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  • Obamacare, now 5 years old, working mostly as designed: Bloomberg opinion (Barf alert)

    03/25/2015 11:09:31 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 14 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 03/25/2015 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Obamacare, now 5 years old, working mostly as designed: Bloomberg opinion By Jonathan Bernstein Obamacare turns five years old Monday. Let's go straight to what you need to know. -- The law is working more or less as it was supposed to. The two goals of the Affordable Care Act were to expand coverage and to cut costs. The first part has worked as the drafters expected. Even though the effort has fallen short in states that have refused Medicaid expansion (which U.S. Supreme Court allowed them to do), the law has sharply increased the number of Americans with health...
  • Lawmakers Weigh Future of HealthSource RI; Director Says It Can Help Innovate, Control Costs

    03/02/2015 1:03:23 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 1 replies
    The Daily Reporter (AP Sourced) ^ | March 2, 2015 05:10 GMT | Jennifer McDermott
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The new director of Rhode Island's health insurance exchange is making a case for keeping the state-run marketplace, as some lawmakers are calling for its demise. HealthSource RI has served as a model among the state-run marketplaces. Most other states use the federal exchange. Director Anya Rader Wallack says Rhode Island can use the state exchange as a tool to innovate and control health care costs in ways it couldn't if it switched. Gov. Gina Raimondo supports keeping the program in Rhode Island. But some say it isn't worth it. A group of lawmakers, led by...
  • 3 Options for Congress If Court Kills Obamacare Subsidies

    02/20/2015 1:40:29 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 19 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 20, 2015 20:16 GMT | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    On March 4 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, the case challenging health insurance-premium subsidies for those who buy their insurance on the 37 federal exchanges. (...) First, Congress could extend the subsidies until the end of 2015, and allow people to keep those subsidies that they have already received. This would avoid disruption in health care and in insurance markets, whose terms are set months ahead. Second, Congress could create a new temporary state-based option for continued health insurance coverage beginning in 2016 until it could craft a long-term solution. (...)
  • ACA (ObamaCare) infiltrates your Tax Return this year. (Vanity)

    02/02/2015 7:20:46 AM PST · by Din Maker · 33 replies
    I did my Income Taxes online last night. I got a surprise near the end. The tax program, I've used for years would not let me complete the process until I answered "Government Required" questions re: my family's health care. It began with: "Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act......" It seemed to indicate that if one does not have Health Coverage, it could hold up your Tax Return. That's your Government at work "for you"!
  • 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...
  • Stupid Gruber Faces House Oversight Ctte (Live Thread 9:30 ET)

    12/09/2014 6:15:01 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 577 replies
    C-SPAN 3 ^ | December 9, 2014 | C-SPAN
    "Voters are stupid" economist Jonathan Gruber and Marilyn Tavenner face Issa and the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee today on C-SPAN 3. FOX News reports that Tavenner has asked that she be seated anywhere but next to Gruber. Apparently, Gruber is radioactive. Time will tell whether this affliction is covered under Obamacare.
  • McConnell: We’ll Make 'Every Effort' to Repeal Obamacare — But Its Namesake is Still in Office

    12/08/2014 1:54:09 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 20:47 GMT | David Sherfinski
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, says he has every intention of voting to repeal Obamacare with a new GOP majority in January, but also said people should be realistic about what to expect in the way of repeal with President Obama still in the White House. “We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It was a very large issue in the campaign,” Mr. McConnell told Roll Call. “We’re certainly gonna keep our commitment to the American people to make every effort we can to repeal it. “It is a...
  • This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare

    11/13/2014 6:40:33 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 61 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/13/2014 | Burke Beu
    I grew up in a Democratic family. I have been a registered Democrat since age 18, a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state. I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns. The 2014 election results were extremely disappointing for me, but hardly a surprise. I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, then lost my job in the Great Recession. I was lucky; my brother lost his job and his house. I survived on part-time jobs while paying out-of-pocket for my health insurance. I voted for...
  • Ted Cruz a Lone Voice in Calling for Swift Repeal of Obamacare

