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  • OY VEY: Obamacare Causes Spike in Small Group Premiums, Colorado’s Increase 29%

    04/09/2014 9:05:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | April 8, 2014
    News about the disastrous implementation of Obamacare has become so widespread that, to be honest, we’re having a hard time keeping up with all of it. We’ve written extensively about the canceled plans that failed to meet Obamacare coverage requirements, and we’ve written about how Sen. Mark Udall tried to cover it all up. Now, we’re seeing reports that if you weren’t one of the unlucky souls whose small group plan was cancelled because of Obamacare, your premiums have likely increased by 29 percent instead. Colorado is among the top ten states seeing the biggest increases in health insurance premiums...
  • GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate (GOP embracing Deathcare)

    04/06/2014 10:48:59 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 33 replies
    APMyway ^ | 4-6-14 | DAVID ESPO
    Lead story on Drudge The uniparty at work!
  • ObamaCare makes it more difficult to buy insurance year-round

    04/04/2014 4:17:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 04, 2014
    Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn't sign up during the government's open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it's already too late. With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for and the state marketplaces. They...
  • Massachusetts Health Connector website may not be completed by June

    02/27/2014 5:56:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Massachusetts Health Connector officials acknowledged on Thursday that the state’s health exchange website may not be fully functional by June – the date by which approximately 200,000 state-subsidized health insurance plans will expire. All of those individuals will have to move to new plans, which are approved under the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, by June 30. But they may or may not be able to use the state website to enroll in those plans. “We’re about to hit March. June 30 is not very far away,” Sarah Iselin, a special assistant to Gov. Deval Patrick overseeing fixes to...
  • Too old to get lifesaving drugs: Anger at plan to deny treatment if you've had a 'fair innings'

    02/17/2014 4:39:10 PM PST · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 Feb 2014 | JENNY HOPE and DANIEL MARTIN
    Patients who have had a ‘fair innings’ could be denied life-saving drugs under proposed health reforms. The plans would mean experts taking into account whether there is a ‘wider societal benefit’ to giving a patient crucial medicines. The NHS rationing body, Nice, fears the Department of Health proposals could see younger people deemed a higher priority for drug treatments because they have more years ahead of them – potentially contributing more to the economy – than the elderly. Doctors, MPs and campaigners last night condemned the plans as ‘barking mad’. The move will also fuel fears that the elderly are...
  • Doctors Abandoning Private Practice in Droves to Work at Hospitals

    02/16/2014 7:03:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/15/2013 | Rick Moran
    Doctors are leaving private practice to become employees of hospitals, according to this story in the New York Times. The decline in private practice physicians actually began a few years ago when changes to Medicare forced many physicians who practiced individually or in small group offices to make the move to a salaried position in a hospital.But there is no doubt that Obamacare has exacerbated the problem. The onerous recordkeeping is one big reason why private practice physicians are becoming extinct. Private physicians can’t afford the extra employees to meet the demands of Obamacare paperwork.Dr, Paul Hsieh explained in a...
  • Obama: 'Going to Look Back' in 5 or 10 Years, Say ACA 'Was a Monumental Achievement'

    02/15/2014 1:53:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 72 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/15/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - President Obama told House Democrats on Friday that the health care law they passed without a single Republican vote in 2010 will prove itself -- five or ten years from now. "And I just want to say, thank you for all of you hanging in there tough on an issue that I think 10 years from now, five years from now, we're going to look back and say this was a monumental achievement that could not have happened had it not been for this caucus." House Democrats face midterm elections, not in five or ten years, but in...
  • Facing 50,000-application backlog, insurance marketplace chief breaks down in tears

    02/13/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by shineon · 48 replies
    The head of the state’s beleaguered health insurance marketplace, which was once a national model, broke down in tears Thursday, as she described how demoralizing it has been for her staff to struggle with a broken website that has left an unknown number of people without coverage.
  • KY Woman Confronts Barack Obama About Losing Her Plan & Her Son’s Doctor

    02/02/2014 1:58:14 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 2,2014 | Jim Hoft
    This was brutal. During a Friday Google+ Q&A session broadcast on YouTube, President Barack Obama was confronted by a Kentucky mother who says she lost her health care plan and her son’s medical specialist due to Obamacare. “I’m probably not the only one whose had really a panicked experience lately trying to figure out if my 10-year-old son can continue with his specialist or not. I know that I can’t keep my plan — which I liked — but as I’m trying to figure out what to do going forward, I’ve spent weeks with days on the phone getting confidently...
  • I Will Not Implement, Comply . . . (MD letter to Aetna)

