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  • Vox's Kliff Explains Huge Obamacare Premium Hikes

    10/24/2016 7:52:03 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 24, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if your main shtick in life is acting as a cheerleader for a program that turns into a colossal flop. Such is now the situation of Sarah Kliff of Vox since it was reported today that ObamaCare premiums are due for a huge price hike.  Before we see Kliff struggling to explain the death spiral price hikes predicted for years by "evil" conservatives, let us read the sad bedside news of the terminal patient via the Associated Press:

    10/24/2016 2:18:51 PM PDT · by GOPe Means Bend Over Spell Run · 70 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less. Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans...
  • Chicago Hopenchange: Major hospitals bail on ObamaCare for 2017

    10/24/2016 9:13:06 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted: ObamaCare gives Americans health care! New hotness: ObamaCare gives Americans health care …. where they can’t get to it. Last week, in President Obama’s home town of Chicago, his supporters got a rude surprise. If they buy their health insurance on the ObamaCare exchange, they’d better look in some other city for hospitalization, because they won’t get covered in the Windy City: Some of Chicago’s largest hospitals said they will not be part of any Cook County Affordable Care Act marketplace plans in 2017. University of Chicago Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center both said they...
  • Obamacare in "Transition Phase" [semi-satire]

    10/23/2016 10:56:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Oct 2016 | John Semmens
    Health insurance premium hikes and dwindling service alternatives under the Affordable Care Act were described by President Obama as "a transition phase of the program." "Right now a lot of people are whining about having to pay more or having no choice of doctors or plans where they live," Obama remarked. "All of these complaints originate from a selfish individual perspective. Sure, some isolated individuals may have to pay more and get less, but in the more crucial issue of our progress toward collective social justice we are on track." Before Obamacare, annual family premiums for employer-provided coverage cost an...
  • WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Email Archive (fingers all over ACA)

    10/23/2016 3:33:49 AM PDT · by YankeeinOkieville · 8 replies
    WikiLeaks ^ | 1/29/16 (original: 5/09) | Tanden, Clinton
    President Barack Obama didn't embrace the individual mandate during the campaign, which means he would essentially start from scratch in terms of selling the idea to voters. The mandate was a central policy difference with Hillary Clinton, who argued that a mandate was the only way to achieve universal coverage. Let's hope we get the mandate since we know nothing will work w/out it. So how's it going? If I were to talk to one or two decision makers about a few matters, who would that be--Orszag? Rahm or Zeke? Nancy Ann? Or???In this email exchange from 2009 between HDR22...
  • Why Traditional Christians and Especially Catholics Should Not Vote For Hillary Clinton

    10/22/2016 12:32:41 PM PDT · by detective · 36 replies
    Many of you know that for more than 4 years, I have been one of the leaders of the team representing religious organizations, mostly Catholic (including Bishop David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Diocese) in his case which was consolidated in the U.S. Supreme Court with the case brought by The Little Sisters of the Poor and cases brought by others, against the government over Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” A great number of religious groups of all denominations filed “friend of the Court” briefs supporting our position that while contraception is and could be available to all who choose to use...
  • This Is It: Wikileaks Drops 1 Last Bomb On Hillary, It’s Over Folks, She Can Quit Now

    10/22/2016 8:17:07 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 66 replies
    ETF News ^ | October 22, 2016 | ETF News
    Hillary betrays the number one thing liberals love in this explosive new Wikileaks. She wants Obamacare to FAIL! Obama’s signature policy initiative, his legacy no less, Hillary wants to gut. Obama is said to be seething and removing his support from her flailing campaign. The Bernie liberals already fled her sinking ship when earlier Wikileaks showed she played bernie and his band of fools for chumps. Via National Insider Politics: It would appear there is no honour among thieves. Wikileaks still has some aces up its sleeve, even though the site probably got its power cut by Democrat operatives. The...
  • Profile: Quentin Young, "The primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp"

