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  • Money-Gruber: Obamacare's sneering architect caught with his hand in the till

    08/21/2017 11:25:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 8-21-17 | Monica Showalter
    Remember Jonathan Gruber?  The loathsome, contemptuous architect of Obamacare has been caught out by Vermont's attorney general for corruption in a fraudulent billing scheme.  According to the Daily Caller, Gruber sent out double-invoices and invoices for work that was never done in a disgusting scheme to foist single-payer insurance onto Vermont a couple years earlier.  The program was so bad that its left-wing governor scrapped it as something that would never work. The Daily Caller writes: Donovan, the attorney general and still another Democrat, said his office determined that Gruber did, in fact, violate the Vermont Civil False Claims Act, according to the Herald. Specifically, investigators concluded that...
  • ‘President Trump, Are You Listening?’ Why We’re Urging President Trump to

    08/19/2017 7:59:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2017 | Twila Brase
    Health care is at the front line in a power play for America. A White House official announced Wednesday that the Trump administration will continue President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional payment of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurers through August.Despite outward appearances and media commentary, this is not ultimately about health care. The Affordable Care Act is focused on nationwide leveling of American incomes. Redistribution of workers’ wages is taking place through skyrocketing premium subsidies and billions in illegal CSR subsidies.Congress never appropriated money for CSR payments, which are estimated to be around $10 billion in 2018. The payments are...
  • Trump to make ObamaCare payments to insurers for August

    08/17/2017 5:36:24 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/16/2017 | Rachel Roubein
    The Trump administration will make key ObamaCare payments to insurers for the month of August, according to a White House spokesman. Insurers have been asking Congress and the administration for certainty that they’ll continue to receive cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs), which compensate insurers for subsidizing the out-of-pocket costs for low-income enrollees. Instead, the administration has been making the payments on a monthly basis, which total $7 billion for fiscal 2017. President Trump has threatened to end the payments, saying ObamaCare is on track to "implode." Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has said he would like to include funding...
  • NY Times: Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficit Skyward

    08/15/2017 1:51:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2017 | Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan
    Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade if President Trump carries out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies for the benefit of low-income people, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The subsidies reimburse insurers for reducing deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs that low-income people pay when they visit doctors, fill prescriptions or receive care in hospitals. Even before efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate last month, Mr. Trump began...
  • Beware the Obamacare-Industrial Complex

    08/15/2017 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    The danger of a Republican bailout of Obamacare is mounting with every passing day. Moderate Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus are quietly negotiating with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to throw a multibillion-dollar lifeline to the Obamacare insurance exchanges. This bailout, of course, would be an epic betrayal by the Republican Party, which has promised to repeal and replace the financially crumbling health law. Obamacare's apologists object to the term "bailout" for this rescue package. The left prefers the euphemism "stabilizing the insurance market." They claim this is merely a payment to low-income families to help...
  • Jim Jordan pushing for House vote on clean repeal of Obamacare

    08/11/2017 3:14:00 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/11/2017 | Sally Persons
    Rep. Jim Jordan said Friday that he’s pushing a clean Obamacare repeal bill in the House in an end-run move around leadership. “It’s the same exact legislation we passed 18 months ago — we all voted for, the Senate voted for. We want to bring this to the floor. Our leadership won’t do that. So the only way to go around them is to start what’s called a discharge petition,” Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said on Fox News. Mr. Jordan said he plans to begin gathering signatures for the petition Friday, and...
  • Trump officials confront new ObamaCare reality

    08/10/2017 6:50:33 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/10/2017 | Peter Sullivan
    The Trump administration is now confronted with the challenge of deciding how to oversee ObamaCare, a law it fiercely opposes but that is still on the books. With the Senate’s failure to repeal the healthcare law last month, the Trump administration now has pressing questions to answer about how it will manage a system that provides insurance to more than 10 million people. President Trump has threatened to cancel key ObamaCare payments to insurers as part of an effort to make the health law “implode.” But he is yet to follow through on that threat, leaving insurers in a state...
  • Beware The ObamaCare Bailout

    08/10/2017 3:46:27 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/9/2017 | Staff
    Subsidizing Failure: For seven years Republicans have solemnly promised to abolish the financially crumbling ObamaCare law. But now that they have struck out, many in the GOP are working behind closed doors to bail out the very program they say they hate. If they moderate wing of the party prevails and rescues the ObamaCare entitlement, the law will be permanently enshrined into the federal budget only to eat up more tax dollars year after year. What is worse, the deal the Republican surrender caucus is negotiating does almost nothing to actually roll back ObamaCare, provide consumers with more choices, or...
  • 6.5 Million Americans Paid a Fine Rather than sign up for Obamacare Coverage

    08/09/2017 3:12:12 PM PDT · by CitizenBob · 58 replies
    Ballotpedia The Encyclopedia of American Politics ^ | August 9, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    The individual healthcare mandate requires every American to buy health insurance or pay a fine. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans chose to pay the fine rather than sign up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges... In addition to those who pay the fine rather than buy the mandated levels of insurance, 15 million people would drop their Obamacare coverage if it were legal to do so. This does not necessarily mean that these individuals want to go without insurance. Obamacare requires every insurance policy to cover a set of what it defines as Essential Health Benefits.[2] The more benefits that...
  • Uncertainty Pushes Major Insurer To Leave An Entire State's Exchange

    08/08/2017 10:10:10 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 22 replies
    Newsy ^ | 08/07/2017 | Jake Jones
    Anthem just announced it will back out of Nevada's Obamacare exchange for 2018. A major insurance provider just announced it will back out of Nevada's Obamacare exchange for 2018. Anthem said in a statement Monday it was leaving Nevada's exchange because "planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage." The company had previously backed out of 14 rural counties in the Silver...
  • Anthem withdrawing from Nevada exchange for 2018

