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  • IRS to Warn Uninsured [semi-satire]

    09/25/2016 9:12:25 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Irked by the decision of 20 million Americans who have declined to sign up for Obamacare, the IRS is crafting a letter to advise them of the "antisocial implications" of non-participation. Commissioner John Koskinen explained that "failure to enroll evinces a lack of cooperation with a policy that the government has determined is necessary. Non-compliers may feel that enrollment is optional. It is not. That's why there is a fine. Paying the fine doesn't get them off the hook." Koskinen pointed out that "not only does the amount of the fine ratchet up each year, our Agency has other tools...
  • IRS to target 20 million Americans who didn't buy Obamacare

    09/23/2016 11:02:21 AM PDT · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Wordnet Daily ^ | 23 Sep 2016
    Are you one of 20 million uninsured Americans who hasn’t signed up for Obamacare? Then you might be getting a note from the IRS this year “suggesting” you enroll. “Getting a letter from the IRS can be a threatening and nerve-racking experience; it seldom is seen as a suggestion and more of a threat,” Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner wrote in a Forbes column Wednesday. The IRS is reportedly “reaching out” to Americans who claimed an exemption or chose to pay the tax penalty for not purchasing mandatory health insurance. The ploy is intended to “attract” Obamacare enrollees. “The government...
  • $11 Billion In Missing Obamacare Subsidies From Mass Tax Noncompliance

    09/22/2016 11:52:18 AM PDT · by wtd · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 21,2016 11:40 PM | Brian Blase
    $11 Billion In Missing Obamacare Subsidies From Mass Tax NoncomplianceComplications arising from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits (PTCs) are causing millions of people to effectively break the law. People who benefit from advance premium tax credits (APTCs) must file tax returns and include a form to reconcile the advanced amount to the actual end-of-year entitled amount. The failure of so many people to fulfill this new legal requirement has led the government to spend more than it should have as APTCs tend to be higher than legally entitled amounts. The big news is that tax filers,...
  • Trump says he will replace 'failed and corrupt establishment'

    09/21/2016 12:35:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | Sept.21, 2016 | Blade Staff
    Subtitle: He promises tax reductions, child care, repeal of Affordable Care Act Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, during his stump speech today at the Stranahan Theater in South Toledo, boasted he would replace the "failed and corrupt establishment" of the nation and that he would terminate all "job-killing" orders from the Obama Administration.
  • Was Obamacare designed to fail?

    09/20/2016 6:30:49 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 44 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Obamacare was designed to fail. It’s a gigantic con job. It was drawn up in such a way that it would eventually collapse thus theoretically clearing the way for single-payer Well, DUH! Of course Obamacare was designed to fail. The system is built on lies. It is a Trojan horse for a total government takeover of health care in the United States. In an op-ed in The Hill, Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D., who practices family medicine in Newport Beach, Calif., examines the issue. He writes: As ObamaCare’s troubles mount, I’ve heard my patients and my peers in healthcare ask: How...
  • 3 Ways to Talk to a Liberal about Obamacare

    09/20/2016 12:48:12 PM PDT · by sally234 · 16 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/19/16 | Beverly Hallberg
    Before March 2010, health care reform was already a divisive political issue. People chose sides for very personal reasons, which made it a difficult topic to discuss using an indoor voice.
  • Death of a Society

    09/19/2016 8:39:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Sensus Fidelium youtube ^ | Published on Aug 30, 2015 | Sensus Fidelium
    Death of a Society Destroying Marriage & the Family: An Essential Principle in the Culture of Death. Homily from 2008 before the election on the culture of death in our land. Father speaks of a story of an assisted suicide vote then brings in how the culture of death has attacked marriage & sex. For more please go to http://www.romans10seventeen.org/ & please say 3 Hail Marys for the priest Marriage provides a proper structure for family, and family is the unit cell of society. Society is made of families. Family is the building block of society. Changing the nature of...
  • Health care costs rise by most in 32 years