    02/02/2014 2:48:14 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 38 replies
    Kris Held MD wordpress ^ | January 30, 2014 | Kris Held MD
    Dear Mr. Bertolini, With a deep sense of sadness, I must inform you that I will no longer serve as a physician for Aetna patients under the terms of our contractual agreement, which you most recently unilaterally changed. I have been privileged and honored to care for thousands of patients covered by Aetna policies since the 1990’s. I have devoted my life to providing the very best, state-of-the-art care to these individuals. We have formed a patient-doctor relationship, which I hope many will chose to continue in spite of my severing ties with Aetna. You see, health insurance has evolved...
  • Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers [MSM can't hide truth any longer]

    12/23/2013 4:53:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 23, 2013 | CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer
    "...Increasingly, experts in health insurance are becoming concerned that many of these first-time buyers will be in for a shock when they get medical care next year and discover they're on the hook for most of the initial cost.... ...Hospitals are worried that those who rack up uncovered medical bills next year won't be able to pay them, perpetuating one of the problems the new health care system is supposed to solve..... ..."The real big surprise was how much out-of-pocket would be required for our family," said David Winebrenner, 46, a financial adviser in Lebanon, Ky., whose deductible topped $12,000...
  • October 26, 2011: Who Coined 'Obamacare'? (Free Republic mentioned)

    12/01/2013 7:29:09 PM PST · by South40 · 97 replies
    The ^ | October 26, 2011 | ELSPETH REEVE
    House Democrats are blocking their Republican colleagues from using Obamacare in letters mailed on the taxpayer's dime to voters, but who made up the term in the first place? Lots of people are asking this question, getting answers like "Certainly a republican, potentially Glenn Beck" and "I am about 80% sure it was Rush Limbaugh" and "Hillary Clinton's campaign coined Obamacare." Iowa Rep. Steve King claimed President Obama himself made it up. Free Republic posters want to claim credit. Lots of liberals suspect an insidious plot by Fox News. But the answer appears to be: a lobbyist.
  • Video: Ohio company cancels insurance coverage for 1,000 employees

    11/21/2013 12:30:11 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November21,2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    If PSC drops its health insurance, the company would face a penalty of $2000 per employee under the Affordable Care Act. But for some companies, that penalty may actually be a big savings, says Tom Sutton, a NewsChannel 5 political analyst and chair of political science at Baldwin Wallace University. That’s because companies pay up to $7,000 for individual coverage and up to $20,000 for family coverage. Compared to the $2,000 penalty? “You’re going to save a lot of money,” Sutton says. And that’s not all. Sutton adds, “The Obama Administration has postponed the employer mandate penalty until 2015.” That...
  • We Must Repeal Obamacare to make Society much more Humane

    11/18/2013 6:37:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/18/13 | Peter Ferrara
    [Obama supporter] Alan Blinder...purports to tell us..Obamacare is still worth it. "America cannot be a humane society if we leave 15% of our population uninsured...." I agree....But in context, his quoted statement above could not be more silly.... Alan, is Princeton so intellectually corrupt these days that no one there has noticed that the effect of Obamacare so far has been to INCREASE the number of uninsured by millions and millions of Americans?
  • George Will: "Someone Has To Tell Obama It's Not Clever To Be Seen Trying To Be Clever" (video)

    11/05/2013 5:04:01 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 16 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Nov 5, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    GEORGE WILL: Someone has to tell the president it's not clever to be seen trying to be clever. In all the prevarications and the equivocations of politics, one tries to be economical in the use of the word lie. That's why Churchill once said an opponent was guilty of terminological inexactitude. Well, it's hard to avoid the feeling that even if the president really didn't know on September 26th what was going to happen on the first of October, now he knows what he actually said then, and he's not telling the truth about what he said then. In the...
  • In Virginia, Obamacare Central to Cuccinelli's Closing Argument (OBAMACARE POISON)

    11/04/2013 11:14:06 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 29 replies
    WeeklyStandard.Com via Drudge ^ | 2:37 PM, Nov 4, 2013 | By MICHAEL WARREN
    Neither Obama nor Biden mentioned Obamacare in their speeches. Warrenton, Va. Ken Cuccinelli may have finally found a winning message in his bid for governor of Virginia, and not a moment too soon. With just a day before Virginians head to the polls, Cuccinelli spent Monday morning targeting his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe and other national Democrats for their support for Obamacare. “I say to Virginia, let’s send them a message and say no tomorrow to Obamacare,” Cuccinelli said to loud applause
  • Officials (Husseincare war room) worried consumers would be unhappy with Obamacare choices

