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  • Obamacare and the Road to Communism

    07/30/2015 2:14:59 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 17 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recently called attention to an IRS ruling that would penalize small businesses up to $500,000 for daring to compensate their employees for health insurance premiums. The NFIB reports, “On July 1, 2015, employers will be penalized $100 per day per employee if they try to make health insurance more affordable by reimbursing their employees for individual market health insurance premiums. The penalty affects businesses that provide reimbursement for more than one employee. The healthcare reimbursement prohibition regulation decreases an employer’s ability to assist employees with health insurance costs.” The ruling would fine the...
  • Audit finds 22 of 23 taxpayer-backed ObamaCare co-ops lost money in 2014

    07/30/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2015
    Under resident Barack Obama's overhaul, taxpayers provided $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going, but only one out of 23 -- the one in Maine -- made money last year ... Another one, the Iowa/Nebraska co-op, was shut down by regulators over financial concerns. The audit by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office also found that 13 of the 23 lagged far behind their 2014 enrollment projections. The probe raised concerns about whether federal loans will be repaid, and ... Just last week, the Louisiana Health Cooperative announced it would cease offering coverage next year
  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • Senate GOP setting up ‘Obamacare’ vote on highway bill

    07/24/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 24, 2015 9:55 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Senate Republican leaders will use a must-pass highway bill to start another fight over the president’s health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce an amendment to the transportation bill to fully repeal “Obamacare.” […] The Senate is rushing to complete the highway legislation before states face a cutoff of highway and transit aid one week from now. …
  • Opinion: The newest Obamacare fail: penalties of $36,500 per worker

    07/23/2015 5:06:16 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies
    Hey, employers, don’t even think about reimbursing your workers’ health-insurance premiums. Beginning this month, the IRS can levy fines amounting to $100 per worker per day or $36,500 per worker per year, with a maximum of $500,000 per firm. This Internal Revenue Service penalty is not written into the Obamacare law. The amount is over 12 times the statutory amount in the Affordable Care Act of $3,000 per worker per year. That is what an employer is charged when one of its employees gets subsidized care on one of the health-care exchanges. It’s 18 times the $2,000 penalty for not...
  • ObamaCare's Mandate Penalty Tax Brings In 40% Less Than Expected

    07/17/2015 4:21:40 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/16/2015 | John Merline
    The IRS reported this week that 6.6 million people paid the ObamaCare mandate penalty for not having insurance last year, which the administration says is 10% higher than they'd expected. This isn't exactly good news, given that the entire point of the mandate penalty tax is to encourage everyone to buy coverage. Even if it were, the number comes with two big caveats.
  • Starting Wednesday, Obamacare will punish businesses who help employees with health care

    07/04/2015 9:18:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 7-4-15 | Eric Boehm
    Employers who reimburse their workers for health care costs will face massive tax penalties beginning Wednesday. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, with its mandate that all Americans purchase insurance and requirement for businesses to offer employees insurance plans, many small companies provided coverage by directly reimbursing medical costs or for the cost of private insurance plans. Businesses do it because that’s a less complicated process than dealing with an official health insurance plan, but continuing to do so after July 1 could cost them hundreds of dollars in fines each day. Business groups are calling attention...
  • Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

    07/04/2015 7:37:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | July 3, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back. Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government...
  • Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare

    07/03/2015 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 3:15 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning New Hampshire voters that if the country elects a Republican president, the next administration will repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Democratic presidential front-runner says she will offer continuity on the policies under Obama that have worked for the vast majority of Americans. And she says the federal budget was in order under her husband’s administration until it was “rudely interrupted” by Republicans. …
  • MCCONNELL: Proposed sale of Humana the result of 'Obamacare'

    07/03/2015 12:57:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    WDRB News ^ | July 3, 2015
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement Friday morning, saying he predicted the "type of consolidation" exhibited by the proposed sale of Humana to Aetna and pointed to the Affordable Care Act as the root cause. McConnell's statement reads as follows: "For more than 30 years, Humana has been a cornerstone of economic growth and a great philanthropic partner in our community. This morning’s announcement, as I predicted during the debate five years ago, is the inevitable result of Obamacare’s push toward consolidation as doctors, hospitals, and insurers merge in response to an ever-growing government."
  • Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion [Obamacare Moves Closer to Full Blown Fascism]

    07/03/2015 4:40:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 7/3/15 | Dalton Main
    Aetna has reached a $37 billion deal to buy Humana. A news release from the two companies says Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $230 per share. The deal was unanimously approved by the board of directors....
  • White House: Have you talked to your family about ObamaCare lately?

