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  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • Can The ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

    04/10/2014 11:06:16 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/10/2014 | John Merline
    When the Obama administration announced on April 1 that an estimated 7.1 million had signed up for ObamaCare by the end of March, it seemed a nearly impossible achievement. In every month before, sign-ups lagged behind the administration's original forecast by wide margins and had fallen 1.4 million behind by the end of February. In mid-March, the AP said that it would take "close to a miracle" just to reach 6 million. And a Rand survey out this week puts enrollment by early March at less than 4 million. To reach 7.1 million, sign-ups had to rocket up by 67%...
  • Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers,

    04/09/2014 6:27:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7 Apr 14 | Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%13 Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted. The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and...
  • NJ OBAMACARE CANCELS INSURANCE PLANS OF 1,800 CHILDREN

    04/06/2014 12:59:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 6, 2014 | By Wynton Hall
    Roughly 1,800 New Jersey children had their insurance plans cancelled last week due to Obamacare. With the flurry of cancellation notices hitting mailboxes across the Garden State, one parent, Bob Miotla, told the NJ.com news of his son's cancellation made him "extremely angry." "Without having that safety net, if an illness arises, we will probably take him to the ER," said Miotla, who is on Medicare and disabled. Obamacare's new mandated requirements killed New Jersey's low-cost children's insurance coverage plan, FamilyCare Advantage. The plan, offered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was designed for children whose parents...
  • Health insurance isn't a year-round thing anymore

    04/04/2014 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ap ^ | 4/4/14 | CONNIE CASS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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 HealthCare.gov and the...
  • Cavuto: Obamacare Actual New Enrollees = 1.2 Million

    04/04/2014 8:06:42 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    http://savingtherepublic.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | BMartin1776
    Cavuto says he is being generous with the 1.2 mil he is crediting the regime of having enrolled in barackobamacare. If you ask me it sounds like the regime is using its own form of math via Common Core to come up with the 7.1 million sign ups they have been bragging about. There is still an estimated 45 mil people without insurance where are they? This crap law was to provide insurance to those 45+ mil at the cost of the millions who had insurance policies they were happy with! This is what progressives do though they destroy something...
  • The ObamaCare Numbers Racket

    03/27/2014 4:45:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/26/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Two more signs that all is not well in ObamaCare land: The administration has pushed back the enrollment deadline while refusing to say how many have actually paid their ObamaCare premiums. ObamaCare has become like that old quip of Mark Twain's about the weather in New England. If you don't like it, wait a few days and it will change. Less than two weeks ago, the administration was emphatic that there would be no delay of the March 31 enrollment deadline for ObamaCare. In fact, the spokesman for the agency in charge of ObamaCare said, "We don't actually...
  • ObamaCare Defender Forced to Try ObamaCare says, “I Feel Like a Dupe”.

    03/21/2014 5:22:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 39 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 20, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    <p>ObamaCare Defender Forced to Try ObamaCare says, “I Feel Like a Dupe”.</p> <p>William Rivers Pitt was Dennis Kucinich’s press secretary. He co-wrote a book with notorious pedophile and Saddam cover-up artist Scott Ritter.</p> <p>That was last year. This year Pitt tried ObamaCare. His response was enthusiastic and unprintable.</p>
  • The Circumlocution Office Shows the Economy How NOT to Do It.

    Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1855-1857) CHAPTER 10. Containing the whole Science of Government Mr Arthur Clennam, scion of a merchant family, seeks to intervene with the Government to assist William Dorrit, held in Marshalsea prison for debt for more than twenty-five years.   Mr Meagles is a successful banker, retired, with whose family Mr Clennam shared confinement in quarantine for some weeks at Marseilles.   Daniel Doyce is a successful inventor but unsuccessful as a patent applicant for more than twelve years. The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public...
  • Fla. Supreme Court Tosses Out Medical Malpractice Caps In Wrongful Death Suits

    03/14/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 3-14-14 | unattributed
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Supreme Court dropped a bomb on the Florida Legislature Thursday morning when it ruled that a 2003 law limiting damages in wrongful death medical-malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. The 5-2 ruling said that a cap on “non-economic” damages violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution, according to the News Service of Florida. The Florida Legislature passed the law during a 2003 special session called by then Gov. Jeb Bush, who pushed for malpractice lawsuit changes in an attempt to lower malpractice insurance rates and keep doctors from limiting their practices or moving out of...
  • Georgia Republican Senate hopeful in ’06: ‘solution’ to uninsured ‘has to be at the federal level’

