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  • This Liberty Mutual Commercial Teaches the Wrong Policy

    09/01/2015 4:54:04 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | 12/12/14 | Don Klein
    What We See: This commercial isnít for a car, but itís about something you see in a lot of car ads these days: parallel parking without much driver input. We open on an unremarkable young woman talking to us from someplace in lower Manhattan. Over her shoulder we can see the Statue of Liberty, whichóand itís not by ďaccidentĒólooks a lot like the Liberty Mutual logo. The woman explains that although there are many things young people do well, parallel parking isnít one of them. She then gives two options: ďEither take the bus or get Liberty Mutual insurance,Ē because...
  • Questions about COBRA

    08/04/2015 9:56:29 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 32 replies
    4 August, 2015 | Incredulous Joe
    Greetings Freeper Friends, I hope that someone might be able to help me out or guide me to a source where I might find answers. A few years back, at the height of the economic turmoil, I had to do something drastic; I changed my career of some 20-plus years from a graphic designer and art director to a nurse's aide. It was a big move down the economic ladder. I did this because of the lack of the stability in my field; I could no longer recruit new clients and, when I did work for folks, I could not...
  • More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

    07/27/2015 7:50:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-26-15 | Glenn Howatt
    The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance. In the past year, Minnesotaís main hospital and clinic groups filed nearly 9,000 lawsuits against people with large or long-standing medical debts ó a sharp increase since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of court records. Once a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States, medical debt was widely expected to decline as more Americans got health insurance following federal health reform. Instead, shifts in the insurance market are pushing more people...
  • Feds Seize Medical Records on 'Fishing Expedition' Investigations with No Subpoena from a Judge

    07/22/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20 2015 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    While focusing their resources and political energy on the NSAís mass collection of metadata, privacy advocates have neglected the most dangerous institutionalized violations of the Fourth Amendment: administrative subpoenas. Now a United States District Court judge in Texas has ruled for the Drug Enforcement Agency that an administrative subpoena may be used to search medical records. It was inevitable, given the march towards illegally nullifying the Fourth Amendment through use of these judge-less bureaucrat warrants authorized by Congress. Administrative subpoenas are issued unilaterally by government agencies -- meaning without approval by neutral judges -- and without probable cause stated under...
  • Population Health: The Insurance Cartelís Next Big Move in Dominating Medical Care

    07/22/2015 1:51:47 PM PDT · by Rona Badger · 3 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 22, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    ďPopulation HealthĒ is an Orwellian extension of UnitedHealthís plan to profit at the expense of the real health of the people. In our opinion, the term Population Health is a blatant attempt, supported by Obamacare and the current administration, to unilaterally alter the way in which medicine is practiced in the United States. Population Health has been around for years but itís still being defined today. Tom Sullivan, Executive Editor of HIMSS Media gives some clues in his post, ďWhat exactly is Ďpopulation health,í anyway?Ē but confirms that ďwhat has become eminently clear is that defining population health depends on...
  • The Art and Riches of Value-Based Care: A Malevolent New Medical Pseudoscience

    07/17/2015 9:35:15 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 14 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 17, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    Chasing bigger profits, the insurance cartel has now come full circle to embrace pseudoscience wholeheartedly. From deep inside the inner workings of the giant insurance companies comes the very antithesis of fact-based statistics and research: Value-Based Care. Though the concept has been brewing for more than a decade, itís now hitting the mainstream as the darling for determining how medicine and money will be dispensed. This impressive sounding term essentially justifies the biggest rip-off of all time. Many doctors and physician assistants interviewed by TAMMM staff tell us they whiz through these forms, often putting blanket NOs for answers which...
  • ObamaCare's Mandate Penalty Tax Brings In 40% Less Than Expected

    07/17/2015 4:21:40 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/16/2015 | John Merline
    The IRS reported this week that 6.6 million people paid the ObamaCare mandate penalty for not having insurance last year, which the administration says is 10% higher than they'd expected. This isn't exactly good news, given that the entire point of the mandate penalty tax is to encourage everyone to buy coverage. Even if it were, the number comes with two big caveats.
  • No more revolving door? Former head of Obamacare is now top insurance industry lobbyist