    07/02/2015 7:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend. After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay. “You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday. For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s...
  • How Obamacare could lead inadvertently to free market health care

    07/02/2015 4:34:43 AM PDT · by Marcus · 19 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The president’s chest thumping boasting to the contrary, Obamacare is still a mess that has caused health insurance premiums and deductibles to skyrocket. Some advocates of Canadian-style single-payer systems, such as socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, maintain that this state of affairs will lead Americans to accept a universal, government run “Medicare for all” system. Such a system would also feature rationing and death panels, as has been the case in countries that have adopted such arrangements. However, a Wednesday article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Obamacare will, inadvertently, lead to a free market, customer-driven health care system...
  • CNN poll: 63% support Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling, 59% support gay-marriage ruling

    06/30/2015 12:55:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | AllahPundit
    It’s the first post-ruling poll I’ve seen in either case. There wasn’t much mystery about where the public was on ObamaCare subsidies — “free” money! — but there was a little suspense around the SSM decision in light of this YouGov poll last week showing a plurality of the public opposed to having the Court decide the issue. That raised the question of whether a backlash might be brewing around process. Sure, Americans support gay marriage in principle, but what happens when the judiciary wrests that issue out of the states’ hands and settles it as a matter of...
  • Five lingering threats to ObamaCare

    06/30/2015 5:42:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 30, 2015 | Peter Sullivan with Sarah Ferris
    The White House’s victory at the Supreme Court last week removed a major threat to ObamaCare that could have rolled back coverage for 6.4 million people. President Obama declared after the ruling that the law has “been woven into the fabric of America,” while allies said the new insurance program and its related policy changes are here to stay. But the law is hardly out of the woods. The battle of public opinion over the Affordable Care Act rages on, with Republicans expressing confidence they will ultimately prevail. Here are five remaining threats to Obama’s signature domestic program. 1.) RepealRepublicans...
  • Obama Takes ACA Victory Tour to Tennessee, Where 28,000 Lost Insurance Coverage

    06/29/2015 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Supreme Court gave President Obama a reason to be giddy about the status of his signature health care legislation on Friday, upholding Obamacare subsidies for individuals living in states without state based Obamacare exchanges. He promptly held a presser at the White House, beaming that the Affordable Care Act was “here to stay.” Now, it appears he’s taking his victory tour to Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), a former nurse, suggested that maybe the president should have done a little research before choosing her state to promote his pride and joy. “During his visit to Tennessee, perhaps President Obama...
  • The Supreme Court forgets about Jonathan Gruber, completely botches the Obamacare case

    06/29/2015 4:12:30 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Rare US ^ | 06/25f/2015 | CORIE W. STEPHENS,
    --SNIP-- Scalia’s point is central to understanding the backwardness of this ruling. Obamacare was written with the language Scalia described for a very specific reason. The goal was to coerce states into creating their own exchanges by tying access to federal subsidies to the creation of state-specific Obamacare “marketplaces.” Recall Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and architect of Obamacare, who became a household name when it was revealed that he mocked the “stupidity of the American voter” for believing Obamacare wouldn’t ban their insurance plans or increase costs. He also stated in January 2012: “I think what’s important to remember...
  • Supreme Court’s White Lie on Obamacare

    06/29/2015 1:02:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 28, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    ".............................Between a rock and a hard place, Roberts argued that Congress surely never meant to cut out subsidies in states without their own exchanges, because “it would destabilize the individual insurance market in any State with a Federal Exchange, and likely create the very ‘death spirals’ that Congress designed the Act to avoid.”I sympathize, but Roberts has to know he’s wrong. Jonathan Gruber,an MIT economist who advised the White House, explained during a 2012 speech that the federal law limited subsidies to enrollees of state exchanges in order to “squeeze” states to act. Quoth Gruber,“If you’re a state and you...
  • The Political John Roberts

