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  • Brookings study reveals Minnesota’s individual insurance market is not faring well under ACA

    10/30/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | 10-30-14 | Peter Nelson
    Printer-friendly version A new study published by the Brookings Institution reveals the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is imposing far more volatility and harm on people in Minnesota’s individual market than elsewhere. The study, by Yale economist Amanda Kowalski, takes “an early look at the impact of the ACA on the individual health insurance market.” It compares state-by-state coverage levels, insurance premiums and insurance costs in the first two quarters of 2014 to estimates of what they would have been if the ACA had not been implemented this year. These estimates are created by extending pre-ACA trends going...
  • Mitch McConnell willing to kill Obamacare with just 51 votes

    10/30/2014 2:44:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 152 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Philip Klein
    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority if he takes over as majority leader in January, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. The announcement comes just days before Tuesday's midterm congressional election, in which Republicans have a strong chance of seizing the upper chamber from the Democrats and putting the Kentucky senator in charge. "Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he'll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs....
  • Obama's Health Law: Who Was Helped Most [/barf alert]

    10/30/2014 11:44:27 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | KEVIN QUEALY and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ NYT
    Headline: Obama’s Health Law: Who Was Helped Most Writers: By KEVIN QUEALY and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Dated: OCT. 29, 2014 Tickler: A new data set provides a clearer picture of which people gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Excerpt: ... 10 million more people have insurance coverage this year... Now a large set of data ... The biggest winners from the law include... ... Overall change in uninsured Americans, 2013-14 ... Over all, about 10 million Americans who had no insurance in 2013 signed up for it this year,... ... several charts... People who live in states that... ......
  • Obamacare, Year One: 78 Percent Premium Hikes

    10/29/2014 3:28:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | october 29, 2014 | sarah hurtubise
    In its first year, Obamacare hiked health insurance premiums by up to 78 percent, according to a new analysis comparing insurance costs before and after Obamacare. HealthPocket, a nonpartisan health insurance research company, analyzed government data on individual health insurance premiums in the 2013 market before Obamacare reforms and 2014′s Obamacare exchanges, and the results are in: Average premiums are higher for all ages– far above the norm for annual increases. Young customers have been hurt the worst by Obamacare– a big potential problem for the Obama administration, which failed to attract enough young and healthy customers during the first...
  • Death spiral? Short-term health plans grow as cheap alternative to ObamaCare

    10/29/2014 3:14:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    foxnews ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Maxim Lott
    A fast-growing, short-term alternative to ObamaCare that allows customers to get cheap, one-year policies could put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral. The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage. The catch -- that the policies only last for a year -- is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can always sign up for ObamaCare if their short-term coverage is not renewed. “Applications rose 30 percent...
  • State’s former Obamacare czar has new job at firm fixing botched site

    10/29/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Chris Cassidy
    The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar is taking an executive job at the company that was awarded a no-bid state contract to fix the disastrous website, the Herald has learned. Sarah Iselin — hired by the Patrick Administration in February to rescue the malfunctioning website — will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which currently holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the Health Connector on Nov. 15. Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield to oversee the Massachusetts Health Connector from February to May, told the Herald today she is leaving the insurer for a...
  • McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

    10/29/2014 2:07:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 143 replies
    NPR ^ | October 29, 2014
    Election Day isn't until next week, but Senate Majority Leader-in-Waiting Mitch McConnell is already warning Republicans who would like to repeal Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations about two key numbers: 60 and 2. "It would take 60 votes in the Senate. No one thinks we're going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a presidential signature. No one thinks we're going to get that," McConnell said during a campaign-stop interview with Fox News. "This is why nobody believes Mitch McConnell anymore," said Mary Vought, spokeswoman for the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that has pushed Tea Party candidates...
  • Seriously? Obamacare Covers Foreign Diplomats