    11/04/2013 2:29:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/04/13 | Justin Sink
    Administration officials were concerned that once users were able to view the available policies for purchase on, they could be disappointed with the cost and options available. The concerns were expressed in meeting notes from the ObamaCare "war room" obtained by CNN. "In some cases, there will be fewer options than would be desired to promote consumer choice and an ideal shopping experience," the meeting notes read. "Additionally, in some cases there will be relatively high cost plans." The discussion last week among officials at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight appeared to reveal a behind-the-scenes concern...
  • Health care plans ending for 26K New Mexicans

    11/03/2013 4:10:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    AP via Miami Herald ^ | Saturday, 11.02.13 | BARRY MASSEY
    <p>Nearly 26,000 New Mexicans are having health plans terminated at the end of the year because the insurance policies fail to provide expanded benefits and other coverage mandated by a federal health care law, according to insurance industry officials.</p> <p>State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini estimates most of those individual policyholders will pay an average of 35 percent more for new coverage, but will have plans with more health care benefits.</p>
  • The Best Hospitals Are Opting Out of Obamacare

    11/01/2013 4:14:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-1-13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Most of the talk about the Affordable Care Act has focused on website glitches and skyrocketing premiums but there are other issues looming on the horizon for the healthcare overhaul. Hospital coverage. If consumers expect to have (or continue to have) access to the best medical services at the nations top hospitals, they are in for a rude awakening. "Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare." Because the ACA caps premiums, insurers will be have to offer less money to the nations best doctors and hospitals. In return, the hospitals...
  • 11 people who seemed shocked - shocked to hear about obamacare penalties this week

    10/03/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT · by erikm88 · 60 replies
    Twitchy/Twitter ^ | 10/3/2013 | Twitchy
    Read and weep for our country... 11 people who seemed shocked - shocked to hear about obamacare penalties this week
  • Thanks Obama for Nasty Increases in Healthcare Premiums

    10/02/2013 1:42:01 PM PDT · by sr4402 · 27 replies
    Vanity | 10/2/2013 | Self
    Thanks to Obama and the Democrats (read Socialists) my cancer insurance is up 340% and the older I get, it will go up each year (was a fixed amount for everyone regardless of age before). My families healthcare premium went up 37%, but that's not the worst of it. Rather than having co-payments, now I have a deductible of $1901 before I see a dime of benefits. Thanks Obama for screwing my family over. We will let your, so called, Democratic Party (IE Socialist) exactly how we feel at the ballot box and every blog we know.
  • Video: Reid explains why he won’t move a bill for NIH to give kids cancer treatment

    10/02/2013 12:30:09 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 12 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | David Freddoso
    In this clip, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., gets a taste of the same medicine Democrats have been dishing out in the Obamacare debate for years. Why, he is asked by CNN’s Dana Bash, will he not go forward if the House passes a bill restoring NIH funding so that about three dozen kids with cancer can get treatment right away? Reid, looking a bit flummoxed, personally attacks Bash’s intelligence for asking the question...Speaking of the House, Reid asks, “What right do they have to pick and choose what part of government’s going to be funded?” There is actually...
  • The Audacity of Hopelessness

    09/27/2013 6:31:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | September 27, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Perhaps Obama was onto something when, as a young author, he zeroed in on the term "audacity" to (subconsciously) telegraph his ambitious designs to fundamentally transform our beloved America. What word could describe better than audacity Obama's refusal to accept responsibility for his dreadful policies; his standing before the American people -- even today -- in the face of the avalanche of evidence proving how terrible Obamacare is and continuing to lie about what it will do; his persistence in mislabeling his unaffordable monstrosity "the Affordable Care Act;" his failure to address the legitimate, undeniable complaints about Obamacare and his...
  • Obamacare: One blow after another

    09/24/2013 7:57:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    politico ^ | 9/23/13 | JENNIFER HABERKORN and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    The Obamacare that consumers will finally be able to sign up for next week is a long way from the health plan President Barack Obama first pitched to the nation. Millions of low-income Americans won’t receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won’t get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won’t need to provide insurance for another year. Far more states than expected won’t run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing number of workers won’t get to keep their employer-provided coverage.
  • Sarah Palin tells GOP to 'woman up' and fight Obamacare [Media Hatemongering on Sarah]

