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  • ObamaCare getaway: 5 US territories released from health care law

    07/24/2014 12:18:56 PM PDT · by cll · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/24/2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    The Obama administration is coming under fire for once again making a unilateral change to ObamaCare -- this time, quietly exempting the five U.S. territories and their more than 4 million residents from virtually all major provisions of the health care law. The decision was made a week ago, and was a long time coming. For months, the territories have been complaining that the law was implemented so poorly in their regions that it destabilized their insurance markets. Until now, the Department of Health and Human Services claimed its hands were tied. But last Wednesday, the department reversed course. The...
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • The prophetic words of John Roberts

    07/24/2014 9:01:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 26 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-24-14 | DrJohn
    Today EJ Dionne wrote an article long on whining and short on logic about the conflicting decisions regarding Obamacare: By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. Strayed from impartiality? Say what? Then Dionne jumps off the cliff: The extreme judicial activism here is obvious when...
  • ObamaCare Is Wide Open To Fraud: Audit

    07/24/2014 4:39:01 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/23/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: An undercover operation disclosed on Wednesday shows just how easy it is to defraud ObamaCare. This is your health care on government. To test administration claims that it had strict controls in place to verify eligibility and subsidy amounts for ObamaCare applicants, the Government Accountability Office sent a dozen people out to try enrolling with made-up identities. All but one of the 12 succeeded in enrolling in a subsidized ObamaCare plan. [snip] The scale of the problem is potentially massive. According to the GAO, 4.3 million ObamaCare applications have known "inconsistencies" — most of which involve questions about...
  • John Roberts vs. Obamacare: Rock, Paper, Socialism Sucks!

    07/23/2014 3:46:45 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 17 replies
    Self | 1/23/14 | Me
    It’s not very often when one man, liable for the most destructive decision in a nation’s ideological history, is presented with an opportunity to eradicate his greatest transgression: empowering a socialist leviathan that became the greatest Trojan horse of excessive government in our history. The real question is, after an appeals court ruling struck down key components of the law and dealt John Roberts a temporary stay of stupidity, will he once again abandon 225 years of proven checks and balances, or will the Chief Justice inexplicably pardon Obamacare for a second time and reward those who lied about its...
  • Freep a poll! (Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written?)

    07/23/2014 1:51:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    http://www.headlineoftheday.com/ ^ | 7-23-14 | Headline of the day
    Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written? No, the IRS is allowed to change it. I don't know. Yes, and let the chips fall where they may.
  • Obamacare Rulings Have Consumers, Governors Worried

    07/23/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    News Max ^ | July 23 2014 | John Blosser
    Two conflicting court decisions on tax credits for Obamacare have millions of consumers worried, along with some Republican governors who opted to let the federal government run their state programs. A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit determined that only those enrolled in state-operated Obamacare exchanges are eligible for the tax subsidies that put the "affordable" in the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal reported. Should the ruling stand, Bloomberg News reports, customers in those 36 states could see their subsidies vanish, boosting their healthcare premiums by 76 percent, dealing a serious blow both to Obamacare...
  • MNsure failing to produce results

    07/23/2014 9:12:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Quad Community Press ^ | 7-22-14 | Linda Runbeck
    It’s been almost one year since Minnesota rolled out its state version of Obamacare, called MNsure. How is this experiment with government-run health care working? Let’s start with the basic fact that Minnesota’s health care is second to none. Before MNsure, close to 97 percent of Minnesotans had health insurance coverage or were eligible to procure it at very low or no cost. This was among the highest percentage of insured people in the nation. Some $160 million in taxpayer money has been spent to launch MNsure, and we are no better off today. The state had two unique programs:...
  • White House giving up fight over Obamacare’s contraception mandate?

    07/23/2014 8:06:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/23/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was met with incandescent outrage from progressives. The overturning of a mandate never passed by Congress which had not existed prior to 2010 signaled, those who consider themselves members of a class of deliberative and reasoned thinkers said, evidence of a theocratic judiciary in the United States. Recognizing the indignation on their side of the aisle, the White House responded by reassuring their base supporters that this offense would not go unanswered. “Today’s decision jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies,” White House Press Sec. Josh...
  • A ruling that could doom ObamaCare