    10/29/2014 2:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 29, 2014 | Tim Mak
    Two House committees are demanding answers after learning that the Affordable Care Act makes foreign diplomats eligible for health care subsidies.Obamacare has a loophole that allows foreign diplomats to receive healthcare subsidies, the House Ways and Means and Foreign Affairs Committees revealed Wednesday as they announced a joint investigation. “According to the Department of Health and Human Services, foreign diplomats holding ‘A’ or ‘G’ visas are eligible to participate in an array of medical programs administered by the federal government, including participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces governed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” wrote chairmen Ed Royce and Dave Camp...
  • Government sues Honeywell over employee wellness program

    10/29/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-29-14 | Dee Depass
    Federal officials are challenging new benefit rules at Honeywell Inc. that create monetary penalties unless employees and spouses take medical tests. A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to complaints from two Minnesota employees sets up a potential court case over how far employers can go to shift health costs and influence worker behavior. The agency said in the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, that new health screening and penalties at Honeywell violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. “Employees will be penalized if they or their...
  • Conservatives ready to give leaders hell (Clean border security bill w/o Amnesty, H1B flood)

    10/29/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/14 | LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER
    Conservatives in Congress are drawing up their wish list for a Republican Senate, including “pure” bills, like a full repeal of Obamacare, border security and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — unlikely to win over many Democrats and sure to torment GOP leaders looking to prove they can govern. Interviews with more than a dozen conservative lawmakers and senior aides found a consensus among the right wing of the Republican Party: If Republicans take the Senate, they want to push an agenda they believe was hamstrung by the Democratic-controlled chamber, even if their bills end up getting vetoed by...
  • Obamacare Cancellations are Really Just “Invitations” to Get Better Plans (Exempt Pelosi knew)

    10/29/2014 2:55:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/29/14 | Michael Schaus
    In order to be a big-government liberal, mental gymnastics and verbal tap-dancing must come naturally. In an impressive display of verbal flexibility, a Health and Human Services official explained that Obamacare is really just a benevolent feature of a loving government that is completely incapable of coercion or force. According to Joanne Grossie from the HHS, no one is being “forced” into the public exchanges. She even insisted that people who have found themselves kicked off their previous healthcare plans are actually quite lucky; because their previous plans were obviously inadequate clunkers that catered only to their gullibility and stupidity…...
  • Obamacare sends health premiums skyrocketing by as much as 78 percent

    10/28/2014 7:57:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Covering pre-existing conditions and ‘essential benefits’ raising insurance plan costsThe Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent. Average insurance premiums in the sought-after 23-year-old demographic rose most dramatically, with men in that age group seeing an average 78.2 percent price increase before factoring in government subsidies, and women having their premiums rise 44.9 percent, according to a report by HealthPocket scheduled for release Wednesday. The study, which was shared...
  • Ave Maria School of Law Wins Its HHS Mandate Case in Federal Court

    10/28/2014 7:13:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Patheos ^ | 10/28/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    The Obama Administration has suffered another defeat in its quest to force Catholics and people of faith to pay for abortion-causing drugs, as required by the HHS Mandate. Today the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida> came down in favor of Ave Maria School of Law, ruling that the Catholic law school cannot be forced to implement portions of the HHS Mandate which compel faith-based organizations to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom, representing the law school in Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius, argued that the mandate violates the...
  • Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges

    10/28/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 27 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    Over 214,000 doctors won't participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It's also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In January, an estimated 70% of California's physicians were not participating in Covered California plans. Here are some of the reasons why: 1. Reimbursements under...
  • States ask Congress to intervene on drug prices

    10/28/2014 4:07:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
    Medicaid chiefs from red and blue states are urging Congress to stem the cost of revolutionary new drugs for hepatitis C, cancer, and other diseases. In a letter Tuesday to key congressional committees, the National Association of Medicaid Directors said lawmakers should consider everything from outright price controls on manufacturers to federal help for states trying to pay for the new medications. The bipartisan group did not endorse any particular course of action. …
  • 'Operation' game inventor can't afford his surgery

