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  • CNN Poll: Twice As Many Americans Were Hurt By Obamacare Than Helped

    07/23/2014 2:46:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Not an unusual data point at all, based on the polling trend -- but a timely reality check for the delusional "people love Obamacare!" propagandists. CNN's latest national survey includes a number of noteworthy nuggets, including the "Affordable" Care Act fallout verdict referenced in the headline (via Ed Morrissey): (1) President Obama's job approval rating is mired at (42/55), languishing roughly where it's been for months. He is underwater with men (39/58), women (45/52), young people (45/49), and independents (34/62). Seventy-seven percent of Democrats and nearly two-thirds of non-white voters continue to give Obama high marks, but virtually everyone...
  • Veteran Claims He Was Locked Inside VA Clinic By Himself For Hours

    07/23/2014 4:31:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    A veteran is extremely disappointed with the Veterans Administration after he says he was locked inside a community clinic for hours on Monday. Jeffrey Duck explained that he arrived at the clinic located on South Volusia Ave. at 1 p.m. as a “walk in” patient. The Marine veteran sat in a consultation room for more than three hours before he realized he was the only one left in the building. “I was apparently left there and forgotten,” Duck told WKMG. Duck began taking video of him walking around the lobby with his cellphone to show that he wasn’t trying to...
  • MNsure failing to produce results

    07/23/2014 9:12:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 7-22-14 | Linda Runbeck
    It’s been almost one year since Minnesota rolled out its state version of Obamacare, called MNsure. How is this experiment with government-run health care working? Let’s start with the basic fact that Minnesota’s health care is second to none. Before MNsure, close to 97 percent of Minnesotans had health insurance coverage or were eligible to procure it at very low or no cost. This was among the highest percentage of insured people in the nation. Some $160 million in taxpayer money has been spent to launch MNsure, and we are no better off today. The state had two unique programs:...
  • The ACA Means What It Says: The DC Court Declines to Usurp the Role of Congress

    07/23/2014 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/23/2014 | The Editors
    It’s an odd world in which judges are accused of usurping the role of Congress for ruling that the executive branch must follow the text of a law Congress wrote. But that’s what has happened today. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Congress never gave the federal government power to provide subsidies and assess penalties under the Affordable Care Act in states that haven’t established their own health-insurance exchanges. President Obama and the Congress that passed the law assumed this wouldn’t be a problem: States were expected to go along and establish their own...
  • Conservatives get a big 2014 boost from ‘fatal blow’ to Obamacare

    07/22/2014 8:06:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    At first blush, a federal appeals court’s decision on Tuesday that dealt what many considered to be a near” fatal blow” to the Affordable Care Act could also appear to be a blow to Republicans’ hopes for retaking the Senate in November. Obamacare supporters are enraged. The decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which invalidated the federal government’s ability to provide subsidies for those Americans who purchased insurance through a federal health insurance exchange, could mean a major increase in premium rates for more than half of the 8 million who enrolled in ACA plans. The appeals court ruled that, as...
  • A Huge Day for the Rule of Law

    07/22/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, it's big. It's very, very big, but what the heck? Obama could just rewrite the law again if he wants to. He's already done that 71 times. That's the official count. It's either 41 or 71. I'm not sure, one of the two, probably 71. All the waivers, all the delays, all the rewrites, 71 executive changes to Obamacare, if you count the IRS and their interpretation of things. Anyway, it's a big ruling, if it holds, ladies and gentlemen. How are you? Great to be back with you. Rush Limbaugh here at the Limbaugh Institute...
  • Flashback 2012: We Predicted Subsidies Would Trip Up Obamacare

    07/22/2014 6:47:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, back on July 3rd, 2012. You can go look it up, with our brilliant exhaustive search feature at RushLimbaugh.com. "These 'State Exchanges' Are a Health Care DMV," is the slug line of the segment, and I am just gonna read to you excerpts of what I said that day, July 3rd, 2012. "[Michael Tanner]: 'One last wrinkle: It is those subsidies that trigger the penalty,' or the tax, whatever you want to call it, 'under Obamacare for employers who fail to provide workers with insurance. So states that don't set up exchanges could also escape the...
  • Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More Than 57 Million Americans

