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  • Ten times more than first estimated will lose employer-based health insurance under Obamacare

    01/28/2015 8:19:30 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 27 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rick Moran
    The latest data on Obamacare analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 10 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based insurance by 2021 as companies dump their workers onto the Obamacare exchanges. That's 10 times the number originally projected by the CBO. About 1 of every 16 workers will be affected.
  • 10 times more Americans than estimated will lose employer-based health insurance under Obamacare

    01/28/2015 6:29:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2015 | Rick Moran
    The latest data on Obamacare analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 10 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based insurance by 2021 as companies dump their workers onto the Obamacare exchanges. That's 10 times the number originally projected by the CBO. About 1 of every 16 workers will be affected. The latest CBO report has not garnered a lot of attention, even though it contains the modestly good news that Obamacare is not costing as much as the CBO thought it would in 2010. That said, another reason the left and the administration may not be touting...
  • Ten times more Americans than first est will lose employer-based health ins under Obamacare: CBO

    01/28/2015 6:02:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rick Moran
    The latest data on Obamacare analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 10 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based insurance by 2021 as companies dump their workers onto the Obamacare exchanges. That's 10 times the number originally projected by the CBO. About 1 of every 16 workers will be affected. The latest CBO report has not garnered a lot of attention, even though it contains the modestly good news that Obamacare is not costing as much as the CBO thought it would in 2010. That said, another reason the left and the administration may not be touting...
  • CBO Now Says 10 Mil Will Lose Employer Health Plans Under ObamaCare

    01/28/2015 4:22:28 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 40 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/27/2015 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: The Congressional Budget Office now says ObamaCare will push 10 million off employer-based coverage, a tenfold increase from its initial projection. The "keep your plan" lie just gets bigger and bigger.
  • Poll: 64% want Congress to restore ObamaCare subsidies even if Republicans win the Halbig case

    01/28/2015 2:04:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    Remember the issue in Halbig? There’s a section in the ObamaCare statute that says federal subsidies to pay premiums are available to anyone who buys their insurance through “an Exchange established by the State.” But that phrase is vaguely worded. Is the federal ObamaCare exchange, Healthcare.gov, an exchange established by the state? Or was the idea that subsidies should apply only to exchanges created by the individual states, as an economic incentive to encourage state governments to create their own insurance marketplaces? You know what Jonathan Gruber thinks, or thought, about that. By this summer, we’ll know what John...
  • Senate GOP plots plan B for ObamaCare

    01/27/2015 3:03:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are preparing a legislative plan of action in case the Supreme Court strikes a major blow against ObamaCare and rules subsidies provided to people on the federal exchange are illegal. GOP senators are confident the justices will rule in their favor, and they want to be ready to act if millions of people lose their subsidies to buy insurance through the healthcare law. If the Supreme Court were to say the law says what the law says, we would like to be ready with a response to that that makes practical sense for the 5 or 6 million...
  • Medicare Wont Pay Fees for Services Next Year

    01/27/2015 8:11:24 AM PST · by drypowder · 46 replies
    independent sentine ^ | January 26, 2015 | Sara Noble
    Next year, doctors and hospitals will no longer get paid according to the fee for services model. They will get a fixed salary according to how well patients do. We will see the equivalent of patient report cards. Personalized care is out, government one-size fits all healthcare is in. The more tests, scans, surgeries that hospitals and doctors do, the less they will make. What could possibly go wrong? It will have a devastating effect on patients access to care. Patients who come back for the same problem will be included in the one-time bulk rate. Beginning next year, Medicare,...
  • The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

    01/26/2015 9:14:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 120 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/26/15 | Jason Millman
    The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be handled this way by 2018. Mondays announcement marks the administrations biggest effort yet to shape how doctors are compensated across the health-care system. As the country's largest payer of health-care services, Medicare influences...
  • Indiana Governor to Expand Medicaid Coverage

    01/27/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/27/2015 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence is moving ahead to extend Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers under the federal health law after securing a key concession from the Obama administration. The deal, to be announced Tuesday, could pave the way for half a dozen more states to seek similar deals, boosting Medicaid expansion proposals in Republican-led states including Florida, North Carolina and Wyoming. Indiana and Washington officials had been locked for months in negotiations over an issue that could shape the future of Medicaid, the 50-year-old federal-state health program that covers more than 60 million low-income Americans. Mr....
  • Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance...

