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  • Another Red State Moves To Expand Medicaid

    12/16/2014 8:04:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam became the latest red-state governor to approve a twist on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion Monday.Haslam is supporting a private-option version of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which was pioneered by Arkansas in 2014. The proposal will have to be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Republican-controlled legislature; if it goes through, Tennessee will be just the 28th state to move forward with the expansion of the welfare program through Obamacare.“We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid,” Haslam said Monday. “This is an alternative approach that...
  • Three Republican governors have now endorsed the Medicaid expansion since the midterms

    12/15/2014 11:03:44 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/2014 | Jason Millman
    Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee on Monday morning became the latest Republican governor to announce support of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and the third in the nation since Republicans gained more power at the state and federal levels in the November midterm elections. Like most other Republican governors who want to take the health-care law's generous federal funding, Haslam is now offering a plan that deviates from the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. Haslam, who made the announcement almost a month after his re-election, said the Obama administration has verbally approved the approach. The Tennessee plan, which Haslam...
  • Report: Obamacare Shutting Down Free Health Clinics

    12/14/2014 6:47:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 04:31 PM | Greg Richter
    The Affordable Care Act is spelling the demise of free healthcare clinics across the country, The Wall Street Journal reports. Of clinics across 28 states, almost a dozen in the past two years have cited Obamacare as their reason for shutting their doors. Both The Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Rock Island, Illinois, and the Ninth Street Ministries Free Medical Clinic in Polk County, Arkansas, shut their doors this year saying their missions were complete. Now that most of their former clients have medical insurance, many through expanded Medicaid, they are no longer needed, they say.
  • Patients outraged after losing doctors under Obamacare

    12/14/2014 1:57:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 12, 2014 | Wyatt Andrews
    Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised last spring, when he learned his family doctor of 14 years could not accept the Blue Shield insurance he'd purchased under Obamacare. He said he was "outraged" because when he was shopping for his policy, Blue Shield confirmed his doctor was covered. "We were duped," McCarthy said. "Hoodwinked is another good term." Here's what happened. Insurance companies -- to save money -- are quietly selling what are called "narrow networks." They sharply restrict the number of doctors and hospitals people can see. In some cases, people may be limited to 30 percent...
  • ObamaCare Supporters Should Be Very Worried, Experts Say

    12/12/2014 4:03:26 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/11/2014 | John Merline
    What would happen if the Supreme Court rules that ObamaCare doesn't allow subsidies through the federal exchange? There's plenty of speculation, ranging from no big deal to absolute, total catastrophe. An article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine tries to answer the question with a little bit more precision. It's conclusion, however, is that disallowing those subsidies would be a devastating blow to ObamaCare.
  • Fox News Poll: Record 58 percent would repeal ObamaCare

    12/10/2014 3:35:04 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 70 replies
    <p>Few American voters feel their family is better off under ObamaCare, and a record number would repeal the law if they could.</p> <p>In addition, if comments by one of the health care laws authors about lying to stupid Americans are true, over half of voters think President Obama or other administration officials are responsible for that deception.</p>
  • Harry Reid Latest Senate Democrat to Regret Obamacare

    12/10/2014 12:32:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 11:15 AM | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined a growing list of Democrats voicing regrets about various aspects of Obamacare when he said his party underestimated the damage done by the disastrous rollout of the healthcare exchanges. [] We never recovered from the Obamacare rollout. Im not going to beat up on Obama. The rollout didnt go well. We never recovered from that, conceded Reid, who insisted that he has no regrets about moving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ahead of other issues.
  • Shrinking reimbursement from insurance threatening outlook for rural hospitals

    12/08/2014 7:30:20 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/8/2014 | Don Weber
    LEXINGTON Rural hospitals in Kentucky are facing some of the biggest challenges in their histories and some may be forced to close their doors state auditor Adam Edelen told the Kentucky Chamber on Monday. Edelen, who will be releasing an audit on the plight on the states rural hospitals in January, told members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce who were attending their annual legislative preview conference, that the difficult economy and managed care are the primary drivers of the difficulty in rural health care. Generally, Medicare reimburses hospitals around 90 percent of cost while Medicaid reimbursement is around...
  • Pelosi: Schumers ObamaCare remarks beyond comprehension

