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  • ObamaCare caused some premiums to nearly double in California

    07/31/2014 1:16:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The bad news in California: If you liked your plan and/or your doctor, many of you couldn’t keep either if you had an individual-market plan. The worse news in California: If you liked your premiums, you definitely couldn’t keep those. In the first year of ObamaCare, premiums rose in the Golden State anywhere from 22% to 88% from the previous year — even as insurer networks narrowed so much that consumers had a tough time finding a provider at all: The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they...
  • WaPo Blogger Undercuts His Own Case against Halbig

    07/31/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | Joly 30, 2014 | Charles C..W. Cooke
    ... In an attempt to establish intent, Sargent quotes Yvette Fontenot, a lead Finance staffer who was directly involved in the merger of the bills: During the merger of the two bills, we layered the HELP Committee language that established a federal fallback on top of the Finance Committee language that included exchange established by the state. The result was the tax credits were to apply to all exchanges, both state and federal. Frankly, this smacks of post-rationalization and oversimplification. It is easy to forget this in the heat of political passion, but when the HELP and Finance bills were...
  • Failures in management led to ObamaCare website woes, investigation finds

    07/31/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2014
    A failure of management by the Obama administration led to the disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare website and caused the government to incur tens of millions in additional costs, according to a congressional watchdog report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded after a months-long investigation into the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services failure to establish effective planning or oversight practices was to blame for websites myriad problems after it was launched. Among the issues, investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread...
  • Rushed HHS Let Contractors Fumble Obamacare Website, GAO Says

    07/31/2014 9:31:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY MAGGIE FOX AND JOEL SEIDMAN
    A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last October, according to a report to be released Thursday. And unless HHS acts, more problems could happen this year, the report warns. Federal officials had just three and a half years to design, build and launch the online marketplace from the time the Affordable Care Act was signed in March 2010 to the time it had to be...
  • Democrat: Stop Whining About Cancelled Insurance Plans Under Obamacare

    07/31/2014 8:44:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/31/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-life movement raised the alarm during the health care debate that adopting Obamacare would lead to rationing of health care in a way that could cost patients their very lives. Then, that started to happen more and more often.Now, one Congressional Democrat has a response to Americans who lost their health insurance under Obamacare and Republicans who are speaking out on their behalf: quit “whining.” House Dem: Stop ‘Whining’ About Cancelled Insurance Plans (YouTube) From the Free Beacon: Rep. Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.) said Republicans should stop “whining” about cancelled insurance plans due to Obamacare Wednesday during a hearing...
  • Case Against The D.C. Court's Halbig Ruling Crumbles

    07/31/2014 4:15:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    The more ObamaCare backers try to attack the D.C. Circuit Court's decision that limits subsidies to state-run exchanges, the more it looks like the two judges on that panel got it right.
  • Oklahoma AG Cites Jonathan Gruber To Rebut Government Expert Jonathan Gruber (Pruitt v. Burwell)

    07/30/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Yesterday, the State of Oklahoma filed a motion to apprise a federal judge of Grubers remarks. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt was the first to challenge the Obama administrations illegal taxes and subsidies way back in September 2012 (Pruitt v. Burwell). Solicitor general Patrick Wyrick noted Grubers remarks are highly relevant, because the government itself has repeatedly relied on Gruber as an expert in these cases: Defendants themselves relied on evidence from Professor Gruber in an attempt to show the supposed implausibility of Congress having made something as important as the subsidies hinge on the States willingness to establish...
  • Obamacare Dividends Pile Up for Hospitals as Patients Pay

    07/30/2014 3:42:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 7/30/2014 | Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece
    Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending. HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain, yesterday raised its forecast and reported a 6.6 percent drop in uninsured patients at its 165 hospitals, a reduction that grows to 48 percent in four states that expanded Medicaid, a top initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), which made the...
  • Obama to Republicans: Stop just hatin all the time

    07/30/2014 2:40:28 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2014 | Roberta Rampton
    KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, appealing to them to "stop just hatin' all the time" even as Republicans prepared to sue him over charges he has overstepped the bounds of his office. Republicans in the House of Representatives were expected to vote on Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against the president for exceeding his presidential authority while implementing the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law.
  • The Obamacare Chimera

    07/30/2014 2:38:57 PM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... In other words, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a chimera--a monster made up of parts of multiple ordinary creatures. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (metaphorical rendering) Getty Images Let's call it half man, half snake, to match the illustration we found. The administration's claim is that it has the power to alter Congress's creation by ignoring the snake half and deeming the chimera to be all man. (Note here the rapidity with which Halbig's critics have abandoned any claim that the plaintiffs are wrong about what the law actually says.) That is a stunning...
  • U.S. House: Lawsuit Against President Obama (Live)

    07/30/2014 2:14:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 118 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 7/30/2014 | n/a
    The House is debating H.Res 676, the resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama for his use of executive power in implementing the Affordable Care Act. A final vote is expected around 6 p.m.
  • Obamacare Means What Obamacare Says: Can we discern congressional intent by what was never said?