    07/23/2014 7:16:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/23/2014 | By Betsy McCaughey
    The nation’s No. 2 court on Tuesday slapped down the Obama administration in a 2-1 decision that could kill the president’s signature health-care law. A less-prestigious federal appeals court issued a contradictory opinion the same day, but if the Supreme Court upholds the DC Circuit’s ruling, it will force Congress back to the drawing board to design a health law that is genuinely affordable, not just falsely titled “Affordable Care Act.” The ruling in Halbig v. Burwell bars the federal government from handing out taxpayer-funded subsidies to people who buy ObamaCare plans in nearly two-thirds of the states — New...
  • The ACA Means What It Says: The DC Court Declines to Usurp the Role of Congress

    07/23/2014 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/23/2014 | The Editors
    It’s an odd world in which judges are accused of usurping the role of Congress for ruling that the executive branch must follow the text of a law Congress wrote. But that’s what has happened today. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Congress never gave the federal government power to provide subsidies and assess penalties under the Affordable Care Act in states that haven’t established their own health-insurance exchanges. President Obama and the Congress that passed the law assumed this wouldn’t be a problem: States were expected to go along and establish their own...
  • ObamaCare's Murky Future

    07/23/2014 6:30:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/23/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    A pair of federal Appeals Court rulings have sown further confusion regarding ObamaCare, even as they illuminate stark differences in ideologically-inspired interpretations of the law. First, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Americans are not entitled to subsidies for their healthcare premiums if they live in a state where the federal government set up a healthcare exchange.
  • DC Circuit Creates Obamacare Uncertainty

    07/23/2014 5:11:51 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 3 replies
    The big news from yesterday is that the DC Court of Appeals ruled that Obamacare subsidies obtained on the Federal exchange are in violation of the law. The law states that subsidies are only available to people who buy Obamacare policies on a state exchange. Around 36 states don’t have exchanges, thus citizens in those states aren’t entitled to a subsidy according to the DC Circuit decision. This is significant because in order for employers to fall into the employer mandate an employee has to be eligible for a subsidy. In states without a state exchange, that’s no longer possible...
  • Oklahoma Man Struggles for Three Months to Cancel Obamacare Enrollment

    07/23/2014 4:22:08 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | july 21, 2014
    The Obamacare woes continue as an Oklahoma man spent three agonizing months trying to cancel his health insurance plan. David Emanuel’s 65th birthday last April, when he became eligible for Medicare, spurred him to cancel his private health insurance plan. He called BlueCross BlueShield to terminate the plan and was met with resistance. “They said, ‘You can’t do anything until healthcare.gov tells us that you can drop it,’” he said. He phoned healthcare.gov, but no one answered. Emanuel showed KJRH-OK the call logs displaying how long he waited to speak to a representative from the health care exchange. The call logs show that Emanuel waited 131...
  • A stinging defeat for the government (Obamacare and Halbig v. Sebelius)

    07/22/2014 8:27:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Incidental Economist ^ | July 22, 2014 | Nicholas Bagley
    In a major setback for the Affordable Care Act, the D.C. Circuit just released a fractured opinion invalidating the IRS’s rule extending tax credits to federally facilitated exchanges. The case, Halbig v. Sebelius, centers on the portion of the ACA governing the calculation of tax credits. The statute specifies that tax credits are available to most people who purchase a health plan “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311.” (See my earlier posts for a more detailed recap.) About two-thirds of the states, however, declined to establish exchanges. In those states, the federal government stepped in and established...
  • Sen. Cruz: Halbig a 'repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that comes with it'

    07/22/2014 8:15:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz's Office ^ | July 22, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    Statement regarding Halbig v. Burwell.July 22, 2014 | (202) 228-7561WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Halbig v. Burwell decision: "The D.C. Circuit's decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," said Sen. Cruz. "The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens...
  • Conservatives get a big 2014 boost from ‘fatal blow’ to Obamacare

    07/22/2014 8:06:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    At first blush, a federal appeals court’s decision on Tuesday that dealt what many considered to be a near” fatal blow” to the Affordable Care Act could also appear to be a blow to Republicans’ hopes for retaking the Senate in November. Obamacare supporters are enraged. The decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which invalidated the federal government’s ability to provide subsidies for those Americans who purchased insurance through a federal health insurance exchange, could mean a major increase in premium rates for more than half of the 8 million who enrolled in ACA plans. The appeals court ruled that, as...
  • Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies

    07/22/2014 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Amy Goldstein
    In undercover tests of the new federal health insurance marketplace, government investigators have been able to procure health plans and federal subsidies for fake applicants with fictitious documents, according to findings that will be disclosed to lawmakers on Wednesday. The results of the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office are evidence of still-imperfect work by specialists intended to assist new insurance customers and government contractors hired to verify that coverage and subsidies are legitimate. The GAO also pointed to flaws that linger in the marketplace’s Web site, HealthCare.gov. According to testimony to be delivered before a House Ways and Means...
  • Court Rulings Confirm That ObamaCare Is A Tangled Mess

    07/22/2014 4:31:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    ObamaCare: A federal court has appropriately endangered the health of the Affordable Care Act — a "reform" that's turning out to be every bit the mess we feared. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling Tuesday morning that said the federal government cannot provide health insurance subsidies for residents in the 36 states that have not set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. In Halbig v. Burwell, a three-judge panel declared 2-1, as it should have, that the law meant what it said when it plainly stated that subsidies were only available to those buying ObamaCare...
  • Halbig and the Rule of Law

    07/22/2014 4:26:26 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/22/2014 | John Daniel Davidson
    A federal appellate court dealt a severe blow to Obamacare today, and in so doing scored a victory for the rule of law, the separation of powers, and the idea that words matter. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled 2–1 in Halbig v. Burwell that federal subsidies for health-insurance plans sold on the Obamacare exchanges can be disbursed only through exchanges created by states, not those created by the federal government. In a surprise twist, shortly after the Halbig decision came out, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its...
  • When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too

    07/22/2014 4:14:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/22/14 | Timothy P Carney
    When the administration lost an Obamacare case in federal court Tuesday, the insurance companies lost as well... Subsidies were one of the many goodies Obamacare provided insurers. Obamacare also required individuals to buy insurance, compelled many business owners to insure employees, expanded Medicaid (which is often administered by private insurers) and supplied a bailout to struggling insurers in the form of “risk corridors.” The Halbig ruling is a triple threat to the insurers’ Obamacare favors. By stripping away tax credits, it reduces insurance companies transfers’ from the federal government. Halbig also reduces the impact of the law’s employer mandate and...
  • Circuits Split on Availability of ACA Exchange Subsidies

    07/22/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-22-14 | Sean Riley
    This morning, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a 2012 IRS rule allowing tax subsidies in federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Within hours, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a contrary ruling in a similar, but separate, case, allowing exchange subsidies in both state-based and federal exchanges. Though both decisions are still subject to further review and will have no immediate impact, such “circuit splits” are often considered strong evidence that a case will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme...
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the president’s marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

    07/22/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, this is awkward.Unlike the D.C. Circuit, which split 2-1, the majority here was 3-0. Even so, the most noteworthy thing about the opinion is how tormented the court seems in trying to determine what Congress intended when it said that subsidies should be available only on “an exchange established by the State.” From page 20:Page 24:Page 28:If they can’t decide what the key phrase was designed to do, why don’t they follow the D.C. Circuit’s lead and stick with the plain text? In the first excerpt above, the court frankly admits that the language of the law seems...
  • White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daaily Caller ^ | 7/22/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal court’s ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal) But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press...
  • Second court disagrees, upholds subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:32:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchanges are legal, contradicting a separate ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court on the same day. Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand. "Applying deference to the IRS's determination … we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency's discretion," Gregory wrote. The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • Healthcare Premiums Would Absolutely Explode If Today's Obamacare Ruling Stands!

    07/22/2014 9:42:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Affordable Care Act, ruling that premium subsidies provided through the federal health exchange in 36 states are invalid under the writing of the law.Here's the practical effect of the ruling, if it withstands the rest of the legal process: More than 5 million, generally low-income Americans who received tax credits through the federal exchange to purchase health insurance would see their premiums explode.Avalere Health, an independent healthcare firm, released an analysis last week showing that individuals who received premium subsidies for health insurance would see a premium hike of about...
  • GOP sees court ruling as major step toward unraveling of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 22, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    EXCERPT Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas were quick to pounce on the decision as one that reveals the Obama administration’s ongoing attempts to implement the law in a way that exceeds the parameters set in the law that Democrats themselves devised and passed. Cruz called the ruling a “repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it.” “The Obama administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse,” Cruz said. “This decision restores power to Congress and...
  • Circuit Court invalidates Obamacare subsidies

    07/22/2014 9:28:16 AM PDT · by alloysteel · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rick Moran
    A surprising ruling from the notoriously liberal DC Circuit Court. By a 2-1 vote, judges ruled that the subsidies received by purchasing insurance through healthcare.gov website are invalid. In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run...
  • Appeals court rejects key part of Obamacare