    10/22/2016 5:56:55 AM PDT · by ETL · 5 replies
    sdeveral sources (links provided) | several authors
    Dr. Quentin Young, Longtime Obama Confidante and Physician to MLK [Martin Luther King]FROM "THE OBAMA FILE"...RE: QUENTIN YOUNGThe primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp was Quentin Young, an 86-year-old retired physician who was a longtime friend and neighbor of Obama in Chicago.  Young joined the Young Communist League as a teenager in the late 1930s.  From the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, he was closely associated with the Communist Party.  In October 1968 he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was probing the extent of his knowledge about the riots that had erupted at...
  • Clinton Thug Robert Creamer Planned Obamacare in Jail

    10/22/2016 4:52:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Robert Creamer, founder and partner of Democracy Partners, the group behind the organized violence at Trump rallies, as shown in the video by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas, is no ordinary agitator. Creamer, a convicted felon, is arguably the spiritual godfather of ObamaCare and much of the current progressive left agenda. Creamer, along with his wife, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky is no stranger to agitation, violence, and expanding the progressive agenda. As Investor’s Business Daily pointed out in March 5, 2010 editorial regarding protests against House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski over the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988,...
  • Obama on soaring health insurance premiums: ‘I had nothing to do with that’

    10/21/2016 10:45:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    ObamaCare has had a disastrous effect on the health insurance market in this country, and it takes a hell of a lot of nerve for this guy to stand there and say it couldn't possibly have anything to do with him Sure, it’s classic Obama deflection. He could probably smear dog crap on the bottom of your shoe and somehow make the case that it was all because of Republicans. He is that brazen. But it’s also a classic case of something Obama shares with many other liberals - the utter failure to understand that when the government messes around...
  • Obama Calls For Public Option, Which He Once Hedged Against

    10/21/2016 6:42:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 20, 2016 | Ali Rogin
    President Barack Obama pushed today to renew focus on a so-called “public option” in the insurance marketplace -- a popular item among progressives, but one Obama publicly hedged against during negotiations leading to the passage of his signature health care law. In a speech in Miami, Obama said the public option would “give folks more options in those places where there’s just not enough insurers to compete.” But the president did not mention how during the 2009 negotiations over what’s now known as Obamacare the White House used the public option as a bargaining chip -- dropping it as a...
  • Obamacare Premiums Up ... 50% In IL, AZ, PA; 93% In NM: When Does The Death Spiral Blow Up?

    10/21/2016 6:37:18 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 26 replies ^ | 21 October 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing out of sight. A jump of a mere 30% looks like a good deal compared to jumps of over 50% in six states, and 93% in New Mexico. Congratulations are in order for those living in a handful of states whose premiums only rose 20%. The Wall Street Journal reports Rate Increases for Health Plans Pose Serious Test for ObamaÂ’s Signature Law. ... Approved Hikes â—¦Approved Hikes Just Under 20%: Colorado, Florida and Idaho â—¦Approved Hikes 20% to 29%: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland â—¦Approved Hikes 30% to 49%: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Texas...
  • Hillary’s Plot Against America

    10/21/2016 4:17:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | Ed Lasky
    Recent news and leaks make it clear that a plot is afoot. A smoking gun has been found. Republicans are committing political malpractice by not making it clear they are the last line of defense. ObamaCare is imploding, as was widely predicted upon its passage by Republicans and a range of non-partisan experts. The ObamaCare meltdown is even worse than we thought. Bloomberg News recently: A growing number of people in Obamacare are finding out their health insurance plans will disappear from the program next year, forcing them to find new coverage even as options shrink and prices rise. At...
  • ‘I Had Nothing to Do With That!’ Obama Dodges Blame For Skyrocketing Premiums

    10/20/2016 2:23:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10.20.16 | Charles Spiering
    President Barack Obama offers multiple excuses for why health insurance premiums continue to skyrocket, including blaming Republicans and insurance companies for the problems. He complains that too many reporters spend more time discussing premium increases than explaining why he isn’t responsible for them. “No, I had nothing to do with that,” Obama said, calling it “complicated” despite the “hysteria” that was growing. Obama traveled to Florida to argue that Obamacare was working well, but needed to be fixed
  • One less snake in the swamp: Crooked Bob Creamer Resigns After O'Keefe Video

