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  • Five Things ACA Supporters Don't Want You To Know About UnitedHealth's Withdrawal From Obamacare

    04/20/2016 4:27:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/20/16 | Michael F. Cannon
    UnitedHealth is withdrawing from most of the 34 ObamaCare Exchanges in which it currently sells, citing losses of $650 million in 2016. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report indicates UnitedHealth’s departure will leave consumers on Oklahoma’s Exchange with only one choice of insurance carriers. Were UnitedHealth to exit all 34 states, the share of counties with only one or two carriers on the Exchange would rise from 36% to 52%, while the share of enrollees with only one or two carriers from which to choose would nearly double from 15% to 29%. The Obama administration dismissed the news as unimportant. A spokesman professed...
  • Insurer UnitedHealth starts pruning ACA exchange business

    04/11/2016 7:40:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 11, 2016 4:44 PM EDT | Tom Murphy
    The nation’s biggest health insurer has decided to stop selling coverage on public insurance exchanges in two states for next year, but consumers shouldn’t take this as an early warning that a mass exodus is brewing from a key element of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion.Analysts say these exchanges may be improving for insurers after a difficult start. However, they also expect insurers to continue leaving some unprofitable markets as the coverage expansion heads toward its fourth year. UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will not sell coverage on exchanges in Arkansas and Georgia for 2017, and it is continuing...
  • ObamaCare Is Sick, And Getting Sicker, Report Finds

    03/31/2016 4:21:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/30/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: ObamaCare enrollees are sicker than those covered before the law. Backers see this as good news, because it means those needing coverage are getting it. It’s actually a sign of an impending death spiral.
  • ObamaCare may force employers to pull the plug on millions of health plans, CBO report finds

    03/28/2016 8:22:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2016 | (With AP)
    In the latest report to undercut President Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” promise, the Congressional Budget Office projects millions of workers will leave employer-sponsored health plans over the next decade because of ObamaCare. Some will opt to go on Medicaid, but others will be kicked off their company plans by employers who decide not to offer coverage anymore, according to a new CBO report titled, “Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026.” “As a result of the ACA, between 4 million and 9 million fewer people...
  • CBO Misses Its Obamacare Projection by 24 Million People

    03/28/2016 5:17:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Three years ago, on the eve of Obamacare’s implementation, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that President Obama's centerpiece legislation would result in an average of 201 million people having private health insurance in any given month of 2016. Now that 2016 is here, the CBO says that just 177 million people, on average, will have private health insurance in any given month of this year—a shortfall of 24 million people. Indeed, based on the CBO's own numbers, it seems possible that Obamacare has actually reduced the number of people with private health insurance. In 2013, the CBO projected that,...
  • CBO: Millions Will Lose Employer Coverage Due to Obamacare Premium Spikes

    03/27/2016 6:43:34 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 50 replies
    pjmedia ^ | MARCH 26, 2016 | RICK MORAN
    The slow-motion implosion of Obamacare continues with the newest report from the Congressional Budget Office foreseeing up to 9 million Americans losing their employer-based insurance coverage over the next decade because of spiking premiums. The Washington Times: Obamacare insurance premiums will leap 6 percent a year over the next decade, and companies will drop millions of employees from their health plans as insurers and employers calibrate their offerings for the new marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The health law will continue to steadily grow in both cost and coverage, working toward President Obama’s goal of expanding those with...
  • Thanks Obamacare: This Is What Americans Spent Most Money On In 2015

    03/25/2016 10:03:27 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Mar, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    We have been covering the consumption tax, pardon, endless spending black hole that is Obamacare for over a year, so we doubt it will come as a surprise to anyone that in 2015 healthcare was the second biggest use of US consumer funds, soaking up a record $1.9 trillion in real dollars, and more importantly for US economic "growth", the single biggest source of incremental spending by nearly a factor of two. Incidentally, with spending on healthcare (courtesy of the Supreme Court's Obamacare tax) soaring, while outlays on the traditionally most consumption-intensive category, housing and utilities, going nowhere for the...
  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • Chelsea Clinton says her mother may solve ‘crushing costs’ of Obamacare with ‘executive action’