    12/08/2014 11:36:11 AM PST · by PROCON · 56 replies
    thehill ^ | Dec. 8, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says fellow Democratic Sen. Charles Schumers (N.Y.) recent comments on ObamaCare are "beyond comprehension." Schumer caused a stir last month when he said Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them in 2008 by focusing on healthcare out of the gate instead of on measures to boost the middle class. In an interview with The Washington Post published Monday, Pelosi noted that Schumer wrote the 1994 assault weapons ban that was blamed for Democratic losses that year. She hit Senate Democrats for distancing themselves from President Obama in the midterm elections, and the...
  • Health law impacts primary care doc shortage (Obamacare Strikes Again)

    12/07/2014 7:17:24 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 7, 2014
    When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn't try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists. She called the doctor's office several times without luck. "They told me that they were not on the plan, they were never on the plan and they'd been trying to get their name off the plan all year," said Papa, who recently bought a plan from a different insurance company.
  • Obama Sues Companies for Complying with Obamacare

    12/05/2014 9:55:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    What’s the easiest way to avoid getting sued by the Obama Administration? Well… If you come up with an answer, let the rest of us know. A company that has supported the President and his Affordable Care Act, is currently being sued by Obama for following the law. (Wait… “Affordable” Care Act? Can we sue Democrats for false advertising yet?)Welcome to Obama’s America. Where you can literally get sued for trying to comply with the law. (Boy… That’ll teach you.)Honeywell International Inc., and two smaller firms, are being sued for taking advantage of a specific provision in the ACA that...
  • Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion

    12/04/2014 4:19:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 4, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government formally completed regulations that will force vending machines and restaurants to display calorie information, which can lead to businesses being fined thousands of dollars for not including the number of calories in a mayonnaise packet. The regulations, which originated in Obamacare, total 319 pages and will cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rules last week just before the Thanksgiving holiday, arguing the rules are an important step for public health. The final rules increased costs by $542 million from the proposed rules, totaling $531.1 million for vending machines,...
  • Obamacare sticker shock fears: Government pleads with Americans to shop around

    12/04/2014 7:41:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 66 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The administration is trying to preempt Obamacare sticker shock in 2015 by pleading with Americans to shop around in the marketplaces instead of automatically re-enrolling in the health plans they chose last year. Officials said Thursday those who dont look around and compare plans during open enrollment could see their costs rise because the so-called benchmark plans are more expensive this year.But the Health and Human Services Department said there are more insurers offering more plans this year, meaning that in most states consumers can choose from three or more issuers. And HHS said those options mean most consumers who...
  • GOP asks Supreme Court to take on another ObamaCare case

    12/04/2014 9:45:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | sarah Ferris
    Members of the GOP are asking the Supreme Court to take up another case against ObamaCare, this time challenging a controversial medical board that the party has called a death panel. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and several other Republicans will file an amicus brief Thursday urging the court to reconsider a case against a piece of the healthcare law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Because the law frees [the board] of any checks and balances, waiting could be dangerous. The Supreme Court should hold that the time to answer these constitutional questions is now, not...
  • The Two Faces of Chuck Schumer (very good article!)