    06/26/2015 6:27:43 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-25-2015
    The Chief Justice again rewrites ObamaCare in order to save it.For the second time in three years, Chief Justice John Roberts has rewritten the Affordable Care Act in order to save it. Beyond its implications for health care, the Court’s 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell is a landmark that betrays the Chief’s vow to be “an umpire,” not a legislator in robes. He stands revealed as a most political Justice. The black-letter language of ObamaCare limits insurance subsidies to “an Exchange established by the State.” But the Democrats who wrote the bill in 2010 never imagined that 36 states...
  • SCOTUSCare And The Eric Cartman Presidency

    06/26/2015 1:18:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    So the Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies and taxes under Obamacare in states that did not establish exchanges, despite the text of the law requiring that those subsidies and taxes apply to states that established exchanges. This is not very surprising. We have not been publishing or writing much about the King v. Burwell because I was confident – I thought it was a 1 in 5 shot, and I believe Michael Cannon thought the same – that SCOTUS would uphold the law no matter the facts of the case. In the short run conservatives may feel depressed about...
  • Supreme Court renames Obamacare SCOTUScare: Court offers to write future legislation for Congress..

    06/25/2015 7:22:53 PM PDT · by rhema · 30 replies
    Center of the American Experiment Blog ^ | June 25, 2015 | Kim Crockett
    Good news from the Supreme Court today: If you like your health care subsidies, you can keep them. If you like limited government and the separation of powers, you are out of luck. Now that Chief Justice Roberts and five of his colleagues found that the phrase “Exchange established by the State” means “Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government,” we should henceforth follow Justice Scalia’s suggestion that this act of Congress, which had to be passed before the People knew what was in it and then had to be rescued not once, but twice, by a complicit...
  • How many Billions were wasted By DNC State Govs Setting up unnecessary Health Exchanges?

    06/25/2015 5:08:17 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    How many DNC Govs set up failed , un needed Health Care Exchanges?
  • House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

    06/25/2015 3:49:37 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Hensch
    A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. “As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said. “That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said. Babin’s potential legislation would...
  • Supreme Court Caves on Obamacare Again

    06/25/2015 12:57:30 PM PDT · by rootin tootin · 32 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/25/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court had an opportunity, with its ruling in King v. Burwell, to determine whether the United States is a nation of laws or of men. Today, in a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled that we have devolved into the latter. Although the text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) clearly states that the government may issue subsidies only through insurance exchanges established by the states, Obama administration bureaucrats unilaterally rewrote that part of the law so that the IRS could dispense such premium assistance through “marketplaces” created by the federal government. The plaintiffs in...
  • Yet Again, A Scalia Dissent Is Used Against Him

    06/25/2015 12:06:49 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 06/25/2015 | Tierney Sneed
    Justice Antonin Scalia strongly objected to Thursday's Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, so it was amusing to see Chief Justice John Roberts use Scalia's own dissent in the last major Obamacare case against him. It was buried in a footnote and amounted to a small dart lobbed Scalia's way, especially when compared to Scalia's blistering dissent that ripped Roberts' legal reasoning. To defend making the subsidies available to consumers everywhere, Roberts cited a line the dissent to the 2012 decision in favor of Obamacare, in which Scalia said, "Without the federal subsidies . . . the exchanges...
  • Obamacare still faces these big (five) challenges

    06/25/2015 12:05:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/25/15 | Rick Newman
    The Affordable Care Act “is here to stay,” as President Obama said following the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell that upheld the law in full. The justices could have ruled that federal subisidies—integral to the functioning of the law—were invalid in 34 states that rely on the federal healthcare exchange rather than running one of their own. Instead, the court ratified the status quo, which means nothing changes. But the controversial law still faces a bumpy future. Here are five challenges the ACA will face during the next several years: Healthcare costs are still too high. As many...
  • Justice Scalia's Dissenting Opinion in King v Burwell

    06/25/2015 11:19:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | 06-25-2015 | Antonin Scalia
    No excerpt. It's a PDF. Scalia's dissenting opinion begins on page 27.
  • The Roberts Court renders all laws meaningless as written