    03/25/2016 6:10:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Once again, Chelsea Clinton is being used by her mother’s campaign to propose outlandishly expensive proposals in health care and attack other Democrats, while providing deniability for Hillary. Yesterday, Obamacare was characterized by Chelsea as imposing “crushing costs,” a clear slam of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, something that could cost votes if Hillary made such a statement. Chelsea’s proposed remedies include “executive action” (evidently Hillary has a pen and a phone, just like Obama) or Congressional action to extend “tax credits” or other support. Grab your wallets, and prepare for Obamacare to get even more expensive for taxpayers....
  • CBO cuts Obamacare enrollment projection

    03/24/2016 6:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    The congressional budget office has revised its Obamacare enrollment target for 2016 downward by a million people. This is the second such downgrade the CBO has issued in 2016. The Hill reports: About 12 million people are now expected to have ObamaCare coverage by the end of 2016, according to the nonpartisan budget office. Just three months ago, the office had predicted that 13 million people would have coverage.The latest enrollment estimate is an even steeper drop from the CBO’s estimates from 2015, which predicted 21 million people would have marketplace coverage by this time. The enrollment after the end...
  • SURPRISE! BOY Who Watched Obama Sign Obamacare Into Law IS NOW A GIRL

    03/24/2016 4:26:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The little boy who watched Obama sign Obamacare into law is no longer a boy. He’s a teenager and he’s changed his gender to female. The church of liberalism reigns supreme! Marcelas Owens watched Obama sign Obamacare into law six years ago. Right Wing News reports via CNN: Marcelas Owens … was the chubby 11-year-old African-American boy who stood next to President Barack Obama as he signed Obamacare into law at a White House ceremony on March 23, 2010. He was the miniature health care activist in the black vest dwarfed by powerful lawmakers in a famous photo of...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants to Force Catholic Nuns to Pay for Abortion Drugs: “It Can’t be All My Way”

    03/23/2016 5:56:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 pro-life groups, universities and companies have filed against the HHS mandate, which forces them to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health care plans. The case, Zubik v. Burwell, involves 37 religious nonprofits such as charities and universities that say the HHS mandate violates their religious beliefs. They say the religious accommodation the Obama administration put together still makes them complicit in covering the abortion-causing drugs. “Hijacking. It seems to me that’s an accurate description of what the government wants to...
  • Pepsi, Visa, and Chevron are Exempt From HHS Mandate, But Little Sisters of the Poor are Not

    03/23/2016 6:00:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Obama administration has been unrelenting in its fight to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs and pay for abortion-causing drugs and contraception, arguing that they are essential health care services. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 other religious groups to stop the Obama administration from forcing them to comply with ObamacareÂ’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control, drugs that may cause abortions and sterilization. Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines....
  • Little Sisters to Big Brother: ‘We Must Obey God, Not Man’

    03/23/2016 6:29:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    ncregister.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    SAN FRANCISCO — Little Sister of the Poor Rose Cantu remembers the first time she saw the women religious who inspired her to embrace the Catholic Church as her spiritual home. “What drew me to the faith was the joy on the sisters’ faces as they cared for the elderly,” Sister Rose told the Register, as she recalled her pivotal visit to the order’s home as a teenage volunteer. “Witnessing their faith in action led me to ask more questions about the God they worshipped.” Almost two decades later, Sister Rose is a registered nurse who serves the elderly poor...
  • Ted Cruz says Republicans will repeal Obamacare

    03/23/2016 5:42:30 PM PDT · by gg188 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 3, 2014 | Washington Post
    "Ted Cruz says Republicans will repeal Obamacare" ...and other Republican 2014 LIES Washington Post, the day before the 2014 Congressional elections.
  • Contraception Mandate v. Denver's Little Sisters of the Poor in U.S. Supreme Court

    03/23/2016 8:58:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    westword.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Michael Roberts
    Update: In 2014, we told you about a challenge to Obamacare's contraception mandate filed in Denver by Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization jointly based here and in Baltimore; we've incorporated elements of our previous coverage into this post. The Sisters lost that case, but they haven't given up their fight. Today, the matter is being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the groups that have supported the Little Sisters of the Poor is the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which describes itself as "a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free...
  • Planned Parenthood Wants to Force These Catholic Nuns to Pay for Abortion-Causing Drugs

    03/23/2016 8:31:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is supporting the Obama administration’s push today to force a group of Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health care plans. In the next major battle in the pro-life fight against the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have...
  • Pro-Lifers Rally for Little Sisters of the Poor as They Fight Obama’s HHS Mandate at SCOTUS

