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  • Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby, your predictions?

    06/30/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT · by MNDude · 80 replies
    How does everyone think the SCOTUS is going to rule on Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, I predict they'll vote on behalf of ObamaCare against HL.
  • Hobby Lobby Wins, Religious Freedom Still At Risk

    06/30/2014 7:50:42 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 20 replies
    It’s been an interesting couple weeks at the Supreme Court. The Court term ends today, traditionally many case decisions are announced in June. The Obama administration has seen its position struck down by a unanimous Court 8 times. This includes cases involving the searching of smart phones and a law restricting speech outside of an abortion clinic. The Court has chipped away at government power, whether it’s Federal or state. (in government power cases the Federal government often provides a brief and argues their position) This court can hardly be called libertarian though, most of the cases have been narrowly...
  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    06/30/2014 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/30/2014 | MARK SHERMAN
    link only.
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (Hobby Lobby WINS!)

    06/30/2014 7:36:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 66 replies
    US Supreme Court ^ | 30 June 2014 | SCOTUS
    Held: As applied to closely held corporations, the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate RFRA. Pp. 16–49.
  • Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

    06/30/2014 7:22:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    NPR ^ | June 30, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    The Supreme Court has ruled that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit corporations can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans. The companies' owners had objected on the grounds of religious freedom. The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies...
  • BREAKING: Court Sides With Hobby Lobby

    06/30/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 30, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012. Justice Alito authored the majority opinion, and Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion.
  • The Coming Obamacare Shock for 170 Million Americans

    04/04/2014 1:42:41 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Yahoo/The Fiscal Times ^ | April 3, 2014 | Edward Morrissey
    Barack Obama declared victory this week as the deadline to avoid the penalty for the individual mandate to carry health insurance passed on Monday. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” the President insisted as he announced that 7.1 million people had enrolled in private insurance through Obamacare. “The debate over repealing this law is over.” Consider that presidential wish casting in a midterm cycle in which Democrats will have to constantly defend their support for the unpopular law. As Jimmy Fallon pointed out later the same evening, the numbers were neither impressive nor reliable. “It’s amazing what you...
  • Patients’ Costs Skyrocket; Specialists’ Incomes Soar (New York Times)

    01/19/2014 2:11:51 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 18, 2014 | Elisabeth Rosenthal
    Kim Little had not thought much about the tiny white spot on the side of her cheek until a physician’s assistant at her dermatologist’s office warned that it might be cancerous. He took a biopsy, returning 15 minutes later to confirm the diagnosis and schedule her for an outpatient procedure at the Arkansas Skin Cancer Center in Little Rock, 30 miles away. That was the prelude to a daylong medical odyssey several weeks later, through different private offices on the manicured campus at the Baptist Health Medical Center that involved a dermatologist, an anesthesiologist and an ophthalmologist who practices plastic...
  • White House reportedly delays ObamaCare equal coverage provision

    01/19/2014 6:39:19 AM PST · by tobyhill · 45 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/19/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration is reportedly delaying enforcement of another aspect of ObamaCare, one that prohibits employers from providing better health benefits to top executives than those being offered to regular employees. According to The New York Times, tax officials said they would not enforce the provision in 2014 as they had not yet issued the appropriate regulations. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, says employer-sponsored health plans must not discriminate “in favor of highly compensated individuals” with respect to either eligibility or benefits, and provides a tax break for employer-sponsored insurance, while demanding employers not provide better coverage...
  • Maryland considers abolishing its exchange, going federal

    12/18/2013 6:17:02 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 8 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 12/18/13 | David Freddoso
    Probably you’ve been hearing people whine that Republican governors have been sabotaging the law by using the federal exchange instead of spending a few hundred million dollars to develop and run their own. Maybe you won’t hear so much about that now...
  • Lack of Doctors May Worsen as Millions Join Medicaid Rolls

    11/28/2013 11:27:17 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2013 | Abby Goodnough
    SAN DIEGO — Dr. Ted Mazer is one of the few ear, nose and throat specialists in this region who treat low-income people on Medicaid, so many of his patients travel long distances to see him. But now, as California’s Medicaid program is preparing for a major expansion under President Obama’s health care law, Dr. Mazer says he cannot accept additional patients under the government insurance program for a simple reason: it does not pay enough.
  • CURL: The beginning of the end for Barack Obama

    11/17/2013 6:11:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/17/2013 | Joseph Curl
    Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama. In a...
  • House Passes Upton’s ‘If You Like It’ Obamacare Fix