    12/04/2014 5:18:01 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 12/3/14 | Daniel Henninger
    Let us count the times Sen. Chuck Schumer has blown himself up politically. That was a short count, wasnt it? Whatever else might be said of him, Chuck Schumer is not in the habit of self-immolation. But progressives have been lining up to vilify New Yorks senior senator as the Democratic Partys village idiot for saying before Thanksgiving that ObamaCare was a political mistake. He even said that focusing on health care, the partys magic mountain, was the wrong problem. David Axelrod accused Sen. Schumer of being, ugh, a professional politician, whose abiding principle is how to win elections. Thats...
  • The president rewrites the ObamaCare law again

    12/03/2014 4:26:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Betsy McCaughey ^ | 12/3/2014 | Betsty McCaughey
    On Thanksgiving eve, the Obama administration dumped reams of mind-numbing ObamaCare regulations into the Federal Register including yet more unilateral rewrites of the Affordable Care Act. Dropping the rules as most Americans were busy preparing for the holiday made a mockery (again) of President Obamas promise to have the most transparent administration in history. The stunt has even worked to keep most of the media from reporting on the rules. Yet the changes these regulations make in the health-care law are substantial. For one, the president is redefining what health plans are adequate for larger employers (100-plus workers) to...
  • Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

    12/02/2014 9:00:54 PM PST · by grundle · 68 replies
    NPR ^ | December 2, 2014 | John Ydstie
    Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows. Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance. "I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains. Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to. "The insurance here through work is $43 a week, which with my rent and other payments and everything, we haven't been able to afford," he...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: Americans dont like Obamacare because their financial literacy is low

    12/02/2014 7:42:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/02/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Well, she may claim to not know who Jonathan Gruber is, but she sure did get a copy of his talking points. Discussing Obamacare with a USA Today reporter, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blamed many of the law’s problems on the fact that Americans lack her sophisticated understanding of insurance: Still, Sebelius didn’t dispute the point that many Americans don’t fully understand how health insurance and the Affordable Care Act work, including the trade-offs involved in expanding coverage.“A lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about,” she said. “I think the financial literacy...
  • The Many Failures of Single Payer: From Vermont to Britain, its not working out.

    12/01/2014 6:43:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/01/2014 | Sally C. Pipes
    Vermonts incumbent governor, Peter Shumlin, wants his state to become the first to launch a government takeover of its health-care system. But the results of last months election could give him pause. He was unable to secure a majority of votes this November after winning 58 percent of the vote two years ago. Now the state legislature will determine whether to send Shumlin back for another term. What happened in between? Vermont botched the launch of its state-run insurance exchange. By 2017, the exchange is supposed to serve as the infrastructure for a single-payer system, with the state picking...
  • Obamacare Q&A: Its not easy to check out of Hotel Covered California

    12/02/2014 4:55:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 2, 2014 | BY EMILY BAZAR
    In my previous column, I explained that you become ineligible for Covered Californias tax credits when you turn 65 and enroll in Medicare. You will owe money to the government if you keep getting the credits after your Medicare begins. So I tried to offer a simple solution: Cancel your Covered California plan. Unfortunately, in the past two weeks, I have heard from Californians and insurance agents across the state who have tried mightily and failed to cancel their plans. Instead, the premium bills just keep coming. A Covered California phone rep told him that the cancellation challenges...
  • State Stiffs Agents Who Helped Sign-Ups for Covered California

    12/02/2014 3:30:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AllGov.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | by Ken Broder
    he state uses an army of certified agents to guide around 40% of the people who enroll in Covered California, the states subsidized health-care system. And like any army, this one would like to get paid. That hasnt been happening. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that many of the 12,600 insurance agents havent been paid for months. Around 2,200 agents are owed around $2 million for shepherding Med-Cal patients through the system and the state doesnt intend to pay them before January. These are probably the wrong people to piss off at the beginning of Covered Californias second...
  • CEOs Could Be Getting Ready To Revolt Against Obamacare

    11/29/2014 10:30:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | SHARON BEGLEY, REUTERS
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain "workplace wellness" programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs. The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers...
  • Obamacare offers U.S. firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

    11/25/2014 6:35:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    washington times ^ | 11/25/14 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Under the president's new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.</p> <p>President Obama's temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare's health exchanges.</p>
  • Schumer: Democrats Should Not Have Pursued Obamacare