    03/23/2016 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Outside the Supreme Court this morning, pro-life advocates are rallying for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are challenging Obama’s HHS mandate today at the Supreme Court. In the next major battle in the pro-life fight against the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have to comply...
  • NPR AND HARVARD SAY: OBAMACARE IS A COMPLETE FAILURE

    03/10/2016 12:03:43 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 3/9/3016 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    National Public Radio collaborated with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to survey Americans’ recent experience with health care. As to the Affordable Care Act, the survey’s findings are damning. They suggest that Obamacare has been worse than a complete waste of money. This is the survey’s only question directly on Obamacare. Most respondents say that Obamacare hasn’t affected them; where it has affected them, most say the law’s impact has been harmful: The promises that President Obama made about the ACA–cheaper premiums! lower co-pays and deductibles! better coverage!–have completely failed to materialize....
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare

    02/29/2016 5:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 29, 2016 | Sarah Ferris
    ust 15 percent of people say they have personally benefited from ObamaCare, although more than one-third believe it has helped the people of their state, according to a poll released Monday. Most Americans -- a total of 56 percent -- say they haven't felt directly affected by the Affordable Care Act. Among those who have felt affected, more people say the law has hurt them than helped them, according to polling by National Public Radio and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Twenty-six percent of U.S. adults say they have been personally harmed by the healthcare law since its passage --...
  • “The day of reckoning has come," for kynect, health officials say [Obamacare Kentucky]

    02/28/2016 6:54:40 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 18 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/16/2016 | Don Weber
    FRANKFORT – Kynect, the portal to Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, was described as too expensive and not sustainable by Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Stephen Miller and Vicki Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary, Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Glisson told members of the House Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources on Tuesday that since the federal money used to support Kynect is beginning to go away, it is fast becoming cost prohibitive to keep what she calls “the website, or portal” intact. “The day of reckoning has come, and we’re going to have to pay the bills,” Glisson said. Glisson told legislators that...
  • Cruz Exposes Trump ObamaCare Lies

    02/27/2016 4:10:12 PM PST · by raptor22 · 103 replies
    America Thinker ^ | February 27, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    One of the most amazing abilities Donald Trump has is being able to lie about his own record and get away with it. In an exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz during Thursday’s CNN debate in Houston, Trump was directly challenged on his past documented support for single-payer universal health care, and he lied again. As TheBlaze recorded the exchange: Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz cross-examined 2016 rival Donald Trump on Thursday’s GOP debate stage, getting the billionaire businessman on record denying many of his former positions on health care.
  • Feds Seek “Mental Health” Testing of All Children, Adults

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Next time you visit your doctor, be careful how you respond to his questions, or you may just be branded “mentally ill” and subjected to “treatment.” That is because a panel advising the Obama administration, in partnership with Big Psychiatry, wants to make doctors subject all American adults and children over age 12 to screening for alleged “mental health” disorders — particularly depression, at least to start with. Then, anyone found to harbor any alleged mental disorder, including children as young as eight, should undergo “therapy,” often including powerful psychotropic medications that experts say have dubious value...
  • No, Arkansas' Obamacare Expansion Isn't Saving Taxpayers Money

    02/21/2016 9:17:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    According to state law, Arkansas' failed Obamacare expansion is set to expire at the end of this year. But Governor Asa Hutchinson has proposed overriding that deadline - which he signed into law last year - to continue providing welfare to able-bodied adults forever. Hutchinson's chief argument is that ending the program would create "a $100 million annual budget hole" due to lost budget "savings." It's a familiar refrain, used by former Democratic Governor Mike Beebe for years. There's just one problem: it's not true. Arkansas' so-called Private Option Medicaid expansion isn't saving taxpayers money and allowing it to end...
  • Trump: 'Part of the Problem with Republicans' Is Opposition to National Health Care

    02/21/2016 7:29:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 470 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 21, 2016 | Tom S. Elliott
    Donald Trump attacked Republicans this morning for their opposition to government-provided health care. Appearing on Meet the Press, Trump told host Chuck Todd, "We're not going to let people die in squalor because we are Republicans, okay?" "That's part of the problem with the Republicans, somehow they got fed into this horrible position," Trump said. "We're going to take care of people." Trump also said he didn't mean to express support for Obamacare's individual mandate during Thursday night's CNN town hall when he told Anderson Cooper, "I like the mandate." "We had a situation where we were Anderson Cooper, who's...
  • Trump clarifies Anderson Cooper remarks on Obamacare mandate