    10/28/2014 2:22:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/28/14 | Hailey Lee
    Fifty years ago, John Spinello, a student at the University of Illinois, invented the board game 'Operation' which lets kids pretend to be surgeons. Now at the age of 77, Spinello can't afford his own real-life operation, reports Huffington Post. The oral surgery that he needs will cost him $25,000—a burdensome bill after selling the rights to his 'Operation' game to Milton Bradley for just $500.
  • Older Broadway Actors Booted From Equity-League Health Plan In Obamacare Fallout

    10/28/2014 1:29:56 PM PDT · by alphadoggie · 34 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/28/14 | Christopher Zara
    They spent decades singing and dancing their hearts out for eight shows a week, but now the curtain is closing on their health care coverage. Hundreds of older stage actors are being kicked off the Actors’ Equity Association health insurance plan after the organization that manages the plan decided the actors were no longer cost-effective, according to people familiar with the situation. Actors’ Equity Association is the largest union for stage actors, representing almost 50,000 actors and stage managers across the United States. The change, which takes effect at the end of this year, was made by the board of...
  • EDITORIAL: Running against Obama’s postponed November surprises

    10/28/2014 10:48:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Editorial
    President’s postelection agenda is both secret and obviousBefore Americans vote next week they deserve to know what President Obama has in store for them. The administration’s near-term plans on health care, the environment, immigration, nominees for high office and other issues are shrouded in mystery. It doesn’t take much of a crystal ball to guess what lies just ahead, but the people should hear it from the source. Mr. Obama isn’t talking. He says his policies are on the ballot, and he knows that the less the voters know, the better for Democratic candidates. The White House wants no repeat...
  • Sorry, New York Times: ObamaCare Is Not Working

    Health Reform: The New York Times on Monday featured a huge news package claiming that ObamaCare is delivering on all its main promises. But the Bible of the liberal press has badly misled its flock. 'After a year fully in place," the Times story begins, "the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama's main promises." So case closed, right? After all, a team of New York Times "reporters and data researchers" came to that conclusion. In a word, no. To claim success, the Times gets things wrong or ignores the law's most glaring failures.
  • Weeks after first steps, girl will lose limbs to meningitis

    10/27/2014 9:31:51 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 17 replies
    DailyMailOnline ^ | 10/16/14 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It was a landmark moment in her life and should have been one of her family’s most precious memories. But Harmonie-Rose Allen’s first steps are tinged with sadness for her parents. Just weeks after starting to walk, their daughter is to lose all of her limbs to meningitis. Harmonie-Rose Allen is currently in hospital facing amputation of both her arms and legs after she contracted meningitis. Harmonie-Rose Allen is currently in hospital facing amputation of both her arms and legs after she contracted meningitis. The 11-month-old is on a life support machine in hospital, suffering what doctors said is one...
  • KANSAS: Undecided voters spoken to by Dead Canadians in movie

    10/27/2014 6:21:54 PM PDT · by Freestar · 6 replies
    Freestar Media ^ | 10/27/2014 | Logan Darrow Clements
    The producer of the movie SICK AND SICKER wants to help undecided voters make a decision by having Canadians who've died in their PolitiCare system warn them about ObamaCare. To this end he's rolling out his movie state-by-state across America just before the election hoping to reach those last-minute deciders. The first state sponsored is KANSAS. This means that the producer gives a Statewide Open Screening License (SOS License) to everyone (human or entity) in KANSAS allowing them to: 1. PUT THE MOVIE ON THEIR WEBSITE. All websites owned by state residents (campaigns, talk radio hosts, tea party groups, doctors,...
  • NY Times peddles Obamacare fiction

    10/27/2014 4:48:46 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-27-14 | DrJohn
    The NY Times today runs an article that tries vainly to rescue Obama and Obamacare: After a year fully in place, the Affordable Care Act has largely succeeded in delivering on President Obama’s main promises, an analysis by a team of reporters and data researchers shows. But it has also fallen short in some ways and given rise to a powerful conservative backlash. Here at the arguments: 1. Has the percentage of uninsured people been reduced? Yes, the number of uninsured has fallen significantly. 2. Has insurance under the law been affordable? For many, yes, but not for all. 3....
  • For the Same Plan, Health Insurance Is Going Up 38%!!! Anyone else?