    09/23/2013 1:41:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | 9/23/13 | By GABRIELLE LEVY
    Even most Republicans, in their candid moments, admit that the Affordable Care Act won't be defunded. But for former Vice Presidential Nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that's not good enough. "We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way [Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee] have rallied the grassroots to their cause," Palin writes, in an op-ed penned for the conservative website Breitbart. "But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless." "But the permanent political class is...
  • Republicans show rare display of unity after Obamacare vote

    09/21/2013 6:09:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/20/13 | Alex Pappas
    Paul Ryan, the wonky Wisconsin GOP congressman, was standing next to Michelle Bachmann, the folksy Minnesota Republican. ... As Boehner and the rest of the House leadership entered the room after Friday’s vote, the Republican members of Congress in attendance let out a hurrah of support. “Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: the American people don’t want the government shut down,” Boehner said. “And they don’t want Obamacare.” Added Boehner, as the conference roared in applause: “The House has listened to the American people. Now it’s time for the United States Senate listen to them as...
  • Our Moment Has Arrived: All Hands On Deck to Slay Obamacare

    09/20/2013 12:02:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | September 20, 2013 | Mark Davis
    A riveting day has dawned. House Speaker John Boehner, long criticized for inconsistent conservative passion, is actually allowing members to vote on a budget bill that ties continued government operations to a defunding of Obamacare. This would be the strategy Ted Cruz and his allies have been offering for weeks, earning them harsh criticism from Democrats and timid Republicans alike. The House, run by Republicans, will pass the measure. The Senate, run by Democrats, will not. No matter what those votes might be, a presidential veto pen stands ready to kill the whole idea of a bill that funds...
  • Sebelius In Florida Promoting Affordable Care Act [Miami Media Drools For Obamacare]

    09/18/2013 2:22:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in the Sunshine State to continue trying to inform people about the Affordable Care Act,which launches October 1. “It is particularly difficult in some states where there is a lot of misinformation being circulated on a regular basis so we have a double challenge in states like Florida,” said Sebelius during a visit to Miami-Dade College.
  • Doctors, doctors everywhere, but not a one to see you (under Obamacare exchange coverage)

    09/15/2013 2:46:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 15, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Death Panels by a thousand cuts. No one could have seen this coming, no one. From the L.A. Times, that hotbed of right-wing scare-tactics, Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market: The doctor can’t see you now. Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. To hold down premiums, major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state’s new health insurance market opening Oct. 1. New data reveal the extent of those cuts in California, a crucial test bed...
  • Sarah Palin's Latest [Obama and His Stooges Attacks Her--Fundraising Letter]

    08/30/2013 2:27:05 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    email from OFA | 8/30/13 | jon carson, obama's stooge
    [Dear xx,] This is the last thing I wanted to talk about before Labor Day weekend, but you gotta hear this: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin just joined the "Defund Obamacare" movement -- a group of people, including 80 members of Congress, who are willing to sabotage the economy because they don't like Obamacare. This is the kind of reckless nonsense President Obama is up against in trying to pass a smart budget that actually grows the economy for the middle class. OFA is here to fight back -- because when it comes down to it, I doubt the American...
  • The Obamacare Train Wreck

    08/14/2013 9:57:52 AM PDT · by National Review · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | August 14, 2013 | National Review
    Implementation hits hurdle after hurdle — let us count the ways. By Andrew Stiles The White House plans to delay yet another provision of Obamacare, the New York Times revealed on Monday, in what was described as “another setback for President Obama’s health-care initiative.” Indeed, it seems that every week the administration offers up a new example of the implementation “train wreck” of which Obamacare architect Max Baucus (D., Mont.), among others, has warned. Here are nine examples of how Obamacare implementation hasn’t gone according to plan:
  • Government shutdown won't shut Obamacare: Report

    08/05/2013 8:52:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08/05/2013 | Jennifer Liberto
    <p>Obamacare would keep running even in a government shutdown, a new congressional report suggests.</p> <p>The new health care law draws funding from sources that are not subject to the congressional budget process, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. Also, the revenue collected under Obamacare is considered to be part of a category that ensures the "safety of human life or the protection of property," which makes it immune to government shutdowns, the report said.</p>
  • Poor attendance at Obamacare event in Virginia