    09/16/2016 2:18:21 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2016 | Patrick Gillespie
    Prices for medicine, doctor appointments and health insurance rose the most last month since 1984. The price increases come amid a broader debate about climbing health care costs and high premiums for Obamacare coverage. [Snip] Medical care costs altogether rose 1% just in August from July, according to the Consumer Price Index, a report on price inflation from the U.S. Labor Department.
  • Another Obamacare Co-Op Folds, Leaving Only 6 Remaining

    09/14/2016 1:58:57 PM PDT · by EVO X · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 13, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey is folding after the state’s insurance commissioner put the Obamacare co-op in “rehabilitation” due to its hazardous financial condition. The co-op had a liability of $46.3 million under the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program, according to the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. That program was designed to transfer money between insurers in case one insurer had more costly enrollees “Despite our hard work and growing customer base, the unfortunate necessity for complying with the [Affordable Care Act’s] risk adjustment mandate has put the company under considerable financial strain,” said Tom Dwyer,...
  • "Rampant Fraud" Exposed In Obamacare Exchanges: 100% Of Fictitious Enrollees Obtained Subsidies

    09/13/2016 10:39:52 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 13 September 2016 | Tyler Durden
    A recent "undercover enrollment" investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that pretty much anyone can sign up for Obamacare and receive taxpayer funded incentives without having to worry about pesky little details like proving citizenship, identity or income-based needs. In fact, the study found that every single one of its 15 fictitious Obamacare applications were actually approved for coverage despite intentional application omissions, fictitious identification and citizenship documentation, etc. Moreover, all of the applications were also approved for federal subsidies which totaled $60,000 per year. Per the GAO: Our undercover testing for the 2016 coverage year found...
  • Politico's Grunwald Denies Jonathan Gruber was Obamacare Architect

    09/13/2016 6:22:30 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 13, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. ---Mark 14:30 If Donald Trump said it, then it must be false. That seems to be the philosophy of many liberals, including Politico senior staff writer Michael Grunwald. In this case, Trump correctly described Jonathan Gruber as the architect of Obamacare in a speech today in Des Moines, Iowa. Gruber was once embraced by liberals and was praised by them many times over and over and over again as the "architect of Obamacare." However, ever since November 2014 when video...
  • Obama purged military of those who sought victory

    09/10/2016 3:59:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    It was not hyperbole when GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said that under resident Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. military had been "reduced to rubble" and left floundering without a coherent strategy or meaningful capability to win wars. It is a fait accompli, engineered by our commander-in-chief to reduce America's global footprint, an America he has profusely apologized for, and one he blames for all the world's ills. Almost as soon as he took office, resident Obama began a military purge not dissimilar to those routinely conducted by third-world despots, with the goal of eliminating voices...
  • Hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse, warn NHS chiefs (socialized medicine)

    09/10/2016 3:18:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09-10-2016 | Denis Campbell
    The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis. Years of underfunding have left the service facing such “impossible” demands that without urgent extra investment in November’s autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment – all options that will provoke public disquiet, it says. n an unprecedentedly bleak assessment of the NHS’s own health, NHS Providers, which speaks for hospital trust chairs and chief executives, tells ministers that widespread breaches of performance targets,...
  • Surgeons protest CMS proposal requiring them to code every 10 minutes

    09/10/2016 12:42:53 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 26 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | 09/09/2016 | Kelly Gooch
    Surgeons are speaking out against a Medicare proposal that would require them to use new billing codes to track their work in 10-minute increments during global surgical "packages" that span 10 days and 90 days, reports Medscape Medical News. The "packages" include preoperative and postoperative care as well as the procedure itself.
  • It’s time to kill the ObamaCare penalty (Hope Trump Makes this Pledge)