    06/25/2015 9:40:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 47 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-15 | DrJohn
      John Roberts is a liar. Acting as Obama's champion for the second time, The Supreme Court has upheld Obamacare. From the ruling: The argument that the phrase “established by the State” would be superfluous if Congress meant to extend tax credits to both State and Federal Exchanges is unpersuasive. This Court’s “preference for avoiding surplusage constructions is not absolute.” Lamie v. United States Trustee , 540 U. S. 526, 536. And rigorous application of thatcanon does not seem a particularly useful guide to a fair constructionof the Affordable Care Act, which contains more than a few examples of...
  • Obamacare Ruling was Best for Today's GOP (vanity)

    06/25/2015 9:52:16 AM PDT · by BobL · 58 replies
    (self) | June 25, 2015 | (self)
    Like it or not, given today's Republican leadership, we probably got the best ruling possible from the Supreme Court, as it does not take a rocket scientist to know what our bunch would have done if the Court had struck down the subsidies, given their TOTAL INABILITY to stand up to Obama on anything else. Here's what would have happened: June, 2015: Interim Fix: No changes to Obamacare for the next 6 months (end of calendar year). Sure, some conservatives would want something in exchange, but the president will DEMAND that the first fix make no changes to His interpretation...
  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 614 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 06/25/2015 | SCOUTSBLOG
    Six are the Chief, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • Spike It! When the Media Kill a Story for Political Reasons

    06/24/2015 6:37:49 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 13 replies
    Real clear Politics ^ | 6-23-15 | Charles Lipson
    (Snip) The Wall Street Journal just revealed the news about the Oversight Committee getting these emails in a major story. The key points are that Gruber was deeply involved in crafting the health care law, he worked very closely with the White House, and, when he became a political liability, the president and his senior aides simply lied about it. Is that a big story? Not if you are a national TV network or major U.S. newspaper. Except for the Wall Street Journal, they maintained radio silence. Not a peep. A search of the New York Times shows zero hits...
  • The Roberts Court’s Surprising Move Leftward

    06/23/2015 1:10:33 PM PDT · by plain talk · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2015 | Alicia Parlapiano
    The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has been a conservative court. But even conservative courts have liberal terms – and the current term is leaning left as it enters its final two weeks. The court has issued liberal decisions in 54 percent of the cases in which it had announced decisions as of June 22, according to the Supreme Court Database, using a widely accepted standard developed by political scientists. If that trend holds, the final percentage could rival the highest since the era of the notably liberal court of the 1950s and 1960s led by...
  • Only 1 week until Supreme Court ruling on the future of ObamaCare

    06/22/2015 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/22/15 | Doug Book
    Coach is Right has written extensively about the Affordable Care Act—ObamaCare—from its initial, unconstitutional passage by a Democrat controlled congress, through the disgraceful 2012 Supreme Court ruling which featured the inexplicable treachery of Chief Justice John Roberts. Sometime during the next week the Court will decide King v Burwell, a case which will determine whether the United States and the American people may still depend upon the Constitution to defend their liberty and rights from the unlawful schemes of a tyrant. On June 17th, CiR asked whether the Supreme Court would deliver one last ruling in defense of the illegal...
  • As King v. Burwell Looms, Florida GOP Congressmen Push Alternatives to Obamacare

    06/20/2015 1:38:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule next week on King v. Burwell, two Florida Republicans promoted alternatives to President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law this week. US. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., introduced the “Free Market Health-care Restoration and Coverage Act of 2015” on Thursday which repeals Obama’s heath-care law while keeping subsidies until 2017. "With the King v. Burwell ruling quickly approaching, I introduced legislation that would allow my constituents and Americans across the country to keep their premiums while House Republicans work on a real and permanent solution," Diaz-Balart said.
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • Obamacare chief in California gets $65,000 bonus on top of two raises

    06/19/2015 6:51:53 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 11 replies
    California's Obamacare exchange awarded its executive director a $65,000 bonus Thursday four months after giving him a 24% raise. Starting July 1, Peter Lee will have a base salary of $333,120 as head of Covered California. The exchange's board granted him a 24% raise in February and it gave Lee another 2.5% increase Thursday. Covered California's board chairwoman, Diana Dooley, said Lee deserved the additional compensation for his work building the state-run marketplace and his continued commitment to serving consumers statewide.
  • Obama's 'King v. Burwell' Speech Displayed The Very Ideological Fervor That Led Him To Break The Law

