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  • 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...
  • Another Benghazi Cover-Up (Weekly Update)

    01/24/2015 11:05:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 23, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Another Benghazi Cover-UpObama Administration Violates Obamacare Judicial Watch Exposes Government Cover-Up and Media Hypocrisy Another Benghazi Cover-Up Contrary to what the Obama administration had initially claimed in its public comments, top U.S. diplomatic officials knew the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, was under terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. This is big. In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight Committee on October 10, 2012, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charles Lamb let the cat out of the bag. Apparently, the agents within the Diplomatic Security Commander Center in Washington, D.C., knew that U.S. embassy personnel were under a terrorist attack...
  • End Obamacare, and people could die. That’s okay.

    01/23/2015 5:09:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Michael R. Strain
    Say conservatives have their way with Obamacare, and the Supreme Court deals it a death blow or a Republican president repeals it in 2017. Some people who got health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act may lose it. In which case, liberals like to say, some of Obamacare’s beneficiaries may die. Columnist Jonathan Chait wrote recently that those who may die are victims of ideology — “collateral damage” incurred in conservatives’ pursuit “of a larger goal.” If these are the stakes, many liberals argue, then ending Obamacare is immoral. Except, it’s not. In a world of scarce...
  • 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...
  • Small businesses dumping employee health insurance

    01/23/2015 8:39:56 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    WOODTV ^ | 1-22-15 | Tom Hillen
    "A new survey released Thursday by Grand Valley State University is showing that since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, more small businesses are deciding not to offer health insurance to their employees."
  • 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...
  • BOMBSHELL: IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched Healthcare.gov

    01/22/2015 1:07:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Richard Pollock
    Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program. CGI is a $10.5 billion Montreal-based company that has forever been etched into the public’s mind as the company behind the bungled Obamacare main website. After facing a year of embarrassing failures, federal officials finally pulled the plug on the company and terminated CGI’s contract in January 2014. Yet on Aug. 11, seven months later, IRS officials signed a new contract with CGI to provide “critical functions”...
  • 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, it’s going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not fit...
  • Obamacare penalty may come as shock at tax time

    01/18/2015 7:12:51 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting. The Affordable Care Act requires those who didn’t have insurance last year and didn’t qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household...
  • Prime Obamacare insurance company is folding (CoOpportunity in Nebraska, Pelosi knew)

    01/18/2015 5:15:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    North Platte Bulletin ^ | 1/17/15 | George Lauby
    One of the primary health insurance companies in Nebraska and Iowa is folding, after federal grants and loans were cut off in mid-December. The lack of emergency loan money has put CoOpportunity Health Care on the ropes, according to the Iowa Insurance Commission. Policy holders are scrambling to switch to one of the only two remaining health insurance companies in Nebraska – Coventry or Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
  • 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 government’s HealthCare.gov website as well as, most recently,...
  • 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 Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday. The Commonwealth Fund’s 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 law’s 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...
  • “Like Your Doctor, Keep Your Doctor” Wasn’t the Only Obamacare Lie

    01/15/2015 2:14:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 14, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien |
    Politifact was right to name President Obama’s “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” proclamation as its 2013 “Lie of the Year.” Yet, they missed out on another whopper of a fib a few years earlier in 2009. At the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), a pro-life warrior who has been involved in the movement for 42 years, exposed President Obama’s misleading statement about his signature legislation: “On Sept 9, 2009 in a joint session of Congress, Obama said in his health care reform, under our plan, no...
  • Obama takes executive action on paid family and medical leave (+video)

    01/15/2015 5:00:33 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | Jan. 15, 2015 | Linda Feldmann
    President Obama signed a memorandum Thursday granting paid leave for federal workers after the birth of a child. But the rest of what he wants requires Congress to pass legislationWashington — President Obama is announcing several initiatives Thursday aimed at helping working parents. One was achieved by executive action: Thursday morning, the president signed a memorandum that grants federal workers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, plus the right to six additional weeks of unpaid leave. The directive also applies to federal workers caring for ailing family members. Beyond that, Mr. Obama needs...
  • White House just assuming they’ll win Obamacare case at SCOTUS