    08/07/2017 1:39:39 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 7 replies
    http://www.kolotv.com ^ | 7 August 2017 | By staff
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Insurance Commissioner Barbara Richardson issued the following statement in response to a request by Anthem under Nevada Revised Statute 679B.190(5)(b) regarding Anthem’s announcement that it will be withdrawing plans from Nevada’s Exchange in 2018: “On July 28, 2017, Anthem submitted a Notice of Intent to withdraw from the Silver State Exchange for Plan Year 2018. As such, Anthem will no longer have a presence in Nevada’s individual health market with the exception of catastrophic plans which can only be purchased off the Exchange throughout the state. These plans restrict availability to consumers under 30...
  • Obama’s IRS ‘misled’ Obamacare customers: Audit

    08/06/2017 1:26:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03 August 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration “misled” Americans into thinking signing up for Obamacare would be cheaper than it really was, according to an inspector general’s report Thursday that said the IRS dramatically understated the actual cost of enrolling. IRS officials sent the letters to try to prod Americans to comply with the 2010 health law’s “individual mandate” that penalizes them for not holding coverage. But as part of the letters, the IRS said most people could find plans for $75 a month or less once government subsidies were figured in. That was untrue — in fact, the average cost was more than...
  • Dems suddenly scrambling to come up with ObamaCare fix

    08/02/2017 7:22:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | August 2, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    After fighting Republicans tooth-and-nail for years on their plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Democrats have in a matter of days started touting a slew of proposals aimed at improving the ailing health care system. The Democrats’ scramble to tackle the problem comes after Senate Republicans endured a high-profile failure on their so-called ‘skinny repeal’ replacement bill last week, leaving unclear whether Republicans can ever get the votes to go it alone on health care. Given the difficulty in locking down GOP support, some Republicans have welcomed the prospect of bipartisan talks. At the same time, some Democratic ideas --...
  • Thank You Senator McCain [AARP Ad]

    08/03/2017 2:00:13 PM PDT · by donna · 40 replies
    AARP ^ | 08/02/17 | AARP Advocates
    Thank you Senator McCain for standing up for the people of Arizona and voting against the bad health care bill.
  • Covered California 2018 Premiums to Jump 8x Inflation

    08/03/2017 4:56:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 3, 2017 | Chriss W. Street
    Covered California announced this week that its 2018 rates will increase about eight times faster than the rate of inflation, as the Obamacare law and the state’s liberal legislature continue to destroy private insurance in California. Despite the latest United States Department of Labor Consumer Price Index for the month of June estimating that inflation rose by only 1.6 percent over the last twelve months, Covered California, Obamacare for the state, just announced that the average health insurance premiums on the California insurance exchanges would rise by 12.5 percent, or about 7.81 times faster than the rate of inflation. Covered California’s spiking prices...
  • Aetna exits [all] Obamacare exchanges

    08/03/2017 8:50:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03 August 2017 | Kimberly Leonard
    Health insurer Aetna announced Thursday that it would completely withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges in 2018, after seeing its profits soar from reducing its participation this year. The company said during an earnings call that it was withdrawing from the exchange in Nevada, the last state it had considered staying in. Aetna was leaving the possibility open because it was applying for a Medicaid managed care contract, and the state gives extra consideration to insurers that participate in both programs.
  • Insurers seeking huge premium hikes on ObamaCare plans

    08/02/2017 8:49:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 2, 2017
    Top health insurance companies in numerous states are looking to hike premiums by double-digits – some by roughly 30 percent or more – for ObamaCare plans in 2018, according to newly released figures that could light a fire under stalled efforts on Capitol Hill to fix the program. “A lot of us have lost focus on the fact that the system we have doesn’t work,” White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, referring to the proposed premium hikes. The Wall Street Journal reported that major insurers in Idaho, West Virginia, South Carolina, Iowa and Wyoming...
  • It just became harder for Trump to blow up Obamacare

    08/02/2017 8:30:00 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 2, 2017 | Bob Bryan
    It became harder Monday night for President Donald Trump to help engineer the collapse of the Affordable Care Act. A federal court ruled that attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia would be allowed to intervene in a case over crucial subsidies known as cost-sharing-reduction payments. ... In 2016 a judge ruled in favor of the House, saying the CSR payments were illegal because Congress did not appropriate them. ... But on Monday, the court ruled that the 17 states and DC could intervene and ... said ending the payments would be damaging to the states' citizens.
  • Judge dismisses suit by conservative video maker relating to telephone charade at Landrieu's office

    04/06/2015 2:31:27 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    Full Title: Judge dismisses libel suit by conservative video maker relating to telephone charade at Mary Landrieu's officeWASHINGTON -- A New Jersey federal judge has dismissed a libel case filed by a conservative video maker James O'Keefe, who disputed a news account of his misdemeanor conviction for trying to gain access to then Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office in 2010. New Jersey Federal Judge Claire Cecchi ruled last week that the coverage by Main Justice, which covers the Department of Justice, and the online publication's founder, Mary Jacoby, was protected under the First Amendment because "as a whole," it...
  • Idaho blames Trump for big Obamacare rate increases

    07/31/2017 1:37:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 31, 2017 | by Robert King
    Idaho's insurance regulator blasted the Trump administration's unwillingness to pay Obamacare insurers as the reason premiums couldrise by up to 38 percent next year. The state's Department of Insurance posted proposed rates for 2018 Monday. The state's six Obamacare insurers are calling for an average 38 percent rate hike, including a 50 percent increase for the silver plan, which is the most popular of Obamcare's three plan options. Idaho said the proposed increase for silver plans was because of "the potential refusal by the federal government to fund the cost share reduction mechanism." Insurers are required under law to lower...