    06/18/2015 9:01:41 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 9, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    In a case called King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will soon decide whether it agrees with two lower courts that President Obama is breaking the law by subjecting 57 million employers and individuals to illegal taxes, and spending the illegal proceeds to hide the cost of HealthCare.gov coverage from 6.5 million enrollees. Today the president delivered a speech designed to cow the Supremes into turning a blind eye to the law. Instead, he offered what for some is the missing piece of the King v. Burwell puzzle. He displayed the very ideological fervor that leads powerful people to break...
  • House Republicans craft Obamacare subsidies alternative ahead of Supreme Court ruling

    06/17/2015 8:24:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | June 17, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    House Republicans settled on the outlines of a plan Wednesday to wean the country off of Obamacare’s subsidies in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling this month that could throw the massive health program into chaos. Described as a “work in progress,” the plan would continue to pay full subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to all beneficiaries regardless of where they live, but starting next year states could begin to opt out of Obamacare, taking the money as a block grant to help their residents obtain insurance however local officials see fit. The block grants and subsidies, including those...
  • Senate GOP floats 2-year Obamacare fix

    06/17/2015 5:49:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 59 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/17/15 | Jennifer Haberkorn and Burgess Everett
    Senate Republicans are coalescing around a plan to extend Obamacare subsidies for up to two years if the Supreme Court strikes them this month. The court is due to rule within days on whether the president’s health care law allows people using HealthCare.gov to get insurance subsidies. If the court rules against the White House and strikes the subsidies, Republicans say they want to be ready to protect the more than 6 million people who could lose their subsidies. In a closed-door meeting Wednesday, Republicans crafted the outline of a plan that would extend the subsidies for a period of...
  • California Obamacare Exchange Is Running Out of Money (ACA)

    06/17/2015 5:46:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.17.15 | Loren Heal
    After spending more than $1 billion on startup costs, California’s state-run Obamacare health insurance exchange has failed to produce the expected returns and is rapidly running out of money. Covered California signed up fewer people than was required for it to become self-sufficient, Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution says. “Even spending all of the money they did on advertising, they still managed to sign up far fewer Californians than they expected,” Chen said. “In fact, they’ve signed up about 1.27 million people, when they expected to enroll 1.8 million. “Covered California receives $13.95 for each enrollee into the program,...
  • Kentucky Insurers Request Double Digit Premium Hikes (ACA)

    06/17/2015 5:41:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6/17 | Jim Waters
    The Kentucky Health Cooperative, the largest insurer on Kynect, Kentucky’s Obamacare health insurance exchange, proposed a 25.1 percent health insurance premium rate increase for 2016. Despite the daunting numbers, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is unconcerned about the double-digit rate in his administration’s signature policy. “System-wide averages don’t give a good picture of what an individual’s out-of-pocket costs may be,” Beshear said. Beshear bypassed the legislature and created Kynect, the nation’s first state-run health-insurance exchange, through an executive order. “The rates for private health plans on Kynect have been filed but have not yet been approved or certified, so we...
  • Will the Supreme Court deliver one final, unconstitutional ObamaCare ruling?

    06/17/2015 10:05:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/15 | Doug Book
    Before the end of its current term (June 30th), the United States Supreme Court will determine whether the law of the land is established in the Constitution or by the various bureaucracies working to impose the agenda of the Obama Regime. IF the Court decides in favor of the Constitution, ObamaCare–the Affordable Care Act–will be destroyed financially. It will effectively cease to exist. In November of last year, the Court agreed to hear King v Burwell, a suit filed against the Internal Revenue Service for usurping the power of Congress by granting itself the authority to spend $800 billion tax...
  • Are You Done Yet? (Obamacare)

    06/16/2015 11:00:45 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | June 16, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    I'm serious. Are you done yet? Are you ready to grab the wood, the nails, the hammer and the rope? Are you ready to demand that this crap -- all of it in the medical system -- be stopped? All of it -- not some of it, all of it. Monopolist practices, refusal to disclose prices before services are rendered, billing $157 worth of a nutritional supplement out for more than $44,000 and more? WHEN IS YOUR TOLERANCE LIMIT REACHED AMERICA? WHEN? Is it before or after you're financially and personally decimated? Why do you tolerate "Obamacare" or "Medicare" when...
  • Ballot Initiative - $25B Single-Payer Health System - ColoradoCare