    07/16/2015 4:54:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/15/2015 | John Merline
    Where do you go after you've overseen the massively botched launch of the still unfinished ObamaCare website and were caught wildly exaggerating the number of people enrolled in ObamaCare plans? Why, you get a job as head of the insurance industry's top trade group, of course. Welcome to the revolving door ó Washington, D.C., style.
  • For Churches That Wonít Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

    07/14/2015 12:54:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | 07-08-2015 | David French
    In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the ďnightmare scenarioĒ: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are ó so far ó no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churchesí core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable. Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity ďsometimesĒ apply to churches and has stated that a ďchurch...
  • CHURCHES MAY BE LEFT ON THEIR OWN (INSURANCE)

    07/09/2015 2:59:44 PM PDT · by knarf · 23 replies
    national review ^ | July 9, 2015 | David French
    The general liability form does not provide any coverage for this type of situation, since there is no bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, or advertising injury. If a church is concerned about the possibility of a suit, we do offer Miscellaneous Legal Defense Coverage. This is not liability coverage, but rather expense reimbursement for defense costs. There is no coverage for any judgments against an insured.
  • Obamacare Guidelines: Insurance Must Cover ĎMammogram or Pap Smear for a Transgender Maní

    06/24/2015 10:18:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 24, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) Ė The Department of Health and Human Servicesí most recent guidelines explaining the ďpreventive servicesĒ mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actóor Obamacareósays health insurance plans must provide co-pay-free pap smears and mammograms to ďtransgender men.Ē As defined by the federal Office of Personnel Management: ďa person assigned the female sex at birth but who identifies as male is a transgender man.Ē The guidelines, written as a FAQ sheet, state: Q5: Can plans or issuers limit sex-specific recommended preventive services based on an individual's sex assigned at birth, gender identity or recorded gender? No. Whether a sex-specific...
  • Elephant Insurance to add 1,173 jobs at Henrico headquarters (Virginia)

    06/18/2015 4:51:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Danville Register-Bee ^ | June 9, 2015 | Randy Hallman, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Elephant Auto Insurance will add 1,173 jobs at its Henrico County headquarters and will invest $2 million to expand the operation. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion today in Cardiff, United Kingdom, where he met with officials from Elephant's parent company, U.K.-based Admiral Group PLD. Elephant which had 365 employees at its headquarters in March, was already in a growth mode. In January the company moved from a 32,000-square-foot office on Eastshore Drive in the Innsbrook Corporate Center to a 54,000-square-foot site in the Deep Run I office building at 9950 Mayland Drive.
  • ObamaCare Can't Account for Almost $3 Billion In Subsidy Payments

    06/18/2015 2:59:51 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2015 | Staff
    Fiscal Responsibility: Now we learn that the Obama administration doesn't know whether billions in subsidies it paid out to insurers were appropriate. Yeah, this law is working just great.
  • Latest Obamacare Ad Features Woman Who Claims the ACA Saved Her Life. Thereís Just One IssueÖ

    06/05/2015 7:01:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | june 5, 2015 | kara pendleton
    In a new ad for the Affordable Care Act,†a woman named Julie Adams explains how the ACA saved her life: ďIíll always remember how affordable health care saved my life,Ē said Julie Adams. ďIf Congress tries to take that away, Iíll remember that, too.Ē The Community Catalyst Action Fundwrote†about the ad, saying that†ďAmericans have not had enough opportunity to hear personal stories like JulieísĒ and claiming that†Julie†was able to catch her†cancer early because of the ACA. It went†on to state that for 20 years before the enactment of the benefits of ACA she lived in fear getting sick and didnít...
  • House bill would require gun owners to have liability insurance

    05/29/2015 12:47:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would require gun owners to carry liability insurance. The Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled Friday, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, and would impose a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, however, would be exempt from the requirement. ďWe require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns," Maloney said in a statement. "The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25...
  • As ObamaCare Premiums Spiral, Dems Push Costly New Mandates

    05/28/2015 6:16:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/27/2015 | Staff
    Health Reform: Looks like ObamaCare premiums will skyrocket for many next year. So what do Democrats propose? New insurance mandates that will drive premiums up even higher. Which one is the stupid party again?
  • Ready For Another Obamacare Price Hike?