    11/12/2014 8:12:35 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 07:20 AM | Elliot Jager
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act in one fell swoop by starving it of funding, but many of his Republican colleagues, while saying they agree with his goal, prefer a less radical approach, Politico reported. The lawmakers would vote instead against individual planks of the president's signature healthcare program, such as the tax on medical devices and the redefinition of full-time work as 30-hours a week,  Politico said. It would take a simple 51-vote majority to take down Obamacare outright using a budget reconciliation measure. Each one of the new GOP senators campaigned on...
  • Video: ObamaCare architect brags about lack of transparency in law

    11/10/2014 7:25:30 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 34 replies
    In a sense, Jonathan Gruber’s response today to the emergence of his 2012 explanation for the language in ObamaCare mirrors the attempt to get courts to ignore the plain text of the statute and instead rule based on the most current interpretation. The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn reached out to Gruber to get his reaction to the emergence of the Nobilis video in which the architect of ObamaCare explains that the restriction of subsidies to states with their own exchanges was a rational attempt to coerce states into creating those exchanges, rather than shifting the burden back to the federal...
  • Obamacare Regs Have Doctors Drowning in Paperwork: Harvard

    10/23/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 23, 2014 20:36 GMT | Nick Tate
    An increasing burden of paperwork, tied in part to healthcare reforms driven by Obamacare, now consumes about one-sixth of a typical America physician’s day — impinging on the time doctors can spend caring for patients. That’s the upshot of a new study led by Harvard Medical School researchers who found the average doctor spends 16.6 percent of his or her working hours on non-patient-related paperwork. The findings, which are based on a nationally representative survey of physicians, tied the trend to changes in U.S. health policy — including a shift to employment in large practices, the implementation of electronic medical...
  • Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront ("Unexpected" ACA Consequence)

    09/29/2014 9:28:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 37 replies
    CNN Money, via WCYB TV 5 ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tami Luhby
    Get ready to whip out your credit card before you are wheeled into the operating room or undergo an MRI. Hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront or before they are discharged. That's because Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don't want to get stuck with patients that can't pay. (snip) The policies available on the Affordable Care Act exchanges are hastening this trend. Many enrollees are opting for the bronze and silver plans, which often carry deductibles upwards of $5,000 and $2,000, respectively. "The bronze plans are...
  • How Medicare’s Home Health Cuts Disproportionately Affect Women

    08/04/2014 12:45:49 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 4, 2014 05:14 GMT | Melissa Quinn
    The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to cut or increase categories of Medicare spending. Last year, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced home health care funding would be slashed by 3.5 percent annually until 2017. According to industry analysts, these cuts disproportionately affect women—the majority of whom serve as home health care beneficiaries, caregivers and professionals in the home health care sector. See linked report:
  • Report: More Than Expected Will Drop Out Of Colorado’s Obamacare Program (Abandon Ship!)

    07/09/2014 1:37:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 05:16 GMT | Greg Campbell
    Nearly twice as many people are expected to drop out of Colorado’s state-run health care exchange in the coming years than originally projected, leading to nearly $2 million lost in associated fees for the financially embattled program over the next two years. Connect for Health Colorado originally projected that 13 percent of enrollees will either leave the exchange in fiscal 2015 or fail to pay their bills, but now they project the figure to be as high as 24 percent, according to the Denver Post. If that’s the case, the exchange will lose out on about $1 million in fees...
  • The Carrot and the Stick of Medicaid Expansion

    05/20/2014 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 2 replies
    PERCspectives on Policy (Texas A&M) ^ | May 20, 2014 18:20 GMT | Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving
    More than one-fifth of the popu-lation of the United States was receiving Medicaid benefits before the passage of The Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA expanded eligibility to adults under the age of 65 who have income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. As originally written, the ACA relied on two provisions intended to entice and prod states to expand their Medicaid programs. So far, about half of the states have expanded their programs. The carrot enticing states to expand their programs is the generous federal participation. This year, the federal government will cover 100% of the...
  • Poorer Health of Surgery Patients on Medicaid May Alter Law’s Bottom Line