    06/12/2015 5:09:35 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 36 replies
    Colorado Secretary of State ^ | June 12, 2015 00:00 GMT | ColoradoCare
    The title as designated and fixed by the Board is as follows: STATE TAXES SHALL BE INCREASED $25 BILLION ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR, AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS THAT ARE RAISED THEREAFTER, BY AN AMENDMENT TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHING A HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM TO FUND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PRIMARY RESIDENCE IS IN COLORADO, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, CREATING A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY CALLED COLORADOCARE TO ADMINISTER THE HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM; PROVIDING FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF COLORADOCARE BY AN INTERIM APPOINTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNTIL AN ELECTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES TAKES RESPONSIBILITY; EXEMPTING COLORADOCARE...
  • Supreme Court will once again decide on survival of ObamaCare

    06/12/2015 8:56:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/12/15 | Doug Book
    On November 11 of 2014, the Supreme Court granted cert to hear King v Burwell, a suit filed to prevent the Internal Revenue Service usurping the role and authority of Congress by re-writing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits and subsidies for the purchase of health insurance through exchanges that are run by “a governmental agency or nonprofit entity that is established by a state.” Currently, 34 states have refused to build an ObamaCare Exchange and of the 16 (plus the District of Columbia) which did cobble together an exchange, 13 are still in...
  • Walgreens, insurers push expansion of virtual doctor visits

    06/10/2015 11:17:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | June 10, 2015 | TOM MURPHY
    Millions of people will be able to see a doctor on their smartphones or laptops for everyday ailments once the nation's largest drugstore chain and two major insurers expand a budding push into virtual health care. Walgreens said Wednesday that it will offer a smartphone application that links doctor and patients virtually in 25 states by the end of the year. That growth comes as UnitedHealth Group and the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem prepare to make their own non-emergency telemedicine services available to about 40 million more people by next year.... Doctors say telemedicine can help improve access to...
  • Emails Reveal Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare Work Was Of ‘Key Political Importance’

    06/09/2015 1:31:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 9, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    A top Obama administration health official considered putting MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to work on Obamacare to be an initiative of such “key political importance” that it was expedited because of “political push” from the Obama administration, emails released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reveal. The agency released 750 pages of heavily-redacted records on Monday to The Daily Caller and other news outlets in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. In one telling exchange after Gruber’s Obamacare work was first reported in 2010, one HHS analyst told another that having Democrats in charge “across...
  • Thune’s just the beginning: GOP will blame Obama if SCOTUS guts health reform — it’ll probably work

    06/09/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | June 9, 2015 | Jim Newell, covers politics and media for Salon.
    But here’s another way it might play out: health insurance premiums will soar, people will be unable to afford coverage, and… the public will blame it on President Obama and the Democrats, because they passed this law in 2010 and suddenly health insurance is really expensive. Thing “A” happened, and now thing “B” happened, so Thing “A” must have been a terrible idea. Republicans will say, look at how much the IN-surance costs now! as part of their pitch for electing a Republican president who would eliminate this original sin from the federal code. Republicans always suffer in government shutdowns...
  • Republicans fear they will win ObamaCare court battle

    06/09/2015 11:13:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Republicans in Congress are worried the Supreme Court will hand them a major headache this month if it rules against the federal health insurance exchanges in more than 30 states, ending subsidies for millions of people. While the Affordable Care Act remains broadly unpopular, two new polls show a majority of Americans don’t want to do away with its subsidies, a core component of the law. This poses a conundrum for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner. They are under pressure from colleagues up for reelection in swing states and districts to extend the subsidies, at...
  • Obama:Obamacare "Restored The Basic Promise Of America"

    06/09/2015 10:34:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 9,2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in Washington D.C. at the the Catholic Health Association’s annual assembly, President Barack Obama defended his Affordable Care Act saying it was a “critical part” of his administration’s attempt to “restore the basic promise of America.”