    10/18/2016 2:01:37 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 230 replies
    Creamer statement via James O'Keefe via Twitter ^ | 10/18/2016 | Creamer statement via James O'Keefe via Twitter
  • Obamacare Is the Ultimate Death Panel

    10/19/2016 7:33:39 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 19 Oct, 2016 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Remember when Sarah Palin was excoriated for suggesting that ObamaCare contained death panels? Then we learned that the nonexistent death panels were actually deleted from the law and then, oops, economist Paul Krugman let slip that "...we're also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version... which I shouldn't even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this [.]" Such is the usual seesaw when a law which should never have seen the...
  • ObamaCare Enrollees Face A Rude Awakening In Two Weeks

    10/19/2016 4:10:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/18/2016 | Staff
    Health Care: President Obama once told the country that ObamaCare was a "great product." When open enrollment for ObamaCare begins on Nov. 1, millions of Americans will discover just how big a lie this was. Although the mainstream press has largely ignored it during this election in favor of wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds, ObamaCare is absolutely coming unglued. When the exchanges open for business in two weeks, people looking for insurance there will find far fewer choices, sky-high premiums and lower-quality plans. A recent analysis by Bloomberg found that because insurance companies have bailed out of so...
  • Illinois Dem: KKK Membership OK for Congress

    09/26/2002 2:35:52 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 39 replies · 828+ views
    Thursday Sept. 26, 2002; 5:14 p.m. EDT Illinois Dem: KKK Membership OK for Congress Rep. Jan Schakowski, D-Ill., said Thursday that Ku Klux Klan members should be allowed to serve in Congress as long as they had resigned from the domestic terror group and had publicly renounced its beliefs. Asked if she thought leading Senate Democrat Robert Byrd's past Klan membership should have disqualified him from serving in the Senate, Schakowski told nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity, "No, not if you've totally rejected it - my goodness." "I think (Byrd) would agree that participation in the KKK is pretty...
  • WikiLeaks: Hillary Wants Obamacare to ‘Unravel’

    10/18/2016 10:10:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | Updated 18 Oct 2016 at 11:00 AM | by Edmund Kozak
    Leaked email suggests Clinton rooting for Affordable Care Act to collapse An email leaked by WikiLeaks Tuesday appears to suggest that Hillary Clinton wants the Affordable Care Act to fail — presumably as a pretense for implementing single-payer, government-controlled health care. In a chain between Clinton and her senior policy adviser Ann O’Leary titled “Memo on Cadillac Tax for HRC,” Clinton said she’s open to changing her position on the Cadillac Tax — but that the Republican plan to repeal it must pass. "Given the politics now w bipartisan support including Schumer, I'll support repeal w 'sense of the Senate'...
  • Phila. area faces hefty increases in Affordable Care Act rates

    10/17/2016 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via ^ | October 17, 2016 — 6:06 PM EDT | Harold Brubaker
    Because of market turmoil and decisions by United Healthcare and Aetna to withdraw from Affordable Care Act exchanges in Pennsylvania for 2017, the remaining insurer in the Philadelphia area, Independence Blue Cross, has been granted bigger rate increase — 28 percent — than it requested in the spring, the state Insurance Department said Monday. Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said additional companies beyond United and Aetna were considering ending their ACA individual-exchange businesses in Pennsylvania. If that happened, some counties might have been left without any offerings on the exchange, which is where individuals have to buy plans to qualify for...
  • Iranian grad student at Georgia Tech burns self with Molotov cocktail, media yawns

    02/28/2014 9:54:43 AM PST · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-28-2014 | Jim Treacher
    As you read the following, keep in mind that this happened three weeks ago. The only reason I know about it is because Glenn Reynolds linked to it this morning.WXIA in Atlanta, Feb. 5: The FBI says a Georgia Tech graduate student was burned by a Molotov cocktail at his apartment in the 200 block of 10th Street, not far from Piedmont Park. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Saamer Akhshabi suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body. Lighter fluid and a charred pillow and mattress were found inside the apartment, along with the Molotov cocktail and several...
  • Coming next in ObamaCare: Insurance rationing?

