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  • The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget

    05/23/2017 9:06:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 22, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help...
  • Jimmy Kimmel ‘Apologizes’ for Using Son’s Medical Crisis to Score Political Points

    05/09/2017 7:34:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | May 9, 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late-night show after a week-long absence Monday, where he used his monologue to update his audience on the health of his newborn son and confront those who criticized his widely-watched monologue on the subject during a broadcast last week. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host unloaded on Republican lawmakers in his first monologue back Monday, and called on Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La) to explain why “the vast majority of Republican politicians” are against Americans having health care coverage. But before that, Kimmel addressed the reaction he received after he made an emotional plea last week for...
  • #IAmAPreexistingCondition highlights health care fears

    05/08/2017 11:50:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2017 | Mary Brophy Marcus
    People with epilepsy, cancer, depression, diabetes, sexual assault survivors, disabled veterans and mothers and fathers with sick children are among those who've taken to social media using the hashtag #IAmAPreexistingCondition to voice their concerns about the Republican health care bill.More than 150,000 posts with the tag have flooded Twitter over the last day. They're responding to a vote in the House for a Republican health care bill that could put medical benefits out of reach for millions of Americans and, in particular, jeopardize future coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.To health insurance companies, pre-existing conditions include a wide array of different medical issues,...
  • Repeal Obamacare now

    04/21/2017 9:44:52 AM PDT · by Oklahoma · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | April 21, 2017 4:00 AM | Dan McLaughlin
    Repeal Obamacare now. Here's why it would work. House Republicans are reportedly ready to return any day now to health-insurance reform after the spectacular failure in late March of the American Health Care Act, the resoundingly unpopular bill to “replace” the long-unpopular and misnamed Affordable Care Act. This time, they need to deliver: After seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare root and branch, the party can’t go back to the voters with nothing more than a participation trophy. It won’t be easy, and it may be agonizingly slow, but the Democrats didn’t get Obamacare passed overnight: They spent 40...
  • Why is New York killing health insurance for my employees?

    04/15/2017 5:19:24 PM PDT · by TBP · 18 replies
    The New York Post ^ | t April 14, 2017 | Kevin Pickhardt
    The share of US companies that do not provide health insurance spiked this year, to nearly 55 percent. After next year, many New York firms may have to join them — or risk downsizing. Thanks to a 2012 state law, many mid-sized firms — those with between 51 and 100 insured employees — may have to drop their health plans, beginning in 2019. Wittingly or not, the state is pushing employers to purchase much more expensive and often less comprehensive insurance. Absent changes to the law, businesses and employees could collectively lose millions of dollars — and companies would have...
  • Obamacare Implosion Now? Since Obama (Illegally) Siphoned GSE Dividends To Prop Up ...

    04/02/2017 12:16:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | April 2, 2017
    Complete Headline: Obamacare Implosion Now? Since Obama Siphoned GSE Dividends To Prop Up, Can Trump Simply Halt 1st Qtr Sweep? Earlier this month, Harvard Ph.D. Jerome Corsi of InfoWars (@jerome_corsi) and a CPA "who worked for two years for a major U.S. accounting firm as an outside auditor for Freddie Mac," confirmed a 2012 scheme hatched by the Obama administration to funnel hundreds of billions in dividends from Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prop up the failing Obamacare program - by paying subsidies to insurers to remain in the system. [Snip] The conclusion reached by...
  • Simple No BS Health Insurance Reform, No frills Markets

    03/21/2017 6:18:12 PM PDT · by dila813 · 43 replies
    Today | Freepers
    How bout simple insurance? What is insurance? Insurance is protection against random events that exceed your ability to absorb the impact based on your current position, financial or otherwise. Insurance isn't health care. Insurance isn't a maintenance plan or payment plan. So why not have two types of insurance. 1. Insurance of a percentage of impact up to a certain maximum benefit. 2. Insurance of a maximum impact. Both Insurances could be purchased on the open market like life insurance. 1. Would work that after a low deductible would kick in a increasing scale coverage based on the total expense...
  • The Car Insurance Analogy That Puts Health Insurance Into Perspective

    03/15/2017 10:24:18 PM PDT · by TBP · 24 replies
    Glenn Beck Show ^ | March 15, 2017 | Glenn Beck and Friends
    Should you be able to drive without car insurance? Yes, in some states you can. If you have a major car wreck — without insurance — should you be able to call the insurance company from the crash site to buy it then and there? GLENN: Look, the best way to explain this — the best way to explain what’s happening to our insurance companies is this: Would anyone think it’s fair to say to an auto insurance company, I’m not going to buy any auto insurance unless I’m in a wreck. PAT: Uh-huh. GLENN: So when the police comes...
  • Where is the constitutional authority for government mandates in health insurance contracts?

    03/14/2017 8:36:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    March 14, 2017 | Jim Robinson
    I can understand a government case per the 16th amendment for a tax deduction (not a tax credit) extended to individuals and small business to offset the cost of health care premiums, however, I see no constitutional authority for the federal government to dictate to private insurance providers that they MUST cover preexisting conditions or that they MUST charge a 30% (or whatever) surcharge if a customer lets his policy lapse and then wants to sign up again later. Whether these are "good ideas" or not, where is the constitutional authority?
  • No Magic in How G.O.P. Plan Lowers Premiums: It Pushes Out Older People

    03/14/2017 12:41:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 March 2017 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    There are a lot of unpleasant numbers for Republicans in the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of their health care bill. But congressional leadership found one to cheer: The report says that the bill will eventually cut the average insurance premiums for people who buy their own insurance by 10 percent. House Speaker Paul Ryan pressed that point in a series of appearances Monday night, suggesting that the budget office had found that the House bill would increase choice and competition and lead to lower prices. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, issued a statement saying, “The Congressional Budget Office agrees...
  • Are You Really Worse Off if You 'Lose' Your Government-Selected Health Insurance?

