it's important to keep an eye on it, if only as a...
  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • ObamaCare Insurers Considering Dumping Bronze Plans

    05/08/2016 10:52:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | May 6, 2016 | STEPHEN GREEN
    Insurers -- who might not be allowed the huge rate increases they need to stay solvent --- are looking to save money by eliminating so-called Bronze-level plans. Fierce Health Player reports on an Inside Health Policy (subscription only) warning from earlier this week: One problem, according to the article, is risk adjustment--as CMS data indicate bronze is the only metal level for which insurers of all sizes in the individual and group markets had to pay into the program. Federal officials are considering some changes to the risk adjustment program, which some say unfairly penalizes smaller insurers. Already, filings show...
  • ObamaCare, Illegal Aliens Pushing New York to Bankruptcy

    05/05/2016 9:44:34 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    FrontPage ^ | May 5, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Undocumented illegal aliens are having a documented effect on New York City's finances. New York's flailing left-wing mayor is proposing $2 billion for the city's hospitals as part of an $82 billion budget. A budget that the city can't afford. What's driving the costs? Illegal aliens and ObamaCare. Closer to home, de Blasio said the growth in tax revenue that has swelled city coffers is starting to slow — with projected growth of 3.6% in 2016 and 1.9% in 2017, compared to an average of 7% in the last five years.
  • Insurers planning big Obamacare price hikes next year

    05/05/2016 1:05:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2016 | By/ Aimee Picchi
    It's still early days for the Affordable Care Act. But it may be dismaying to some consumers to learn that it appears 2017 may bring another year of big rate hikes. The first two states to release insurers' premium proposals for next year suggest that individual insurance premiums could rise by as much as one-third. In Oregon, the steepest requested rate hike is 32.3 percent. In Virginia, five of the biggest insurers are asking for increases of 9.4 percent to 37.1 percent for individual policies. The proposed rate hikes follow an average increase of 8 percent for 2016, and are...
  • Blue Cross to stop accepting credit cards for insurance payments

    05/03/2016 7:17:57 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 2, 2016 | Ameet Sachdev
    In the face of losses in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is looking for new ways to cut spending. Starting June 1, the Chicago-based health insurer will no longer accept credit cards as a form of payment for members who buy their own health insurance on or off the Illinois marketplace. The company began notifying customers of the change last month. Blue Cross will still accept other forms of payment, including debit cards. The new payment policy will not affect customers in the group or Medicare markets. In an email announcing the new...
  • Millions of Poor Still Could Have Gotten Coverage Without Obamacare [Gruber is back]

    05/02/2016 1:27:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | May 2, 2016 | By Kimberly Leonard
    Millions of poor Americans have signed up for no-cost health insurance that they could have gotten even without the passage of Obamacare. In recent years, the publicity of Obamacare has driven them to sign up in droves, so much so that economists and health policy wonks have dubbed the phenomenon the "woodwork effect," or the "welcome mat" population. This group turned out to be larger than anyone anticipated. A working paper released Monday finds that 43 percent of those who gained insurance in 2014 came out of the woodwork. According to MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the authors...
  • Obamacare's November surprise (consumers will see large rate increases for the first time Nov. 1)

    05/02/2016 11:23:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | May 2, 2016 | Paul Demko
    The last thing Democrats want to contend with just a week before the 2016 presidential election is an outcry over double-digit insurance hikes as millions of Americans begin signing up for Obamacare. But that looks increasingly likely as health plans socked by Obamacare losses look to regain their financial footing by raising rates. Just a week after the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, pulled out of most Obamacare exchanges because it anticipates $650 million in losses this year, Aetna’s CEO said Thursday that his company expects to break even, but legislative fixes are needed to make the marketplace sustainable. “I...
  • Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law

    04/28/2016 4:33:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 28, 2016 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under President Barack Obama's health care law, in a wave of state-level requests rippling across the country ahead of the political conventions this summer. Insurers say the law's coverage has been a financial drain for many of them, and they're setting the stage for 2017 hikes that in some cases could reach well into the double digits. For example in Virginia, nine insurers returning to the HealthCare.gov marketplace are seeking average premium increases that range from 9.4 percent to 37.1 percent. The health law's nagging problems seem to center on lower-than-hoped-for enrollment, sicker-than-expected...
  • 47% Of Americans Can't Even Come Up With $400 To Cover An Emergency Room Visit

    04/21/2016 6:32:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/21/16 | tyler durden
    If you had to make a sudden visit to the emergency room, would you have enough money to pay for it without selling something or borrowing the funds from somewhere? Most Americans may not realize this, but this is something that the Federal Reserve has actually been tracking for several years now. And according to the Fed, an astounding 47 percent of all Americans could not come up with $400 to pay for an emergency room visit without borrowing it or selling something. Various surveys that I have talked about in the past have found that more than 60 percent...
  • Feds Blow Off House Subpoena For Obamacare Co-Op Docs

    04/21/2016 7:36:55 AM PDT · by safetysign · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/20/2016 | Kathryn Watson
    Federal health officials refuse to give Congress hundreds of subpoenaed documents on Obamacare’s failed co-ops so that people will continue enrolling in the deeply troubled program, a congressional leader said Tuesday. Twelve of the 23 co-ops created in 2011 under Obamacare at a cost of $2.4 billion have failed, and another eight of the remaining 11 are likely to go under this year. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t hand over documents subpoenaed months ago by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz  82% , who chairs the House...
  • Conservatives Can’t Let Obamacare’s Collapse go to Waste

    04/21/2016 7:18:09 AM PDT · by writer33 · 9 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/21/16 | Joshua Withrow
    On Tuesday, the largest private health insurance provider in the U.S., United Healthcare, announced that it would be pulling its plans out of the ObamaCare exchanges in all but a few states. Among a continuing string of bad news for President’ Obama’s Affordable Care Act, this one should stand out as an indicator that the ACA’s collapse is accelerating. Conservatives need to be ready to explain why and to present solutions, because advocates for fully socialized medicine will be ready to turn the collapsing exchanges to their advantage. All of the deficiencies in Obamacare’s structure have been well documented. High...