    11/15/2013 10:48:38 AM PST · by tapatio · 181 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11/15/2013 | Emma Dumain
    The House easily passed Republican legislation on Friday allowing insurers to keep offering old insurance plans for another year in response to President Barack Obama’s broken “if you like it, you can keep it” promise.
  • Tearful Brain Cancer Patient Loses Health Plan Due to Obamacare

    11/15/2013 9:07:49 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 55 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | 11/14/2013 | WFTV
    Tearful Brain Cancer Patient Loses Health Plan Due to Obamacare - YouTube
  • Obama Continues to Lie While Delaying Individual Mandate

    11/14/2013 4:31:37 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 4 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    President Obama took to the podium today to address the myriad problems associated with the rollout of ObamaCare. As usual, he expressed outrage and sympathy while promising to fix the problems. The main problem is that Obama is lying through his teeth. The only thing he's upset about is that the forced movement of American citizens to government-run health care isn't going smoothly. He again lied about his constant lying to the public over whether one could keep their health insurance or their doctor if they liked them. He said, "The way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not...
  • Senate Democrats not fully satisfied with Obamacare fix

    11/14/2013 11:27:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/14/13 | BURGESS EVERETT, SEUNG MIN KIM and JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Some Senate Democrats aren’t fully satisfied with President Barack Obama’s proposed fix to the Affordable Care Act. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also said earlier on Thursday that House Democrats would move their own legislation to address problems with the law that would complement Obama’s solution. As they prepared for a private briefing from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Thursday afternoon, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) indicated that senators may seek legislative relief beyond the one-year extension Obama is offering for people whose health insurance has been cancelled. “We’re moving forward on the...
  • The White House’s Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess

    11/14/2013 10:51:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 125 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    [Big SNIP] Here's how Robert Laszewksi, an insurance consultant, put it in a note to clients earlier this morning: This means that the insurance companies have 32 days to reprogram their computer systems for policies, rates, and eligibility, send notices to the policyholders via US Mail, send a very complex letter that describes just what the differences are between specific policies and Obamacare compliant plans, ask the consumer for their decision — and give them a reasonable time to make that decision — and then enter those decisions back into their systems without creating massive billing, claim payment, and provider...
  • American Crossroads: "Obama Lied"

    11/14/2013 10:56:33 AM PST · by tapatio · 11 replies
    New ad by American Crossroad
  • Sexually suggestive ObamaCare ad called 'degrading' to women

    11/13/2013 10:58:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 103 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 13, 2013
    <p>A sexually suggestive advertising campaign in support of Colorado's health insurance exchange is taking heat, after the latest ad featured a woman boasting about her birth control while wondering how to get her man "between the covers."</p> <p>The ad, by ProgressNow Colorado and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, is being hammered as demeaning to women. It follows a prior ad from the same campaign featuring young men doing keg stands, under the banner "Got Insurance?"</p>
  • ObamaCare architect: It wasn’t supposed to be this way

    11/12/2013 10:43:53 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Erika Johnsen | November 12, 2013
    Former senior Obama healthcare adviser and bigtime ACA architect David Cutler maintains that ObamaCare is going to work, and indeed, that law is already reducing medical costs across the board (…yeah, no). He did point out on Fox News last night, however, that without more robust enrollment than we’re seeing now, costs are definitely going to start skyrocketing: “If the numbers aren’t there then the premiums and the exchanges will be very high because the people who will go through the most hoops to get that coverage are those to whom the costs are highest and their coverage is the...
  • The Five: CMAs Obamacare Parody Reflected ‘Real, True, Heart and Soul’ of America

    11/07/2013 3:10:00 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 13 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | November 7th, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Now that Obamacare jokes have become the norm on late night TV, it was a no brainer for the Country Music Awards to open last night’s show with a parody song from hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood called “Obamacare By Morning.” But that didn’t stop The Five’s Greg Gutfeld from commending the “rare” sight of “Obama mockery” on TV. Eric Bolling was equally impressed with the “hilarious” song, but noticed a bit of a divide in the reactions from those sitting in the live audience. “You could see the real, true Republican conservatives, heart and soul of the country,...
  • Obamacare woes frustrating Democrats' 2014 prospects

    11/02/2013 1:23:49 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | Richard Cowan
    The chaotic launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare law has Democrats in Congress increasingly anxious about its potential impact on them in the 2014 elections and scrambling to protect themselves if the program's problems persist. Particularly nervous is a group of 16 Senate Democrats who are defending their seats next year, as Republicans will seek a net gain of six seats to try to take over the 100-seat chamber.
  • “Virginia Will Write the Next Big Chapter in the Obamacare Story” By Clark S. Judge