    07/22/2014 9:24:46 AM PDT · by KC Burke · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 July 2014 | Bill Mears Tom Cohan
    Washington (CNN) -- The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees. In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel found the federal money that helped people afford health insurance only could go to those who signed up through exchanges run by states.
  • Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More Than 57 Million Americans

    07/22/2014 9:01:07 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/21/2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second-highest court in the land, could rule on Halbig v. Burwell as early as tomorrow. Halbig is one of four lawsuits challenging the legality of the health-insurance subsidies the IRS is dispensing in the 36 states that did not establish a health-insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare,” and thus have Exchanges established by the federal government. Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State,” and there are indications IRS officials knew they...
  • Federal Court Says Obamacare Subsidies Illegal -- what next?

    07/22/2014 8:57:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/22/14 | Alan Joel
    A federal appeals court handed down a ruling this morning that could be problematic for ObamaCare. As just reported, “A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an ObamaCare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia—not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov.” You can read the entire appeal here.
  • Obama’s Law Professor: "I Wouldn’t Bet" on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/22/2014 8:42:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 11, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.”
  • Opinions from Halbig v. Burrell

    07/22/2014 8:41:02 AM PDT · by gwjack · 1 replies
    Clerk of Court ^ | July 22, 2014 | Circuit Court of D.C.
    As hoosiermama requested, these are the opinions in the Halbig v. Burwell case. http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/10125254D91F8BAC85257D1D004E6176/$file/14-5018-1503850.pdf
  • Fed appeals court panel says most Obamacare subsidies illegal

    07/22/2014 7:30:07 AM PDT · by gwjack · 315 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Dan Mangan
    This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are not legal under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2014 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges. The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the president’s delay of the employer mandate. Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnson’s lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot...
  • “Go ahead, punk, make my day.”

    07/22/2014 4:28:43 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-22-2014 | MOTUS
    I’ve heard from tons of people regarding yesterday’s  “What’s Your Superpower” post. Some who previously hadn’t realized they possessed superpowers, like HHS. Until they read my blog, HHS had contended they had “no legal authority to exclude the U.S. territories from ObamaCare.” Then (ahem) upon “reflection” HHS: discovered new (super) powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively exempt' American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands from Obamacare. Most impressive, as up till now only Barry and DOJ were allowed to circumvent the law of the...
  • ObamaCare´s Shrinking Geography

    07/22/2014 3:39:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/21/2014 | IBD Staff
    Reform: Probably hoping no one would notice, regulators late last week exempted from ObamaCare five U.S. territories where it was failing. Will they do the same once it´s obvious ObamaCare is failing everywhere else? When the geniuses in Congress and the White House were writing the ObamaCare legislation, they made a slight mistake. The law imposed ObamaCare´s guaranteed issue and community rating insurance mandates on the five territories — which have a combined population of more than 4 million — but it exempted them from the individual mandate and didn´t offer any subsidies. Not surprisingly, the insurance markets quickly collapsed...
  • SHOT UP: Udall Losing In NYT Predictive Model For First Time

    07/21/2014 2:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | July 21, 2014
    For the first time this entire election cycle The New York Times Senate forecast at The Upshot predicts Udall has a greater chance of losing reelection than winning (53%-47%). This is a huge deal, as The Upshot tries to go beyond just the polls and factor in other intangibles about a race, such as, incumbency, fundraising, a state’s past election history among others, who the liberals at the NYT want to win. All those factors in The Upshot model lean heavily Udall’s way. Yet, despite this inherent, built-in advantage, Udall can’t overcome one thing: the people of Colorado feel he...
  • Hobby Lobby: A Lesson from America

    07/21/2014 3:01:01 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 10 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Not many people in Britain have followed the Hobby Lobby case, named after the American company that won an important battle for religious freedom against the bullying of the totalitarians - in this episode feminazis and supporters of state intervention in personal affairs. In this area the United States seems more progressive in the true, not socialist, sense, and less prepared to submit to cultural Marxism's oppressive demands. Hobby Lobby is a company owned by Christians. At issue was whether, according to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, "closely held companies like Hobby Lobby could be...
  • Halbig v. Burwell Would Free More Than 57 Million From The ACA's Individual & Employer Mandates

    07/21/2014 12:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 21, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second-highest court in the land, could rule on Halbig v. Burwell as early as tomorrow. Halbig is one of four lawsuits challenging the legality of the health-insurance subsidies the IRS is dispensing in the 36 states that did not establish a health-insurance Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “ObamaCare,” and thus have Exchanges established by the federal government. Though the PPACA repeatedly states those subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State,” and there are indications IRS officials knew they...
  • The Obama Admin Just Exempted US Territories From Obamacare