    01/14/2015 3:36:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 73 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    King v. Burwell, the court case that will determine if Obamacare’s language about federal subsidies and their availability on exchanges “established by the state”, will be heard in oral arguments at the Supreme Court on March 4, with a decision to come down later this year. The Obama White House is apparently so confident that they’ll win the case that they’re not preparing any back-up plan in case the Supreme Court wrecks the structure of their signature legislation. As Politico’s health care newsletter wrote this morning:Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) says that at a roundtable discussion with congressional leaders he asked...
  • ObamaCare Opt-Out Act: Let all Americans make their own health care decisions

    01/14/2015 6:58:16 AM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    foxnews ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Barrasso M.D
    In the coming weeks, Americans will embark on the painful process of filing their tax returns. While this annual ritual leaves most people confused, depressed and overwhelmed, many will be faced with the additional step this year of paying hundreds or thousands of dollars if they chose not to purchase health insurance under ObamaCare for 2014. Under the individual mandate required by the president’s new health care law, Americans for the first time must pay the higher of two penalties if they are uninsured and did not enroll in ObamaCare last year—either $95 per adult and $47.50 per child under...
  • Planned Parenthood closing Battle Creek clinic at end of January; Obamacare cited as factor

    01/13/2015 8:33:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Mlive ^ | January 13, 2015 | Julie Mack |
    KALAMAZOO, MI -- Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan is closing its Battle Creek clinic, citing "increasing competition and declining patient demand" as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The last day of operation will be Jan. 31. Spokeswoman Desiree Cooper said the need for Planned Parenthood's health-care services has declined because of the ACA, which has greatly improved access to subsidized contraceptives and women's health-care services. The ACA requires insurances plan to provide women with an annual physical and contraceptives without a deductible or co-pay. That means women who formerly were reliant on Planned Parenthood for services and...
  • The ‘train wreck’ that only Ted Cruz can see

    01/13/2015 12:47:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 13, 2015 | Steve Benen
    The recent successes of the Affordable Care Act pose a challenge for the right, at least in theory. The more “Obamacare” works effectively, and the more Republican predictions are discredited, the more difficult it should be for conservatives to deny what is plainly true. And yet, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) doesn’t seem to mind. The Texas Republican delivered some predictable red meat at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit yesterday, taking aim at the health care law he loves to hate. Obamacare, he asserted, has wrought “devastation.” He called it a “train wreck” that has cost millions of Americans their...
  • Supreme Court rejects ObamaCare challenge from doctors' group

    01/12/2015 12:52:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    thehill ^ | Jan. 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2-year-old legal challenge to a central provision of ObamaCare from a conservative doctors group. The case, which was led by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, sought to strike down the law’s individual mandate, which fines individuals who fail to purchase health insurance.
  • 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 people’s health.” The...
  • 5.6 Million Obamacare Enrollees Could Be in Big Trouble (In Thread:WashPost Graphics+BloombergPhoto)

    01/10/2015 7:32:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 68 replies
    Washington Post Graphics; Bloomberg Photo; The Motley Fool ^ | 10 Jan 15 | Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg; Sean Williams
    More than half of the 2014-2015 enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, best known as Obamacare, is in the books, and the enrollment figures on the surface look very encouraging. To be clear, Obamacare is about more than just enrollment figures. For one thing, in order for the health reform law to be successful, it'll need people that enroll to actually continue paying their premium. This is the only way that medical care costs get spread out over a greater swath of the public, which is needed to control medical care cost inflation. However, between April and mid-October,...
  • Millionaire Seattle Seahawks stars urge fans to sign up for Obamacare....

    01/09/2015 11:54:00 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | David Martosko
    Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman appear in a new government video flacking for Affordable Care Act-brokered medical insurance plans But the NFL provides one of the best health insurance plans in America with tiny deductibles and millions in payouts Some Obamacare plans have family deductibles as high as $12,700, causing some policyholders to avoid treatment and stay sick Sherman has a four-year $56 million contract, while Wilson earns a paltry $2.4 million but is expected to sign a $100 million deal in the off-seasonTwo Seattle Seahawks mega-stars are flacking for Obamacare, but they won't need government-brokered medical insurance themselves –...
  • Does Harvard Hate Obamacare?

    01/07/2015 6:09:30 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    Harvard not only educated the president but has steadfastly supported not only him and even his more controversial policies, until now. “For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost,” Robert Pear reported in The New York Times on January 5, 2015. “But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.” “Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that...
  • Welcome to ObamaCare 2015: Harvard faculty outraged over health care hikes (Schadenfreude Alert!)