    05/26/2015 4:19:25 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5/26/2015 | David Catron
    In July of 2009, as the Obamacare debate was heating up, Gallup published a survey indicating that 83 percent of Americans wanted health care reform to make their health insurance more affordable. Now, more than five years after the Presidentís ďsignature domestic achievementĒ was passed, health insurance premiums are higher than ever. And itís obvious that Obamacare is a major driver of the increase. The Wall Street Journal reports that insurers are proposing rate increases ranging from 25 to 51 percent for 2016. Why? ďAll of them cite high medical costs incurred by people newly enrolled under the Affordable Care....
  • 12 States Release Proposed Premium Increases

    05/22/2015 10:55:38 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-22-15 | Sean Riley
    While premium filings arenít expected from the federal government until next month, a report from The Wall Street Journal released Thursday provides a snapshot of preliminary 2016 rate filings from health insurance market leaders in 11 states. The figures represent average increases in premiums proposed by the largest carriers in each state that has made requests public. A separate report from the Associated Press notes that the largest carrier in South Dakota has proposed a 42.9 percent increase in premiums in the individual market. Increases are subject to review by the states and will be finalized in the fall.
  • Exchange board votes to scoop up millions from two higher fees ( Colorado health insurance )

    05/15/2015 12:10:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Health News Colorado ^ | May 15, 2015 | Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
    Despite fury from lawmakers the day before, Coloradoís health exchange board voted on Thursday to collect millions of additional dollars from all Colorado health insurance customers, even those who have nothing to do with the exchange. On top of that ďbroad market assessment,Ē the board also voted to more than double the user fees levied on people who buy insurance through Coloradoís exchange. .. The higher broad market fee is projected to allow Connect for Health Colorado to scoop up about about $20 million in 2016. It has been set at $1.25 per member per month on all health insurance...
  • Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    05/12/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2015 | Jack McHugh
    In a news story titled ďNearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future,Ē The Washington Post reports the following: Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obamaís health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers ó and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing...
  • Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

    05/11/2015 8:51:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2015 | Dr. Gary Wolfram
    With Senate Bill 248 the Michigan Legislature is attempting to address a number of problems with the auto insurance market in the state. Michiganís no-fault system creates misaligned incentives, resulting in auto insurance rates that are among the highest in the nation. There is also a larger question of why we treat severe injuries from car accidents differently than we treat the similar injuries from other types of accidents. The unlimited personal injury protection provision in the current no-fault system creates an incentive to provide very expensive care, rather than provide affordable and effective treatment aimed at quickly restoring the...
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • Is ObamaCare Enrollment Already Hitting A Wall?

    04/07/2015 4:00:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/06/2015 | John Merline
    Earlier this year, the Obama administration hoped to boost ObamaCare sign-ups by offering a special enrollment period for millions who didn't know about the individual mandate penalty until they filed their taxes. They'd have until the end of April to buy a plan and avoid paying an even bigger ObamaCare penalty when they file taxes next year. At least one outside observer expected as many as 1.2 million to sign up.
  • Response from Senator Casey [Obamacare]

    04/02/2015 2:54:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Office of Senator Bob Casey ^ | April 2, 2015 | Senator Bob Casey
    Dear XXXXXXX: Thank you for taking the time to contact me about health insurance premiums and the Affordable Care Act. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. Over the next several years, the Affordable Care Act will extend health insurance coverage to an additional 30 million Americans, ensuring that 95 percent of our Nation has access to quality, affordable care. I recognize that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and that some changes may need to be made. However, I believe that this law reflects our Nationís commitment to ensuring access to health care for all Americans. One...
  • No Insurance Available for Jewish Kindergartens in Belgium

    04/01/2015 2:03:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    A Belgian insurance company has refused to insure a Jewish kindergarten in Brussels. The company claimed the risk of a terror attack on the European Jewish Association-run institution was too high. EJA General Director Rabbi Menachem Margolin called on all European governments and heads of European Union institutions to provide security to all Jewish institutions that would satisfy insurance companies, and establish an alternative insurance mechanism that would secure any institution that might fall victim to anti-Semitic attacks.
  • ObamaCare Pushes Colleges to Dump Student Health Plans