    07/22/2014 9:01:07 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/21/2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second-highest court in the land, could rule on Halbig v. Burwell as early as tomorrow. Halbig is one of four lawsuits challenging the legality of the health-insurance subsidies the IRS is dispensing in the 36 states that did not establish a health-insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare,” and thus have Exchanges established by the federal government. Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State,” and there are indications IRS officials knew they...
  • Appeals court rejects key part of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:24:46 AM PDT · by KC Burke · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 July 2014 | Bill Mears Tom Cohan
    Washington (CNN) -- The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees. In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel found the federal money that helped people afford health insurance only could go to those who signed up through exchanges run by states.
  • Circuit Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies

    07/22/2014 9:28:16 AM PDT · by alloysteel · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rick Moran
    A surprising ruling from the notoriously liberal DC Circuit Court. By a 2-1 vote, judges ruled that the subsidies received by purchasing insurance through healthcare.gov website are invalid. In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a “repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.” “The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse,” Cruz said. “This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premium subsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daaily Caller ^ | 7/22/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal) But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press...
  • Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2014 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges. The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the president’s delay of the employer mandate. Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnson’s lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot...
  • The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?

    07/18/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18 2014 | Charles Hurt
    Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • The White House Is Bribing Health Insurance Companies

    07/17/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/14/14 | Avik Roy
    Want to know what’s happening with Obamacare? Good luck finding out. The White House recently adopted a new approach for updating Americans on the country’s most consequential law. I call it the “needle in a haystack” method: Bury the announcement in hundreds of pages of regulations and hope no one finds it. The White House tried a test run several weeks ago. Hidden in the midst of a 436 page regulatory update, and written in pure bureaucratese, the Department of Health and Human Services asked that insurance companies limit the looming premium increases for 2015 health plans. But don’t worry,...
  • The Real Meaning Of Halbig v. Burwell

    07/18/2014 1:03:30 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Halbig is one of four cases challenging subsidies the Obama administration is issuing through health-insurance Exchanges established by the federal government under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The PPACA says those subsidies are authorized only through Exchanges “established by the State.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could issue a ruling in Halbig at any time. First, a few words on statutory interpretation. Contrary to what Jost claims, neither I nor anyone else “presumes that ‘an Exchange established by the State under section 1311’ cannot include a fallback Exchange established on the state’s behalf by...
  • It’s Not True that 20 Million Americans Gained Coverage Under Obamacare

    07/18/2014 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 9, 2014 | Alyene Senger
    A new report from the Commonwealth Fund claims 20 million Americans “gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act as of May 1.” But a closer look at that number reveals it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. First, the authors, Dr. David Blumenthal, president of Commonwealth, and Vice President Sara Collins, get to the 20 million by adding together 1 million young adults who gained coverage under a parent’s policy, 8 million consumers who selected a marketplace plan, 5 million who purchased directly from an insurer, and 6 million who enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program....
  • THE WORST PRESIDENT?

    07/13/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/12/2014 | David M. Shribman
    Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely. These startling poll results set loose the predictable reaction: A flurry of told-you-so nods on the right and a fusillade of this-tells-us-nothing assertions on the left. For once, they're both right. Obama is...
  • Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/11/2014 1:41:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    National Review -- The corner ^ | 7-11-14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.” The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies...
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Unreliable, Audit Finds

    07/08/2014 8:29:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 7/08/14 | JOHN MERLINE
    Buried in a largely overlooked government audit of the Obama-Care exchanges is a finding that casts still more doubt on the reliability of the 8 million enrollment number commonly cited by the administration and the press. In a section titled "Other Issues," an inspector general report released last week found that the HealthCare.gov marketplace couldn't show it had been reconciling its monthly enrollment numbers with insurance companies.
  • Lewisville 911 Operator Helps Deliver Baby (Obamacare Maternity Plan)