    01/26/2015 3:17:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/26/15 | David Martosko
    Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report It will cost the federal government taxpayers, that is $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday. The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization's new ten-year budget outlook. The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect. Pulling...
  • CBO: Deficits To Explode As Obama Leaves Office

    01/26/2015 2:40:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Federal deficits may have been falling since the end of the recent recession, but thanks to spending increases in major health care programs, including Obamacare, deficits are set to explode in 2017, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office. Thanks to the recent recession and President Obama's trillion dollar stimulus, the federal budget deficit reached an all time $1.4 trillion high in 2009. Then, as the economy slowly improved and Obama's stimulus trickled to end, the deficit began to fall. According to the CBO, the deficit will continue to fall to $467 billion in 2016. Immediately...
  • Hospitals Giving 'Death Test' to Seniors

    01/26/2015 12:38:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/25/2016 | Neal Colgrass,
    (Newser) Seniors had better brace themselves: Some US hospitals are now administering the "death test," which estimates their chance of dying over the next 30 days. Invented in Australia, the test weighs 29 different criteria—including blood pressure, respiratory rate, and medical history—to determine whether hospitalization is worthwhile or the patient should return home or go to a hospice, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The idea is to prevent needless and expensive procedures while allowing patients to spend their last days with loved ones. "Most terminally ill people want to die at home, but in fact three quarters end up dying...
  • Biden to Doctors: Obamacare Settled It, Health Care is a Right

    01/25/2015 10:52:24 AM PST · by PROCON · 52 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up his California visit on Friday by telling doctors that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, had ended the debate about whether health care is a privilege or a right, according to the Orange County Register. Biden was speaking to the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, congratulating doctors on a rapid reduction in the rate of hospital-borne infections in recent years. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also spoke to the meeting. There is no provision in the Constitution or in the text of the Obamacare bill that refers to health care as a...
  • Affordable Care Act surcharge tacked on to restaurant bills

    01/23/2015 2:33:14 PM PST · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    newschannel10.com ^ | january 8, 2015 | madison alewel
    Some Buffalo Wild Wings customers are noticing an extra charge on their bill that up until now has not been seen in the Panhandle. The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in both Amarillo and Lubbock recently attempted to pass their employee health insurance costs on to their customers by adding an Affordable Care Act surcharge. The two percent surcharge started appearing on bills January 1--the same day businesses with 100 or more employees were mandated to provide insurance to at least 70 percent of their full-time employees. The Howard Restaurant Group who owns the Buffalo Wild Wings said it implemented the...
  • Failing Up: Company behind HealthCare.gov debacle gets an IRS contract

    01/23/2015 6:36:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/23/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    This might come as a shock; you had better sit down. An internal review released on Friday revealed that the federal government did not properly vet the contactors it hired to develop the web portal that would service customers shopping on the Affordable Care Acts health insurance exchange. Of course, disastrous debut of HealthCare.gov led every rational person to reach this same conclusion months ago, but its now official. One of the reports showed that CGI Federal, a key contractor in the development of the site, had ties to failed projects, while an earlier story revealed that the company...
  • More privacy protection sought for feds health care website

    01/24/2015 4:40:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2015 3:12 AM EST | Jack Gillum and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Privacy advocates say the Obama administration needs to make more changes to protect consumer privacy on the governments health insurance website. The administration reversed course Friday and scaled back the release of personal information from HealthCare.gov, after The Associated Press reported that such details as consumers income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.The episode could become a blemish on whats otherwise shaping up as a successful open enrollment season for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obamas health care law. Lawmakers continue to insist on a full explanation....
  • Health-exchange problems easing, but nagging, board told