    10/16/2016 5:30:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    For Minnesotans, coming next is meant literally. In order to keep insurers from fleeing the Mnsure ObamaCare exchange, Commerce Commissioner Mark Rothman and Governor Mark Dayton had to agree to massive rate increases across the board, which have garnered most of the headlines and discussion in this state and around the nation. Another less-discussed concession, though, might have even worse portents for the unaffordable Affordable Care Act. Rothman and Dayton have allowed insurers to cap enrollments in order to limit their losses — an act of rationing that may set precedent for negotiations in other states. David Montgomery reported it...
  • The Uninsured: Access to Medical Care Fact Sheet

    10/15/2016 2:08:02 PM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies ^ | 10/15/2016 | Staff
    Main Points Emergency care is the safety net of the nation’s health care system, caring for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. [i] Emergency physicians provide the most uncompensated care for uninsured and underinsured patients of all physicians.[ii] America’s emergency departments are under severe stress, facing soaring demands. They are essential to every community and must have adequate resources. Having health insurance does not mean you have access to medical care... Q. How do undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who are uninsured affect emergency care? Most undocumented immigrants are unable to obtain health insurance and this means many are unable...
  • Wikileaks reveal Obama coerced Justice Roberts to pass Obamacare

    10/15/2016 5:43:35 PM PDT · by MNDude · 70 replies
    "it was pretty critical that the President threw the gauntlet down last time on the Court, warning them in the first case that it would politicize the role of the Court for them to rule against the ACA. As a close reader of the case, I honestly believe that was vital to scaring Roberts off"
  • Meltdown: 1.4 Million New Obamacare Cancellations Coming Soon

    10/14/2016 7:12:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | October 14, 2016 | Guy Benson
    I do believe someone famous once said of Obamacare, "if you like your plan, you can keep it." And by "once said," I mean, "said over and over again, ad nauseam." Not only was that promise a lie -- which the White House knew at the time -- for millions of Americans who were booted off of their existing coverage when the law was first implemented, it's an ongoing lie for consumers who are participating in the law's exchanges. The The next big shake-up is looming, directly caused by Obamacare's unsustainable model and lack of affordability - A growing number of...
  • LET' MOVE all-out effort to hit 'em where it hurts

    10/14/2016 7:04:49 AM PDT · by Liz · 25 replies
    They dragged hokey Billybooboo to the podium wearing his trademark hillbilly grin b/c the Clintons are scared silly about Obamacare The giant Democrat flopola is roaring back as a political liability to Democrats in a way not seen since 2014 midterms when 29 Democrats lost their seats b/c of Obamacare. The news is all bad---insurers are bailing out in droves, leaving millions of voters with dwindling options and skyrocketing premiums. There are opportunities here as so much control of Washington is up for grabs. ACTION PROJECT: Post this on every social media outlet: There's a lot of Democrat amnesia when...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 13: A bum from Share testifies (VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED)

    10/14/2016 6:42:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    Well its been awhile since I reported on the mayhem in Seattle being caused by Democrats and by an organization called SHARE/WHEEL, this organization is really a cross between the mafia, the SEIU and occupy wall street. The comparisons are obvious yes but surprisingly this is not known well to people outside of the pacific Northwest. In fact I didn't even hear about it until I learned from Steve Ferrell AKA Seataclibertarian my business associate who lives there about Share's existence. Share wheel runs homeless shelters inside churches run mainly from taxpayer funds, despite having a supposed "zero tolerance" policy...
  • WikiLeaks: Catholic Church ‘Middle Ages Dictatorship,’ Need ‘Revolution’ Against Bishops

    10/12/2016 10:32:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 12, 2016 | Susan Berry
    Emails from the account of Hillary Clinton’s current campaign manager John Podesta released by WikiLeaks show that in February of 2012, Podesta and the president of Voices for Progress discussed how to “plant the seeds of revolution” within the Catholic Church, particularly at a time when Catholic bishops were opposing the HHS contraceptive mandate in Obamacare.
  • [Vanity] WIKILEAKS-Does this Podesta email reference a murder?