    07/08/2014 6:29:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    A part-time Lewisville 911 operator helped deliver a baby over the phone last week. The call came in July 1 from the Motel 6 in Lewisville, where a man told dispatcher Meredith Lutz his "baby mama's" water had broken on the bed, and she was going into labor. The situation escalated quickly, though, as just moments later the man asked Lutz “the baby’s coming out right now, what do I do?” "It turns out she was already crowning, and the baby came before the call even ended,” said Lutz. Utilizing an on-screen manual in the call center and the help...
  • Newspaper story about Tennessee couple stirs up social media sensation

    07/07/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tim Cable
    Thom Throp is a Kingsport insurance agent who's sold over sixty Affordable Care Act plans. Like thousands of others, he logged on with great interest to read a story from The Tennessean newspaper about a Maryville couple forced to separate after 33 years of marriage so the wife could keep health insurance. "We are in a situation in trying to get as many people covered as possible. People are falling in the proverbial crack," Throp said. (snip) So if expanding Medicaid isn't the answer, then what is? Throp tells us, even in a tight economy, that couples like the Drains...
  • Democrats Scramble to Get Ahead of Obamacare Minefield Before Midterms (Price Hikes Ahead!!!)

    07/07/2014 1:48:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/7/14 | Arit John - Atlantic Wire
    States are now releasing their preliminary 2015 Obamacare premiums, which means price hikes could become another negative talking point right before the midterm elections. The difference between now and previous moments of bad health care PR is that Democrats insist they're getting ahead of it this time. But even then, there are a number of other issues coming up: the left's increasing aversion to the employer mandate, questions about how young and healthy this year's enrollees are and, as always, whether the Affordable Care Act is actually affordable. As Politico noted Monday, the White House's "internal health care enrollment outreach...
  • VA Employees Switched from Processing VA Applications to Obamacare Applications

    07/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | July 3 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "...we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer."
  • HHS Report: 1,295,571 Obamacare Enrollees May or May Not Be Legal Citizens

    07/02/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/14 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General report released on Tuesday reveals that the Obama administration has yet to determine whether 1,295,571 of the over 8 million Obamacare enrollees are U.S. citizens lawfully in the country. The finding, located on page 11 of the report, states that 44% of the remaining 2,611,780 application "inconsistencies" are related to verifying "Citizenship/national status/lawful presence." Another 960,492 application inconsistencies were related to verifying whether subsidy applicants provided accurate income information.
  • Obamacare views will skew votes this fall: poll

    07/02/2014 9:14:56 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/02/2014 | Dan Mangan
    Most Americans say their view of Obamacare will play a role in how they vote in upcoming congressional elections—but don't count on that guaranteeing that a particular political party is slam dunk winner this fall. A new Bankrate.com poll released Wednesday revealed that Obamacare-motivated voters are not necessarily heavily Republican or Democratic. It also revealed sharply decreasing support for outright repeal of the still-controversial health-care reform law. Most of those people, 44 percent of all respondents, said the health-care law would be a major factor in their decision, while 24 percent said it would play a minor role. Out of...
  • 85 percent of ObamaCare ‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed

    07/02/2014 8:03:25 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/2/2014 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states...
  • Justices act in other health law mandate cases (Hobby Lobby applies broadly to ALL contraceptives)

    07/01/2014 10:45:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling. The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception....
  • Inspector General reports finds problems with O-Care eligibility

    07/01/2014 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    Two new reports from the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General say the new federal healthcare insurance market is having trouble verifying whether people are eligible for the health insurance they are receiving, or the federal subsidies that help them pay their premiums. One of the two Health and Human Services inspector general reports found 2.9 million inconsistencies in the federal marketplace. It said the federal marketplace was unable to resolve 2.6 million of them because the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) system for determining eligibility was “not fully operational.” The reports looked at the exchanges between...
  • Ruth Ginsburg Slams Decision of ‘Startling Breadth’ in Hobby Lobby Dissent

    06/30/2014 11:23:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Meidaite ^ | 06/30/2014 | by Evan McMurry
    In a strong dissent on the so-called Hobby Lobby case Monday morning, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sharply disagreed with the deciding justices in language so harsh Justice Anthony Kennedy felt the need to respond in his own concurring opinion. “In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs,” Ginsburg wrote. “In the Court’s view, RFRA demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that...
  • Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby, your predictions?