    05/18/2014 2:09:02 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2014 02:10 GMT | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Surgery patients covered by Medicaid arrive at the hospital in worse health, experience more complications, stay longer and cost more than patients with private insurance, a new study has found. The study, by researchers at the University of Michigan, may offer a preview of what to expect as millions of uninsured people qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
  • White House aide named by Obama to oversee health-care law, other priorities

    05/17/2014 10:32:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/16/2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    President Obama on Friday appointed longtime White House aide Kristie Canegallo as deputy chief of staff for policy implementation, to oversee issues that include the continuing rollout of the Affordable Care Act and better integration of technology in classrooms. The move, which comes three days before senior White House health-care adviser Phil Schiliro will step down, aims to institutionalize some of the changes chief of staff Denis McDonough made in the wake of the health-care law’s botched debut last fall. [....] Unlike many of Obama’s top advisers, who came to their jobs through politics, Canegallo started as a civilian Pentagon...
  • Administration adds hardship exemption to ObamaCare's individual mandate

    03/14/2014 1:55:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/13/2014 | JC Sevcik
    Health and Human service released a seven page bulletin Wednesday announcing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's decision to extend the transitional policy of the Affordable Care Act by two years, to Oct. 1, 2016. Effectively, this makes the individual mandate -- the requirement that all individuals purchase insurance by the end of March or face a tax penalty -- considered by many to be the backbone of the Affordable Care Act, an option one can opt out of rather than a requirement. The transitional policy allows for hardship exemption from the tax penalty if an individual can’t afford...
  • Obama Administration Doesn't Care Whether You Work Or Not

    02/07/2014 6:34:22 PM PST · by rey · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/05/2014 | Kyle Smith
    Here's Proof: the Obama Administration Doesn't Care Whether You Work Or Not It was mildly surprising when the Congressional Budget Office announced this week that the Affordable Care Act will result in some 2.5 million fewer Americans working than otherwise. What was shocking was that the Obama administration response revealed that the president is simply indifferent to whether you have a job or not. In the new Newspeak, a job equals confinement and unemployment is liberation. If, as a senior White House official said, the news “reflects the fact that workers have a new set of options and are making...
  • So You Think You're Enrolled In ObamaCare

    12/12/2013 4:20:24 PM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare Fail: An urgent mass email to all Senate staff warns not to trust any confirmation from the D.C. health exchange and they may not have insurance come January. Why aren't the rest of us being warned? We have chronicled the fact that ObamaCare, the increasingly unaffordable Affordable Care Act, has caused many with pre-existing conditions like stage-four cancer, the very people it was supposed to help, to lose their insurance at a critical point in their lives. For others, the skyrocketing premiums and often five-figure deductibles have made having insurance almost irrelevant. If you can't afford the premiums or...
  • Supreme Court birth control ruling could ripple widely

    12/07/2013 5:47:53 PM PST · by thecodont · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 10:31 pm, Friday, December 6, 2013 | Bob Egelko
    If a corporate employer can refuse on religious grounds to provide workplace insurance for contraception, what about employers with religious objections to blood transfusions or vaccinations? Or those who believe in healing by prayer? Those questions lurk below the surface of the challenge the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review to regulations in the new federal health care law requiring employers to make contraceptive coverage available to their employees. That mandate, two groups of corporate owners argue, violates their freedom of religion. If the court agrees, some legal analysts say, other employers would have an equal right to veto...
  • ObamaCare Questions