    10/27/2014 4:45:47 PM PDT · by randita · 44 replies
    anthembluecross.com ^ | 10/27/14 | self
    The "esteemed" Sen. Mark Warner ( proud supporter of Obamacare) is hearing from me first thing tomorrow morning. I just received a letter informing me that my current health care plan, Anthem Blue Cross of VA, will no longer be offered as of Jan. 1, 2015. For a comparable plan, the monthly premium in increasing 38%, from $460 to $736. This is outrageous! I am going to have to get a plan with a much larger deductible and more OOP costs and even that will be well over $500. I'm no spring chicken, but I'm too young for Medicare and...
  • Should Obamacare Help Pay for Housing? (Here it comes...)

    10/27/2014 11:54:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 27, 2014 | Alana Semuels
    Since January 1 of this year, James Barnes has had pretty decent health care. He gets insulin for his diabetes and the needles to inject it, blood pressure medication, access to a psychiatrist and counselor and optometrist, and frequent visits to the doctor, all for free. Barnes lives in Maryland, one of the dozens of states that expanded Medicaid to people with incomes at or below 138 percent of the poverty level as part of the Affordable Care Act. For Barnes and thousands like him, that expansion has meant access to services like physical therapy, mental-health treatment, x-rays, dialysis, hospice...
  • Affordable Care Act offers better healthcare plans to millions of Americans

    10/27/2014 5:39:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Maine News Online ^ | 10/27/14 | Tanya Campbell
    An analysis was conducted by a team of reporters and data researchers to rate the success of the Affordable Care Act after being in place for more than a year now. It was found that the act has been a success at least in terms of fulfilling the main promises made by President Obama.... The reform has been able to...bring down the cost of health care.
  • Obama To Unleash Regulation, Executive Order Blitz After Elections

    10/27/2014 5:24:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/27/2014 | John Merline
    According to most recent polls, voters are likely to hand Republicans a Senate majority in the Nov. 4 midterm elections, giving the GOP control of both houses of Congress. Whatever the outcome, President Obama will impose costly and questionable rules, regulations and executive orders that the administration has put on hold until after voters cast their ballots. Among them are ObamaCare rules, executive orders on immigration and new regulations that carry price tags in the billions.
  • REPORT: OBAMACARE MAY SPIKE DRUG COSTS FOR FLORIDIANS WITH HIV

    10/26/2014 9:05:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/27/2014 | WYNTON HALL
    On Sunday, the Miami Herald reported that some of Florida's 95,000 HIV patients may soon face higher drug costs due to Obamacare. The Herald says that when Tony Smith learned the state's AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP) was shifting him off his existing plan and onto Florida's Obamacare exchange, he realized the change would mean far higher pharmaceutical costs. Currently, AICP, which Smith says "saved my life," pays $750 of Smith's $803 monthly premium and a monthly co-pay of $110 for medication. By contrast, the Humana silver plan would force Smith to pay a $1,500 prescription deductible and half of...
  • The shiny object election (Obama and Dems just can't catch a break...)