    01/22/2015 10:15:32 PM PST · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Patrick Marshall
    Staff of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, which manages the states Wahealthplanfinder health-insurance exchange, told its board today that it had significantly improved the processing of account invoices and payments to insurance carriers. Richard Onizuka, CEO of the exchange told board members that of the accounts processed in December, those with carrier-payment problems were down to 1.7 percent, and those with invoicing problems were 1.5 percent. We are seeing some improvement, Onizuka said. It still means that too many people are being affected. It seems enormously high to me, new board member Mark Stensager said. And its a trend that...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part III

    01/23/2015 5:45:27 AM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 13 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | January 22, 2015 | Larry Walker II
    Paying Your Fair Share:: By: Larry Walker II ::In Tax Simplification, Part II, I expounded on a 2010 Annual Report to Congress, in which National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson focused on the need for tax reform as the No. 1 priority in tax administration. In particular, she focused on the problem of delivering social benefits through the tax system, which complicates the mission of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), resulting in a dual mission of welfare administration as well as revenue collection. But instead of taking heed, the federal government doubled down, adding a new health care excise tax...
  • GOP lawmakers face pressure from base to target ObamaCare or else

    01/23/2015 9:21:25 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON Republican lawmakers are facing rising pressure from conservative groups and activists to go big or potentially go home in their fight against ObamaCare. After taking control of Congress thanks to big victories in the November midterms, Republicans who ran in part on their opposition to the law are starting to roll out legislation undoing pieces of it. But the party is stuck in an internal debate over how far they can really go risking a potential backlash from the partys right flank if they dont go far enough. Tea Party activists say they are frustrated...
  • Obamacare website sends your data to private companies

    01/21/2015 10:15:12 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 28 replies
    CNN MONEY ^ | January 21, 2015 | By Jose Pagliery
    Healthcare.gov, the federal website where you sign up for Obamacare, is quietly sharing your personal information with private companies. The evidence is in the computer code on the website itself. It shows that Healthcare.gov is relaying certain information, such as your zip code, income level, pregnancy status and whether or not you smoke. That information is being shared with several third parties. DoubleClick is a Google (GOOG) subsidiary that serves up advertisements and tracks your movements online. Healthcare.gov also shares your data with Google, Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30), YouTube and others. "People's private medical data should not be...
  • Once Again,No Mention Of The Debt And Affordable Health-Care For All Americans.

    01/20/2015 7:41:31 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 9 replies
    And we all know that the debt is one of the three most important factors of The State Of The Union. Obama spoke of all of these wonderful things he wants to do over the next few years, mainly free stuff! Yet he never mentioned the overwhelming debt that will eventually collapse the system by 2016. He never brought up the success of his health-care plan. Never mentioned that thanks to him, every household has access to affordable health-care and every household is Saving $2500.00 a year !!
  • Government health care website quietly sharing personal data (Pelosi knew)

    01/20/2015 7:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/15 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, JACK GILLUM
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant. It can include a computer's Internet address, which can identify a person's name or address when combined with other information collected by sophisticated online marketing or advertising firms. The Obama administration says...
  • NHS may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all says Britain's top doctor...

    01/20/2015 2:35:41 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1/20/2015 | TANIA STEERE
    The NHS is not fit for the future and unless it undergoes radical change it may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all, in the future, the service's top doctor has warned. Medical director of NHS England Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said the NHS must become far less reliant on hospitals and needed a complete transformation of the way it operates. Sir Bruce told the Guardian: If the NHS continues to function as it does now, its going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not fit...
  • Obamacare to make filing income taxes a nightmare for many low-income taxpayers this year