    03/14/2017 11:10:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/14/2017 | Liz Sheld
    The CBO has released its estimated cost of the new GOP health care plan and the numbers are getting some bad spin from the usual suspects. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday projected that the number of people without health insurance would grow by 14 million in 2018 under the Republican ­ObamaCare replacement bill, with that number rising to 24 million in a decade. The Hill described the report as a "bombshell."The Washington Post called it "cruel."The New York Times said Republicans were anticipating an "almost certain to be a bleak accounting" of the plan.The implicit standard in...
  • New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

    03/10/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by tekrat · 45 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 3/10/2017 | BETH MOLE
    It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees of accuracy, the four-base code can reveal bits of your family’s past, explain some of your current traits and health, and may provide a glimpse into your future with possible conditions and health problems you could face. And that information doesn’t just apply to you but potentially your blood relatives, too.Most people would likely want to keep the results of genetic tests highly guarded—if they want their genetic code deciphered at all. But, as STAT reports, a new bill that is...
  • HOW TO PROVIDE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE USING THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK

    03/03/2017 7:19:57 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 49 replies
    Ann Coulter ^ | 3/01/2017 | Ann Coulter
    The first sentence of Congress' Obamacare repeal should read: "There shall be a free market in health insurance.” Right there, I've solved the health insurance crisis for 90 percent of Americans. Unfortunately, no one can imagine what a free market in health care looks like because we haven't had one for nearly a century. On NBC's "Meet the Press" this weekend, for example, Chuck Todd told Sen. Tom Cotton that his proposal to create affordable health care that would be widely available, "sounds good," but "do you understand why some people think that's an impossible promise to keep?” (The "do...
  • Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Q.

    02/15/2017 7:37:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    reason.com ^ | |Feb. 14, 2017 | Peter Suderman
    The tax agency has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law How much difference does a single line on a tax form make? For Obamacare's individual mandate, the answer might be quite a lot. Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement. The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a...
  • Why Obamacare's "20 Million Insured" Number Is Fake

    01/17/2017 9:12:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/17/2017 | Submitted by Genevieve Wood via DailySignal.com
    Liberals are notorious for caring about “groups” of people, but when it gets down to individual persons, not so much. You’re about to see this play out in spades as Democrats cry crocodile tears over the coming repeal of Obamacare.You hear it over and over again: “This will be catastrophic for the 20 million people who were previously uninsured but now have coverage! You can’t take away their health care!”First of all, no one is talking about doing that. Any repeal legislation will have a transition period for those who got coverage through Obamacare to move to new plans. And...
  • What Comes After Repeal? How to Fix American Health Care, Part 2

    01/16/2017 8:57:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 13, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Thursday, I laid out the case for why Obamacare should be repealed, instead of propped up and tinkered on by additional top-down, boardroom thinking. It’s clear that whatever replaces Obamacare must focus on quality and incremental local solutions, not one-size-fits-all government mandates.In this respect, the federal government’s biggest task for replacing Obamacare is to get out of the way and let state policymakers and health care providers innovate.First off, let’s get clear what Americans want: They’d like many choices of affordable health insurance plans that allow them to choose their doctors. They want to buy a plan when they are...
  • Repealing Obamacare Is Just the Start: How to Fix American Health Care, Part 1

    01/13/2017 12:28:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 12, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Obamacare, the left’s grand attempt to create a national government-run health care system, has failed. They promised lower health insurance premiums, but delivered higher ones. They promised more choice and competition, but delivered less. They promised continuity and better access to care, but delivered disruption and dislocation. Despite promises that people could keep their plans and doctors, thousands of Americans were forced into more expensive insurance with higher deductibles and plans that didn’t include their doctors. After spending billions in tax dollars, Obamacare managed to increase the number of people with health insurance by much less than predicted—with over 80...
  • True Catastrophic Health Insurance Options

    10/26/2016 10:05:12 AM PDT · by Degaston · 14 replies
    Ok folks, where can we find true catastrophic health insurance? I'm looking for a low cost option that will preferably have a 25K-30K deductible, do the traditional exclusions, and provide real protection in case some catastrophic health event occurs. Specifically I'm in the Republic of Texas, which might have to secede from the Union if this baloney doesn't change :( Oh yes it will not be "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) compliant. But with premiums rising through the roof that law is now essentially a 2.5% tax on anyone healthy by the year 2018. Can you say "Oh Bum No Care"?...
  • Obama on soaring health insurance premiums: ‘I had nothing to do with that’

    10/21/2016 10:45:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    ObamaCare has had a disastrous effect on the health insurance market in this country, and it takes a hell of a lot of nerve for this guy to stand there and say it couldn't possibly have anything to do with him Sure, it’s classic Obama deflection. He could probably smear dog crap on the bottom of your shoe and somehow make the case that it was all because of Republicans. He is that brazen. But it’s also a classic case of something Obama shares with many other liberals - the utter failure to understand that when the government messes around...
  • House Bill Protects Members of 17 Failed Obamacare CO-OPs from Uninsured Penalty

    10/09/2016 12:18:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 7, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The House of Representatives has passed a bill to protect more than 800,000 former members of 17 failed Obamacare CO-OPs from having to pay a penalty for being uninsured when they file their 2016 tax returns. The CO-OP Consumer Protection Act (H.R.954), which passed last week on a 258-165 vote, would “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt from the individual mandate certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded by the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program.” Some of the failed non-profit CO-OPs - which American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin called...