    09/08/2016 1:48:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 5, 2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    On Inauguration Day, the next president of the United States should suspend the penalty for being uninsured under ObamaCare. President Obama promised his law would provide an array of affordable health plans. In 2017, consumers will get neither choice nor affordability. In nearly a third of the nation, only one insurer will offer coverage — that’s no choice at all. And insurance premiums are skyrocketing across the country. ObamaCare is broken. Slapping ObamaCare refuseniks with hefty penalties (averaging almost $1,000) for not signing up would be unfair, like enforcing a parking ticket when the meter’s broken.
  • Obamacare Shrinks Economy through Medicaid Expansion and Tax Credit Cliffs

    09/07/2016 10:19:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | September 6, 2016 | Hans Bader
    Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid reduced employment in those states that participated in it by a statistically significant extent, according to a recent study by Georgetown University’s Tomas Wind:“I find a significant negative relationship between Medicaid expansion and labor force participation, in which expanding Medicaid is associated with 1.5 to 3 percentage point drop in labor force participation.”As Wind notes, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion provided an unusually good test case for the effects of a government program, since it went into effect in some states but not others during the covered period. […] Ironically, despite its enormous cost of billions of dollars...
  • Dead Air: Big Three Virtually Silent On Disastrous Obamacare News For Their Evening Broadcasts

    09/05/2016 10:11:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Guy has written extensively about ObamacareÂ’s dismal year. The number of uninsured is expected to spike by 2 million people between 2017-2026, the number of those enrolled came in 24 million under the original CBO projections, a large percentage of those who enrolled in Obamacare were already insured before their previous plans were gutted under the law, and the whole notion that the law is on the verge of total collapse. ItÂ’s a total disaster, yet NBC News, CBS News, and ABC NewsÂ’ evening programs seem to ignore that President ObamaÂ’s signature domestic achievement is on life support.The honorable mention...
  • Make Democrats Own ObamaCare

    09/03/2016 4:56:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/01/16 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    “You bet I voted for that bill. I’m proud I did it!” yelled Russ Feingold at a Wisconsin campaign stop in 2010. That pride—in ObamaCare—lost the three-term Democratic senator his job. Now his party’s ownership of the health-care law may once again decide the Senate. ObamaCare is roaring back as a political liability to Democrats in a way not seen since that 2010 wave election. Right in time for this fall’s presidential contest, insurers are bailing out of the government system, leaving millions of voters with dwindling options and skyrocketing premiums. ObamaCare was always destined to crack up, but there...
  • Charlie Daniels: Obamacare Is Going to Implode Just as It Was Meant To

    09/01/2016 7:41:35 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 1, 2016 | Charlie Daniels
    It is becoming apparent that Obamacare, barring the influx of massive government cash, is going to implode, which is what it was destined to do from the get go. Although almost nobody in the private sector even knows all the provisions in the convoluted and highly complicated legislation, and many of the members of congress who saddled us with it never even read it. The Affordable Care Act is a contradiction in terms. First of all, it is not affordable, or at least, it soon won’t be, as major insurance carriers who signed on because they figured Obama had handed...
  • Obama Sabotages ObamaCare

    08/30/2016 6:49:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies
    forbes ^ | 08.29.16 | Grace-Marie Turner
    As health insurers head for the exits, Americans who have been whipsawed by ObamaCare may get whacked again this fall:  First, they were thrown off private plans that were declared illegal, then they were forced into the ObamaCare exchanges, and now they could face the prospect of being shut out of coverage through their exchanges entirely for 2017.  In Arizona’s Pinal County, for example, no insurers are offering coverage through the exchange. While decisions won’t be final until next month, people in other counties could face a similar fate.Elsewhere, millions of Americans will have a “choice” of just one carrier,...
  • White House announces massive changes in bid to head off ObamaCare disaster