    12/06/2013 12:16:02 PM PST · by airedale · 21 replies
    I have some question about the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare: 1. What does the drug formulary cover and are there drug tiers ( from really cheap to expensive brand name. I switched to Medicare when I turned 65 and stayed with Kaiser. The only real difference I can tell is with the drug formulary. Medicare’s is much smaller and more restricted. If they aren’t on the formulary you have to pay full price. I didn’t have any mediations that were not on the new formulary, but I don’t have diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s or AIDS for example. I don’t know...
  • IRS Audit For Cancer Patient Choosing Death Over ObamaCare

    12/04/2013 4:00:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 32 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 4, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Reform: A cancer patient who spoke out against the cancellation of his insurance by ObamaCare now faces an IRS audit he may not live to see, and says he'll pay the fine rather than burden his family. Bill Elliott knows the meaning of the adage that the only two things that are certain are death and taxes, for he is now staring both in the face. Like the Tea Party before him, Elliott faces an IRS audit for speaking out against the ObamaCare that canceled his insurance coverage he liked and was promised he could keep. He appeared recently...
  • The Affordable Camping Act [Vanity]

    11/30/2013 6:21:39 AM PST · by trueamerica · 31 replies
    Self | Nov. 30, 2013 | Self
    Since camping with a tent is uncomfortable, the federal government has decided to make camping with a tent illegal, effective January 1, 2014. Everyone must upgrade to a camping plan approved by the federal government. This camping plan is also known as the “RV Plan” since an RV will be required. Even if you have never gone camping, or never plan to go camping, you will have to purchase an RV on the government website. You will have to pay full retail price for the RV, except if you are poor, or a member of congress, or work for a...
  • Another ObamaCare Anecdote With Cancer Loses Coverage

    11/26/2013 4:34:49 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 26, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    CancelCare: Dismissed as anecdotal exceptions, as many as 80 million people with employer health plans, like a Virginia cancer patient, now find their coverage being canceled because it doesn't comply with ObamaCare. Debra Fishericks, who has been working for the past 10 years at Atkinson Realty in Virginia Beach, has been frantically scouring for a plan that fits her. But she's finding, like so many others, that premiums and plans like the one she had are out of her price range. Fishericks is battling kidney cancer, and while one of the benefits of ObamaCare was supposed to be that...
  • California Rightly Rejects Illegal ObamaCare Fix

    11/22/2013 4:14:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor.s Business Daily ^ | November 22, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare: California's health insurance exchange has decided not to allow insurance plans that do not meet the law's standards, rejecting the president's attempt to rewrite the law through executive action. Recognizing the impracticality and illegality of President Obama's proposed "fix" for insurance policies canceled due to the Affordable Care Act's coverage mandates, the board of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, voted 5-0 against extending the 1 million California health care plans that were dropped under the law. The Golden State follows several other blue states — including New York, Washington, Rhode Island and Minnesota — that announced they...
  • Thanks Obamacare: Prostitutes Say It Is "Truly a Blessing"

    11/21/2013 6:02:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 11-20-13 | Sarah Jean Seman
    November 21, 2013 Thanks Obamacare: Prostitutes Say It Is "Truly a Blessing" Sarah Jean Seman 11/20/2013 Taxpayers will be happy to know they not only fund abortions under the Affordable Care Act, they also help prostitutes stay healthy. Prior to Obamacare, brothel workers at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada said they were unable to find coverage under their profession. Prostitute “Caressa Kisses” explained to WOAI NBC News: “They equate us to illegal working girls who have very high STDS and AIDS rates. Which we have none of the above, we’re legal, licensed prostitutes. I see the doctor every week,...
  • Nearly 100,000 have enrolled in coverage on Healthplanfinder (WA State)

    11/19/2013 8:08:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 35 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Nov. 19, 2013 | Amy Snow Landa
    The pace of enrollment on Washington Healthplanfinder has picked up in November, according to the latest enrollment figures, released Tuesday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. ... The new number includes 86,657 people who have enrolled in Medicaid – compared with 48,324 who had enrolled in Medicaid by Oct. 31 – and 11,742 who have purchased a qualified health plan, compared with 7,341 in October. ... An additional 127,375 residents have either started applications or completed applications that still need to be finalized, according to the exchange.
  • ObamaCare 'Success' Story Finds Affordable Care Unaffordable