  • Study: Obamacare Penalizes Americans Who Work Full-time

    10/13/2016 12:24:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 11, 2016 | 3:25 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    A new study on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows that the health care law penalizes Americans who work full-time, will reduce the number of full-time workers, and rewards those who work less. “The ACA’s employment taxes create strong incentives to work less,” the study, The Affordable Care Act and the New Economics of Part-Time Work, states. “The health subsidies’ structure will put millions in a position in which working part-time (29 hours or fewer, as defined by the ACA) will yield more disposable income than working their normal full-time...
  • SHARE: Thousands Of Canadians Seek Medical Care In US

    10/12/2016 6:59:58 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 28 replies
    CTV News ^ | October 12th, 2016 | CTV
    Canada’s medical system was a point of contention during Sunday night’s U.S. presidential debate when Republican candidate Donald trump referred to it as ‘a catastrophe’ stating Canadians preferred to head to the U.S. for a big operation. While Trump’s declaration did not include specific numbers or cases, there are examples of Canadians, including Calgarians, pursuing care available within the privatized system of the United States.
  • Gov. Dayton Declares Affordable Care Act ‘No Longer Affordable’ [Dem. Gov.!!]

    10/12/2016 6:06:18 PM PDT · by Enchante · 20 replies
    AP via CBS Minnesota ^ | October 12, 2016 | AP Staff
    Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable” for many, a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.... ....The state scrambled to stop all seven companies that sell insurance directly to consumers or through the state exchange, MNsure, from fleeing for 2017, but the state’s largest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, is still exiting. Health care insurance shoppers will see premium increases that range from 50 percent to 67 percent on their plans for next year.
  • Dayton: Health Law 'No Longer Affordable'

    10/12/2016 12:21:00 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies ^ | 10/12/16 | AP
    Minnesota's Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is "no longer affordable," a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law just a few years ago. Gov. Mark Dayton made the comments while addressing questions about Minnesota's fragile health insurance market, where individual plans are facing double-digit increases after all insurers threatened to exit the market entirely in 2017. They follow cost concerns and criticism nationwide, including President Bill Clinton saying last week that the law was "the craziest thing in the world" before he backtracked.
  • Medicare Access CHIP Reauth Act MACRA

    10/11/2016 7:40:23 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 4 replies
    Fewer than half of physicians are aware of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and most of those who do know about it probably wish it would go away. Nevertheless, this law will determine how Medicare reimburses doctors, starting in 2019. ... CMS won’t release its final MACRA rule ... CMS recenty changed the timeline ...
  • Obamacare 'architect' fires back at Trump

    10/10/2016 2:02:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/10/16 | Robert King
    The economist often referred to as the architect of Obamacare called Donald Trump's healthcare policy incoherent on Monday, firing back at the GOP nominee for criticizing him during Sunday night's debate. "My only comment is that last night showed the difference between a candidate with a strong and coherent health care agenda [Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton] and one with a garbage salad of right-wing talking points," Jonathan Gruber said in the Boston Business Journal. Gruber is an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who played a pivotal role in crafting the Affordable Care Act. He said several years...
  • Bank of America has a recession warning that's downright 'scary' (Wall St & MSM pivot on Hillary)

    10/10/2016 12:56:12 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 57 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 10/09/2016 | Stephanie Landsman
    <p>Bank of America has a recession warning that's downright 'scary'</p> <p>There's a chilling trend in the market, and it could wreak havoc on your portfolio, a top market watcher said.</p> <p>"We are seven years into a full-fledged, all out, central bankers doing everything they can to stimulate demand," Bank of America-Merrill Lynch's head of U.S. equity and quantitative strategy Savita Subramanian recently warned on CNBC's " Fast Money ."</p>
  • MIT professor unloads on Trump after GOP candidate calls him out (Jonathan Gruber)