    11/02/2013 3:45:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 1,2013 | Clark S. Judge
    Democrat Terry McAuliffe – a close ally of the president and super-wealthy Democratic Party fundraiser – is poised to be that bellwether candidate. He has loudly and repeatedly promised to march his state into a full-monty embrace of Obamacare. Meanwhile Republican Ken Cuccinelli is the nation’s most prominent state official opposing the massive law. He led state attorney generals in their anti-Obamacare lawsuits. There is also a Libertarian candidate in the race. But if he proves a spoiler, count on Democrats nationally to hold ranks. National Democrats will see the anti-Obamacare coalition as too fractured to be a viable threat...
  • White House: President didn't mislead on insurance promise

    10/29/2013 5:09:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Michael O'Brien, Political Reporter
    The White House argued Tuesday that President Barack Obama didn’t mislead the public when he repeatedly promised Americans “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” under the Affordable Care Act.Press secretary Jay Carney said the president’s declaration was still technically true even as almost two million Americans across the country are getting, or are about to get, letters canceling policies purchased on the individual market.“No, the president was clear about a basic fact,” Carney said Tuesday when asked directly whether Obama had misled Americans about the impact of his signature domestic achievement....
  • Aetna CEO: Why insurance will be costing more [Video; Minimum of 20% Increase!]

    10/29/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/29/13 | Ismaela Best
    he fact that many current health-care plans do not offer all the benefits required under Obamacare means that many premiums are likely to jump dramatically, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC. Bertolini, appearing on Tuesday's "Closing Bell," said that most Americans with current plans are below the 60 percent essential Affordable Care Act benefit requirement, and individual plan participants will have to pay a minimum of a 20 percent increase to upgrade, he said.
  • Millions losing health plans under Obamacare. Did president mislead?

    10/29/2013 2:32:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Peter Grier - CSM
    Despite President Obama’s assurances to the contrary, millions of Americans are discovering that they will not be able to keep their current health insurance when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect next year. Reports Tuesday from CBS and NBC News document this development. According to CBS, US insurance firms have sent health policy cancellation notices to more than 2 million people, with 800,000 in New Jersey alone. NBC estimates that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million Americans .. can expect a cancellation letter, .. Mr. Obama has long insisted .. Americans who like their current health plan...
  • Democrat on Obamacare: ‘We Will Own This Problem Forever.’

    10/28/2013 11:22:18 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 10-28-2013 | Jim Geraghty
    October 28, 2013 Democrat on Obamacare: ‘We Will Own This Problem Forever.’ Jim Geraghty Ron Fournier, of National Journal, formerly of the Associated Press: “Dem Party is F****d.” That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill. The body of the email contained a link to this Los Angeles Times story about Obamacare “sticker shock” . . . The Democratic consultant said none of this is news to him, but he wonders why Obama wasn’t honest with Americans. He predicted surprise and...
  • Rude Awakening: Californians 'Shocked' by Premium Increases, Dropped Coverage

    10/28/2013 11:41:04 AM PDT · by South40 · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Oct 28, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Barack Obama waltzed to victory in California last year, trampling Mitt Romney by 21 percentage points. For many middle class families in the Golden State, Obamacare's chicken are coming home to roost. A few weeks back, we highlighted some priceless quotes from Bay Area residents who are reassessing their views on the president's signature law. One man said he'd been "laughing" at Republicans...until his saw his new premiums. Another offered this pitch-perfect distillation of the tension between feel-good liberalism and economic reality: "Of course, I want people to have health care. I just didn't realize I would be the one...
  • Courts give green light to lawsuits which could finish ObamaCare

    10/26/2013 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/26/13 | Doug Book
    In finding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional, 5 justices of the Supreme Court literally ignored the statutory language of the law and the wishes of Congress. In fact, Chief Justice Roberts rewrote portions of the Act in order to bring its substance into line with his own politically motivated preferences. In May, the IRS also ignored the will of Congress as expressed in the ACA. The law specifically states that subsidies and tax credits provided to certain ObamaCare enrollees may be awarded ONLY by “a governmental agency or nonprofit entity [ObamaCare exchange] that is established by a state.”(My emphasis)...
  • Now we find out what’s in it: Obamacare’s taxpayer bailout for health insurers

    10/26/2013 9:06:48 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 12 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 10/26/13 | David Freddoso
    The short version? Obamacare contains a partial bailout for insurers with losses greater than 3 percent in any of the first three years...
  • CareFirst says 76,000 of its customers will lose plans because of Obamacare