    06/30/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT · by MNDude · 80 replies
    How does everyone think the SCOTUS is going to rule on Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, I predict they'll vote on behalf of ObamaCare against HL.
  • Hobby Lobby Wins, Religious Freedom Still At Risk

    06/30/2014 7:50:42 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 20 replies
    It’s been an interesting couple weeks at the Supreme Court. The Court term ends today, traditionally many case decisions are announced in June. The Obama administration has seen its position struck down by a unanimous Court 8 times. This includes cases involving the searching of smart phones and a law restricting speech outside of an abortion clinic. The Court has chipped away at government power, whether it’s Federal or state. (in government power cases the Federal government often provides a brief and argues their position) This court can hardly be called libertarian though, most of the cases have been narrowly...
  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    06/30/2014 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/30/2014 | MARK SHERMAN
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  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (Hobby Lobby WINS!)

    06/30/2014 7:36:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies
    US Supreme Court ^ | 30 June 2014 | SCOTUS
    Held: As applied to closely held corporations, the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate RFRA. Pp. 16–49.
  • Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

    06/30/2014 7:22:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    NPR ^ | June 30, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    The Supreme Court has ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit corporations can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans. The companies' owners had objected on the grounds of religious freedom. The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies...
  • BREAKING: Court Sides With Hobby Lobby

    06/30/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 30, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012. Justice Alito authored the majority opinion, and Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion.
  • What Is (and Isn't) at Stake for Obamacare in the Hobby Lobby Case

    06/28/2014 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    the National Journal.com ^ | 6/24/2014 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court won't strike down Obamacare's contraception mandate, but a ruling for the law's challengers could still render the policy toothless for millions of women. The justices are set to rule any day now in a challenge to the birth-control mandate, and any decision against the policy would have ripple effects far beyond the two companies that filed this lawsuit. Just how far, however, depends on how broadly the Court rules—and it has plenty of options. No matter what happens, the Court won't strike down the entire mandate. The two companies that brought their challenge to the Supreme Court—Hobby...
  • Awesome: Christian University Doesn't Have to Comply With HHS Mandate

    06/21/2014 5:10:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Colorado Christian University has won an important case against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate. Instead of CCU being forced to provide employees and students abortifacients, a federal judge in Denver has ruled that the school can retain its religious freedom. It's a significant decision, and one that the Supreme Court will surely keep in mind as it prepares to decide on the high profile Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. The Becket Fund, a non-profit, public interest law firm who represented CCU in its lawsuit, emailed LifeNews the good news: In a carefully reasoned opinion, the court...
  • VA Medicaid saga takes new twist [McAuliffe promises veto of expansion amendment in budget bill]

    06/20/2014 10:36:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Ferdous Al-Faruque
    irginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday said he would sign the state’s two-year budget but veto an amendment that would prevent him from expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare. McAuliffe plans to move forward with an expansion of Medicaid in his state under the new healthcare law. He also will scrap a proposed legislative commission on Medicaid reform, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Virginia Democrat has ordered Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel to propose a Medicaid expansion plan by Sept. 1. McAuliffe promised he would expand Medicaid when he was running for governor. “We have the right...
  • Hobby Lobby aims for Obamacare win, Christian nation

    06/16/2014 10:45:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/16/2014 | Stephanie Simon
    The evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby made a fortune selling crafts supplies and made headlines fighting government-mandated birth control coverage. They’re also using their billions to sell the American public on the literal truth of scripture — through a public-school Bible curriculum, a huge museum around the corner from the Smithsonian and public forums on the faith of the founding fathers. The Green family may be best known in secular circles for their lawsuit against Obamacare, a high-stakes — and highly political — case that could undercut the administration’s goal of setting minimum standards for health care coverage. By the...
  • Worse Than They Thought: House Confirms HALF Of All Obamacare Applications Flawed