    08/30/2016 9:11:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 39 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/30/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Including: Making insurers help pay the costs of other insurers' high-cost policyholders ObamaCare is a huge and glorious success, and it’s the shining jewel in Barack Obama’s legacy. That’s what the Democrats have been telling us for several years, and for the most part the media have dutifully parrotted this talking point. But in recent months, it’s gotten harder for Obama’s media protectors to keep pretending everything is OK. Exchanges are in dire fiscal straits. Insurers are dropping out. Premiums are soaring. Provider networks are narrowing. The left keep reaching back for what it thinks is the one saving grace...
  • ObamaCare coverage options disappearing across country, report finds

    08/29/2016 7:02:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 29, 2016
    Nearly a third of U.S. counties will be left with just one insurance option next year on the ObamaCare exchanges, according to a new analysis fueling warnings about the impact of the insurance company exodus from markets across the country. The Kaiser Family Foundation study found residents in Pinal County, Ariz., are even at risk of having no insurance options on the exchanges, which provide subsidized plans. Republicans seized on the report Monday to claim that the health care overhaul is not providing the choices promised by President Obama and others. […] The Kaiser Family Foundation study found that overall,...
  • Fantastic: Obama’s final budget explodes deficit to $590 billion

    08/29/2016 5:56:18 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/29/16 | Dan Calabrese
    That's a 35 percent increase, and it brings debt held by the public to the highest share of GDP since 1952 If I told you the deficit was soaring, economic growth was terrible and ObamaCare was collapsing, you’d assume that Obama’s approval ratings would be in the tank and the Democrats would have no hope of electing someone who basically promises to continue his policies. Well, I’m telling you. All this is happening. But these are not the major issues in the presidential campaign because one candidate is hopelessly corrupt and dishonest and the other one just really bothers people...
  • Last chance? Obama administration proposes health law fixes

    08/29/2016 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2016 6:01 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    In one of its last chances to tinker with the president’s signature health care law, the Obama administration Monday proposed a series of fixes and adjustments for 2018, when the White House will have a new occupant. The changes are detailed in a highly technical draft regulation, nearly 300 pages long. Insurers and consumer advocates were trying to decipher its implications Monday evening. The proposal would update the health insurance marketplace’s premium stabilization system to reflect concerns that insurers have raised. It also proposes changes to a current five-year ban on companies returning to the health law’s markets after they...
  • Manitoba Men Weep After Learning They Were Switched at Birth 41 Years Ago (2nd Same Hospital)

    08/29/2016 11:50:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBC ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Jillian Taylor
    DNA tests confirm both were given to wrong mothers after being born at Norway House Indian HospitalLeon Swanson and David Tait Jr. are both 41 years old and have just learned they're not exactly who they thought they were. Both wept Friday in Winnipeg as Eric Robinson, a former NDP member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Keewatinook, told media that the two men were switched at birth more than 40 years ago at a hospital in Norway House Cree Nation. "What happened here is lives were stolen," Robinson said. "You can't describe it as anything less than that." Swanson...
  • Obama adds 39,454 new employees to Veterans Administration, but less than 10% are doctors

    08/29/2016 6:59:52 AM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    Open the Books ^ | May 2016
    While long wait times persisted the VA added 39,454 new positions to their payroll between 2012-2015. Fewer than ten percent of these new positions (3,591) were ‘Medical Officers,’ i.e. doctors.
  • Va. budget shortfall means no raises for teachers, state employees

    08/28/2016 5:46:17 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    WTOP ^ | August 26, 2016 | By Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON — Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke the bad news to the General Assembly’s money committees Friday morning in Richmond that the state’s budget is in the hole by about $1.5 billion over two years, and he warned state lawmakers to brace for “tough decisions ahead.” The projected shortfall for the current two-year budget is $1.2 billion. But that’s in addition to shortfall of about $280 million carried over from the budget year that ended June 30. The governor told state lawmakers the budget problems are being driven by lower income and sales tax revenue collections than what was anticipated. As...
  • There Is No Fix