    01/06/2015 3:20:26 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Turns out there’s no free lunch, even if you’re among those lucky few dining at the Harvard Faculty Club. The New York Times is feasting on the delicious uproar created by Harvard professors who are now outraged to be hit with higher health care costs as a result of ObamaCare. I hardly know where to start on this one. Perhaps with the fact that the article appears in the New York Times? I will let that one go for the moment. Here’s what’s clear: Health care costs at Harvard are going up. Immediately. And they are rising directly as a...
  • Gruber: There Will be Obamacare Death Panels

    01/06/2015 2:30:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    national right to life ^ | January 6, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    Back in 09–when Obamacare advocates castigated those who worried that Obamacare would lead to rationing–Jonathan Gruber said get the law passed first, then refuse treatment later. From the Daily Caller story: “Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control,” [Gruber said] Gruber also said that the only way to control costs is to effectively deny treatment. “The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want. It’s about telling patients, ‘That surgery doesn’t do any good, so if you want it you have to pay the full...
  • Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard

    01/06/2015 12:46:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar....... In addition, some ideas that looked good to academia in theory are now causing consternation. In 2009, while Congress was considering the health care legislation, Dr. Alan M. Garber — then a Stanford professor and now the provost of Harvard — led a group of economists who sent an open letter to Mr....
  • Obamacare vote to test Democrats’ resolve under Republican majority

    01/05/2015 8:08:27 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    House GOP seeks to change Affordable Care Act full-time work definition from 30 hours to 40House Republicans will hold a vote this week to change Obamacare’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to the traditional 40, setting up an early test to see how many Democrats are willing to buck President Obama and his signature overhaul now that they are in the minority. It’s part of the early agenda taking shape on Capitol Hill, where the GOP in both the House and Senate is planning votes on issues that have earned bipartisan support before, but which stalled...
  • Dilemma over deductibles: Costs crippling middle class [Obamacare hurts middle class] [link only]

    01/05/2015 6:36:09 AM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    USA Today [link only] | Janaury 1, 2015 | Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell
    link only: http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2015/01/01/middle-class-workers-struggle-to-pay-for-care-despite-insurance/19841235/
  • GOP lawmaker: O-Care repeal top priority (Barrasso)

    01/04/2015 11:23:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/04/15 | Megan R. Wilson
    The repeal of ObamaCare is the priority of the Republican party, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Sunday. “There will be a vote on repeal. The president, in the White House, will veto that,” he said of the symbolic gesture offered by GOP lawmakers still unsatisfied with the healthcare legislation. However, Barrasso told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that there would also be other bills that strike at other parts of the Affordable Care Act – some of which have gained bipartisan support – including a repeal of the medical device tax and the employer mandate. There is...
  • Affordable Care Act is finally hitting employers

    01/02/2015 6:54:02 PM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    cnn ^ | Jan 02, 2015 | Tami Luhby
    Companies with more than 100 full-time employees need to comply or face fines. ... Companies with more than 100 full-time workers must offer affordable health insurance to at least 70% of their staff. This "employer mandate" was supposed to take effect in 2014, but the Obama administration delayed it to this year. And those that don't comply face hefty penalties. Companies will be fined if they don't offer coverage and even just one of their workers gets subsidized insurance on an Obamacare individual exchange. For 2015, the fine is $174 a month times the number of full-time employees (minus 80...
  • Why Your Plan Was Cancelled: Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act (video)

    01/02/2015 7:04:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-22-2014 | Mercatus Center
    There's a bizarre reason why millions of Americans saw their health plans cancelled in 2013 and, as explained in a new video featuring Robert Graboyes of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, millions more will lose their plans in years to come.
  • JW Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief, Argues against Subsidies for Federal Health Exchange Enrollees

    01/02/2015 2:11:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 2, 2014
    Group asks High Court to affirm the limits on the executive branch’s ability to disregard federal statutes, reaffirm separation of powers (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on December 24, 2014, it filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the IRS and the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury over a decision by the agencies to ignore a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The lawsuit seeks specifically to prevent the IRS from providing refundable tax credits to individuals who purchase health care coverage through...
  • Who Had the Worst Year? Jonathan Gruber

    01/02/2015 5:23:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Jonathan Gruber, sage of MIT and proud champion of the Affordable Care Act, may well have had the worst year in American public life. His repeated demonstrations of arrogance, contempt for the American people and smug self-satisfaction brought mortification to his party and president. His glib references to the redistributionist aspects of the Affordable Care Act gave the lie to the Democratic Party's dubious claim that the mandate was not a tax, along with the excruciating (to Democrats) acknowledgment that -- presidential oaths to the contrary notwithstanding -- Democrats regard "nontransparency" as their friend. So, all hail the verbally incontinent...
  • Obamacare PR push goes silent