    03/10/2014 10:33:08 AM PDT · by Reagan is King · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:42 AM 03/10/2014 | Alexis Levinson
    In 2006, Georgia Republican and Senate hopeful David Perdue said that the way to the large number of unemployed Americans needed to be dealt with at a “federal level” and could not be left to the states. At a meeting of the Retail Industry Leaders Association in 2006, Perdue, then the CEO of Dollar General, lamented the high number of uninsured people, the Dallas Morning News and Retailing Today reported at the time. “It’s a tragedy that so many people are uninsured,” Perdue said of health insurance, according to a Dallas Morning News article from Oct. 17, 2006. Read more:...
  • The ObamaCare Hydra-Headed Monster

    03/09/2014 5:40:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: ObamaCare is turning out like the nine-headed Hydra monster of Greek mythology. Every time President Obama tries to lop off one of its failures, two more emerge. Recent news provides a good case in point. On Wednesday, Obama decreed that those who had plans they liked before ObamaCare could keep them for two more years. The move helped solve a huge political problem Obama himself created when he first made it possible for some people to keep plans they liked. Obama had allowed just a one-year extension — where he gets the authority to do any of this...
  • Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say

    03/05/2014 7:27:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 42 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | Jan Skutch
    Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say By Jan Skutch Morris News Service March 5, 2014 SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier schemed with her brother to kill her husband in exchange for a $160,000 insurance policy payout, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Lillie Eubank, 39, told investigators she arranged to have her brother, Carl Evan “Cowboy” Swain, travel from Alabama to Savannah, bought a T-ball bat and selected the site for the attack at a recreation park on Fort Stewart, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Heaps Ippolito said. The victim, Army Spc. John Joseph...
  • Why Only 24% Younger Signups In ObamaCare Might Be Worse Than You Think

    03/04/2014 11:31:52 PM PST · by Petro · 15 replies
    Cutting Through The Fog ^ | February 28, 2014 | George B
    Why Only 24% Younger Signups In ObamaCare Might Be Worse Than You Think According to Health and Human Services, the current health exchange pricing of monthly premiums is based on the assumption that 38% of those enrolled would be young and healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 34. Otherwise, the costs would necessarily jump because there won't be enough healthy people to offset the cost of covering the older and sicker of our population. When the latest enrollment numbers were released, we learned that only 24% of the enrollees were in that critical younger healthier group; a near...
  • Obamacare Architect: ‘Be Prepared to Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’

    03/03/2014 4:53:13 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects behind Obamacare, is now claiming that “insurance companies as we know them are about to die.” Critics of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law have long alleged that one of the real goals of law was to put private insurance companies out of business.
  • Consumers Hit With Surprise Tax in Obamacare Premium

    02/26/2014 6:38:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 2/26/2014 | Brianna Ehley
    Obamacare isn't just impacting the uninsured. Americans who already had health coverage before the Affordable Care Act will likely pay more this year and even more in the years to come. Insurance companies, faced with new Obamacare fees and taxes meant to help fund the law, are planning to pass along the added costs to consumers. This includes the multibillion-dollar annual “Insurance Providers Fee,” which took effect in January and is assessed to each company based on its share of annual premiums collected by the entire industry. This new fee is expected to raise $8 billion this year and more...
  • Great news from Harry Reid: All ObamaCare horror stories are untrue

    02/26/2014 3:06:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via the Standard, I confess that I did used to think that a multi-trillion-dollar leftist reinvention of the insurance industry would have all sorts of untoward consequences, some intentional and some not.But then I watched Harry Reid mumble about the Koch brothers for three minutes and mine eyes were opened.Guy Benson is virtually shaking with rage and disbelief that this tool could say this with a straight face, knowing that there are scores of reporters watching who’ve encountered genuine horror stories and could debunk him. (Start with Pulitzer winner Charles Ornstein of Pro Publica and work your way down.) But...
  • I met some Democrats yesterday

    02/26/2014 12:07:35 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 21 replies
    personal rant | Feb 26, 2014 | BillyBonebrake
    I met some Democrats yesterday at the southbound on-ramp at exit 63 of the Wilbur Cross Parkway in North Haven, CT. It was the height of rush hour. Some of you may have experienced the delay. We found two brothers in the front of a late model Camry. They’d been tapped on the rear bumper by a fellow driver (a daily occurrence on these on-ramps). There was not a scratch on the car. CT State Police, North Haven FD, a tow unit and our EMS unit were on scene on a priority one (lights and sirens) basis, as result of...
  • 5 Brutal Obamacare Facts From CBO’s Latest Economic Report