    11/19/2013 4:11:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 19, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: The woman who got a shoutout from President Obama last month for her fan letter for ObamaCare finds out her exchange quote was a computer mistake and she doesn't qualify for a tax credit after all. In one of his famous photo-ops in the Rose Garden last Oct. 21, with an array of touted beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act behind him, President Obama read a letter from Jessica Sanford of Federal Way, Wash., to explain why the Affordable Care Act, with all its rollout flaws, was still needed. The letter told a sad tale of a grateful single...
  • Technology Delays Plague Cover Oregon (Oracle)

    11/18/2013 12:26:35 PM PST · by steve86 · 22 replies
    The Lund Report ^ | Diane Lund-Muzikant
    Oracle, which is developing the website, has assured Rocky King the site will be operational by Dec. 1 The same problem that’s plagued the federal health insurance exchange – – appears responsible for Cover Oregon’s failure to implement its web-based portal on Oct. 1: technology. Even though Cover Oregon has paid Oracle, the technology giant, $43.2 million this year, the site’s still not working, and temporary workers are processing paper applications. As of Tuesday, Cover Oregon had received 17,000 applications but can’t say how many people may require subsidies, or want to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan, Healthy...
  • Obamacare and the 2014 Midterms

    11/16/2013 1:32:37 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 11 replies
    Seedless Wry ^ | 11/16/2013 | Marc Gindin
    Democrats have stayed with Obamacare in a sense like a stubborn investor hangs on to a stock whose luster has long faded, the company aimless with no path toward profitability. Democrats made a bad investment decision, and the time has come to sell.
  • The United States of Obama

    11/16/2013 4:20:29 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 9 replies ^ | 11/15/2013 | Burt Prelutsky
    I know a guy who makes a fortune designing bottles, jars and cans, thus making them more appealing to consumers. But it’s still the contents that matter if the consumer is going to purchase a second bottle, jar or can, of the stuff. In the same way, there are those who make fortunes designing the packages known as politicians. If you recall, they sold us Obama as if he were a fine old wine in a new transparent bottle, but he turned out to be the same old bootleg gin Chicago has been peddling since the days of Al Capone....
  • If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It

    11/14/2013 4:20:56 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 2 replies
    Seedless Wry ^ | 11/14/2013 | Marc Gindin
    The plan from the beginning was clear: utilize the Affordable Care Act to collapse private insurance while simultaneously blaming the industry for the inevitable blow-back, empower the federal government to swoop in to fix the "coverage emergency," and bring about single payer as a necessary rescue. But...
  • Obama still misses the mark: HIPAA prohibits health insurance cancellations

    11/14/2013 1:06:23 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Sara Marie Brenner
    President Obama continues to miss the mark. Federal law already prohibits insurance companies from cancelling policies, and his “fix” is a flop. Millions of insurance policies are being cancelled throughout the country, as reports confirm. Democrats were aware this would happen under the new Obamacare law. However, these millions of insurance policies should never have been cancelled. Federal law prohibits their cancellation. In an interview with The Washington Times, C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance and Obamacare expert in Illinois, explains that the HIPAA law section 2742 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) does not permit these insurance...
  • Obama announces he will allow subpar or junk policies to be sold by bad apple insurance companies

    11/14/2013 10:11:39 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 14, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    President Obama's press conference on Obamacare "fixes" today started more than half an hour after its announced time, a good indicator of last minute panic over wording. That's because appearances, not substance, are the essence of this "plan." For one thing, state insurance commissioners must approve any new plans. In California, health insurers have been required to sign contracts promising to end old policies, and the federal government lacks the authority to change lawful contracts. The idea that 50 state insurance commissions could and would quickly approve new plans yet to be created by insurance companies is ludicrous. As Richard...
  • Dianne Feinstein joins effort to change Affordable Care Act

