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  • 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 / SFGate.com ^ | 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
    self
    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 Healthcare.gov 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 – healthcare.gov – 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
    burtprelutsky.com ^ | 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
    SFGate.com ^ | 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 Healthcare.gov Rollout (Obamacare)

    11/13/2013 6:32:28 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 76 replies
    http://www.c-span.org/ ^ | 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: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3079644/posts Update #1 is here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3083078/posts 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 HealthCare.gov 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 healthcare.gov to work. Original story is at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3079644/posts 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 Healthcare.gov 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.
  • TOP 10 OBAMACARE OPTIONS

    10/06/2013 8:43:50 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 13 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 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
    examiner.com ^ | 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? ...
  • America fundamentally transformed

    10/01/2013 10:17:11 AM PDT · by shoff · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/01/2013 | Steven Hoffman
    Today when you awoke from your nights slumber and the sun rose as expected it might seem like any other ordinary day. But today is fundamentally different than yesterday. Overnight you lost some freedoms that have been ours for over 237 years. As of today the Federal government will require, for the first time in history that you purchase something designed by bureaucrats, passed by Democrats and enforced by law.
  • Obamacare predictions put to test with Covered California video

    09/27/2013 6:43:56 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 10 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Sept. 27, 2013 | Rene Girard
    CNN aired a speech given by President Barack Obama where he poked fun at Fox News while challenging the people who watch that cable news channel to "go on the website, see what the prices are, see for yourself what the choices are, and make up their own minds ... I promise you if you go on the website and it turns out you're gonna save $100, $200, $300 per month on your insurance ... even if you didn't vote for me, I'll bet you sign up for that healthcare plan." Fox News is the #1 News Channel with a...
  • Obama: Obamacare Offers Health Insurance 'For Less Than Your Cell Phone Bill'

    09/23/2013 5:40:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Obama: Obamacare Offers Health Insurance 'For Less Than Your Cell Phone Bill' Jeryl Bier September 23, 2013 8:01 AM President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington Convention Center Saturday night. While extolling the benefits of Obamacare less than 10 days before the opening of the new health insurance marketplaces, the president said that "you can offer your family the security of health care ... for less than your cell phone bill." The president was referring to a tweeted claim made earlier this week by Health and Human Services...
  • Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

    09/19/2013 11:15:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 19, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again. On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyers filed the first viable petition for Supreme Court review involving Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS Mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-related insurance coverage, even if those employers have a religious objection to abortion. Section 1001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires all large employers to offer “preventive services” to their employees or face enormous financial penalties. With President Obama’s approval, Sebelius issued a regulation that defined preventive services to include access to birth control, including those that cause abortions after conception. The regulation...
  • Walgreens Drops Employee Health Insurance Coverage (180,000)

    09/18/2013 5:29:59 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 18 Sept 2013
    Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, reportedly will no longer offer health insurance coverage to about 180,000 employees at its approximately 8,000 US stores. Going forward, workers will need to buy coverage on so-called healthcare exchanges with an employer-provided subsidy. The company apparently attributed the major change to its benefits package to healthcare cost increases as well as Obamacare, according to the Wall Street Journal. Healthcare exchanges or marketplaces are supposed to be up in running as of October 1 under Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act. During an August 2009 town hall meeting, President Obama promised that “If you...
  • The Obamacare Police are here

    08/22/2013 5:30:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-22-13 | DrJohn
    I remember that Obama promised we could keep our plans, keep our doctors and that our premiums would drop 3000% but I don't remember Obama promising that he'd create a special and separate police force to make sure we obey. Obama is creating a new police force to hunt you down and make sure you are complying with the dictator's orders: More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare's passage include just two described as 'consumer safety' officers, but 86 tasked with 'criminal investigating' – indicating that the...
  • Gallup: Only 41% approve of ObamaCare

    08/22/2013 12:57:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:01 pm on August 22, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    And almost a third of respondents still say they’re unfamiliar with ObamaCare, even as we approach T-minus one month for the individual exchanges.  Among those familiar with the Affordable Care Act, though, a majority disapproves, according to Gallup’s latest poll: Less than two months before the health insurance exchanges open nationwide, more Americans disapprove (49%) than approve (41%) of the Affordable Care Act. An additional 11% have no opinion. As this landmark legislation enters the next phase in its implementation process, it remains divisive. With the exception of a bounce likely caused by President Barack Obama’s re-election in November 2012,...
  • University of Virginia Slashes Health Benefits Due to ObamaCare

    08/22/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/21/13 | John Nolte
    Citing ObamaCare as a reason, the the University of Virginia has announced that spouses of University employees who have access to health insurance through their own jobs will no longer be eligible for health insurance coverage. In its announcement, President Obama's healthcare plan is specifically mentioned by UVa as a reason for the rising costs that forced the university to drop working spouses. ObamaCare is expected to add $7 million to the university's health care costs. UVa was also a public supporter of ObamaCare: Working spouse provision: Starting Jan. 1, spouses who have access to coverage through their own employer...
  • UPS drops spousal coverage, teachers get hours cut due to ObamaCare