    02/24/2014 8:58:17 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | February 04, 2014 | Sean Davis
    1) Obamacare Will Destroy 2.5 Million Jobs By 2024 ... 2) In 2024, There Will Still Be 31 Million People In The U.S. Without Health Insurance ... 3) Surprise! Millions Of People Who Liked Their Health Plan Will Lose Their Health Plan ... 5) Your Paycheck Will Be Smaller Thanks To Obamacare
  • 20 million more Americans could lose insurance

    02/23/2014 4:26:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WND ^ | 2/23/14 | Greg Corombos
    **SNIP** Much like individual policyholders last year, small group plan holders are discovering their plans don’t qualify for being grandfathered, despite the famed assurance that if they liked their plans they could keep them. “If you had your plan prior to March 2010 when Obamacare became law, it was supposed to be grandfathered in. You were supposed to keep it, but the Department of Labor came out with these grandfather regulations. It’s almost like telling a guy you can keep walking on the beach as long as you don’t get any sand on your feet. It’s almost impossible not to...
  • GarCo residents face highest rate for Obamacare ( Colorado )

    02/23/2014 7:57:35 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 22, 2014 | Dennis Webb
    New Castle resident and business owner David Fitzsimmons used to pay $672 a month for health insurance for him and his family. This year, with the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act that has resulted in the country’s highest rates being charged in Garfield County, he faced a minimum premium of $942 a month. “The insurance rates, frankly, it just comes down to a decision for me and my family, whether we have a roof over our heads or whether we have health insurance. The obvious answer is that we have a roof over heads,” he said Friday during...
  • Beware of Democrats Promising to 'Fix' ObamaCare

    02/21/2014 6:13:21 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/20/2014 | IBD Staff
    Promises: Vulnerable Democrats think they've found a winning strategy for the November elections: Tell voters they can fix ObamaCare, but Republicans won't let them. It's a con. ObamaCare is unfixable. 'Joe Garcia is working to fix ObamaCare," says an ad for the Florida House Democrat. "He voted to let you keep your existing health plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous health care website." Of course, Garcia fails to mention ObamaCare is the reason millions lost their health plans to begin with. Or that its problems extend well beyond a glitchy website. But this is the...
  • For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps Isn't Easy or Cheap

    02/20/2014 2:03:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | Miranda Leitsinger
    **SNIP** As FEMA has moved to update its decades-old flood maps, experts have cheered the effort. Using the latest in mapping technology such as laser beams (LiDar) and computer modeling will account for climate change, they say, and will lessen the blow of devastating storms by compelling homeowners to reduce their risk. But critics caution that the maps, which are used to determine flood insurance premiums, are tough to challenge and in some cases are ensnaring homeowners who shouldn’t be in a flood zone. And though FEMA intends for everyone to pay their share, some businesses have found a way...
  • Obamacare-Colluders Anonymous: Stop the cycle of addiction to the lifeblood of the American patient

    02/18/2014 1:31:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Kris Held, MD ^ | February 17, 2014 | Kris Held, MD
    Americans must understand that our federal government has chosen to collude with insurance companies, hospitals and drug companies to take total control of our healthcare system and one sixth of the US economy rather than collaborate with patients and physicians to achieve good healthcare reform that benefits each individual patient. This unholy alliance is facilitated by lobbyists bearing gifts of money and power. Individual patients and physicians are by comparison penniless and powerless. We are nothing more than pawns in a game which we can play no more. This is the ultimate game of life, and the only way not...
  • What Republicans and Democrats Don’t Understand About The Insurance Company ‘Bailout’

    02/15/2014 6:09:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    EurAsia Review ^ | February 15, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Last week I testified before the House Oversight committee on the “risk corridors” in the (ObamaCare) exchanges. Republicans claim that this is a device to bail out the insurance companies. Democrats, in the unusual position of defending the insurance companies, actually claimed that the government was going to make a “profit” because of it. I was in the uncomfortable position of not agreeing completely with either side. The Affordable Care Act creates a new health insurance marketplace (the exchange). But because of the great uncertainty about what buyers will enter the market and who will buy what product, the law...
  • Insurers: At least 20% of new ObamaCare sign-ups failed to pay their first premium on time

    02/14/2014 10:20:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2014 | Allahpundit
    So Bob Laszewski was right. Fully one-fifth of the new enrollment numbers that HHS has been waving around are bogus. Their target for the end of January was 4.4 million sign-ups; a few days ago, they told the country they’d made it three-quarters of the way there with 3.3 million. In reality, once the deadbeats are bounced from the rolls by their new insurers, they’ll be in the ballpark of 2.6 million, or 60 percent of their target. And that’s after HHS pressured insurers to extend the payment deadline from December 31 into January, hoping that a little more time...
  • Are State Exchanges Going Bankrupt?