    07/30/2014 9:29:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    REASON ^ | 07/30/2014 | Peter Suderman
    Is it possible to discern congressional intent by what was never said? In the wake of last week's D.C. Circuit court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell, that, contrary to the administration's current implementation, Obamacare does not allow insurance subsidies in federally run health exchanges, supporters of the law and reporters who covered it have argued as much: No one in Congress ever said that subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges, and reporters never heard about a debate. The idea was unheard of before critics of the health law decided to challenge the administration in court. It's true that the legislative...
  • Cruz: Let's repeal every bloody word' of Obamacare

    07/30/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.</p> <p>“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”</p>
  • Obamacare's Prognosis Worsens

    07/30/2014 4:13:54 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | David Catron
    A while back, I suggested in this space that Obamacare might go the way of McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance reform law was not, you will recall, killed by a single lawsuit or act of Congress. Indeed, the general consensus at the end of 2003 was that McCain-Feingold was in perfect health. Less than seven years later it was, for all intents and purposes, dead. It had succumbed to a long series of attacks by determined opponents who were convinced that it was unconstitutional. Much the same thing is obviously happening to PPACA. Congress has already been compelled to repeal a...
  • Another ObamaCare Promise Flatlines

    07/30/2014 3:55:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/29/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Remember when ObamaCare backers said there was no way the law would push employers to drop their health plans? A new report calls the lie on that one, too. A big concern raised by critics of ObamaCare was that employers would shift their health costs onto taxpayers dropping insurance benefits knowing workers could access guaranteed, often subsidized coverage in an ObamaCare exchange. Typical of the left's response was a Families USA "fact sheet" that called such worries a "myth." "Employers that offer coverage will continue to do so," it declared. The liberal Urban Institute likewise promised the...
  • Halbig Is an Opportunity for Supreme Court To Rededicate Itself to Rule of Law

    07/29/2014 8:59:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    True, the Halbig case, if it makes its way to the Supreme Court, will present an opportunity for Chief Justice John Roberts to redeem himself from his abominably activist salvation of Obamacare. But more important, it will be an opportunity for the high court to reaffirm this nation's commitment to the rule of law. In Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the Affordable Care Act federal health insurance subsidies are available for policies purchased only on state exchanges and not those purchased on the federal exchange. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it...
  • WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case

    07/29/2014 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case Against Obamacare Federal Subsidies With Bombshell Reporting Wait, did I say "devastates?" I meant "vindicates." I get confused about stuff like that sometimes. Then again, in my defense, so does Greg Sargent. Let me explain. This is a lengthy post, so fair warning. Quick refresher: Halbig case turns upon the question of whether the ACA, as written, permits the government to offer federal subsidies (read: price relief) to people who purchase health insurance on federally-established exchanges, or only on state-established ones. The IRS issued an official administrative ruling last year that subsidies applied to...
  • Emails show White House adviser intervened on ObamaCare bailout after industry appeals

    07/29/2014 1:19:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Judson Berger
    Newly released emails show a key White House adviser intervened on behalf of the health insurance industry after an executive repeatedly warned that massive premium hikes were coming unless the administration expanded an ObamaCare program that Republicans call an industry "bailout." The insurance industry ultimately got a more "generous" offer from the administration -- one that Republicans warn could transfer potentially billions of taxpayer dollars into the Affordable Care Act to bail out insurance companies. The documents were included as part of a report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republicans allege that White House adviser...
  • Merck Announces Another Round Of Layoffs [Another 600 positions in Montgomery County, PA]

    07/29/2014 10:25:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 07/29/2014 | Brad Segall
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) A major pharmaceutical company is planning another round of layoffs that again will hit Montgomery County hard. On the heels of more than 650 job cuts at its West Point manufacturing and research plant in late 2013 and earlier this year, Merck plans to let go another 600 employees by the end of August. The company has already filed notices with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor which says the jobs are being cut in North Wales and Lansdale. County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is disappointed with the news, but says theyre working to help those affected.
  • Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