    10/10/2016 12:26:22 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 83 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | October 10, 2016 | Jessica Bartlett
    Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor and an architect of Massachusetts health reform and the Affordable Care Act, has been out of the spotlight for months. But Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just dragged him back into it. During Sunday night’s debate, Trump brought up Gruber by name, saying that health care reform, colloquially called Obamacare, was a scam. “You know that, because Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, was said — he said it was a great lie, it was a big lie,” Trump said. “President Obama said you keep your doctor, you keep your plan. The whole thing...
  • Pelosi Responds to Trump: Bill Clinton is 'Not on the Ballot'

    10/09/2016 4:18:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 109 replies
    NBC ^ | October 9th, 2016 | by Sally Bronston
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says it's not fair game for Donald Trump to bring up Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton's past indiscretions in tonight's debate against Sec. Hillary Clinton. When asked, she replied, "No, because you know why? Elections are about the future." Bill Clinton is "not on the ballot," Pelosi affirmed. The Democratic House leader also previewed Hillary Clinton's debate strategy tonight, saying "I think she will talk about the issues." Pelosi brushed off Bill Clinton's recent criticism of the Affordable Care Act, saying his comments were "not damaging at all." However, asked if she acknowledged the problem with premiums...
  • House Bill Protects Members of 17 Failed Obamacare CO-OPs from Uninsured Penalty

    10/09/2016 12:18:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 7, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The House of Representatives has passed a bill to protect more than 800,000 former members of 17 failed Obamacare CO-OPs from having to pay a penalty for being uninsured when they file their 2016 tax returns. The CO-OP Consumer Protection Act (H.R.954), which passed last week on a 258-165 vote, would “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt from the individual mandate certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded by the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program.” Some of the failed non-profit CO-OPs - which American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin called...
  • Bill Clinton’s ObamaCare rant was scripted — and approved by Obama

    10/07/2016 6:22:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 7, 2016 | Edward Klein
    When Bill Clinton recently criticized ObamaCare as “the craziest thing in the world,” it looked to everyone like he had given Donald Trump a stick to beat Hillary with at their second presidential debate this Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis. But as usual, the Big Dog was crazy like a fox. According to multiple sources both in the White House and the Clinton campaign, Bill was following a carefully crafted script that was poll tested and endorsed by his wife and Barack Obama. “Barack warned Hillary that she was going to have to confront an attack from Trump...
  • The Pro-Life Case for Hillary Clinton (and other Democratic Presidential Nominees)

    10/07/2016 6:51:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Michael New
    Every election cycle, pro-lifers are subjected to a seemingly endless parade of editorials and opinion pieces claiming that pro-life interests would be well served by electing a presidential candidate who supports legal abortion. This year has proven to be no exception. In August, Evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans wrote a widely circulated article encouraging pro-lifers to vote for Hillary Clinton. This week in The Christian Post, Eric Sapp wrote a similar piece entitled “Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for Voters Against Abortion.” The arguments made by these commentators are almost identical every election cycle. Furthermore, they have not aged...
  • VA Dem Candidate Says Obamacare Has Made Health Care More Affordable, Crowd Breaks Out in Laughter

    10/07/2016 8:04:16 AM PDT · by fwdude · 51 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 7, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    During a debate Thursday at the National Conference Center, the audience openly laughed at Virginia Democratic congressional candidate LuAnn Bennett when she attempted to tout Obamacare’s affordability. “For the last 50 years, both parties have agreed that we have a health care crisis,” Bennett said. “By 2005, we had 47 million uninsured Americans, and health care costs had grown to 16 percent of our GDP. The Affordable Care Act has made health care more affordable [laughter] –and it’s created access,” she said.
  • Obamacare is no disaster. California is proving why