    03/31/2015 4:27:00 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/30/2015 | John Merline
    College professors and students keep suffering unexpected costly ObamaCare side effects. First, colleges started rolling back faculty hours to avoid the employer mandate, a development the American Association of Association of University Professors called "reprehensible." Then Harvard professors complained when the college hiked their insurance costs because of "health care reform." Now colleges are starting to dump their student insurance plans because of ObamaCare.
  • IRS won't penalize people for failing to say they have health insurance on tax form

    03/30/2015 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Robert King
    For the first time, a majority of taxpayers will have to check a box on their tax return attesting they have health insurance either through their job or Medicare or Medicaid. But what happens if they miss it, which can easily happen on the complex form? The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have health insurance if their return is flagged during a routine check. "The IRS routinely follows-up on the accuracy and completeness...
  • ObamaCare Causes A Descent Into Madness Familiar To Many

    03/27/2015 4:27:28 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/26/2015 | Bob Maistros
    Franz Kafka lives. Except even this spinner of tales of helpless victims of faceless bureaucracies might not have imagined a situation where a law-abiding citizen faces a fine for failing to take an action his government prohibits him from performing.
  • Is there an insurer that does NOT have the 2 year contestability

    03/24/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by knarf · 11 replies
    self | March 24, 2015 | knarf
    All the ads I get say .. 125% of premiums in first two years
  • The Democrats' Boil-The-Frog Strategy For ObamaCare

    03/24/2015 10:22:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/24/2015 | John Merline
    ObamaCare is supposed to be good for the nation. President Obama just said so again this week in his remarks celebrating the law's 5th anniversary. Yet at every turn, he and his fellow Democrats ó who crafted the law and rammed it through Congress ó keep trying to delay many of its key features out of fear that they will harm businesses, hurt individuals or cost them politically.
  • The Danger of Obama's "Pre-Existing Conditions" Ban

    03/19/2015 6:22:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    CCHC ^ | 3-18-15 | Twila Brase
    There is a way out. The path to freedom is available -- and increasingly possible as Obamacare opposition grows and support for repeal increases. Here is a starter package of much-needed policy changes: ‚¶Ā Repeal every word of Obamacare, including the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions. ‚¶Ā Refuse to legalize Obama¬ís illegal subsidies if King wins King v. Burwell. ‚¶Ā Refuse to build a state exchange no matter who wins King v. Burwell. ‚¶Ā Restore access to indemnity (catastrophic) policies ¬Ė true health insurance ‚¶Ā Offer individual insurance pre-birth, with ownership linked to the baby. ‚¶Ā Encourage ownership of insurance...
  • Facing Mortality

    03/18/2015 11:59:59 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 29 replies
    None ^ | 3/18/2015 | Taxcontrol
    Last month my brother-in-law passed unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. He appeared to be in good shape, he worked out and even had is annual physical a week prior to his passing. He had just purchased a house that he was going to remodel and had a really good job. He was 46 years old. Far too young to be leaving us by our standards. He was loved. The good news is that I know he was a Christian. Perhaps not the ideal but he was a baptized believer in Christ. I know in my heart that he is...
  • ObamaCare Premiums Jumped 23% This Year -- After Subsidies

    03/18/2015 4:12:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/17/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama has talked a lot in recent months about how health care inflation has moderated in recent years, and he always manages to credit ObamaCare for the result. But there is rampant inflation in one part of the health care system, and ironically enough it involves ObamaCare premiums.
  • Taylor Swift Insures Gams for 40M bucks

    03/12/2015 3:05:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 12 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    That's $20M a stem... Much like how Fred Astaire took-out a policy on his legendary dancin' legs for $75K a pop -and national treasure Dolly Parton hedged her ginormous, iconic boobs for $600K (for the set)- contemporary pop star Taylor Swift has now†insured her own (Grade-A) legs for a cool $40M. And although her music is not entirely my cup of tea, I've heard worse (plus she's actually a songwriter- I respect that). Alas, they might have guessed a bit light on the legs appraisal- seems to†have become her trademark already, and no doubt more than a minor element of...
  • Obamacare premiums to significantly spike: CBO

    03/09/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Monday, March 9, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted. The CBO said the exchanges and other new medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act will cost the government slightly more than half a trillion dollars over the next five years, which is about $200 billion less than than the $710 billion projected when the law was enacted in 2010. Some of that...
  • Ted Cruzís Obamacare Substitute: He Cares, Really!