    11/13/2013 10:13:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies ^ | 11/13/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday joined the ranks of worried Democrats demanding that President Obama allow people to keep their current insurance policies. Feinstein’s move is bad news for an administration desperate for good news following the roll-out debacle of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange on Oct. 1, which has been plagued by technical problems. In addition to the website snarl, thousands of individual policies have been cancelled by insurance companies to meet minimum coverage standards under Obama’s signature health care law. Feinstein said a “simple fix” would make good on Obama’s promise during the debate over the...
  • Live Thread: Congress Receives Update on Rollout (Obamacare)

    11/13/2013 6:32:28 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 76 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | C-span
    Cmte. Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds another in a series of hearings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rollout of the government's healthcare website. The administration says the website will be fixed by the end of November.
  • My personal experience with Pbamacare...update #2

    11/09/2013 11:53:38 AM PST · by VideoPaul · 26 replies
    11/9/2013 | VANITY
    Update #2 after numerous requests from readers to update this story. The original posting is here: Update #1 is here: And now, update #2: The last contact I made was on October 31st, asking why the promised call back after 2 business days hadn't happened. I was told that they'd escalate it again and I'd get a call back within 48 hours, not including weekends. On November 6th I called in o tell them that those two days had elapsed and no call back had occurred. I asked for a supervisor who told me that the callback standard...
  • Fed Register/Vol. 75, No. 116/Thu, June 17, 2010/ 34553 (10s of millions will lose empl insurance)

    11/07/2013 8:44:02 AM PST · by Chgogal · 17 replies
    US Government ^ | June 17, 2010 | US Treasury
    Top of Page 34,553 TABLE 3—ESTIMATES OF THE CUMULATIVE PERCENTAGE OF EMPLOYER PLANS RELINQUISHING THEIR GRANDFATHERED STATUS, 2011–2013 Bottom of Page 34,552 "Under this assumption, the Departments’ mid-range estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013. The low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large employer plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively."
  • Pelosi: Obama president of 'great vision'

    11/03/2013 2:44:26 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 3, 2013 | Mario Trujillo
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed Mitt Romney’s statement that President Obama’s second term is rotting away. Pelosi said she missed Romney’s appearance on “Meet the Press,” during which the former GOP presidential candidate said Obama’s broken promise that everyone who liked their healthcare plan could keep it has undermined Obama’s presidency. “I don’t even know why Romney was on that show myself,” she said in an interview on MSNBC. “I want to know what about the future —what about the future. But the fact is that President Obama is a president of great vision, of great...
  • Obamacare Lies - May I Have Another?

    11/03/2013 11:54:55 AM PST · by TenthAmendmentNetwork
    Seedless Wry ^ | 10/31/2013 | Marc Gindin
    President Barack Obama is portrayed as Dracula, former congressman Ron Paul plays the role of Professor Van Helsing, and Vice President Joe Biden appears as Renfield. The administration’s scary scandals are lampooned in classic horror fashion, including Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS’ targeting of political opponents, the government shutdown, and more!
  • Report: Obama administration knew millions wouldn't be able to keep insurance (he lied)

    10/28/2013 6:56:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
    Before the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, President Obama promised Americans they could keep their healthcare plan if they liked it. But already hundreds of thousands of citizens are receiving notification that their plans are being cancelled because they don't comply with the new law, and, according to NBC News, the Obama administration has known for at least three years the cancellations were coming. While campaigning for health care reform in 2009, Obama went out of his way to make one thing perfectly clear: if you like your current health care plan, you will be able to keep...
  • Repeal Obamacare and Fix Health Care This Way

    10/28/2013 9:05:27 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 9 replies
    Seedless Wry ^ | 10/27/2013 | Marc Gindin
    Mere weeks into the full rollout of Obamacare, the stench of its rot overwhelms. Americans, many of whom supported the Affordable Care Act, hold their noses as they read cancellation notices from their insurance companies and scramble to get new coverage. They grimace as crashes, and they lament the good old days before Obamacare when their policies better fit their needs and cost less to boot. Obamacare is not what most Americans signed up for. Obamacare is bad for America. So now what?
  • Update: My continuing Obamacare experience. Cut & paste from live chat