    10/26/2014 5:35:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. The theme of the 2014 midterms — to whatever extent one is discernable — has been an explosion of one crisis after another, each of which demands an enormous amount of media attention before fading for the next one. From the Secret Service to ISIS, Ebola to immigration, mistreated veterans to Ferguson and race relations, candidates and the president have been forced to react to the controversy du jour. Strategists and experts say the result has been bad news for Democrats, who have had a tougher time underscoring their preferred campaign...
  • Obama’s post-election plans for a secret radical agenda

    10/26/2014 2:59:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10-25-14 | Paul Sperry
    He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet. This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention. This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes....
  • NH Dem Says 'People Didn't Lose Their Policies' Under ObamaCare

    10/25/2014 9:53:25 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/21/2014
    Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) Says No New Hampshirites Lost Their Policies Under ObamaCare
  • More insurers pressured to lower MNsure rates: Time to remove politics from rate-setting process

    10/25/2014 9:55:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Center for the American Experiment ^ | 10-24-14 | Peter J Nelson
    The Star Tribune reported yesterday that the Minnesota Department of Commerce “asked” PreferredOne to lower insurance rates in the MNsure exchange last year. The July 2013 letter referenced in the story reveals the company lowered rates twice in response to Commerce “objections.” PreferredOne ultimately agreed to lower rates by 37 percent from its initial proposal, which resulted in the company offering the lowest rates in the nation. Governor Dayton’s administration celebrated these low rates throughout the year, all of which helped dial down the political heat from MNsure’s botched rollout. “Now,” according to the Star Tribune, “those subscribers face an...
  • The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to #Ebola

    10/24/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Got News.com ^ | Oct 24, 2014
    The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to #Ebola October 24, 2014 by Charles C. Johnson 19 Comments Dr. Craig Spencer and his live-in girlfriend Morgan Dixon exposed New Yorkers in two different boroughs to ebola during their night out on the town. While authorities are saying that Spencer followed protocol, the CDC’s own documents show that isn’t the case. Spencer is now being treated for ebola while Dixon is in quarantine. They are both registered Democrats with a history of working in public health. Both Spencer and Dixon are professional do gooders according to their LinkedIn and professional...
  • The Politics Of Medicaid Expansion And Obamacare Repeal

    10/24/2014 12:22:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Federalist ^ | 24 October 2014 | John Daniel Davidson
    With the midterms looming, Obamacare politics are again prominent. But some Republican candidates find themselves defending that law. ___ With midterm elections looming, the politics of Obamacare are again coming to the fore—only this time it’s not just Democrats making the case that the law’s Medicaid expansion is good but also some leading Republicans, chief among them Ohio Gov. John Kasich. This week Kasich staked out the rather untenable position that Congress should repeal Obamacare but keep the Medicaid expansion part, as if they’re two different things. “From Day One, and up until today and into tomorrow, I do not...
  • Who says Obamacare isn't major factor in midterms?

    10/24/2014 1:33:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 24, 2014 | Byron York
    Some Democrats and their advocates in the press believe Obamacare, a year into implementation, is no longer much of a factor in the midterm elections. But no one has told Republican candidates, who are still pounding away at the Affordable Care Act on the stump. And no one has told voters, especially those in states with closely contested Senate races, who regularly place it among the top issues of the campaign. In Arkansas, Republican challenger Tom Cotton is pulling ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor partly on the strength of a relentless focus on Obamacare. Cotton's newest ad attacks...
  • Dallas hospital appears to be yet another victim of Obama’s bumbling Ebola policy

    10/24/2014 11:18:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/24/14 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Thanks to the bumbling of Barack Obama, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, “Presby” as it is known locally has the sad distinction of being the first American hospital to have a patient die of Ebola. Not surprisingly Obama will never acknowledge his guilt or apologize to the hospital staff – he only apologizes to oil rich Muslims. The delivery of Thomas Duncan, an Ebola infected West African to the Presby Emergency Room, has started a chain reaction that is destroying the hospital, the lives of the people who work there and the ability of local residents to receive vital health...
  • Dems Blast the “Tricky, Little-Known Maneuver” That Passed Obamacare (Reconciliation Schadenfreude)

    10/23/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Powerline ^ | 20 October 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the Senate. Here he is:Reconciliation
  • Obamacare Regs Have Doctors Drowning in Paperwork: Harvard