    03/05/2015 11:29:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 5, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Lawyer & Arab-American comedian
    And now, Ted Cruz has offered an alternative to Obamacare. And itís, uh, better than a tattoo of Winston Churchill.Ted Cruz cares about people in need. Stop laughing. Okay, you can laugh a little. The Texas right-wing firebrand (by way of Calgary, Canada) unveiled his alternative to Obamacare on Tuesday. I guess we can call it "Cruzcare" or maybe even, "TeddyCare." You see, Cruz is apparently deeply concerned about the 7.5 million Americans in 36 states who might lose federal government subsidies now provided by Obamacare to buy health insurance in a few months. That very scenario could happen if...
  • Itís All Bad News for ObamaCare

    03/04/2015 11:12:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/04/15 | Alan Caruba
    Make insurance more affordable by ending Washington mandates and giving choice back to the states, individuals and families. Support Americans in purchasing the coverage of their choosing On Wednesday, March 4, the Supreme Court will hear the King v. Burwell case. It is likely to deliver a death blow to ObamaCare when the decision is announced in a few months. About the only good thing ObamaCare demonstrated is that the federal government should be kept from taking over sectors of the nationís economy that are working just fine without it. Health care expert Edmund Haislmaier and legal expert, both of...
  • Meet the man who could own Aviva France (Strange situation with an insurance contract)

    02/28/2015 1:09:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Financial Times Alphaville The Blog ^ | February 27, 2015 | Dan McCrum
    When he was seven years old, Max-Hervť George was given a magic ticket by his father. It lets him turn back the clock, to invest with perfect hindsight week after week, steadily accumulating a fortune. The ticket is a life insurance contract and Mr George, now 25, has fought for years in the French courts to preserve its magic. He could be a billionaire by the end of this decade and, by the end of the next, his contract would be worth more than the insurance company which stands behind it, Aviva France. There is no mystery to the financial...
  • Will Only Suckers Pay The ObamaCare Tax Penalty?

    02/26/2015 4:55:06 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/25/2015 | John Merline
    This year, as many as 6 million taxpayers will learn that they now owe a "Shared Responsibility Payment" because they didn't have health insurance last year. How many will actually pay is anyone's guess.
  • 11.4 Million ObamaCare Signups Is No Big Deal ó Just Ask Obama

    02/19/2015 4:11:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/18/2015 | Staff
    Phony Numbers: The Obama administration says more than 11 million signed up for ObamaCare this year. Should anyone believe this number? Even if it's true, is it a sign of success? The answer to both is a resounding no.
  • Obamacare Insurance is 'Unaffordable' for 105 Million Americans (Against the law?)

    02/10/2015 2:10:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/10/15 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    **SNIP** Given that the authors of Obamacare had a very specific idea in mind for what constitutes affordable insurance, the American Health Policy Institute is out with a new study that asks a very interesting question: Does Obamacare meet its own standards for affordability? The answer is no. Here are a couple of the key findings from AHPI's study: Even now, under the Affordable Care Actís own definition, over 105 million Americans will find plans in the ACAís [Affordable Care Act's] public exchanges to be ďunaffordableĒ when both premiums and deductibles are taken into account. Over 13 million employees with...
  • Health insurer Anthem (Blue Cross) hacked; data on millions of patients, employees exposed

    02/05/2015 3:20:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 4, 2015 | Chad Terhune and Ryan Parker
    Health insurance giant Anthem Inc. said late Wednesday that hackers had breached its computer system and the personal information of tens of millions of customers and employees was possibly at risk. [Snip] The data breach extended across all of Anthem's business, possibly affecting customers at large employers, individual policyholders and people enrolled in Medicaid managed-care plans. Anthem has more than 37 million members in California and 13 other states. But the company warned that it also had information in its database on other Blue Cross Blue Shield patients from all 50 states who had sought care in its coverage area.
  • Minneapolis advocates work to get Somalis signed up for health insurance