    08/21/2013 8:33:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/21/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Thanks to the delayed employer mandate in ObamaCare, we are now sixteen months away from enforcement of those statutes, even though they go into effect in four months. Are employers taking a break from ObamaCare prep? Not hardly. Today we have three new stories about how the perverse incentives of the ACA will impact workers, starting with UPS, which has just announced that it will stop offering health-care coverage to spouses — and explicitly cites ObamaCare as the reason (via Jim Geraghty and Jeryl Bier): United Parcel Service Inc. plans to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because...
  • Over 100K New Jersey Residents to Lose Their Affordable Health Plans under Obamacare

    08/19/2013 10:23:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 19, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    The latest casualty of Obamacare may be a low-cost New Jersey health-care policy. Though President Obama promised “if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period,” that will not be the case for approximately 106,000 New Jersey residents whose plans will disappear under the law.Known as the “basic and essential,” or B&E, health-care plans, the policy costs as little as a couple hundred dollars per month and is the choice of 71 percent of New Jersey residents on the individual insurance market. It provides minimum coverage for things such as doctor’s visits...
  • George F. Will / Obama the lawbreaker

    08/14/2013 9:50:14 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    Washington Post via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 15, 2013 | George F. Will
    Barack Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency. Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term, his pantry of excuses for failure is bare, his domestic agenda is nonexistent and his foreign policy of empty rhetorical deadlines and red lines is floundering. And at last week's news conference he offered inconvenience as a justification for illegality. Explaining his decision to unilaterally rewrite the Affordable Care Act, he said: "I didn't simply choose to" ignore the statutory requirement for beginning in 2014 the employer mandate to provide...
  • Businesses claim Obamacare has forced them to cut employee hours [Obama says it's not true]

    08/14/2013 10:34:01 AM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 13, 2013 | Lisa Myers and Carroll Ann Mears
    Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The White House dismisses such examples as "anecdotal." Jason Furman, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, said, “We are seeing no systematic evidence that the Affordable Care Act is having an adverse impact on job growth or the number of hours employees are working. … [S]ince the ACA became law, nearly 90 percent of the...
  • Insurers flee States which will not permit them to make a profit. ObamaCare supporters stunned

    08/11/2013 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/11/13 | Doug Book
    “Looks like Obamacare is more “on track” than “train wreck,” gloated the experts on Barack Obama’s Think Progress website as they reported the Master’s healthcare scheme was literally forcing America’s insurers to lower their premiums. (1) The glad tidings arose back in May after Oregon providers Providence Health Plan and Family Care Health requested premium rate reductions from the state-run ObamaCare exchange. (Actually, the state just gets to PAY for the exchange. It’s RUN by Kathleen Sebelius at HHS.) Naturally this was big news for Affordable Care Act fans. After all, what could be better than private insurers wanting permission...
  • Is Obamacare Stealing Your Benefits?

    08/06/2013 9:46:46 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 7 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-6-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet)—"Be careful what you wish for," goes the old saying. After all, you might just get it. Apparently, this choice advice was was forgotten by some major labor union leaders. These union bosses campaigned vigorously for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be passed by Congress into law. They did so despite warnings from those opposed to the ACA – commonly referred to as Obamacare - that the plan would be problematic. Nonetheless the chiefs of the ...
  • Perkins: Obamacare Is ‘Rare Strain of Flesh-Eating Bacteria’

    08/06/2013 4:33:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/2/2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Comparing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to a “flesh-eating bacteria, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the health care law should not be funded by Congress when it votes on a short-term budget after the summer recess. “Obamacare is not the typical political virus that we’re accustomed to that spreads from Washington, D.C., infecting the body politics,” Perkins said at a press conference Thursday at the Capitol for the launch of the “You Fund it, You Own It” campaign to stop the implementation of ACA. “This is a rare strain of flesh-eating bacteria that...
  • Congress to get Obamacare exemption: report

    08/02/2013 7:53:26 AM PDT · by illiac · 23 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 8/2/13 | Michael Kitchen
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- The White House has approved a deal that will exempt members of Congress and their staff from some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Politico reported late Thursday. Under the law, popularly referred to as Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides were required to source health insurance "created" by the law or offered through one of its exchanges, and without the subsidies they currently enjoy, the members of Congress would have faced thousands of dollars in additional premium payments each year, the report said.
  • What the [Un]affordable Care Act Has Already Accomplished

    07/29/2013 12:57:15 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 10 replies
    AAPS ^ | Jul 29, 2013 | Keith Smith, MD
    What the [Un]affordable Care Act Has Already Accomplished Keith Smith, MD What the [Un]affordable Care Act Has Already Accomplished Jul 29, 2013 By Keith Smith, MD http://www.SurgeryCenterOK.com Lest we get too excited about all of the bad news surrounding the unworkability of what I call the Unaffordable Care Act (UCA) or ObamaCare, we should remember that this law has already achieved much of what its architects intended—if you agree with me that the purpose if the law was to: line the pockets of certain connected cronies create an industry-wide consolidation in the insurance and hospital business inject mass chaos into...