    10/24/2013 9:45:39 AM PDT · by VideoPaul · 12 replies
    10/24/2013 | Vanity
    A cut and paste of this morning's attempt to get to work. Original story is at: As promised, every day I spend one hour trying to get this working. My identity hasn't been verified, calling Experian to try to get help involves a reference number that the site won't give me, and no one can help. Notice starting at 11:20:37 he is just cutting and pasting the instructions he's been given and sending HIS instructions to ME. Note also at the end where he simply leaves the session rather than answer my questions. Great "LIVE HELP", guys. "We...
  • ObamaCare website conceals the fact that applicants have “no reasonable expectation of privacy”

    10/17/2013 11:12:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/17/13 | Doug Book
    The Weekly Standard has revealed yet another reason to mistrust the Affordable Care Act and the intentions of its authors. On October 1st, the website proudly announced that “Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Here.” What the site did NOT proudly announce is the following: “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any...
  • My experience trying to get rates from Obamacare

    10/16/2013 7:20:30 AM PDT · by VideoPaul · 39 replies
    10/16/2013 | Vanity
    Like everyone, I'm eventually going to need to see a doctor. Something is eventually going to go wrong with me and I'll need someone to fix it. My employer's health insurance rates go up every year. And our president has spent the last five and a half years promising affordable health care...and that insurance rates would go down if we'd just enact this sweeping change to the medical system in America. It was with these facts in mind that I decided to see what rates I could get from Mr. Obama's vaunted "affordable Care Act" and its online presence, "Healthcare...
  • Why ObamaCare Is Far More Costly for Those With Pre-existing Conditions and Catastrophic Illnesses

    10/11/2013 12:20:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Bloggers and Personal | 11 Oct 13 | Xzins
    We are being told that the affordable care act fixes great injustices of insurance by allowing those with pre-existing conditions and those with catastrophic illness to have coverage. In the past, they say, insurance companies would only provide such coverage at great expense or not at all. Not so. When we finally read the law that "no one knew until we passed it" we found out about IPAB, the Independent Payment and Advisory Board. Howard Dean, no friend of conservatives opposing the ACA recently was quoted about the IPAB: "One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The...
  • Credit scores impacting new Affordable Care Act

    10/08/2013 6:56:31 PM PDT · by moovova · 97 replies
    ClickOrlando/WKMG ^ | Louis Bolden
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Many people signing up for health care in Florida through the Affordable Care Act have been shocked when they have to give proof of their credit score before they finish the process. Anne Packham, one of many people licensed by the state to help people navigate the government's website, said on Tuesday that the credit check occurs so providers can make an educated decision about who to insure.

    10/06/2013 8:43:50 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 13 replies ^ | Oct. 4, 2013 | Rene Girard
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) officially launched nationwide on Tuesday Oct 1st, 2013. Since Wednesday there have been primarily negative reviews of the new Exchange system due to poor Marketplace performance. [see Forbes article] Unexpected hold times, website crashes and delays, as well as unexpectedly high monthly premiums have prompted public outrage and frustration. Therefore, as a licensed health insurance agent and fellow consumer, I would like to present a helpful list of options to those individuals who are attempting to purchase a new "Obamacare" plan at this time.
  • Obama can you hear me? lyrics need a tune

    10/02/2013 8:28:11 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 5 replies ^ | Sept. 30, 2013 | Rene Girard
    Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th President of the United States and is now seated in a position of power and privilege that few men have ever experienced. What must that be like - to go so quickly from obscurity to international fame? What affect would it have on one's sense of responsibility and sense of self? How heavy would the burden be to meet the needs and expectations of those who helped put you into power? How far does one become removed from the common man's conundrums, and yet how similar could the untold emotions range? ...