    07/21/2014 10:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/21/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration issued yet another waiver to get out of Obamacare — for all the U.S. territories. The exemption, posted Thursday on a Department of Health and Human Services website, frees U.S. territories from a host of Obamacare regulations on health insurance markets. The territories already weren’t subject to much of the health care law — the individual mandate doesn’t apply to the territories and premium subsidies aren’t available. What did apply were a host of regulations on the health insurance markets operating in the territories. Obamacare’s rules for insurance companies — providing mandated health benefits to all customers,...
  • King Barack Rewrites Obamacare ... Again

    07/21/2014 5:12:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/21/2014 | David Catron
    Obamacare’s supporters have long insisted that it is the “law of the land,” implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn’t occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure. Thus, in a proclamation issued last week through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, His Highness declared that all U.S. territories are now exempt from most of PPACA’s morass of rules and regulations. Neither...
  • White House 'Quietly' Exempts 4.5 Million People In 5 "Territories" From Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 July 2014 | Tyler Durden
    As WSJ reports, last week's geopolitical chaos and distraction was ideal for a news dump, and the White House didn't disappoint: On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates - which woul dhave been a disaster PR-wise for the administration and so, under cover of catastrophe, WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively...
  • Republican Party goes round the bend

    07/20/2014 2:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Opinion page ^ | July 17, 2014 | Sally Kohn, progressive activist, columnist and television commentator
    In the beginning, one might have considered it bold -- even inventive -- to oppose every single thing President Obama supported. But it quickly became tiresome and predictable over the last five years. And now, as House Republicans weigh a resolution to sue President Obama for not quickly enough implementing a law the same Republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or stall, all hell has broken loose. Republicans are just being obnoxious now. And dangerous. And nuts. On Wednesday, the House Rules Committee will debate a draft resolution to file a lawsuit against President Obama, wasting taxpayer dollars...
  • (Exempt) White House Working on More Fixes for Troubled Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/20/14 | Elliot Jager
    The federal government and state insurance regulators are coming up with new rules in response to unexpected bills that have resulted from narrower choices, constricted coverage, and misunderstandings over insurer networks, The New York Times reported. A number of insurers have sought to reduce their costs by excluding cancer treatment centers and children's hospitals in their networks. Some consumers signed up for the cheapest plans without reading the fine print about provider network limits. And staff working in some doctors' offices are confused about what networks their physicians were in. Even consumers who tried to sign up with insurers that...
  • How To Run Against ObamaCare. Draw attention to the ACA's pernicious effects on ordinary Americans.

    07/19/2014 8:01:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    WSJ/Rove ^ | July 17, 2014 | Karl Rove
    But GOP candidates can't simply rely on attacking Democrats for having voted for ObamaCare or, in the case of nonincumbents, supporting it. They should draw attention to the law's pernicious effects on ordinary Americans. By humanizing ObamaCare's shortfalls through stories from ordinary people, Republicans will help explode the myth of liberal competence and compassion, keep this issue fresh through the fall and cause voters to hold Democrats accountable at the polls.
  • Must read: User @drawandstrike tweets ‘epic rant about Chappaquiddick’

    via Michelle Malkin
  • Colorado Obamacare Website Repeats ‘Lie of the Year’ Promising Patients Can Keep Healthcare

    07/19/2014 7:09:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 18, 2014 | Brad Richardson
    Much as Democrats would like to distance themselves from Obamacare, somehow the unpopular legislation keeps coming back to haunt them. On the official Colorado state website under healthcare, the discredited Obamacare talking point “If you like your plan, you can keep it” appears not once, but twice. ... As of January, nearly 340,000 Coloradans and more than five million people nationwide had lost their health insurance because of President Barack Obama’s signature law. The claim was popularized by the president in 2009 and rated the “Lie of the Year” by the left-leaning PolitiFact, and the Washington Post gave it one...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo launches new third party to promote late-term abortion

    07/19/2014 4:47:46 AM PDT · by topher · 112 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Jul 18, 2014 - 4:39 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    ALBANY, NY – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday he would form a new third party in the state centered around his late-term abortion expansion program. The formation of the Women’s Equality Party, which is designed to further the Democrats' national “war on women” campaign theme, was announced at a gala on Thursday.