    01/01/2015 8:07:01 AM PST · by PROCON · 17 replies
    politico ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Joanne Kenen
    Health care reform advocates who struggled for decades to pass Obamacare left the job half-undone. They failed to sell it. They also underestimated the unrelenting intensity and duration of the opposition that makes the law so vulnerable to legislative and legal challenges even now, nearly five years after its passage. The White House and its allies are trying fresh messaging strategies for 2015 enrollment, including a lower-key sales pitch and narratives from real people who are happy with their coverage. Those success stories didn’t exist before coverage began one year ago. Yet the messaging missteps and rhetorical guerrilla war since...
  • A whopping 87 per cent of Obamacare customers to get taxpayer-funded subsidies in 2015...

    12/30/2014 9:38:27 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-30-14 | David Martosko
    About seven out of every eight Obamacare insurance customers who enrolled between November 15 and mid-December are poor enough to qualify for taxpayer-funded subsidies designed to lower their monthly premiums. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that number Tuesday, saying it's up from 80 per cent a year ago. Americans who participate in government-brokered medical insurance can get subsidies from the federal treasury if their households earn less than four times the government's official 'poverty' level. That situation describes 64 per cent of all U.S. residents, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But far more are qualifying, suggesting...
  • ObamaCare Hits Small Business Hard in Gloomy '15

    12/30/2014 3:11:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 29, 2014
    Red Tape: With businesses' one-year reprieve from financial penalties under ObamaCare ending, the horror stories of complying with the costly health care law already are trickling in. The worst is yet to come. ObamaCare Hits Small Business Hard in '15 Starting Jan. 1, employers with 100 or more full-time workers face hefty increases in their health insurance costs as they comply for the first time with the mandate. They must now offer the government's comprehensive coverage — including "free" preventive care — for all employees working 30 or more hours a week, or risk being fined $2,000 per employee per...
  • IRS Goes After Nonprofit Hospitals On Asking Customers To Pay Bills

    12/30/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration announced new rules under Obamacare on Monday that target nonprofit hospitals’ efforts to get paid by their patients.Nonprofit hospitals, which serve a charitable purpose and are often religiously affiliated, will now be subject to strict rules on when and how they can collect payments from customers, thanks to regulations included in the health-care law. As a condition of their tax-exempt status, these hospitals must “take an active role in improving the health of the communities they serve,” Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for tax policy Emily McMahon wrote in a blog post Monday. Under the new IRS...
  • 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid

    12/30/2014 12:19:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Some 87 percent of people who just signed up for Obamacare are getting financial assistance to lower their premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That is a jump from 80 percent during the last open enrollment period. ... includes more than 3.4 million people who selected a plan in the 37 states that are using the HealthCare.gov platform for 2015 Full Title: Tax dollars at work: 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid
  • GOP's Medicaid Expansion Plans Encounter Growing Skepticism

    12/30/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joe Himelfarb
    While states debate expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, they're wrestling with a looming 2017 deadline — when their taxpayers begin paying for the cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2014, states that agree to expand Medicaid to persons with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line will have the federal government pay 100 percent of the cost. But beginning in 2017, the federal share will fall to 95 percent, and it drops to 90 percent in 2020. This has officials — many of them in Republican-dominated states across the country — worried that they will not...
  • Your Child’s Pediatrician Has No Business Lecturing You On Gun Ownership

    12/29/2014 12:15:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 38 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 | Vik Khanna
    No development in U.S. healthcare over the last three decades has imperiled us more than the idea that we benefit from physician oversight of life events and circumstances that are not inherently medical. At its most intrusive, this process, called medicalization, creates a clinical conundrum out of the mere act of living and posits medical solutions for things (such as how to live a healthier lifestyle) that frequently benefit more from individual concentration and perseverance than professional intervention. We are thus bearing witness to tortuous reformation of what it means to be a physician in America: a formerly independent and...
  • Being uninsured in America will cost you more