    07/29/2014 9:32:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesnt violate the Constitutions requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that the Obamacare tax was incidental to the primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act, so it isnt a revenue-raising measure as envisioned by the Constitution. Some exercises of the taxing power are not subject to the Origination Clause, the unanimous panel concluded. The issue had been in...
  • Schlafly: Stunning Setback to Obamacare

    07/29/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 29, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin among the public, according to the latest CNN poll. Twice as many Americans say they are being hurt rather than helped by Obamacare. Officially known as the...
  • Jonathan Gruber, the Flip-Flopping Architect of Obamacare

    07/29/2014 7:34:49 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michsel F. Cannon
    And it is precisely because of Grubers intellect and profound familiarity with the PPACA that his attempts to explain away his past statements are not credible. Grubers first attempt was, in essence, Dude, I flaked. He said his comments were the verbal equivalent of a typo a speak-o, as he called it. Then another recording from 2012 emerged in which Gruber said exactly the same thing to a different audience. This was not a speak-o. It was part of a presentation Gruber had given multiple times.
  • Got impeachment? Red Squirrel Alert

    07/29/2014 4:36:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-29-2014 | MOTUS
    I suppose youve heard the impeachment rumors: In an almost farcical twist on the recent political debate, the Obama White House has joined the Democratic fundraising apparatus in what appears to be a campaign to encourage Republicans to impeach the president. Dont worry, theyre just that, rumors. I cannot confirm that they were started and perpetrated right here, at home, butt the record speaks for itself.So Im just warning everyone: dont get caught not doing your fair share: According to our records, you havent chipped in to fight back, the email continued. Can we count on you at this critical...
  • Obamacare Documents Contradict Ezra Klein's Damage Control Over 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/28/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 28, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Jonathan Gruber absolutely did not mean what he clearly said over and over and over again. That pretty much sums up the left's rationale for "Speak-O" Gruber stating again and again and again that states with federal health care exchanges would not be eligible for subsidies. Of course, Gruber made these quite clear statements before it became obvious that the vast majority of states would refuse to set up their own exchanges and the threat of withholding the subsidies fell flat. Among the more amusing of those performing desperate damage control is Ezra Klein of General Electric Vox. Unfortunately for...
  • Obama Goes Around Congress Again to Expand Health Coverage for Federal Workers

    07/28/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 28, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the governments health care program, even though current law would appear to prohibit them from using that program. The rule from the Office of Personnel Management would let these federal workers sign up for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and also allow some of them to enjoy a government contribution to their insurance premiums. Both steps would be done through OPMs proposed regulation, and not through an act of Congress. The proposed rule indicates that...
  • Obama Administration Turns to Hand-Packed Court

    07/28/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Editor's note: Elizabeth Slattery coauthored this piece. When it comes to defending Obamacare subsidies, the Justice Department appears none too eager to take its case to the Supreme Court. Instead, the administration announced it would appeal Tuesdays adverse ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Obama, it seems, likes his chances with the full court. And why not? He hand-packed it himself. The legal issue at hand is whether the IRS has the authority to subsidize health coverage bought through insurance exchanges run by the feds....
  • Ignorance of Elite, Liberal Feminists

    07/28/2014 7:05:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    It is one thing to be ignorant of a law. There are so many out there that none of us can keep track of them all, including the lawyers. It is quite another matter to be behind the curve on a statute you are debating. feminist majority foundation While the outcome of the Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell case is still heavily debated, it remains important to consider why the Supreme Court ruled the way it did in this controversial case. This issue received considerable attention at a recent Feminist Majority conference in which the importance of creating a womens...
  • Obamacare Architect Admists Taxpayers in Non-Exchange States Won't Get the Subsidy

    07/28/2014 6:37:59 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ryan Radia
    UNKNOWN QUESTIONER:Um, you mentioned the Health Insurance Exchanges for the States. And its my understanding that if the States dont provide them, that the Federal Government will provide them.M.I.T. economics Prof. Jonathan Gruber:Yeah, so these Health Insurance Exchanges once you go on MA-HealthConnect.org and CRS [is] in Massachusettswill be these new shopping places. And theyll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. In the law it says [that] if States dont provide them, the federal backstop will. The Federal Government has been sort-of slow in putting in this backstop, I think partially, because they...
  • Oops!...[Obamacare author] Gruber Did It Again [says subsidies only apply to state exchanges]

    07/27/2014 5:28:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    "... if your governor doesnt set up an Exchange, youre losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits... " http://youtu.be/LbMmWhfZyEI
  • 4 Worst Ways Halbig Truthers Have Spun Obamacare Architects Comments