    02/12/2014 7:33:55 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/11/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cost Curve: A little-noticed problem is fast emerging in states that decided to set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. Many of them face financial crises once the federal grant money runs out. After taking nearly $4 billion in federal grants to set up and run their exchanges this year, 14 states and the District of Columbia are supposed to be self-sufficient by next year. At least that's what the ObamaCare statute says (which these days doesn't mean much). But from the looks of it, many are heading into a fiscal brick wall.
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • The Obamacare Scam

    02/05/2014 2:59:40 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    CCHF ^ | 2-5-14 | Twila Brase
    Many health plans are smiling. We've essentially been forced by Congress to buy their catastrophic policies at first-dollar coverage prices. But because many Americans don't remember catastrophic policies or know what real insurance is or how much insurance should cost -- or how low cash-based medical prices could be -- they don't know badly they're being scammed. To be clear, this is not the first act in this Congressional scam. True insurance got more difficult to buy after Congress favored first-dollar health plans with the HMO Act of 1973. Most employers were forced to offer HMO plans. Like the frog...
  • Remember when Nancy Pelosi promised ObamaCare would create 4 million jobs?

    02/05/2014 7:54:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/04/2013 | IBD Staff
    Dept. Of Corrections: Leading Democrats said ObamaCare would create 4 million jobs by cutting health costs and unleashing entrepreneurs. Now we learn the promise was off by 6.5 million — in the wrong direction. Here's what Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top Democratic in the House, had to say about ObamaCare in February 2010: "It will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately — jobs, again, in the health care industry but in the entrepreneurial world as well." Pelosi was citing a paper released a month earlier by the left-wing Center for American Progress, which claimed the law would lower...
  • Ann Coulter to Fox & Friends: My Friend's Sister Died Because of Obamacare

    02/03/2014 8:43:13 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | February 2, 2014 | You tube
    On Fox & Friends weekend edition, conservative pundit Ann Coulter told co-host Tucker Carlson that her friend's sister had passed away over the weekend after putting off medical attention because she had lost her insurance coverage under Obamacare. "This does have real world consequences: I got up the other morning and got an email from a friend saying, 'My sister almost died because of Obamacare,'" Coulter said. Coulter said the friend's sister was kicked off her insurance when Blue Shield pulled out of California, put off going to emergency room despite having a fever because she didn't have insurance, until...
  • Doctor’s ‘I will not comply’ Obamacare break-up letter getting incredible praise from her peers

    02/02/2014 3:17:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 149 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 2, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    A Texas ophthalmologist and co-founder of AmericanDoctors4Truth tore down the curtain on Obamacare last week, describing President Obama’s “signature” legislative achievement for the con game of forced labor that it really is. When she wrote to the Aetna insurance company canceling her participation in its offerings, Dr. Kristin Held of San Antonio was informed she is contractually bound to care for the company’s patients for another year — as though Obamacare not only re-configured the American health care system, it repealed the 13th Amendment at the same time. In her letter dated Jan. 30, the long-time and vocal opponent of...
  • Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses (25 MILLION cancellations)

    01/30/2014 1:38:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/11/14 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    When millions of health-insurance plans were canceled last fall, the Obama administration tried to be reassuring, saying the terminations affected only the small minority of Americans who bought individual policies. But according to industry analysts, insurers and state regulators, the disruption will be far greater, potentially affecting millions of people who receive insurance through small employers by the end of 2014. While some cancellation notices already have gone out, insurers say the bulk of the letters will be sent in October, shortly before the next open-enrollment period begins. The timing — right before the midterm elections — could be difficult...
  • Watch: Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare

    01/30/2014 12:15:09 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 30, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees their learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare: "Look at the numbers," says the reporter of two employees. "Jeff and Dave used to have a $1,250 deductible. Since Obamacare went into effect, it's now jumped 60 percent to $2,000. That's nothing compared to Brian, Kristi, and Judy who have kids. They are going to pay twice that, four grand." The reporter adds that co-pays are being increased, too.
  • Opposition to ObamaCare now 2:1 … among the uninsured!