    10/23/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 23, 2014 20:36 GMT | Nick Tate
    An increasing burden of paperwork, tied in part to healthcare reforms driven by Obamacare, now consumes about one-sixth of a typical America physician’s day — impinging on the time doctors can spend caring for patients. That’s the upshot of a new study led by Harvard Medical School researchers who found the average doctor spends 16.6 percent of his or her working hours on non-patient-related paperwork. The findings, which are based on a nationally representative survey of physicians, tied the trend to changes in U.S. health policy — including a shift to employment in large practices, the implementation of electronic medical...
  • ObamaCare Returns as Election Albatross

    10/23/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Karl Rove
    Democrats assumed earlier this year that ObamaCare would be a political advantage by Election Day. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, for example, said in February she wanted to show the Affordable Care Act “is something whose time is come.” A month later Colorado Sen. Mark Udall said “we did the right thing” in passing the law and told voters he “would do it again,” a response echoed by incumbents Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and Mary Landrieu (Louisiana). It isn’t working out that way. As the election nears, ObamaCare is re-emerging as a major liability for the Democratic Senate that passed it....
  • Health Insurance Policy Cancellations Could Mean Higher Premiums With New Plans

    10/23/2014 8:58:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | October 22, 2014 | By Amy Parmenter
    For about the past week or so, health insurance broker Stephen Hunt has been getting phone calls from unhappy clients. “They just keep building up and up and up and up and up," Hunt said. The calls are coming from clients who have been notified by their insurer that their policy expires at year’s end and most will have to purchase plans with much higher premiums and much higher deductibles, he said. “We’re not talking about a minor difference in premium. We're talking about a mortgage payment difference in premium for a lot of people," Hunt said. Anne Melissa Dowling,...
  • Obamacare's Bay State Bailout

    10/23/2014 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 23, 2014 | by Josh Archambault
    After the worst transition to Obamacare in the country, Massachusetts is still without a functional exchange website and just 769 people have enrolled in Obamacare-subsidized plans. To avoid accountability and political repercussions, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is about to cut two special deals with the federal government: the “Commonwealth Kickback” which grants Massachusetts the most generous taxpayer-funded premium subsidies in the entire country, while the “Bay State Bailout” gives 300,000+ MA residents “temporary” Medicaid coverage in 2014, without any verification of their eligibility.
  • Ted Cruz Reveals What he’d do if Elected President – And it’s Even Worse Than You Thought

    10/22/2014 8:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Burnt Orange Report ^ | October 22, 2014 | Katie Singh
    With the midterm elections approaching, Texas senator Ted Cruz penned an editorial in USA Today this week detailing what he’d like a potential Republican-controlled Congress to prioritize in 2015. As you might expect, the list is full of Tea Party staples: repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes, and slashing funding for federal programs. What makes Cruz’s list of Congressional priorities interesting is that it essentially previews what a Cruz 2016 presidential campaign agenda might look like–and it’s not pretty. As Ted Cruz’s multiple trips to Iowa have suggested, Texas’ junior senator is all-but-confirmed to be running for president in 2016. Though his...
  • ObamaCare Returns as an Election Albatross

    10/23/2014 2:51:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/22/14 | Karl Rove
    Democrats assumed earlier this year that ObamaCare would be a political advantage by Election Day. North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, for example, said in February she wanted to show the Affordable Care Act “is something whose time is come.” A month later Colorado Sen. Mark Udall said “we did the right thing” in passing the law and told voters he “would do it again,” a response echoed by incumbents Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and Mary Landrieu (Louisiana). It isn’t working out that way. As the election nears, ObamaCare is re-emerging as a major liability for the Democratic Senate that passed it....
  • HealthCare.gov’s EZ form not for legal immigrants

    10/23/2014 2:32:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 3:18 AM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year. The Obama administration has placed a high priority on signing up more Latinos under the health care law for 2015. As the nation’s largest minority group, Hispanics tend to be younger and more likely to be uninsured. An administration official says there have been significant improvements in the application process for immigrants, and more are expected in the future. But advocates are unimpressed. “The whole idea was...
  • Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