    02/19/2016 12:54:46 PM PST · by springwater13 · 249 replies
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 26m26 minutes ago I was asked about healthcare by Anderson Cooper & have been consistent- I will repeal all of #ObamaCare, including the mandate, period. I was referring to a backstop for pre-existing conditions. I will eliminate the law, in its entirety, & replace it w/ something much better. I will replace it with private plans, health savings accounts, & allow purchasing across state lines. Maximum choice & freedom for consumer. I'm self-funding and I am going to take care of the people – not the special interests and insurance companies like the other candidates. Remember,...
  • Supremes set date to decide 'what is sin'

    02/01/2016 9:46:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    wnd.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | BOB UNRUH
    'If this appeal is lost, government becomes head of every religious denomination'It's a case in which the U.S. government has been accused of claiming the authority to "determine what is in fact a sin." The critics, meanwhile, have accused the U.S. Supreme Court of tilting the playing field in advance. But the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the Obamacare law is moving toward a resolution with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing arguments have been scheduled for March 23. The nuns who run elder care centers worldwide are contesting the Obamacare requirement that their employee insurance plans cover abortion...
  • Health insurance fines loom as deadline nears

    01/28/2016 7:56:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Ch 7 News ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Jason Gruenauer
    Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance, or else pay a fine. That fine has gone up, causing even more financial stress on the uninsured and those who choose to opt out of health insurance. "I just cannot afford it in any way, shape, or form right now," 27-year-old Seth Valkonen said when talking about health insurance. Valkonen chooses to be uninsured by paying a one time fine for not having coverage instead of a monthly premium. "The penalty is cheaper than the overall total for the entire year," he said, Already on a tight budget, this...
  • Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

    01/27/2016 3:35:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 27, 2016
    Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law. Fines for being uninsured rise sharply in 2016 - averaging nearly $1,000 per household, according to an independent estimate. It's forcing those in their 20s and 30s to take a hard look and see if they can squeeze in coverage to avoid penalties. Many are trying to establish careers or just make progress in a still-bumpy economy. The minimum penalty rises to $695 in 2016 for someone uninsured a full 12...
  • Obamacare enrollment projections down nearly 40 percent

    01/25/2016 2:37:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare enrollment is lagging far behind what economists had projected, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new report that cuts the total number of customers expected to buy plans on the exchanges from 21 million down to just 13 million this year. Of those, 11 million will be getting government subsidies - down from the 15 million the CBO had projected just a year ago. The updated projections came as part of the CBO's 2016 budget outlook, and confirm the administration's own dim estimates of how many people would take advantage of the health exchanges, which are at the...
  • Will Governor Bevin Break His Obamacare Promise?

    01/19/2016 5:21:47 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January, 19, 2016 | Daneen Borelli
    Obamacare continues to be the policy issue that confounds grassroots conservatives, causing a major rift between activists and Republican politicians. Republican candidates across the nation tapped into voter anger over the unpopular health care program to propel their elections only to fail on the campaign pledges to end it. After years of promises, Congress finally passed a bill to repeal Obamacare in an effort to launch 2016 in a conservative direction. As expected, President Obama promptly vetoed the legislation, reminding the GOP of their futile efforts to repeal his health care plan. In his veto message, President Obama said...
  • Obamacare open enrollment deadline is Jan. 31, and penalties are stiffer this year

    01/19/2016 11:23:27 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    la times ^ | 1-19-2016 | Paul Sisson
    With less than two weeks of open enrollment left, Covered California is reminding consumers that they will face increased penalties for not having health insurance this year. Since Obamacare's individual coverage requirement took effect in 2014, the federal government has imposed increasingly expensive fines to people who do not purchase coverage through health exchanges or obtain insurance through an employer or a government program such as Medicare. This year brings the highest penalty yet, Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director, said during a recent news conference. "This is real money going straight to the IRS, where the consumer gets nothing...
  • Supreme Court refuses to take another Obamacare case