    01/30/2014 10:17:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Behold, your chart of the day. This comes from Kaiser Health News, which has regularly polled on health-related policies, and in particular the uninsured in relation to ObamaCare. Since 2011, the support and opposition have remained fairly close together, but now that ObamaCare has been implemented, a dramatic change has taken place — and one the White House and Democrats won’t like:KHN says, presumably without irony, that the reason for the sudden shift is unclear: Uninsured Americans — the people that the Affordable Care Act was designed to most aid — are increasingly critical of the law as its key...
  • The BOLD Republican Plan for Health Care (not the Hatch, Coburn, and Burr bill)

    01/29/2014 5:45:23 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    The OPTION Act is a bold health care plan. Authored Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (R-GA), the "Offering Patients True Individualized Options Now Act of 2013" - H.R. 2900 - is an exciting 77-page proposal to repeal Obamacare and change the entire landscape of American health care. It would reintroduce freedom. The OPTION Act eliminates Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program --- and the entire Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Yes. All gone. In its place is private coverage and provisions to encourage and expand private charity. As Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians...
  • Sen. Landrieu blasts White House for opposition to bill delaying flood insurance premium increases

    01/29/2014 3:35:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NOLA ^ | 1/28/14 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Tuesday sharply criticized what she called the Obama administration's "short-sighted, misguided and irresponsible" opposition to legislation delaying flood insurance premium increases for four years. Though the statement of administration policy didn't include a veto threat, Landrieu said the White House's position, "threatens the very foundation of the National Flood Insurance Program and will only saddle taxpayers with higher costs when disasters strike." Just before the White House policy statement was released the Senate voted 86-13 to begin debate on legislation that would delay most increases resulting from the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act so, sponsors say,...
  • Popular Flood Insurance Law Is Target of Both Political Parties

    01/29/2014 2:19:34 PM PST · by Theoria · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Jan 2014 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    A major flood insurance bill was a rarity when it passed what is widely derided as a do-nothing Congress in 2012, but a year and a half later, there is now an enthusiastic bipartisan effort to gut it. This week the Senate is expected to approve a measure that would block, repeal or delay many of the key provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which was sponsored by Representative Judy Biggert, an Illinois Republican, and Representative Maxine Waters, a California Democrat. Tucked into broader transportation legislation, the bill had enthusiastic support across the political spectrum, from liberal environmentalists...
  • Administration fears part of health care system so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies

    01/23/2014 8:59:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Jim Angle
    While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their contractor." To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center...
  • Greenies and their twisted sense of risk

    01/22/2014 7:34:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-22-14 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the latest badges of greenie virtue is the mini-car. Supposedly, if you drive one of these contraptions, you demonstrate your concern for Mother Gaia and help diminish the risk that catastrophic global warming will engulf low lying coastal areas and fry the rest of us in temperatures that will be a couple of degrees higher in the next hundred years. In this worldview, people who drive around in SUVs are carelessly risking the very future of humanity. That's quite a serious risk; never mind that temperatures have failed to rise for the last 16 years as the models...
  • It's Official: ObamaCare Puts 'Entire Health Insurance Industry At Risk'

    01/22/2014 4:22:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/21/2014 | IBD Staff
    Calamity: Despite repeated reassurances that ObamaCare website glitches were fixed, officials are frantically trying to repair massive problems that, by their own admission, could crush ObamaCare and the insurance industry. Throughout December, administration officials said that they'd all but fixed the start-up problems with the ObamaCare exchange site, pointing to the sharp increase in enrollment that month as evidence. And as to those "back end" problems that sent erroneous information to insurers, they claimed to have cut the error rate to less than 1% by early December. But hidden from view, administration officials were in a state of panic. A...
  • Most ObamaCare enrollees already had health plans, report says

    01/18/2014 3:59:24 AM PST · by grimalkin · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 18, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The majority of the more than 2 million Americans who signed up for health insurance under ObamaCare through the end of December were already enrolled in employer-sponsored plans or had previously bought their own coverage, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Early data from insurers, brokers and consultants suggest that the marketplaces are popular with consumers who were previously covered elsewhere, raising questions about a law intended to expand coverage to millions of healthy, uninsured Americans to help offset costs. A survey by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found that only 11 percent of consumers who purchased new coverage...
  • Obamacare tax credit suit rejected