    12/29/2014 9:46:00 AM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships. Dayna Dayson of Phoenix estimates that she'll have to pay the taxman $290 when she files her federal return. Dayson, who's in her early 30s, works in marketing and doesn't have a lot left over each...
  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    12/29/2014 3:46:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 68 replies
    WJLA ABC7 ^ | December 29, 2014 - 06:22 am | Associated Press (AP)
    HONOLULU (AP) - Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won't be afraid to use it. Continue reading Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a barrage of bills he doesn't like: the Senate. "I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office," Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. "Now, I suspect, there are going to...
  • McCaughey: Hillary's Healthcare Rx May Be Worse Than Obamacare

    12/28/2014 6:57:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Newsmax
    The Affordable Care Act may become even more of a nightmare with Hillary Clinton in the White House, says Betsy McCaughey, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infectious Deaths and former lieutenant-governor of New York. "Hillary could make it worse," McCaughey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, referencing Clinton's attempt to launch a heathcare plan when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president. "Hillarycare back in November 1993, all 1,362 pages of it . . . was far more coercive than Obamacare." For example, said McCaughey, a medical doctor, Clinton's plan was far more rigid than President...
  • California regulator assails Obamacare cancellations

    12/25/2014 3:52:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    California's health exchange is violating the law by canceling private coverage for up to 95,000 people because they might qualify for Medi-Cal, the state's insurance commissioner says. At issue is health insurance for some of the poorest Californians whose incomes aren't high enough to even qualify for subsidized policies in the Covered California exchange. The state marketplace is notifying thousands of policyholders that their federal premium subsidies for Obamacare coverage will end Dec. 31 and their private health plan won't be renewed starting in January. Instead, these people will be put into Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income residents....
  • An Obamacare Christmas present (Nightmare)

    12/21/2014 1:17:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Rick Moran
    New rules being proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will give that agency enormous new powers over consumers who use the healthcare.gov website to purchase their insurance. The proposed rules would allow CMS to automatically renew consumers' policies every year if they don't visit the website to do it themselves. Without any knowledge of an individual's health care situation, their financials, or anything else that might affect what kind of policy they may need, the government wll choose and force you to pay for a policy that they think works best for you.
  • Jeb Bush and Tenet Healthcare Corp - "Bush is dragging a land mine behind him.."

    12/20/2014 1:12:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 20, 2014 | Robert Potts
    Jeb Bush left the Florida governor’s office in January of 2007, after eight years of service. Three months later, he joined the board of a hospital company that had been pillaging government health programs and abusing patients, in Florida and around the country, for most of the years he sat in the governor’s office. Apart from a very generous compensation package, why did Bush sign on with such a tarnished company? And will whatever explanation he now offers hold up under the microscope of a presidential campaign? Tenet Healthcare Corp. is a national for-profit hospital company with a sordid history....
  • Vermont Governor Suspends Single-Payer Plans After Breitbart Reporting on Jonathan Gruber

    12/18/2014 1:47:51 PM PST · by PROCON · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    The shocking news Wednesday that Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) has abandoned plans to introduce his long promised single-payer health care system to the Vermont Legislature in 2015 was a huge victory for conservative new media. As observers on the ground in Vermont confirmed Thursday, Breitbart News led the way. “Governor Shumlin would not have reversed course without Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy exposing the Gruber factor and bringing the story to front of the public discussion in Vermont,” Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom told Breitbart News on Thursday. “Breitbart News and Michael Patrick Leahy’s laser focus...
  • In Defense Of Jonathan Gruber

    12/11/2014 10:56:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    thefederalist ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Greg Scandlen
    Jonathan Gruber felt little constraint in making the various statements that have been trumpeted by conservative media because most of what he said was completely unremarkable in health policy circles. Here are some of the health care truths that few people want to hear. Employer Benefits Are Not a Gift from Benevolent Bosses Every penny spent on your benefits is a penny taken out of your wages. The richer the benefits, the less money you take home every week. Companies think in terms of total compensation. A good accountant might be worth $78,000 a year to a company. The company...
  • ObamaCare Is Funneling Billions To Defense Contractors

    12/10/2014 4:16:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Health Overhaul: Jonathan Gruber isn't the only one who got rich off ObamaCare. Several big government contractors are raking in megabucks to help the government take over the nation's health care system. Gruber made news when it came to light that the Obama administration had paid the stupid-American-calling MIT economist roughly $400,000 to help build ObamaCare, and several states paid him big bucks as well to build their exchanges. But this is just the tip of the ObamaCare bonanza. In the last fiscal year, Health and Human Services spent $21 billion on contracts with private firms. That's more than it...
  • 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 law’s 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>