    10/07/2016 6:16:51 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 7, 2016 | Noam N. Levey
    Even as turmoil in insurance markets nationwide fuels renewed election-year attacks on the Affordable Care Act, California is emerging as a clear illustration of what the law can achieve. The state has recorded some of the nation’s most dramatic gains in health coverage since 2013 while building a competitive insurance marketplace that offers consumers enhanced protections from high medical bills.
  • Despite its Bitter Taste, Clinton Wants a Second Helping of Obamacare

    10/07/2016 6:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The leading presidential candidates’ positions on health reform could not be farther apart. Donald Trump wants to repeal Obamacare it in its entirety. Hillary Clinton wants to expand it. If elected, she plans to prop up Obamacare with more taxpayer subsidies. The Obama Administration is already looking for ways to bail out insurers as they flee the federal and state marketplace. Clinton now wants to boost subsidies to low-income households as well. Expanding Obamacare. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government pays all premiums in excess of 2 percent to 9.5 percent of income, based on a sliding scale....
  • VANITY MUST SEE: Researcher Rich Weinstein Nukes Tim Kaine From Orbit

    10/06/2016 8:41:48 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    You may recall Rich Weinstein from his outstanding expose of Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare. Weinstein found videos of Gruber mocking "the stupidity of the American voter" for allowing Obamacare to pass through Congress. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but, basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass,” Gruber says of the Affordable Care Act in an academic lecture on Oct. 4, 2013... In another [video], Gruber discusses how a trick in wording hides a large tax that is passed onto consumers... “Because the American voter is too...
  • ObamaCare’s Meltdown Has Arrived

    10/06/2016 8:13:04 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/6/2016 | ANDREW OGLES and LUKE HILGEMANN
    Tennessee is ground zero for ObamaCare’s nationwide implosion. Late last month the state insurance commissioner, Julie Mix McPeak, approved premium increases of up to 62% in a bid to save the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act. “I would characterize the exchange market in Tennessee as very near collapse,” she said. Then last week BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced it would leave three of the state’s largest exchange markets—Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville. “We have experienced losses approaching $500 million over the course of three years on ACA plans,” the company said, “which is unsustainable.” As a result, more...
  • California Petitions To Become First State To Offer ObamaCare To Illegal Immigrants

    10/06/2016 5:57:20 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 26 replies
    California’s health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the exchange – which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.
  • GOP seeks to block ObamaCare settlements with insurers

    10/06/2016 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/05/16 05:28 PM EDT | Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris
    Republicans in Congress are plotting ways to block the Obama administration from paying insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars as part of an ObamaCare program. GOP lawmakers say they are looking at “a dozen” options — including a possible provision in the year-end spending bill — to prevent the administration from using an obscure fund within the Treasury Department to pay out massive settlements to insurers. The insurance companies are suing over a shortfall in an ObamaCare program that they say is damaging their businesses. Settling the cases could help insurers deal with losses on the ObamaCare marketplaces, but...
  • California Becomes First State To Request "Waiver" To Offer Obamacare To Illegal Immigrants

    10/06/2016 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/6/16 | Tyler Durden
    Remember that time when South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson shouted "You Lie!" just after President Obama assured American's before a joint session of Congress that illegal immigrants would not be eligible for Obamacare? If not, we highly recommend you take a look: ----- Apparently California Governor Jerry Brown was not convinced by Obama's denials as he signed a bill back in June that allowed the state to apply for a federal waiver to open Covered California to illegal immigrants. And, lest you thought it was a bluff, Covered California’s Executive Director Peter Lee has just sent a letter (attached in...
  • Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion Is Unnerving Some States

    10/06/2016 12:11:17 PM PDT · by tekrat · 26 replies
    Associated Press and ABC News ^ | 10/5/2016 | Christina A. Cassidy
    The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings. Far more people than projected are signing up under the new, more relaxed eligibility requirements, and their health care costs are running higher than anticipated, in part because the new enrollees are apparently sicker than expected. Rising drug prices may also be a factor. As a result, at least three expansion states, Arkansas, Kentucky and Ohio, have been pushing to require Medicaid recipients to pay more toward their health insurance - a step that...