    08/28/2016 3:05:05 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | From the 6 Sep, 2016 issue | There Is No Fix
    With Aetna’s announcement that it is pulling out of most government-run exchanges, Obamacare's death spiral has begun to accelerate. Few but the sickest or most heavily subsidized people want anything to do with the (inaptly named) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's high-priced, high-deductible, narrow-network plans. Insurers are responding to sicker risk pools and bigger losses by raising rates, which makes the plans even less attractive to the young and healthy—which makes the risk pools sicker, which makes the rates rise further. And the spiral continues, like water circling the drain. No less of an Obamacare cheerleader than the New...
  • WashPost Obamacare Failure Story Barely Cites Jonathan Gruber as 'an Economist'

    08/28/2016 9:27:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    If you are writing an article about the failure of ObamaCare, Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts, wouldn't the primary person you would want to quote at length be the one generally acknowledged as the disgraced architect of that plan, Jonathan Gruber? Of course. And yet Carolyn Y. Johnson of the Washington Post only provided a short quote from Gruber buried deep within the story and identified him as "an economist" with no reference to his crucial role in being the architect of ObamaCare. This is sort of like doing a story about Wall Street and then citing Bernie...
  • Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts [More Obamacare Failure]

    08/28/2016 6:37:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/27/16 | Carolyn Y. Johnson
    Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Obama’s signature health-care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses. As a result, the administration’s promise of a menu of health-plan choices has been replaced by a grim, though preliminary, forecast: Next year, more than 1 in 4 counties are at risk of having a single insurer on its exchange, said Cynthia Cox, who studies health reform for the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Massive ObamaCare Rate Hikes Are A Good Thing, White House Says

    08/27/2016 11:21:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    investors.com ^ | Aug. 26, 2016
    Health Reform: This week Illinois' insurance regulator said ObamaCare premiums in the state will jump as high as 55%. The Obama administration's response to this and other news of massive rate hikes: Don't worry. Be happy. Anyone shopping for ObamaCare coverage in Illinois this fall is in for a big shock. The average increase for cheap Bronze plans is likely 44%. It's 45% for the lowest-cost Silver plan, and 55% for the cheapest Gold plan.
  • Burden of Health-Care Costs Moves to the Middle Class

    08/25/2016 8:06:38 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Anna Louie Sussman
    Growth in overall health-care spending is slowing, but middle-class families’ share of the tab is getting larger, squeezing households already feeling stretched financially. Overall, health-care spending across the economy reached 18.2% of gross domestic product as of June, up from 13.3% in 2000, according to Altarum Institute, a health research group. However, the mix of who pays has evolved. The government has taken on a larger share in recent years as more people age into Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid and provided subsidies for low-income people buying insurance on state exchanges. Middle-class households are finding more of...
  • Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses 'You Can Keep Your Doctor' | The Weekly Standard

    08/24/2016 12:22:18 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/24/2016 | Jeryl Bier
    Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses 'You Can Keep Your Doctor' | The Weekly Standard http://www.weeklystandard.com/obamacare-website-no-longer-addresses-you-can-keep-your-doctor/article/2003956 Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses 'You Can Keep Your Doctor' Healthcare.gov has disappeared references to Obama's failed promise. 10:04 AM, Aug 24, 2016 | By Jeryl Bier "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was President Barack Obama's signature catchphrase he used to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. Now Obamacare's flagship website, healthcare.gov, no longer even addresses the issue.
  • 5 States, Nearly 700 Counties Don’t See ‘Choice and Competition’ Promised by Obamacare

    08/24/2016 10:59:10 AM PDT · by milton23 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/23/16 | Fred Lucas
    Five states will be down to just one health insurer on the Obamacare marketplace next year, and consumers in 664 counties are projected to face that same situation under a law sold as providing “choice and competition.” The five states that will have no choice are Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Two more states, North Carolina and Kansas, are close to having only one Obamacare insurer, health policy experts note. Alabama will be down to a single insurance company next year because Humana and UnitedHealthcare announced their departure. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare exited South Carolina. UnitedHealthcare also departed Oklahoma.
  • For the first time, a county in America has lost all of its Obamacare insurers