    01/19/2016 9:26:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take up an appeal that says Congress flouted the Constitution by kick-starting Obamacare in the wrong chamber. Justices have already weighed in on the Affordable Care Act's mandates, government subsidies and birth control rules, but declined to wade into a bid by a conservative group to scrap the entire law based on the origination clause drafted by the Founding Fathers. The Pacific Legal Foundation said the Affordable Care Act of 2010 raises hundreds of billions in taxes, making it a revenue bill subject to the founders' vision for which chamber should act first. Since...
  • Obamacare Is on Life Support

    01/12/2016 11:27:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    resident Obama's eighth veto of his presidency came last Friday, when he quietly nixed legislation passed by Congress to repeal major portions of Obamacare. By allowing the crippled health care law to remain on life support for all of 2016, Obama and the Democrats handed Republicans a winning campaign issue for retaking the White House in 2017. Officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare's manifest failure is the primary reason why Republicans regained a majority in the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. Along with even greater successes at the state level, Republicans...
  • The 'Unaffordable Care Act' Causing High Medical Bills for Insured People

    01/11/2016 10:09:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    Liberal public health advocates and left-of-center health policy wonks have long thought every American needs health insurance (they don't, but that's another discussion). Lefties assume health insurance is the only way Americans access medical care. After all, the purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to insulate Americans from the financial hardship of medical care they couldn't afford to pay for out of pocket. Moreover, many pundits believe having to reach for one's wallet during a medical encounter is unacceptable. So imagine my shock when I read a headline in The New York Times claiming that Obamacare is no guarantee...
  • Congress Sends Obamacare Repeal to President for First Time

    01/06/2016 4:33:14 PM PST · by catnipman · 107 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 1/6/16 | Alex Moe
    After dozens of unsuccessful attempts to repeal all or part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday finally succeeded in getting a repeal bill to the president's desk.
  • Senate uses reconciliation to pass ObamaCare repeal, Planned Parenthood defunding

    01/04/2016 11:59:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    But since an Obama veto is guaranteed, what's the point? It’s a first in two ways: The House has passed ObamaCare repeals before, but this is the first one to pass both the House and the Senate and land on Obama’s desk. Oh, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood is in there too. It’s the first time the Senate has used reconciliation to bypass the filibuster and pass the ObamaCare repeal with more than 50 votes but fewer than 60. So sure, it’s more than has been done before. Then again, you’d expect more when you’ve finally got control of...
  • Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Made Health Care Affordable, Study Finds

    12/30/2015 10:46:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/30/15 | Millie Dent - The Fiscal Times
    Despite its name, the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act was to expand health care coverage to millions of Americans who had been uninsured. And while it's done that - 15 million non-elderly adults have gained coverage - making that insurance "affordable" remains a significant challenge. Government subsidies for enrollees with incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level were designed to help with that, but rising premiums and high deductibles mean that getting health care coverage and treatment remains a financial burden for many Americans. A new study from the Urban Institute shows just how high the...
  • Obamacare options contracting and getting more expensive

    12/27/2015 11:59:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | December 27, 2015 | SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA
    "......Last year, 86 percent of those who signed up through the federal exchanges received tax credits on their insurance premiums. The credits are available for families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the income limit would be about $94,000; a family of two, $62,000. ....Other customers found themselves starting over from square one when their insurance company pulled out of the Health Insurance Exchange or was dropped from the state exchange, like Meritus, Gussio said. Meritus, a nonprofit health care cooperative, was actually removed from the list of approved insurance companies...
  • Clinton: ObamaCare Is Responsible For Businesses Shifting Workers To Part-Time.

    12/23/2015 3:01:31 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 34 replies
    GOP ^ | December 16, 2015
    QUESTIONER: “Hi, I just want to know why there is discrimination against the part-time workers when so many companies are going to part-time when it comes to FMLA?” HILLARY CLINTON: “Well, that’s why they are going to part-time. That, and also, the Affordable Care Act.
  • Obamacare Was Supposed To Reduce Healthcare Costs, Right?