    10/22/2014 3:56:00 PM PDT · by knak · 32 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/23/14 | Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley
    (Reuters) - The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient. U.S. hospitals have over the years come under criticism for undertaking measures that prolong dying rather than improve patients' quality of life. But the care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and...
  • Obamacare Used to Register Voters

    10/21/2014 9:33:58 PM PDT · by upchuck · 7 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Last spring, John* purchased health insurance through the Washington State healthcare exchange. He was surprised when, last month, he received an email from the exchange at the address he’d provided when he signed up. The email was entitled, “Voter Registration Information.” It read, in part:“ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? If you would like to register to vote or update your information, visit the Washington Secretary of State website at https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/myvote?Org=confidHBE&language=en” “I did think it was an effort to [register voters] for the Democrat party,” says John, a union member for the better part of four decades.He wasn’t the only healthcare...
  • Obamacare users pitched for voter registration

    10/21/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Sharyl Attkisson has dug up another interesting story of government activity which is certainly questionable in nature. It appears that at least some of the people who signed up for Obamacare have been getting some unsolicited e-mail… and it has nothing to do with healthcare. Last spring, John* purchased health insurance through the Washington State healthcare exchange. He was surprised when, last month, he received an email from the exchange at the address he’d provided when he signed up. The email was entitled, “Voter Registration Information.” It read, in part: “ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? If you would like to...
  • Politico Poll: Seven Percent Believe Obamacare Will Lower Healthcare Costs

    10/21/2014 7:56:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 21, 2014 | by Guy Benson
    Time to inject another set of data points into the "Obamacare is working well in the real world" debate. The president and his loyalists insist that their signature law is working as intended. The general public -- yet again -- disagrees, according to a new poll from Politico. A plurality believes the quality of their care will deteriorate under Obamacare (perhaps due to access shock, doctor shortages, and government rationing decisions), while less than one-in-five expect improved care. On costs, a pitiful seven percent believe the 'Affordable' Care Act will reduce the amount of money they'll personally pay will decrease...
  • HHS-Funded Study: Obamacare Will Suffer ‘Death Spiral’ If Subsidies Fail

    10/21/2014 7:39:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2014 | by Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration has funded a new study by top consulting firm RAND Health that startlingly finds that if taxpayer subsidies are eliminated, Obamacare exchanges will fall into a “death spiral.” The study comes in the wake of a number of lawsuits which are challenging the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare subsidies. Three lawsuits have made it to U.S. Circuit Courts, just one step from the Supreme Court, arguing that the text of the Affordable Care Act allows premium subsidies for state-run exchanges only. The report was sponsored by HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, which,...
  • A recent poll shows that most doctors give Obamacare low grades (Shortened Title)

    10/20/2014 3:49:39 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 20, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    A recent survey of doctors by the Physicians Foundation finds that most give low grades to Obamacare. Some 46% of the doctors polled gave Obamacare a grade of “D” or “F” and 29% gave it a “C.” Only 25 percent give it an “A” or a “B,” including just 4% who gave it the highest grade. It’s possible that some of the doctors who chose C really meant to say that it was at least reasonably good. But in modern America, thanks to grade inflation, a C is generally considered a very bad grade. Thus, it seems likely that a...
  • Obamacare, discontinued plans and ‘sticker shock,’ round 2

    10/20/2014 11:45:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | October 20, 2014 | By: ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER
    Pete Spain knew he and his wife would have to find a new health plan for 2015 since their current policy is being discontinued at the end of the year. But the letter explaining it still contained a surprise: Buying a comparable plan next year would cost the Bridgeport couple nearly 58 percent more. “That’s just a bigger hit than we expected,” he said. The Spains are among more than 60,000 Connecticut residents with health plans that don’t meet the requirements of the federal health law. Many of them are receiving notices that their plans are being discontinued and that...