    11/25/2014 9:13:30 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 96 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | November 25, 2014 | Michael Warren
    Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said Tuesday that he and his fellow Democrats made a mistake in pursuing health care legislation that eventually became Obamacare. Bloomberg Politics's Kathleen Hunter has the story: Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a national recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform.Democrats should have addressed issues aiding the middle class to build confidence among voters before turning to the...
  • Latest Obamacare Tweak a Doozy

    11/22/2014 4:49:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Americans are inveterate tinkerers a trait commented on by observers from de Tocqueville to Winston Churchill. Thats why its not surprising that the bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would want to keep tweaking Obamacare. Mind you, its not so much because they think they can perfect the law. Rather, they keep tweaking the law in order to keep the American people from brandishing pitchforks and coming to Washington to tar and feather them and ride them out of town on a rail. Self-preservation can be a marvelous motivating factor. The geniuses who brought us the...
  • Serious Price Increase for Generic Drugs

    11/22/2014 11:34:59 AM PST · by knak · 48 replies
    wall street otc ^ | 11/22/14 | thompson
    Although Generic Drugs have been considered a cheap alternative to brand drugs, the recent price increase has triggered a Senate investigation. Several low-price drug manufactures were questioned by members of the Congress in October, about the changes that have happened in the last 18 months, in terms of price. The Congress meeting happened as a result of several price complaints from long patients as well as pharmacists and physicians. Some of the low-cost generic drugs prices have risen with up to 8,000%. The huge increase was investigated at a Senate hearing, on Thursday. It was reported that three pharmaceutical companies...
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

    11/20/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about...
  • Report: ObamaCare numbers boosted by dental [only] plans (to push ACA over 7 million)

    11/20/2014 10:39:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administrations much-touted enrollment figure of 7.3 million includes nearly a half-million people who have only purchased dental plans, the House Oversight Committee has found. Without the 400,000 people enrolled in dental-only plans, the total enrollment for ObamaCare drops to 6.97 million, according an investigation by the committee, which was first reported by Bloomberg News. Instead of offering the public an accurate accounting, the administration engaged in an effort to obscure and downplay the number of dropouts, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee, wrote in a statement to Bloomberg. Enrollment figures have strayed from the initial 8...
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the governments power to control peoples lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MITs Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters arent the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the architect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesnt understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those stupid...
  • Meet the Snobocrats

    11/20/2014 4:22:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud. Gruber was caught on videotape expressing the haughty attitude that drove the Affordable Care Act, deriding the "stupidity" of Americans as a way to justify misleading them. Gruber apparently thinks such deception is OK because yokel voters could not handle the truth about the looming chaos he helped to engineer in their health coverage. Unfortunately, Gruber's disdain for the proverbial masses -- he was paid nearly $400,000 in consulting fees -- is thematic of the last...
  • How ObamaCare Turned Insurers Into Big Gov't Lovers

    11/19/2014 4:12:59 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Crony Capitalism: The New York Times this week reports that ObamaCare has made strange bedfellows between the insurance industry and the federal government. Who could have imagined that?
  • Johnathan Gruber Is A Fascist

    11/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 21 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | November 19, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    Johnathan Gruber is a fascist. Hes willing to put up with a little bit of private ownership but only if the government dictates private transactions. Hes more than willing to help Congress manipulate laws in order to achieve government control. Much of the hubbub over Grubers comments on Obamacare manipulations put the blame on him. Make no mistake, calling the American people stupid is on Gruber. However, Gruber isnt a politician and its hardly surprising when an academic with no political experience doesnt know how to play the game. Academics arent nearly as smart as they or the left think...
  • All of #GruberGate, Explained in 2 minutes

    11/18/2014 4:47:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | November 18, 2014 | Leon H. Wolf (Diary)
    Our own Ben Howe made this video for the folks at American Commitment that explains the entire #GruberGate kerfuffle in 2 minutes. The video is damning and really explains what ought to be page A1 material on every newspaper in the whole country. Check it out:
  • Origins of Obamacare