    08/23/2016 4:59:36 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 22, 2016, 10:08 AM | Bob Bryan
    Cox told Business Insider that the situation in Pinal County will likely raise calls for a public option, or a government-run health insurance option similar to Medicare or Medicaid.
  • NHS crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in

    08/22/2016 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/22/16 | Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
    Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS "buckling" this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record. Last night, Britain’s most senior A&E doctor said hospitals were under such strain that a bad...
  • How Obama Hoodwinked the Supreme Court on Obamacare

    08/22/2016 1:52:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 22, 2016 | Hollis Hurd
    In the case of King v. Burwell, decided by the Supreme Court in June of 2015, President Obama won the day by convincing six justices that Obamacare would collapse if he lost. The case involved the so-called "individual mandate," which imposes a financial penalty on those who neglect to buy health insurance. To many observers, the wording of Affordable Care Act seemed to impose the financial penalty only in states where a state exchange had been set up, not in states where the federal exchange operated by default. At that time, only 16 states (and the District of Columbia) had...
  • GHP seeks 41 percent rate hike (Geisinger Health Plan, very big in PA)

    08/22/2016 11:33:39 AM PDT · by jiggyboy · 8 replies
    The Daily Item ^ | August 22, 2016 | Rick Dandes
    If you rely on health insurance provided by companies aligned with the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Pennsylvania, prepare yourself for sticker shock when it’s time to pay those premiums in the fall. Valley residents enrolled in the ACA marketplace can choose from programs offered by Capital Advantage, Geisinger, Highmark, UPMC Health Options, Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Quality Options, and Keystone Health Plan Central. All are proposing significant rate increases for monthly premiums in 2017.
  • One-third of US won't have choice between Obamacare plans in 2017

    08/22/2016 10:18:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    It's looking like a lot of people are going to have little Obamacare choice next year.One-third of the United States may have just a single insurer to pick from on Obamacare marketplaces in 2017, an analysis released Friday suggests. Seven entire states are projected to have just one carrier in 2017: Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming, according to research by the Avalere consultancy. And more than half of the country, 55 percent, may end up having two or fewer insurers to choose from on those government-run exchanges, Avalere said. "And there may be some sub-region...
  • Obamacare is unsustainable — the backbone could collapse, expert warns

    08/21/2016 4:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 17, 2016 | Abigail Stevenson
    If politicians don't fix the Affordable Care Act, then the vulnerable Blue Cross and local HMO plans — which serve as the backbone of Obamacare — must exit, said Robert Laszewski, the President of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. "What the politicians need to do is to understand they have got about a year to fix this," he said in an interview with CNBC's "Closing Bell." Republicans do not want to fix the existing flaws for Obamacare, Laszewski said. Instead, they want to repeal and replace it. He added that Democrats are now stating that they would rather go to...
  • Obamacare Is Still A Giant Cronyistic Disaster

    08/21/2016 8:42:52 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | David Harsanyi
    It’d be a shame if something terrible happened to that poorly constructed, expensive, low-enrollment, government-run, fabricated health-insurance marketplace scheme that we’re helping you prop up. — Aetna to Barack Obama, basically So a giant rent-seeking insurance company is accused of having threatened to leave Obamacare’s health insurance “marketplace” if the government didn’t approve its giant merger. If true, this would be the least surprising development in the past six years of Obamacare fiascos. Any giant regulatory scheme bringing together big business and big government inevitably leads to cronyism and corruption. Not long after the Justice Department blocked Aetna’s merger with...
  • Obamacare’s impending implosion should worry New Yorkers

    08/21/2016 10:46:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 20, 2016
    With the news last week that Aetna — like UnitedHealth and Humana — is pulling out of most state exchanges, ObamaCare seems set to implode. Even President Obama seems to realize it: He’s preparing to launch a major push to draw in more people — preferably, healthy young ones — to his health-care marketplaces. In the meantime, there was grim tidings for New York: Roughly one out of every five companies in the state is hiring fewer workers thanks to ObamaCare. Companies say they’re shifting to more part-timers. They’re cutting workers’ wages and benefits and hiking prices. Those were the...
  • I Told You So: Health Care, ACA