    01/20/2015 7:29:29 AM PST · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1-20-2015 | Thomas Lifson
    There are gong to be many millions of newly befuddled, fearful, and angry taxpayers this April, hit with the consequences of Obamacares social engineering when they try to file their taxes in April. Many will suffer unexpected financial penalties and costs, especially those accustomed to filing under the simplified tax forms applying to straight salaried people with standard deductions. H&R Block is warning that [n]o one can understand the New Obamacare tax code requirements for filing this year. In fact, millions of people accustomed to filing the postcard-sized 1040EZ form will now have to file extremely complicated and detailed forms,...
  • HHS Secretary stumps for Obamacare at MLK Day breakfast hosted by Al Sharpton

    01/20/2015 1:38:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/19/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell used a 'King Day' speech at a breakfast hosted by Al Sharpton to promote Obamacare. Burwell, who was one of two Obama administration officials to speak, asked attendees of the National Action Network breakfast to 'tell your neighbors and tell your friends' to sign up for health care insurance. 'In the spirit of Dr. King, we're asking you to help us again, in big ways and small,' Obama's health czar told the activist organization, calling on them to help HHS sign up as many African Americans as possible before the Feb. 15 close...
  • HHS secretary uses MLK Day speech to shill Obamacare at Al Sharpton event

    01/19/2015 11:55:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/19/15 | Jessica Chasma
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell promoted Obamacare in the spirit of Dr. King on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during a breakfast hosted by Al Sharpton. African-Americans have the lowest life expectancy of any other race in this country, Ms. Burwell said in a speech to the National Action Network, The Hill reported. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, she said, 7.8 million African-Americans with private insurance now have access to expanded preventative services with no cost sharing. Ms. Burwells speech comes as HHS ramps up its efforts to insure people ahead of next months
  • H&R Block: No One Can Understand New Obamacare Tax Code

    01/19/2015 9:25:09 AM PST · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1-19-2015 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    “Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care a tax issue, no one can understand it,” H&R Block flatly tells taxpayers in a video that resides on its dedicated Obamacare web site. A former IRS Commissioner agrees, and cautions that the new tax requirements will be a “shock to the system,” especially afflicting low-income earners who have never itemized on their tax return.The tax preparation giant — with 24 million tax clients worldwide — reports that the Obamacare tax rules now constitute “the biggest tax code change in the last 20 years.”The company is so concerned, it has...
  • Large Penalties Await Employers Who Reimbursed Certain Employee Health Insurance Premiums In 2014

    01/18/2015 3:00:33 PM PST · by dila813 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/18/2015 @ 5:32PM | Tony Nitti
    Do you have people as in, more than one working for you? If so, youre probably knee deep in preparing Forms W-2 for your employees before the January 31st deadline. Well, what if I told you that when you send in those forms, unless youre aware of an under-publicized change to the insurance and tax laws that took place on January 1, 2014, you might be exposing yourself to tens or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars in penalties? And what if I told you that even if reading this column makes you aware of the required change,...
  • Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

    01/15/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Media's Vodka Pundit ^ | January 15, 2015 | Stephen Green
    <p>After two constitutionally dubious delays, ObamaCares employer mandate took effect on Jan. 1 for employers with 100 or more full-time employees. The last open-enrollment date for our company, CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc., was Dec. 4, 2014. As of that date, our company had approximately 20,000 employees, 6,900 of whom worked 30 or more hours a week and were eligible for ObamaCare-compliant health insurance. We elected to offer them coverage rather than pay the employer penalty, which would have sent workers to ObamaCares health-insurance exchanges, where those who qualified could receive federal subsidies to help pay for insurance.</p>
  • Fewer Struggle With Medical Costs as Obamacare Expands Coverage

    01/15/2015 12:50:54 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 37 replies
    AARP (AP) ^ | January 15, 2015 19:11 GMT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON (AP) Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obamas health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday. The Commonwealth Funds biennial health insurance survey found that the share of U.S. adults who did not get needed care because of cost dropped from 43 percent in 2012 to 36 percent last year, as the health care laws main coverage expansion went into full swing. The proportion of people who got treatment but had problems paying their bills also dropped, from 41 percent in...
  • Top ObamaCare official stepping down