    11/19/2014 4:00:37 AM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    Nov 19, 2014
    The Origin of Obamacare: The Organization and Their Plan Part 1 Quentin Young, Sen. Barack Obama, 2003 Quentin Young is a founding member of the Chicago-based Physicians for a National Health Program. [1][2] Young is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America [14] Peter Orris co-founded the Physicians for a National Health Program [3]. Orris was a member of Students for a Democratic Society at Harvard [4] Physicians for a National Health Program advocates single-payer national health insurance. [10] They both serve on the National Physicians Alliance Advisory Board. [5] Obama learned about single-payer health care from his...
  • Key ObamaCare official used threats, 'tantrums' to push website launch despite concerns, email

    11/19/2014 1:53:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Stephanie McNeal
    A key ObamaCare official engaged in a cruel and uncaring march to launch the federal health care website last year and wasnt open to seeking a delay despite concerns, according to a newly revealed email from her former second-in-command.The damning email from Michelle Snyder, formerly the No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was released to FoxNews.com ahead of a Wednesday House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on the security and botched rollout of Healthcare.gov.In the September 2013 email to Todd Park, the former Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Snyder characterized her then-boss, CMS...
  • Gruber Got 24 Times the Average Stupid Americans Salary for Obamacare Work

    11/18/2014 5:14:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to government data, the nearly $6 million in confirmed taxpayer dollars that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid from 2009 to 2014about $1 million per yearis roughly 24 times the average salary earned by full-time American workers in the same general time frame. The average annual full-time U.S. salary was about $41,600 in those years, which multiplied 24 times is $998,400, or nearly $1 million a year. Gruber, who became famous last week from a video in which he admitted Obamacare was passed due to a lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American voter, has received at...
  • Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies

    11/18/2014 4:55:37 AM PST · by tired&retired · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Those same insurers have long viewed government as an unreliable business partner that imposed taxes, fees and countless regulations and had the power to cut payment rates and cap profit margins. But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been...
  • Gruber-gate gets to Obama: No, I did not mislead Americans (Says the Liar in Chief)

    11/16/2014 2:22:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    All the president’s men could not shield the commander-in-chief from fallout surrounding recently uncovered comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. The health policy and implementation expert who worked closely on the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts health care reform law has backed the administration into a corner after it was revealed he repeatedly celebrated the misleading way in which the law was crafted and the “stupidity” of the American voter over whose eyes the wool was pulled. “The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms...
  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites

    11/16/2014 8:48:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 2:07 PM EST | Steve LeBlanc
    The state that served as a template for President Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. [] Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Some, like Oregon and Nevada, folded and decided to go with the federal exchange for the second round of open enrollment, which began Saturday. Others, like Maryland and Massachusetts, fired their technology contractors and are hoping for better results this time....
  • The CBO Effectively Used Grubers Model to Score Obamacare

    11/16/2014 9:58:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Weekley Standard ^ | November 16, 2014 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Two well-placed sources on Capitol Hill say that the Congressional Budget Office effectively used Jonathan Grubers model to score Obamacare. That model favors government mandates over market competition and claims that essentially the only way to achieve a large reduction in the number of uninsured Americans is to impose an Obamacare-like individual mandate. Moreover, because the model that the CBO used in scoring Obamacare is the same one it uses today, any alternative to Obamacare that doesnt include an individual mandate which is to say, any conservative alternative would be scored by the CBO as falling well short,...
  • Patient Faces Bankruptcy After Ambulance Takes Her To Out-Of-Network Hospital

    11/12/2014 4:46:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Consumerist ^ | November 12, 2014
    Most of us know that it could cost us everything we own if we go to a hospital that isnt covered by our insurance plan. But what if youre unconscious and have no say in the matter? Thats the case for a Wisconsin woman who owes $50,000 to a hospital that claims she should just pay up and be happy shes still alive. The woman tells WISC-TV [via Reddit] that in Sept. 2013 she went into cardiac arrest and was taken by ambulance to a hospital that was out of her insurance network instead of the one only a...
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike (America, you got screwed by the Libs)