    07/27/2014 4:41:55 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 25, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    This week saw a major victory for attorneys whove argued that, according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, its illegal to give federal subsidies if insurance plans arent part of a state-based Obamacare exchange. The D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the legislation does not authorize such subsidies. Another court gave a somewhat muddled and mixed ruling on the matter that said such subsidies are ok, basically saying that Congress could have or would have been ok with it. The good news, for the attorneys fighting this battle, is that the mixed rulings make it more likely that theyll...
  • Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Once Again Ties Subsidies to State-Based Exchanges

    07/27/2014 2:21:59 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice? A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges. A clip of Jonathan Gruber circulated last night in which he states that Obamacare subsidies are tied to the existence of state exchanges. This statement is extremely problematic for the law's supporters because it appears to confirm the view of plaintiffs in the Halbig case, i.e. that only state-exchanges were intended to deliver subsidies. This morning Gruber told the New Republic's Jonathan Cohn that he doesn't know why he said it at...
  • 296 reasons why hypocrite Dems & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    07/27/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 2 replies
    wordpress ^ | Last updated July 27, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 296 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on July 27, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • Consumers automatically renewing health plans could get inaccurate financial aid amounts (oops)

    07/27/2014 12:03:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Columbus Republic ^ | 7/27/2014 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. If those amounts are too low, consumers could get sticker shock over their new premiums. Too high, and they'll owe the tax man later. Automatic renewal was supposed...
  • Obamacare: 2011 GAO Report Confirms 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/27/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 27, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Liberals are now in damage control mode on the heels of the discovery of not one but two videos of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber claiming in January 2012 that the subsidies for that program were limited to exchanges set up by the states. Their contention is that while Gruber might have worked closely with Congress to create the Obamacare bill, he is still not Congress. The other claim is that there is no document that backs up what they consider to be merely a Gruber "Speak-O." Newsflash folks! Your humble correspondent has come upon a 2011 General Accounting Office report...
  • Halbig and Hammurabi

    07/27/2014 9:53:02 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 27, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ... Perhaps it is not the case that in the 21st-century United States we can live under something as simple and straightforward as the Code of Hammurabi. But the principle is the same: We write laws down in order that citizens may know what is permissible under the generally promulgated rules of the polity. The writing down of laws was the first step on the road from subject to citizen, and to reverse that is to do violence to more than grammatical propriety, Mr. Kleins huffery-puffery notwithstanding. The written law was the first real constraint on the power of kings....
  • Obama Democrats Lose Their Big Bet on Health Exchanges

    07/25/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. The law passed by Congress, Judge Thomas Griffith explained, provided for subsidies in states with state-created exchanges, but not in states with federal exchanges. That's factually correct, and under the Constitution, the government can't spend money not authorized by Congress. This has not prevented Democrats from calling the decision "judicial activism," which makes as much sense as...
  • For the Left, Cool Is King

    07/26/2014 6:33:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-26-14 | Jonah Goldberg
    Conservatives need to get over their insecurities about not being cool in the eyes of liberals. ear Reader (including the many new anti-Semitic and just plain bat-guano crazy people whove wandered into my life in recent days), Last night I said on Twitter: Forgetting may not be the right word. Though if this was the Soviet Union, teams of fat-fingered bureaucrats would be airbrushing his likeness from all official records. In case youre not up to speed, lets recap. Its really a wonderful, feel-good story for the whole family. In the Halbig decision this week, the court ruled that according...
  • Obamacare architect seals the deal to kill it

    07/26/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-26-14 | DrJohn
    Don't hold us to what we meant, scream democrats. Jonathan Gruber is one of the creators of Obamacare. It turns out that the way the exchanges were designed were quite intentional: Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice? A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges. A clip of Jonathan Gruber circulated last night in which he states that Obamacare subsidies are tied to the existence of state exchanges. This statement is extremely problematic for the law's supporters because it appears to confirm the view of plaintiffs...
  • Obamacare's Halbig trap

    07/26/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal has uncovered even more damning evidence that politics took control when the IRS ... started writing regulations to implement the subsidies, following the bills passage: Democrats needed those subsidies. The party had assumed that dangling subsidies before the states would induce them to set up exchanges. When dozens instead refused the IRS assembled a working groupmade up of career IRS and Treasury employeesto develop regulations around ObamaCare subsidies... And we know that this working group initially decided to follow the text of the law. An early draft of its rule about subsidies explained...
  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents dont have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • ObamaCare, The Halbig Lawsuit and Why Gruber 2012 VS Gruber 2014 Matters