    12/21/2015 8:25:03 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/21/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    We won’t bury the lede. “National Health Spending In 2014: Faster Growth Driven By Coverage Expansion And Prescription Drug Spending.” That’s the title of an article from the January, 2016 print version of Health Affairs, published online December 2nd. Here are a few key findings… 1. US healthcare spending increased 5.3 percent to $3.0 trillion in 2014. That represents 17.5 percent of the gross domestic product. 2. The 2013 growth in spending figure was 2.9 percent. 2014’s higher growth in spending rate is due mostly to the major coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act, particularly for Medicaid and private...
  • Despite Threats, Obamacare Still Winning

    12/18/2015 4:30:42 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | December 18, 2015 22:56 GMT | Not Listed
    Another year gone. Another year of the Affordable Care Act's opponents moving further from - not closer to - getting their way on health care. How so? This week's omnibus deal, which was approved Friday by the U.S. House and Senate, provided a clear view once again of the uphill climb Republicans face in repealing Obamacare. The omnibus negotiations never included talk of repeal, because that's a non-starter among Democrats and the White House. Instead, Republicans were left to chip away at the health law they hate. They did so by postponing two important Obamacare taxes - the Cadillac tax...
  • LONE PROFITABLE ACA INSURANCE CO-OP LOSING MILLIONS (Maine)

    12/10/2015 6:25:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 12-10-15 | TOM MURPHY
    The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges is now losing millions and suspending individual enrollment for 2016. Maine's Community Health Options lost more than $17 million in the first nine months of this year, after making $10.9 million in the same period last year. A spokesman said higher-than-expected medical costs have hurt the cooperative.
  • Obamacare Penalties Will Cost More Than Health Coverage for Millions

    12/09/2015 1:06:03 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | December 9, 2015 07:00 UTC | John Tozzi
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  • ACA growing pains: Losses for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are over twice the U.S. average

    12/08/2015 11:14:05 AM PST · by DFG · 12 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/08/2015 | Mitchell Schnurman
    Even Obamacare losses are bigger in Texas. So who’s to blame — Washington or ourselves? About 10 million Americans, including 1 million in Texas, get health insurance through the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Those customers, along with the expansion of Medicaid in most states, added $86 billion in annual revenue for insurers nationwide. Unfortunately for them, most of the business has been a money-loser. And Texas’ largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, has been hit hard — over twice as hard, in fact.
  • Senate closes in on Obamacare repeal: Here’s how it works

    12/02/2015 3:19:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WFLA ^ | 12/02/15 | Chance Seales
    WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) - Five years after Obamacare became federal law, the U.S. Senate is on track to pass a major repeal this week, following dozens of previous attempts in the House. **SNIP** To achieve that, Thune and other conservative leaders will give the Affordable Care Act its biggest gut punch to date - an official repeal vote. In a twist of legislative fate, GOP Senate leaders will pass their Obamacare repeal package through reconciliation, the same technical procedure Democrats used to pass it in 2010. Reconciliation is a parliamentary maneuver only allowed on budget-related bills. It's a useful tool...
  • UnitedHealth CEO regrets entering ObamaCare

    12/01/2015 4:13:21 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1 Dec 15 | Sarah Ferris
    The CEO of UnitedHealthCare on Tuesday said he regretted the decision to enter the ObamaCare marketplace last year, which the company says has resulted in millions of dollars in losses. "It was for us a bad decision," UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said at an investors meeting in New York, according to Bloomberg Business. UnitedHealth, the countrys largest insurer, announced last month that it would no longer advertise its ObamaCare plans over the next year and may pull out completely in 2016, a move that sent shockwaves across the healthcare sector. Hemsleys remarks double down on his earlier warning that...
  • Collapse of NY’s largest Obamacare co-op has doctors refusing new patients

    12/01/2015 2:36:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in the middle of November we covered the announcement that one of the largest New York health insurance providers under the Obamacare co-op umbrella was in trouble. Health Republic had jumped on the Affordable Care Act bandwagon and signed up nearly a quarter million new subscribers, offering cut rate prices and surging to the top of the market in that area. Unfortunately, the expected cash bonanza from the government program failed to live up to expectations and the company quickly ran out of operating capital. Yesterday was the end of the line for Health Republic and they closed...
  • Fate of ObamaCare co-ops uncertain after half collapse

    11/28/2015 5:07:46 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/28/2015 | Brooke Singman
    The fate of a network of alternative “co-op” health plans started under ObamaCare remains uncertain going into 2016, after half of them collapsed amid deep financial problems. The co-ops are government-backed, nonprofit health insurers propped up with over $2 billion in taxpayer loans. Twelve of the 23 co-ops established under the Affordable Care Act, though, have gone or are expected to go under by the end of the year, leaving customers who used them scrambling for coverage and taxpayer money at risk. But, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill demand answers on what’s being done, the Obama administration is offering few...