    06/08/2014 6:37:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04 June 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    At least 4 million Obamacare sign-ups have flawed applications out of the 8 million total applications, according to a report released Wednesday by House Republicans. The Energy and Commerce Committee documents double the claims made in an Associated Press report released earlier on Wednesday, which found that according to a May 8 federal slideshow, 2.1 million Obamacare applications had “inconsistencies” in income, immigration and citizenship data. (RELATED: Obamacare Data Flaws Jeopardize Coverage For 1 in 4 Sign-ups) Federal Obamacare contractor Serco compiled a chart for the committee which displays over 4 million application discrepancies by May 27. The inconsistencies include...
  • The Employer Mandate Is A Goner

    06/06/2014 1:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/5/14 | David Catron
    The Left finally abandons one of its dumbest ideas.Conservatives have long known that Obamacare’s employer mandate, if implemented, will create harmful distortions in the labor market and damage the economy. The mandate will force small employers to rebuff workers they would hire in its absence, and it will incentivize large employers to replace full-time employees with part-timers. When conservative policy experts and business groups first pointed this out, however, Obamacare supporters robotically recited the usual canards about close-fisted capitalists who value profit more than healthy employees. But a funny thing happened on the way to the midterms — the President...
  • The Employer Mandate is a Goner

    06/05/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    Conservatives have long known that Obamacare’s employer mandate, if implemented, will create harmful distortions in the labor market and damage the economy. The mandate will force small employers to rebuff workers they would hire in its absence, and it will incentivize large employers to replace full-time employees with part-timers. When conservative policy experts and business groups first pointed this out, however, Obamacare supporters robotically recited the usual canards about close-fisted capitalists who value profit more than healthy employees. But a funny thing happened on the way to the midterms—the President delayed implementation of the mandate until after the election. This...
  • NC Small Business Will Be "Hit Especially Hard" By ObamaCare, May Drop Insurance For Workers

    06/04/2014 9:51:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    WCNC: NC Small Business Will Be "Hit Especially Hard" By ObamaCare, May Drop Insurance For Workers (June 4, 2014)
  • Feds to Consider Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Planning (Death Panels Resurrected)

    06/02/2014 9:36:04 AM PDT · by abb · 33 replies
    Stateline ^ | June 1, 2014 | Michael Ollove
    The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about “advance care planning,” including living wills and end-of-life treatment options — potentially rekindling one of the fiercest storms in the Affordable Care Act debate. A similar provision was in an early draft of the federal health care law, but in 2009, former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook to accuse President Barack Obama of proposing “death panels” to determine who deserved life-sustaining medical care. Amid an outcry on the right, the provision was stripped from the legislation. Now, quietly, the proposal is headed...
  • Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross....

    05/29/2014 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 5/28/2014 | Andria Borba
    CAMP MEEKER (CBS SF) — A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments. Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker knew the news was bad when an MRI found 20 tumors in his brain. Two days later, a C-T scan at Sutter medical center in Santa Rosa brought another devastating blow, discovering a large tumor in his lungs, and more in his liver and bones. Doctors told Jeffrey he would need to be hospitalized immediately. “My husband was having a lot...
  • Obama to Host Concussions Summit

    05/28/2014 6:37:15 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 May 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and KEN BELSON
    WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday will seek to elevate a national conversation about the dangers of sports-related concussions, especially among children and other young athletes, by pushing for more medical research and more money spent on public awareness campaigns. The president will host a daylong summit at the White House that will include researchers, professional athletes, parents, coaches, league officials and sportscasters. Officials said the goal was to use the power of the presidency to accelerate progress on one of the most serious health issues to confront sports in a decade. “Our focus here is on giving parents information...
  • Dems Run, But Can't Hide from ObamaCare

    05/28/2014 3:41:06 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/27/2014 | IBD Staff
    Denial: Six months ago, Rep. Nancy Pelosi promised Democrats would "stand tall" for ObamaCare. But as November elections near, more Democrats want to pretend ObamaCare never happened. And for good reason. Georgia's Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn, refuses to say whether she would have voted for ObamaCare had she been in Congress in 2010. Ditto Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes and Nebraska House candidate Pete Festersen. Montana's Sen. John Walsh, who is trying to keep the seat he was appointed to in February, wants everyone to know that he was far, far away from Washington when ObamaCare votes were cast, "preparing soldiers...