    01/15/2014 2:07:56 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | JASON MILLMAN
    A District of Columbia federal judge rejected a lawsuit Wednesday that challenged tax credits for Obamacare coverage in the 36 states with federal-run exchanges – one of the most significant remaining legal fights over President Barack Obama’s health care law.The four individuals who brought the lawsuit, Halbig v. Sebelius, had argued that the IRS overstepped its legal authority by allowing federal-run exchanges to provide tax credits for people who purchase health insurance. They contended that the Affordable Care Act only allows for state-run exchanges to access such credits and that Congress purposefully designed the law that way to incentivize states...
  • Insurers raise cost concerns after ObamaCare demographic data released (Pelosi knew)

    01/14/2014 3:28:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/14/14
    WASHINGTON – Insurers have raised concerns that too few young people are signing up for heath insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges after newly released statistics showed that less than a quarter of people who have enrolled are between the ages of 18 and 34. According to the numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 24 percent – or 489,460 – of the 2.2 million people who signed up for ACA were in the coveted 18-to-34 age range. That means the government has hit only 18 percent of its stated goal of registering 2.7 million...
  • What You Were Never Told About Obamacare

    01/14/2014 3:09:20 PM PST · by grimalkin · 26 replies
    Mises Economic Blog ^ | Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 | Joseph Salerno
    While the costs of providing health care insurance are beginning to skyrocket because of Obamacare, insurance company executives are sleeping very soundly. A respected consultant to health insurance companies, Robert Laszewski, reveals that there are two obscure provisions in Obamacare that guarantee that insurance companies will be subsidized and bailed out by Amercian taxpayers. Indeed the Congressional Budget Office estimates that $1.071 trillion will be coercively transferred from taxpayers to big insurance companies over the next decade. This massive redistribution of wealth will take place via two programs stealthily embedded in the Affordable Health Care Act. The first is the...
  • Mixed Reports on State Health Exchange[NY]

    01/14/2014 12:56:02 PM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Jan 2014 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    New York is enrolling a significant number of young subscribers on its health insurance exchange, but many of those already enrolled have raised questions about rules that limit which doctors they can see, or are having problems finding out if their doctors are covered, according to testimony at a State Senate hearing on Monday. New York has been one of the most successful states in signing up people for new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act and, as of Dec. 24, the deadline for enrollment for coverage beginning New Year’s Day, 230,624 had enrolled. As of Sunday, that number...
  • MD Health exchange to offer retroactive coverage [sausage making is exposed and ugly]

    01/14/2014 1:33:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 13, 2014 | Meredith Cohn, Andrea K. Walker and Erin Cox
    ....Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce the option Tuesday, the day lawmakers scheduled briefings on the exchange's performance and on a different plan to give coverage through a state-backed health plan to thousands of uninsured who were thwarted by technical problems from enrolling in time to get coverage by Jan. 1.........The new plan will not replace the one to allow those without coverage temporarily into the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, which comes with its own premiums, deductibles and copays. The high-risk pool was created years ago for people who could not get private insurance because of pre-existing conditions.....the administration will...
  • Enrollees at Health Exchanges Face Struggle to Prove Coverage

    01/11/2014 8:45:15 AM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | ROBERT PEAR and ABBY GOODNOUGH
    Paul D. Donahue and his wife, Angela, are among more than a million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the federal insurance exchange. Mr. Donahue has a card in his wallet from his insurer to prove it. But when he tried to use it to get a flu shot and fill prescriptions this week, local pharmacies could not confirm his coverage, so he left without his medications. Similar problems are occurring daily in doctors’ offices and drugstores around the country as consumers try to use insurance coverage that took effect on Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care...
  • Vanity: Question re: fighting an insurance denial

    01/10/2014 11:47:53 AM PST · by CheathamCountyTN · 25 replies
    Need freeper advice: A close friend had serious female issues 10 - 12 years ago. The issues improved and she has only had 1 doc visit related to her problems in the last 5 years and that was 3 1/2 years ago. Wanting to avoid Obamacare, she bought a private Humana health insurance policy early last fall...
  • CGI (Fed Contractor for Obamacare) Dropped

    01/10/2014 10:50:30 AM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 17 replies
    Vanity | 01/10/14 | Self
    CGI's contract was terminated. Sebelius still has a job, but CGI's gone.