    01/16/2015 8:11:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The leader of the agency charged with the ObamaCare rollout is stepping down after five years on the job. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), announced her departure Friday, which will take effect next month. "It is with sadness and mixed emotions that I write to tell you that February will be my last month serving as the administrator for CMS," Tavenner wrote in an email to staff. Tavenner is leaving after five turbulent years overseeing the agency. Her tenure included the disastrous rollout of the governments HealthCare.gov website as well as, most recently,...
  • U.S. healthcare executives say Obamacare is not going anywhere

    01/15/2015 4:15:45 PM PST · by mdittmar · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Deena Beasley and David Morgan
    (Reuters) - U.S. healthcare executives say Obamacare is likely here to stay, despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for repeal of the 2010 law aimed at providing health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Top executives who gathered in San Francisco this week for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference, say that while President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement may well be tweaked, it is too entrenched to be removed.
  • Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa (Obamacare death spiral)

    01/14/2015 8:00:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio
    ... CoOportunity Health has failed. The Affordable Care Act set aside funding for health care co-ops, to enable the organizations to compete in places where there arent many insurers. CoOportunity Health was the second largest co-op in the country in terms of membership, and one of the largest in terms of the federal funding it received. But then CoOportunity hit a kind of perfect storm, says Peter Damiano, director of the University of Iowas public policy center. First, the co-op had to pay a lot more medical bills than those in charge expected. CoOportunity Healths pool of people was larger...
  • The great Obamacare-Medicaid bait 'n' switch

    01/12/2015 2:34:59 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 12, 2015 | By Jake Novak
    Hey, are you one of the 9.7 million Americans who have been put onto the Medicaid rolls since 2013 mostly as a result of theAffordable Care Act? Congratulations! But that and $2.75 will get you one ride on the New York City subway. That's because finding a doctor who accepts Medicaid payments never all that easy to do even before 2013 is getting harder than ever thanks to a steep drop in reimbursement rates for doctors who treat patients on Medicaid. When I say "steep," I mean it. We're talking an average of 43 percent nationwide and almost...
  • Americans Protest Obamacare by Refusing Health Insurance Subsidies (another casualty of Husseincare)

    01/12/2015 1:25:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    US News & World Report via MSN ^ | 1/12/15 | Kimberly Leonard
    Grace Brewer says she never thought she would be without health insurance at this stage of her life. "I'm a casualty of Obamacare," says Brewer, 60, a self-employed chiropractor in the Kansas City, Kansas, area. She wanted to keep the catastrophic health insurance plan she once had, which she says fit her needs. But under the Affordable Care Act, the government's health care reform law, the plan was discontinued because it did not comply with the law's requirements, and her bills doubled to more than $400 a month. "I wanted a minimal plan and Im not allowed to have it,"...
  • Repealing Obamacare is not enough: Republicans must unite around a good alternative.

    01/13/2015 7:50:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/13/2015 | Philip Klein
    For nearly five years, Republicans have been fighting to repeal President Obamas healthcare law. But repeal is not enough. Even if simple repeal were politically obtainable, Americans would still be left with a broken healthcare system. Government regulations would still be stifling competition and individual choice and government healthcare programs would still be driving the nations unsustainable long-term debt problem. If Republicans achieved repeal without agreeing on a way to reform healthcare along free market lines, its inevitable that Democrats would eventually lead another overhaul of the system that would grant even more power to the federal government than the...
  • MILLION DOLLAR HEIST: Audit Of C4HCO Shows Major Mismanagement Of Funds ( Colorado ObamaCare)

    01/12/2015 1:59:16 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 8, 2014
    Rep. Dan Nordberg, the author of last years audit bill, had this to say in a statement: With only a limited performance audit, the state auditor found Connect for Health Colorado committed numerous federal law violations, and nearly 40 percent of sampled contracts had problems totaling more than $32 million dollars. Sadly, I am not surprised. I have had ongoing concerns about how Connect for Health Colorado was managing tax payers funds, which is why I pushed so hard last year to expand the auditors oversight of this organization. I hope Democrats will see the light and support my efforts...
  • Cruz: GOP will get walloped without action on Obamacare