    08/20/2016 9:14:02 AM PDT · by BDParrish · 16 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | August 18,2016 | Karl Denninger
    This rate of acceleration will, as I have repeatedly pointed out, bankrupt the Federal Government within the next administration's term. It will in fact exceed all current federal spending within the next 10 years. Neither of these events will actually come to pass because you cannot have a government when you can't pay the light bill in Washington DC. There is exactly one way to stop this from happening and that is to start prosecuting and imprisoning, right now, each and every instance of price-fixing (Sherman/Clayton), attempts to monopolize markets (Sherman/Clayton again), pricing discrimination of like kind and quantity for...
  • Reminder: Obamacare Is Still A Disaster

    08/19/2016 8:14:38 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 19 Aug, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    So a giant, rent-seeking insurance company is accused of having threatened to leave Obamacare's health insurance "marketplace" if the government didn't approve its giant merger. If true, this would be the least surprising development in the past six years of Obamacare fiascos. Any giant regulatory scheme bringing together big business and big government inevitably leads to cronyism and corruption. Not long after the Justice Department blocked Aetna's merger with Humana, the company announced it would be scaling back participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges. Now, Obamacare consumers in 11 states won't be able to keep their insurance, even though, one...
  • Obamacare Critic: 'Premiums Are Going Up, Up, Up'

    08/18/2016 9:17:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2016 | 4:48 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    When Obamacare’s fourth open enrollment period begins on November 1, many customers will face fewer insurance options and much higher prices. “Only the sick people sign up. And that’s why the premiums are going up, up, up,” said Obamacare critic Betsy McCaughey, who is the former Lt. Gov. of New York. Premiums will go up by double digits, she predicted — “20 percent for the biggest plans in New York, 40 percent in Tennessee, and somewhere in between around the country.” …
  • Sentifi Insights Aetna Retaliates DOJ’s Blocking its Merger with Humana

    08/18/2016 7:15:23 PM PDT · by djsunzi · 2 replies
    Sentifi Insights ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | HV
    Aetna’s decision to reduce its Obamacare business appears to stem from the Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block Aetna’s merger with rival Humana. In short, it’s an act of retaliation. As a result, Aetna continues to dominate Sentifi Top Attentions list for the third consecutive day.
  • Insurers, the latest threat to Obamacare

    08/18/2016 3:16:37 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | AUGUST 17, 2016 | Karen Tapia-Andersen
    For three years now, Americans living with pre-existing, potentially deadly medical conditions have been able to get insurance without fear.
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    08/18/2016 9:41:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
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  • Now we know the real reason Aetna bailed on Obamacare

    08/17/2016 7:11:29 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    business insider ^ | 8/17 | bob bryan
    ... Now, however, it appears a large reason for the shift in tone was the Department of Justice's lawsuit to block Aetna's merger with rival Humana. A July letter, acquired by The Huffington Post, outlined Aetna's thinking on the public exchanges if the deal with Humana were blocked. The letter from Bertolini to the DOJ outlined the effect of a possible merger on its Obamacare business. ...
  • Aetna drops out of ObamaCare exchanges in 11 states

    08/17/2016 5:56:00 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/17/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Freefall Remember when Democrats, still in the midst of shoving ObamaCare down the throats of an unwilling nation, argued that it would actually be “market-based”? Democrats don’t know anything about how truly free markets work, of course, but their argument was that the ObamaCare exchanges were basically competitive marketplaces in which consumers could shop for the insurance that would make sense for them. OK, granted, it’s a marketplace operating under the artificially imposed and completely insane parameters imposed by the government. And OK, what we commonly call health “insurance” isn’t really anything like a real insurance product. And OK, the...