    10/24/2013 6:55:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/24/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    One promise—affordability— smashed into millions more pieces this morning. As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama’s health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program’s loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans.While competition is intense in many populous regions, rural areas and small towns have far fewer carriers offering plans in the law’s online exchanges. Those places, many of them poor, are being asked to choose from some of the highest-priced plans in the 34 states where the federal government...
  • White House: Health care penalty deadline to be delayed by up to six weeks

    10/23/2013 5:19:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/23/2013 | Matthew DeLuca and Daniel Arkin
    Amid mounting criticism, the White House said Wednesday that it plans to soften the deadline for when Americans are required to purchase health insurance. The date by when Americans would be penalized for not having signed up for health insurance could be “slid” back by as much as six weeks, administration officials told NBC News. But it was not immediately clear Wednesday whether the adjustment to a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act would need to be approved by Congress or could be done by the Department of Health and Human Services administratively. As the law stands now, individuals are...
  • OBAMACARE OPERATOR FIRED AFTER TAKING CALL FROM HANNITY... DEVELOPING...

    10/24/2013 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 116 replies
    Drudgereport.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Drudgereport
    On live now with Sean Hannity. Developing.
  • Thousands Of Americans See Their Health Plans Canceled [link only]

    10/21/2013 8:32:19 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    Huffington Post [link only] | October 21, 2013
    link only: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/health-care-cancelled-obamacare_n_4138129.html
  • Bombshell: Federal judge suddenly green-lights lawsuit that could stop Obamacare in its tracks

    10/22/2013 1:08:14 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 125 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | DAVID MARTOSKO
    A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a case that could fatally cripple the Obamacare health insurance law. The Affordable Care Act forbids the federal government from enforcing the law in any state that opted out of setting up its own health care exchange, according to a group of small businesses whose lawsuit got a key hearing Monday in federal court. The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law, enforcing all of its provisions even in states where the federal government is operating the insurance marketplaces on the error-plagued Healthcare.gov website. Thirty-six states...
  • Baltimore Ravens receive $130,000 in taxpayer cash to promote Obamacare

    10/22/2013 3:00:35 PM PDT · by onyx · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are receiving $130,000 in public funds to promote Obamacare for a year, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch. In September, officials with Maryland Health Connection — Maryland’s Obamacare exchange — announced that the team had signed on to be a partner in the promotion efforts for President Obama’s signature health-care law. “Research shows that 71 percent of the uninsured population in Maryland have watched, attended or listened to a Ravens game in the past 12 months,” the Connection’s press announcement explained. “The partnership will provide Maryland Health Connection with the opportunity to...
  • Jumping Ship: How the pundit class turned on ObamaCare

    10/22/2013 4:08:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 22, 2013 | By Howard Kurtz
    Now that the president has lost the “Morning Joe” crowd, ObamaCare may be in even deeper political trouble than we thought. Mark Halperin, the “Game Change” coauthor and a regular on Joe’s show, called the rollout “unacceptable” and added that “the secrecy is unacceptable,” accusing the administration of withholding information about how many people have signed up. His fellow panelist, liberal commentator Mike Barnicle, ratcheted up from there: “They’re lying about it now,” he said. “They’re not depriving us of information, they are outright lying.” On “CBS This Morning,” the network’s political director, John Dickerson, calls the rollout “a total...
  • Heritage Chart Illustrates Higher Health Insurance Premiums After Obamacare

    10/17/2013 3:18:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 17, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. It prints out perfectly on one page. I will show it to you. Yep. I'll show it to you there on the Dittocam. That's what it looks like. What it does, is state by state it tells you what your health insurance premiums were before Obamacare and the exchanges, what they will be after (i.e., when you go there), and what percentage change it is for an adult age 27, an adult age 50, and a family of four. Now, I'm gonna show you this. If you look at the colors,...
  • Affordable Care Act driving some premiums up

    10/15/2013 8:27:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    ABC-7 San Francisco ^ | October 15, 2013 | By Michael Finney
    SAN FRANCISCO - One reason the Republicans are so adamantly against Obamacare, is that it's driving individual insurance premiums up. And with the law now kicking in, the bills are coming due. In looking into this, we talked to health insurance companies, and representatives of Covered California, agency implementing the Affordable Care Act in California. What they told us may be a bitter pill to swallow, for those who will pay more. Cynthia Jaynes thought her family would benefit from the Affordable Care Act. The author of several young adult books says her family will see a minimum 11 percent...
  • Daily Kos Blogger: Obamacare Will Double My Premiums