    07/25/2014 8:18:17 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7/25/2014 | sundance
    When your own stick turns out to be a boomerang, or what happens when you step on your own rake ! The latest revelations in the ObamaCare debacle revolve around Obama architect Jonathan Gruber. You might remember back in 2010 during the fight over ObamaCare mandates we the people were told the mandate was a penalty and not a tax. However, when ObamaCare challenges ultimately reached the courtroom the administration argument was exactly the opposite. The government argued the mandate was a tax not a penalty; only as a tax could the construct survive legal scrutiny. This latest Gruber development...
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • New IRS Form Proves Obama Lied About Individual Mandate Tax (Baghdad Barry an all time low)

    07/25/2014 6:54:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | 07/25/2014 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    On Thursday the IRS released a slew of draft 2014 tax forms. The new draft Form 1040 shows a new surtax line has been created for the payment of the individual mandate surtax see line 61 of the 1040: President Obama has repeatedly denied that the surtax is in fact actually a tax. The most prominent example was a heated exchange on ABCs This Week in Sept. 2009, when George Stephanopoulos confronted Obama with a dictionary:
  • Oops! Gruber Did It Again

    07/25/2014 6:54:25 PM PDT · by SteveH · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Gruber scarcely had time to plead temporary insanity with regard to his 2012 comments when someone on the interwebs uncovered another example of Gruber explaining in January 2012 that the PPACA withholds tax credits from states that do not establish Exchanges. I transcribe: "A number of states have even turned down millions of dollars in federal government grants as a statement of some sort. They dont support health care reform. I guess Im enough of a believe in democracy to think that when the voters in states see that by not setting up an Exchange, the politicians in their...
  • Gruber vs. Gruber

    07/25/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... It seems to us Gruber has an awfully broad definition of "typo." A typo is when you write "established by the Stake" when you mean to write "established by the State," not when you write "established by the State" when you mean "." Nonetheless, many ObamaCare supporters agree with Gruber that the passage in question was, as others have put it, a mere "drafting error"--that Congress could not possibly have meant to exclude the federal exchange from the subsidy program. Many, but not all. One who disagrees is Jonathan Gruber, who not only is a supporter of ObamaCare but...
  • Court Ruling on Obamacare Exchanges Assailed

    07/25/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 July 2014 | John Semmens
    This past weeks D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruling that customers in the 36 states that didnt establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits was assailed by the programs backers as flagrant judicial activism. Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest promised that this insupportable ruling will be ignored. For the Court to insist upon a literal reading of the statute at this late date would unduly hamper the Presidents scope of action. He cannot and will not abide having his hands tied by this judicial interference. At issue is explicit statutory language in the...
  • Senate Hearing : Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only

    07/25/2014 3:26:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Senator Baucus explains how The Affordable Care Act sets conditions where Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only
  • Obamacare Architect Explained Intent Behind Allowing Subsidies Only On State Exchanges

    07/25/2014 3:05:58 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 23 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | July 25, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Jonathan Gruber, a professor at MIT, is widely is regarded as the architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare. Following the D.C. Circuits decision in Halbig, he asserted that the provision of Obamacare limiting subsidies to the state exchanges was a typo. Indeed, he found it criminal to suggest that Obamacare was intended to work this way. But William Jacobson (via one of his readers) has unearthed video from 2012 in which Gruber explains why Obamacare limits subsidies to participants in state exchanges the view of the statute he now finds criminal. Gruber stated: I think whats important to remember...
  • Vox Fails to Explain Away Obamacare Architect Admitting Subsidies Limited to State Exchanges

    07/25/2014 8:47:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 25, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Jonathan Gruber, along with Ezekiel Emanuel, is considered one of the architects of Obamacare. So when he is caught on video admitting the plaintiff's premise of Halbig vs Burwell which was this week ruled in favor of the plaintiffs it went viral on the Web. The court (and Gruber in 2012) agreed that Congress meant that the states would receive subsidies as an incentive to set up their own Obamacare exchanges. Although, Gruber vociferously denied this recently by claiming the problem was merely a "typo" in the legislation, he is completely contradicted by his earlier statement in January 2012 which...
  • ObamaCare architect explained in 2012 video why only state exchanges pay subsidies

    07/25/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    This week, Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC to assert that the DC Circuit appellate court got the ObamaCare statute all wrong in its Halbig decision. Gruber, one of the key architects of the ACA and of the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” law that preceded it, insisted that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payment was purely accidental. “It is unambiguous this is a typo,” Gruber told Chris Matthews. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.” Two years ago, though, Gruber gave...