    01/12/2015 4:17:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2015 6:47 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    Republicans will get walloped in 2016 if they do not deliver on campaign promises, such as working to scrap the controversial national health care law and blocking President Barack Obamas immigration proposals, Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday. The freshman Texas lawmaker said fellow Republican candidates promised during last years elections to scrap the health care law, which they call Obamacare, and to deny Obamas executive actions, which they call amnesty. Cruz, a tea party favorite considering a White House campaign in 2016, said voters will punish Republicans in two years unless lawmakers have something to show for their new majority...
  • What '60 Minutes' Didn't Tell You: Hospitals Will Charge You More Under Obamacare

    01/12/2015 11:27:20 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 12, 2015 | By Avik Roy
    On Sunday evening, CBS 60 Minutes did a feature story on Steven Brills new book, Americas Bitter Pill, in which Brill complains that Obamacare didnt do enough to tackle the exorbitantly high price of U.S. hospital care. Obamacare does zero to change any of that, says Brill. Thats not exactly right. What Brilland CBSdont tell youis that Obamacare is driving hospitals to charge you more than they already do. Steven Brill, founder of The American Lawyer and Court TV took a starring role in the health care debate when he published the Time article Bitter Pill, describing how hospitals charge...
  • Ezekiel Emanuel: Go Ration Yourself

    01/12/2015 5:21:37 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    The reason your insurance premiums have skyrocketed during the past year is that Obamacare requires all health plans to provide free annual wellness visits and 15 associated preventive services for which they cannot charge the patient a copayment. According to a key architect of PPACA, however, the annual physical exam is basically worthless. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, last heard from claiming that he wants to die at 75 in order to avoid becoming a burden on society, writes in the New York Times that screening healthy people who have no complaints is a pretty ineffective way to improve peoples health. The...
  • Obamacare Tax Stalls Cadillac Health Plans (Pelosi knew)

    01/11/2015 4:06:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Bloomberg via Insurance Journal ^ | 1/08/15 | Bloomberg Alex Wayne, John Lauerman
    **SNIP** Requiring employees to shoulder more of the cost burden may undermine public support for Obamacare just as Congress, now firmly under Republican control, considers new ways to gut the law. The tax takes effect in 2018, and employers are already laying the groundwork to make sure they dont have to pay the 40 percent surcharge on health-insurance spending that exceeds $27,500 for a family or $10,200 for an individual. Once envisioned as a tool to slow the nations growing health-care tab, the tax has in practice meant higher out-of-pocket health- care costs for workers. I dont think theres any...
  • Obamacare Problems? Now in Hands of IRS

    01/11/2015 8:00:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Deluged with catastrophes, court challenges and criticism, Obamacare (ACA) has had a controversial life to date. Yet it is ready to enter a completely new phase where the implementation gets shifted to the Internal Revenue Service Americas favorite three words. If you liked the health care plan up to now, you aint seen nothing yet. 2010 was actually the first year that the IRS was involved in Obamacare enforcement. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit went into effect with this filing year. You may remember I wrote that there was mass resistance to this credit by the tax-preparer...
  • 21 pages of Obamacare tax instructions, IRS demands 'shared responsibility payment'

    01/09/2015 7:16:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | January 8, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The complicated process of signing up for Obamacare is now being matched by IRS instructions to help Americans figure out how much in healthcare taxes they owe Uncle Sam. The agency has issued 21 pages of instructions, complete with links to at least three long forms and nine tip sheets. It is geared to those who have Obamacare or who owe a fine, dubbed shared responsibility payment, for refusing to get health insurance. The IRS warned that everybody must have health insurance or pay the tax. While the vast majority of tax filers over three quarters will just...
  • High GDP Numbers for Q3? We Can Thank Obamacare and Forced Consumer Spending