    10/15/2013 3:42:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    National Review ^ | October 15, 2013 | By Avik Roy
    Tirge Caps, a blogger at Daily Kos, says that in 2013, pre-Obamacare, he pays $150 a month for a health insurance plan from Kaiser. His wife pays $168. However, under Obamacare, their rates will nearly double, to $284 and $302, respectively: Read the comments section to see how Tirge’s compadres reacted to his situation.
  • Obamacare deductibles a dose of sticker shock (Chicago Trib)

    10/14/2013 7:12:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 13, 2013 | By Peter Frost
    Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner, considers himself better informed than most when it comes to the inner workings of health insurance. But even he wasn't prepared for the pocketbook hit he'll face next year under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If the 33-year-old single father wants the same level of coverage next year as what he has now with the same insurer and the same network of doctors and hospitals, his monthly premium of $233 will more than double. If he wants to keep his monthly payments in check, the Carpentersville resident is looking at an annual deductible for...
  • Former Obama aide: Health care roll out 'embarrassing'

    10/14/2013 1:02:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    USA Today | October 14, 2013 | by Aamer Madhani
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES.
  • Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax (Now Carrot for McConnell)

    10/14/2013 10:30:10 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 3/14/13 | Erika Johnsen
    As I mentioned yesterday, the medical device tax that went into effect last January is just one of the many insidious job-killing measures contained within ObamaCare, but it is an especially terrible one. The 2.3 percent excise tax is meant to raise a handsome $30 billion to pay for ObamaCare over the next decade, except that, added bonus: It’s going to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes. And this hasn’t just been a Republican refrain, by the way. Thursday night, the Senate voted overwhelmingly...
  • Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are

    10/14/2013 10:45:35 AM PDT · by boatbums · 64 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 10/14/2013 | Avik Roy
    A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.
  • The Obamacare implosion is worse than you think

    10/14/2013 8:52:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 103 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2013 | Marc Thiessen
    Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit Amazon.com every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
  • Grasping at Straws: WaPo Writer Claims Young People Starting to Sign Up for ObamaCare

    10/12/2013 7:46:50 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 12, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    If Washington Post writer, Sarah Kliff, of the WonkBlog had been the music director aboard the Titanic, the last tune played on the deck of the sinking ship would probably have been Happy Days Are Here Again. I make that claim because Ms Kliff has taken upon herself the role as pollyannish cheerleader for the "train wreck" known as ObamaCare. In her latest desperate search for a nonexistent silver lining, Kliff has conjured up what she imagines to be an indication that young people might, could be, maybe, possibly are interested in signing up for ObamaCare. Here is Kliff imagining...
  • Millions are Losing Their Health Insurance

    10/12/2013 4:33:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    "If you like your health insurance you can keep it," Barack Obama promised the voters on many occasions. About 20,000 part-time employees of Home Depot recently found out how false that promise is. The company announced that it is ending its health insurance coverage for its employees and sending them to the new health insurance exchanges. They will be joined by employees of McDonald's, Disney, CVS Caremark, Staples, Blockbuster, and many others. A lot of these employers have mini med plans with limited coverage. McDonald's, for example, has a plan that limits health insurance benefit to $2,000 but gives employees...
  • Thousands of doctors fired by United HealthCare

    10/11/2013 7:34:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    WTNH-TV ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jocelyn Maminta
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- In the midst of major changes in health care, United HealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients. It's a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare. A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time. Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it's still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the website's first week..

    10/10/2013 1:59:33 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 161 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 10, 2013 | David Martosko
    Obamacare's main signup engine attracted just 6,200 new customers on its launch day and 51,000 after the first weekAt the same rate, the 6-month open enrollment period would sign up just 2 million Americans, including 14 states and D.C., which have their own insurance exchangesThe Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare needs at least 7 million customers to stay afloat financiallyNumerous Obama administration officials have denied seeing any enrollment figures at allMailOnline's sources are two Health and Human Services workers who have access to the data as it's crunchedTexas congressman says anemic national enrollment numbers are 'roughly the population of...
  • Report: Only 5 Iowans Have Signed Up for Obamacare

    10/10/2013 12:20:55 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/10/13 | Daniel Halper
    A local Iowa affiliate reports that it could confirm only 5 people in that state have signed up for Obamacare: The "system doesn't seem to be working for most who log-on," says the local reporter. "We tried multiple times on Wednesday to see how long it would take to set up an account to try to shop the rates from the plans. Each time we logged in, within 5 minutes, the system was down." "Also today, the insurance division office in Des Moines told us, 'We cannot say for sure if anyone has successfully signed up through the healthcare.gov website,"...