    08/05/2013 2:51:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    politico ^ | 8.4.13 | KYLE CHENEY
    A race to define Obamacare to the masses began today between the stacks at the Centreville Library... Just one volunteer stayed to help work the phone bank for the health law, and the event’s organizer bolted after 20 minutes — although he was bound for another Obamacare event, a house party. The poor turnout here in Centreville wasn’t necessarily indicative of what’s happening across the country at other OFA events Sunday afternoon and evening, which coincide with President Barack Obama’s birthday.
  • NSA Metadata — A Doctor’s Perspective

    07/29/2013 10:02:06 PM PDT · by LTC.Ret · 7 replies ^ | Monday, July 29th, 2013 @ 4:44PM | Pamela Lee Barlow, DVM
    We must be forever vigilant in protecting and defending our Country — because one mistake, one terrorist attack that we don’t prevent, can cost untold lives and suffering. That said, we must also do the smart and Constitutional thing, and not just everything we can think of, and get away with, with terrorism as the excuse. With that in mind, lets look at this from a medical perspective: Let’s say you’re healthy overall but you develop a cough, it’s lasted for a month, and it seems to be getting worse. It might just be allergies, or bronchitis, or pneumonia, or...
  • 13,000 patients died needlessly at 14 of the worst NHS trusts

    07/13/2013 6:43:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 13, 2013 | Laura Donnelly and Patrick Sawer
    The NHS’s medical director will spell out the failings of 14 trusts in England, which between them have been responsible for up to 13,000 “excess deaths” since 2005. Prof Sir Bruce Keogh will describe how each hospital let its patients down badly through poor care, medical errors and failures of management, and will show that the scandal of Stafford Hospital, where up to 1,200 patients died needlessly, was not a one-off.  Show that the warning signs were there for managers and ministers to see, including alarming levels of infections, patients suffering from neglect and appalling blunders such as surgery performed...
  • President Obama takes health pitch to California after rate row

    06/07/2013 6:28:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/7/13 | Caroline Humer and Deena Beasley
    President Barack Obama will tell Americans they are getting a good deal out of healthcare reform during a trip to California on Friday, where an argument is raging over whether it is living up to its name as the Affordable Care Act. Support for the reform in California, the nation's most populous state, is seen as crucial to the success of Obama's signature domestic policy when millions of uninsured Americans are able to choose health plans beginning on Oct. 1.
  • Think ObamaCare Is Unpopular Now? Wait Until Next Year

    06/07/2013 4:16:15 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/06/2013 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: Months before ObamaCare takes full effect, its popularity has hit an all-time low. And that's before the public experiences firsthand the many ill effects it will impose on the nation's health care system. Shortly before Democrats rammed ObamaCare through Congress, President Obama's pollster, Joel Benenson, wrote in the Washington Post that "once reform passes, the tangible benefits Americans will realize will trump the fear-mongering rhetoric opponents are stoking today." Not quite.
  • Daniel Kessler: The Coming ObamaCare Shock Millions of Americans

    04/30/2013 4:32:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-30-13 | daniel kessler
    Start with people who have individual and small-group health insurance. These policies are most affected by ObamaCare's community-rating regulations, which require insurers to accept everyone but limit or ban them from varying premiums based on age or health. The law also mandates "essential" benefits that are far more generous than those currently offered. According to consultants from Oliver Wyman (who wrote on the issue in the January issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries), around six million of the 19 million people with individual health policies are going to have to pay more—and this even after...
  • Lawsuit over health care tax could kill ‘Obamacare’ [Wishful Thinking?]

    04/01/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/31/13 | Valerie Richardson
    “Obamacare” looks increasingly inevitable, but one lawsuit making its way through the court system could pull the plug on the sweeping federal health care law. A challenge filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because the bill originated in the Senate, not the House. Under the Origination Clause of the Constitution, all bills raising revenue must begin in the House.
  • The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal 'Obamacare'

    03/28/2013 6:10:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    National Journal ^ | 3/28/13 | Chris Frates
    A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obama’s health care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Republican leader’s office to gauge his reaction. McConnell was clearly disappointed, and for good reason. For many conservatives, the decision was the death knell in a three-year fight to defeat reforms that epitomized everything they thought was wrong with Obama’s governing philosophy. But where some saw finality, McConnell saw opportunity — and still does. Sitting at his desk a stone’s throw from the Senate chamber, McConnell turned to the aide and,...
  • Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent

    03/27/2013 7:47:53 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 13 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. What does that mean for you? It could increase premiums for at least some Americans. If you are uninsured, or you buy your policy directly from an insurance company, you should pay attention.
  • Study: Health law will raise claim costs in Washington (state)

    03/26/2013 2:33:56 PM PDT · by llevrok · 16 replies
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A study by the Society of Actuaries estimates that the new federal health care law will raise medical claims costs in Washington state by an average of 13.7 percent per person. Medical claims costs are the main driver of health insurance premiums. The study estimates that President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will raise claims costs nationally by an average of 32 percent per person in the individual health insurance market by 2017. That's partly due to sicker people joining the pool. The study finds wide disparities among states, and it did not make similar estimates for...
  • Disaster for Dems ObamaCare & the 2014 vote

    03/25/2013 5:36:50 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 24 March 13 | Betsy McCaughey
    Democrats hope to retake the House of Representatives in next year’s elections. They won’t — and they’ll have themselves to blame, because 2014 is when ObamaCare kicks in. With a vengeance.
  • IRS: Obamacare doesn’t require you [employers] to offer ‘affordable’ family coverage

    02/12/2013 9:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Human Resources Bernefits Alert ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jared Bilski
    After a barrage of guidance, the IRS finally published its proposed regs on the Affordable Care Act’s “Employer Shared Responsibility” provision, along with a practical Q&A with real-life examples for employers. Here’s help making sense of it all. At this point, virtually every organization knows that all “large” employers — those with 50 or more full-time employees — must provide all full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) with health insurance or pay a “shared-responsibility” penalty. Obamacare considers individuals who work at least 30 hours each week to be an FTE, However, many employers will be surprised by at least one clarification the...
  • Wheels coming off... ObamaCare policies will cost more, cover far fewer than promised

    02/11/2013 1:22:11 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2013 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable. Start with the IRS’s new estimate for what the cheapest family plan will cost by 2016: $20,000 a year to cover two adults and three kids. And that will only cover 60 percent of medical bills, so add hefty out-of-pocket costs, too. The next surprise is for parents who thought their kids would be covered by an employer. Sloppy wording in the law left that unclear until last week, when the IRS ruled that kids won’t be covered. Starting in 2014, the law will require employers with 50 or more...
  • The Coming Obamacare Recession

    02/10/2013 4:51:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/6/2013 | Brandon Crocker
    Actually, we already saw it last quarter and there’ll be no escaping it this year. To the shock of many, U.S. GDP shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012 by 0.1%. Immediately, however, economists and commentators flooded the media with reassuring explanations. Super Storm Sandy reduced economic activity in the areas it ravaged; worries about the fiscal cliff and sequestration dampened business spending and government defense spending; businesses let inventory levels dwindle. Even the Federal Reserve commented that the GDP drop was the result of “weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors.” All this is true, to some extent. But none...
  • The CBO quietly hikes the price tag on ObamaCare's insurance subsidies by 29%

    02/06/2013 4:28:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/05/2013 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare's insurance subsidies offered via the health law's exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO's new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That's an increase of nearly 29%. [snip] The CBO also expects 7 million...
  • Cancer screening delayed by Obamacare

    02/05/2013 1:42:49 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    MediBid ^ | 02/04/2013 | Constance Uribe, MD
    The federal government has once again driven a wedge between patients and physicians by creating its own criteria for the screening of these two prevalent malignancies. Instead of trying to improve on something that was working pretty well, Washington decided to scrap the idea because it did not fit the current agenda. Our own government is avoiding early diagnosis and treatment of these two known killers, turning a blind eye as these malignant terrorists invade our bodies. Only Washington could take something as straight forward as cancer screening and turn it into a complicated quagmire, and a deadly one at...
  • ObamaCare's Broken Promises: Every one of the law's main claims turning out to be false.

    02/01/2013 9:11:11 AM PST · by rhema · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/1/13 | DANIEL P. KESSLER
    As the federal government moves forward to implement President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to spend millions of dollars promoting the unpopular legislation. In the face of this publicity blitz, it is worth remembering that the law was originally sold largely on four grounds—all of which have become increasingly implausible. • Lower health-care costs. One key talking point for ObamaCare was that it would reduce the cost of insurance, especially for non-group insurance. The president, citing the work of several health-policy experts, claimed that improved care coordination, investments in information technology, and...
  • IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

    01/31/2013 2:43:47 PM PST · by rhema · 250 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Cover
    In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for family of five will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan. “The annual national...