    12/25/2014 7:39:51 AM PST · by Son House · 25 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    The revision which helped create last quarters incredible growth was the forced mandatory costs incurred by the American people from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which accounted for two-thirds of the entire boost in consumer spending. Consumer spending, as opposed to the recording of revenues from actual production and industry which used to be the primary components of economic growth in America, on average accounts for more than 70% of the entire Gross Domestic Product. And if you took out payments made by the American people towards mandatory government healthcare, GDP may have been in negative growth for last quarter,...
  • Cornyn: Obamacare Repeal Vote Should Wait

    01/08/2015 10:03:15 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/8/15
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said he hopes his GOP colleagues hold off on a vote to fully repeal Obamacare until after Republicans have shown they can govern. I think its important that we demonstrate that we can be productive before we have the inevitable fight over repealing Obamacare, the Texas Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call Wednesday. We are going to have that vote. But my own preference would be we have it after weve been able to demonstrate that we can actually get some things done.
  • The GOPs Obamacare Mandate Strategy: Dont raise the cutoff to 40 hours.

    01/08/2015 7:23:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2015 | The Editors
    Republican leadership has an odd idea for one of its first big policy pushes of this Congress: a change to Obamacare that threatens to make the law worse. The idea, expected to come to a vote in the House on Thursday, is to change Obamacares requirement that most employers provide full-time workers with generous health insurance, a rule known as the employer mandate. (Or the employer shared responsibility provisions, if you prefer Gruber-speak). It sets the definition of full-time work at 30 hours a week. Republicans have been making the case for some time and no small number of...
  • Workers paying more for health insurance, but getting fewer benefits

    01/07/2015 10:34:40 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    Chiago Tribune ^ | Janaury 7, 2015 | Noam N. Levey
    Although the Affordable Care Act has not led to soaring insurance costs, as many critics claimed it would, the law hasn't provided much relief to American workers either, according to a new study of employer-provided health benefits. Workers continue to be squeezed by rising insurance costs, eroding benefits and stagnant wages, the report from the nonproNationwide, the average contribution an employee made to an insurance premium in 2013 and the average deductible together represented 9.6% of the median income of American households with members under age 65. That is up from 8.4% in 2010 and nearly double the 5.3% that...
  • Dad, I have cancer

    01/06/2015 11:57:05 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-06-15 | DrJohn
    Obamacare is going to kill you. Or one of your kids. Or one of your parents. Someone in your family is going to die from Obamacare. You can bet on it. You can bet your life on it. There are many things in medicine that are in a state of flux because of Obamacare. Obamacare is the name given to the most inappropriately termed "Affordable Care Act." There is nothing about Obamacare that makes care affordable. Obamacare has made care much more unaffordable. What it has done is make healthcare appear to be affordable because of subsidized premiums. The problem...
  • MNsure gets another $34 million in federal money

    01/07/2015 5:00:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | January 7, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    MNsure says it will use the money to upgrade its website and address other ongoing issues. MNsure will receive an additional $34 million in federal funds to continue work on the states health insurance enrollment system.With the new money, total federal grant funding in support of Minnesotas health insurance exchange is now about $189.3 million, according to an announcement Wednesday by MNsure.The money will fund improvements to the MNsure website, said Scott Leitz, the MNsure chief executive, during a board meeting Wednesday in St. Paul. It also will let MNsure address ongoing issues, Leitz said, such as invoices for people...
  • Might Your Workers Be Eligible For Medicaid? Start-Up Helps Employers Find Out

    01/07/2015 3:36:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Phil Galewitz
    The Gold N Silver Inn in Reno, Nev., has long offered health coverage to its employees but many of the cooks, dishwashers and waiters who make close to minimum wage cant afford the $100 monthly premium. Last January, when Nevada became one of more than two dozen states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, 10 of the diners 55 employees qualified for the government insurance program for low-income Americans. None of them realized it, however, until the family-run restaurant hired BeneStream, a New York-based start-up funded partly by the Ford Foundation. BeneStream charges $40 to screen each...