    11/14/2014 2:13:28 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/14/2014 | ap
    Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law will see their premiums rise next year unless they switch to another plan, independent analysts said as the government released details Friday. The Health and Human Services department released a massive computer file of 2015 premiums one day ahead of the start of open enrollment. Those numbers will take time to fully analyze. ,,,,, But there is a catch if you are already a customer: Your plan may no longer be the lost-cost benchmark in your community. In that case, you'll pay more unless...
  • Dems' path after Obamacare: Down, down, down

    11/14/2014 1:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/14/2014 | Byron York
    There were 60 Democrats in the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, when they voted in lockstep to pass the Affordable Care Act. Soon there will be 46 Democrats in the Senate, or perhaps 47, if Sen. Mary Landrieu manages to eke out a win in Louisiana. In plain numbers, the post-Obamacare trajectory has not been good for Senate Democrats. The 46 or 47 Democrats in the next Senate are a bit different from the group that passed Obamacare. Sixteen of them took office after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. They never had to vote for it and...
  • Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015 (More lies)

    11/15/2014 8:00:54 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/14/2014 | ROBERT PEAR, REED ABELSON and AGUSTIN ARMENDARIZ
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year in some cases as much as 20 percent unless they switch plans. The data became available just hours before the health insurance marketplace was to open to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. An analysis of the data by The New York Times suggests that although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies greatly from state...
  • First-day glitch shuts states health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. Its our plan to be up as soon as possible, said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the sites utility. Based on an applicants income level, the credits...
  • More Uninsured Will Resist Obamacare This Year (Will pay the increased fines, instead)

    11/13/2014 11:14:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Next year, 35 percent of uninsured people would rather pay the upped fine for not having health insurance than buy Obamacare coverage up 6 points from this time last year, when the penalty was hundreds of dollars lower. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 55 percent of the uninsured said theyre planning on getting coverage in 2015, but 35 percent are fine with just paying the individual mandates tax on going uninsured. In November 2013, just 29 percent of the uninsured said they were willing to pay the $95 fine in 2014 for remaining uninsured. But in 2015,...
  • A BRIEF INTERLUDE WITH EXPERT OPINION (Interview with arrogant Gruber, 2013)

    Gruber saves some special scorn for the Republican governors who have bravely said no to...Free Money! "What I don't get is these STUPID governors who are turning down the Medicaid expansion," he said. "This is preposterously STUPID. First of all, your low-income people get health-insurance, and you get billions and billions of dollars of stimulus in health-care spending. For example, there are one million uninsured Floridians who are below the poverty line. The federal government is saying we'll pay to insure them, and, in addition, we're sending billions of dollars to you. And Rick Scott says no. There is no...
  • Four Times Obamacare Advocates Admitted It Will Kill Old People

    11/12/2014 8:38:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ben Shapiro, Senior Editor-At-Large
    While Obamacares proponents continue to insist that the program presents no threat to Americans healthcare, new comments from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber demonstrate that Obamacare was designed to do just that. Gruber stated: You get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in, it made explicit that healthy people pay and sick people get money, it would not have passedLack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass. In other words,...
  • Obamacare's Foundation of Lies (Liberals waking up)

    11/12/2014 9:58:09 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/12/14 | Ron Fournier
    A lie is apolitical, or at least it should be. If there is one thing that unites clear-headed Americans, it's a belief that our leaders must be transparent and honest. And yet, there seem to be two types of lies in our political discourse: Those that hurt "my party" and "my policies"; and those that don't. We condemn the former and forgive the lattercheapening the bond of trust that enables a society to progress. This truism came to mind when I read a Washington Post story headlined, "Who Is Jonathon Gruber?" It was an important and workmanlike report on the...
  • Why Obamacare risks falling into a death spiral

    11/12/2014 12:12:52 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all. It has nine members and it operates out of a marble building directly across the street from the Capitol. When the Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would take up another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in March, it delivered the threat of two mortal blows to the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. First, it raised the possibility that the justices, who narrowly spared the law in 2012, will in June come out with a new ruling that would dismantle the law on different grounds....