    02/04/2015 2:31:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KMSP-TV ^ | February 3, 2015 | Tim Blotz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's less than two weeks to go for all of us to have some form of health insurance, or be penalized by the government. That means there's a last minute push in communities like Minneapolis's Cedar Riverside Neighborhood to sign people up. Every immigrant community has its own unique barriers, but in the Somali community, advocates are racing against both time and culture. Timadde Aden is a typical case. He's never had health insurance, but enrolled for medical assistance today through MNsure at the Somali Health Solutions office in Minneapolis. One of the employees at that office, Hodan Guled, says,...
  • HHS Ad Shows How You Can Follow Your Dreams with Obamacare (Just Like Nancy Pelosi Predicted)

    02/01/2015 11:43:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | January 30, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)An ad produced by the Department of Health and Human Services tells the story of Elena Miller-TerKuile, who is ďpursuing her dream to farmĒ in Colorado thanks to Obamacare. ďThe Marketplace is probably the only reason I have health insurance right now,Ē the Columbia University grad says in the ad. She said, ďItís been my dream for a while to come back to the farm and work with my dad.Ē In a blog post at HHS Miller-TerKuile explains, ďIt was a hard dream to pursue without health insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I was able to stay on...
  • Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care

    01/28/2015 11:56:43 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/21/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Medical retainer agreements between physicians and patients will not be considered ďinsuranceĒ in Michigan under a recently passed bill signed into law on Jan. 15 by Gov. Rick Snyder. The idea is to ensure that this innovative way for families to obtain routine medical services at lower costs will not be stifled by the extensive state regulatory structure currently imposed on conventional health insurance policies that cover expensive non-routine care. The rationale for this alternative is that while insurance coverage may be advisable for catastrophic illnesses and injuries, it makes less sense as a way to pay for routine primary...
  • CBO Now Says 10 Mil Will Lose Employer Health Plans Under ObamaCare

    01/28/2015 4:22:28 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 40 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/27/2015 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: The Congressional Budget Office now says ObamaCare will push 10 million off employer-based coverage, a tenfold increase from its initial projection. The "keep your plan" lie just gets bigger and bigger.
  • Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance

    01/27/2015 1:09:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/27/2015 | By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR
    * Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years * Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade and take in $643 BILLION in new taxes, penalties and fees related to Obamacare * The $1.35 trillion net cost will result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured Ė a $50,000 price tag per person at best * The law will still leave 'between 29 million and 31 million' nonelderly Americans without medical insurance * Numbers assume Obamacare insurance exchange enrollment will double between now and 2025 It...
  • Small businesses dumping employee health insurance

    01/23/2015 8:39:56 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 7 replies
    WOODTV ^ | 1-22-15 | Tom Hillen
    "A new survey released Thursday by Grand Valley State University is showing that since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, more small businesses are deciding not to offer health insurance to their employees."
  • 2 million Progressive Snapshot customers may be at risk for car hacking

    01/21/2015 4:41:43 PM PST · by nascarnation · 58 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 1/21/2015 | Pete Bigelow
    It was a mere two months ago that Israeli cyber-security researchers hacked into a device that plugs into the diagnostic port of a car and determined they could remotely control the vehicle from anywhere in the world. At the time, the simulated attack seemed like the automotive version of a canary in a coal mine. If researchers could breach this one device, perhaps other aftermarket products that plug into diagnostic ports were also vulnerable? In short order, another cyber-security firm now reports finding serious flaws in a device used by more than 2 million motorists. Researchers at Florida-based Digital Bond...
  • Obamacare penalty may come as shock at tax time

    01/18/2015 7:12:51 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Those Americans who didnít get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty ó and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting. The Affordable Care Act requires those who didnít have insurance last year and didnít qualify for one of the exemptions to pay a tax penalty, which was widely cited as $95 the first year. But the $95 is actually a minimum, and middle- and upper-income families will actually end up paying 1 percent of their household...