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  • Obamacare Taxes Have Arrived & Republicans Need to Stop Them

    01/15/2018 6:03:44 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 3 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 01-14-2018 | Casey Harper
    The 60 Plus Association released a new ad this week as part of their seven-figure ad campaign to blast the dreaded Health Insurance Tax (HIT), a $21 billion tax that is expected to increase premium costs. The tax went into effect Jan. 1. Although Republicans were able to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate in the latest tax reform package, there are still vestiges of the big government healthcare legislation that remain. Republicans still have a big job ahead of them in the healthcare fight. Among the top priorities are the tax issues such as the medical device tax and health...
  • Single-Payer a Danger for Cancer Patients

    01/10/2018 7:31:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | January 10, 2018 | Betsy McCaughey
    Today, breast cancer kills 39 percent fewer women than 25 years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52 percent fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most types of cancer have better odds of surviving it in the U.S. than anywhere else on the planet. But watch out. These staggering achievements are at risk. A chorus of Democratic politicians is kicking off 2018 with renewed calls for universal, government-run health care. Leading the pack for single-payer are presidential contenders...
  • Maryland seeks to turn health care mandate into down payment

    01/09/2018 3:55:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2018 5:35 PM EST | Brian Witte
    Maryland lawmakers want to create an individual health care mandate at the state level — in response to Washington gutting it at the federal level — and turn it into a down payment for people to pay for health insurance. Supporters outlined the proposal Tuesday, a day before the Maryland legislative session begins, adding it could also work in other states to help keep insurance premiums from skyrocketing. The Maryland General Assembly is controlled by Democrats. The federal tax overhaul approved last month removed the federal penalty that was charged to people without health insurance. Under Maryland legislation, the state...
  • Individual Mandate Question On 2017 Taxes

    01/08/2018 3:35:42 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 23 replies
    Started my 2017 taxes. The dreaded individual mandate question is on there.
  • Trump Drives Another Nail Into Obamacare’s Coffin

    01/08/2018 7:11:07 AM PST · by libstripper · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | Jan. 8, 2018 | David Catron
    During the 2016 primary season, Donald Trump pledged to facilitate lower health insurance premiums by permitting coverage to be sold across state lines. Oddly, considering that conservatives have long advocated this as a way of augmenting market competition among insurers, the proposal was ridiculed by his opponents for the Republican presidential nomination. During one debate Marco Rubio actually mimicked Trump’s physical gestures, mocked his references to “lines around the states,” and snidely added, “whatever that means.” Friday, the Trump administration demonstrated what that means by issuing a new regulation allowing association health plans (AHPs) to offer coverage across state lines.
  • Virginia woman arrested following her reaction to parking ticket

    01/06/2018 4:48:05 PM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Tribune Media Wire ^ | 1/6/2018 | Staff
    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia woman was arrested and charged following her “reaction” to a parking ticket, Henrico Police told WTVR. An officer wrote the parking ticket on Thursday after spotting a vehicle illegally parked on Old Main Street in Rocketts Landing, a Henrico Police spokesperson said. That’s when Danielle Alesia Easley approached the vehicle, according to police. “Easley arrived and indicated she was associated with the vehicle. Easley removed the parking citation, balled it up and threw it on the ground,” the Henrico Police spokesperson said. “Easley continued to be disorderly and struck the officer with the vehicle’s...
  • Health Insurance Premiums Rising as High as 265% in Virginia This Year

    01/06/2018 4:50:51 PM PST · by motoman · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Jan 1, 2018 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – Health insurance premiums in Virginia’s individual marketplace are set to rise as high as 265 percent in this new year. According to the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Affordable Care Act filing data, the maximum allowable premium hike for Optima Health Plan customers is 265.5 percent, which represents the largest increases in the Virginia individual market next year. Some Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company health plans on the individual market are set to rise 168.6 percent in 2018.
  • The Labor Department unveiled new rules to dismantle Obamacare

    01/04/2018 12:47:34 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    Circa ^ | 1/4/2015 | Kellan Howell
    The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday unveiled new rules that would allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to join together to form their own health insurance pools. The rules, which will be open to a 60 day public comment period, are a direct response to President Donald Trump's executive order on health care, which would expand health associations and allow people participating in the groups to buy insurance that does not meet all of the coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. "Under the proposal, small businesses and sole proprietors would have more freedom to band...
  • The Ground is Shifting Under Obamacare

    01/04/2018 5:51:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | January 4, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    President Trump has perfected the art of antagonizing his opponents with provocative tweets. He demonstrated this skill recently in declaring that the tax reform act, by repealing the Obamacare mandate, had effectively repealed Obamacare. This generated a number of stories from left-leaning pundits pointing out that there's a lot more to Obamacare than the mandate. Sarah Kliff, writing for, noted that many Republican voters believed the president and hoped that would bring an end to efforts to undo the rest of Obamacare. But many Republicans in Congress seem intent on continuing to fight for repeal of the controversial law....
  • Third World Conditions’: UK’s Socialised Health Service Forced to Cancel Non-Emergency Operations

    01/03/2018 10:39:24 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2018 | Liam Deacon
    Around 55,000 planned procedures are expected to be axed in a desperate attempt to free up beds, the Evening Standard reports. One senior doctor claimed that patients are being treated in “third world” conditions in some hospitals. Other NHS trusts have abandoned basic rules that state that men and women should be kept on separate wards and some patients are facing a 12-hour wait to receive Accident and Emergency care as hospitals run out of space. The emergency has been preceded by a growing flu crisis, and as of Tuesday, 12 NHS trusts covering millions of people have said they...
  • Obama challenges Trump on Obamacare, Paris climate pact

    01/01/2018 5:58:15 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 73 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 31, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    Barack Obama promised upon leaving the White House that he would stay out of President Trump’s hair unless it was really, really important. Increasingly during 2017, Mr. Obama found really important topics on which to challenge Mr. Trump. When Mr. Trump pushed Congress last March to repeal Obamacare, Mr. Obama jumped in to save his signature program with one of his first public comments as a private citizen. “Reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a ‘death spiral,’” Mr. Obama said, using Mr. Trump’s favorite phrase for criticizing the Affordable Care Act. “Likewise, this law...
  • Six Predictions for 2018 America

    12/30/2017 9:38:51 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/30/17 | Lee Cary
    These six 2018 predictions are neither guaranteed, nor particularly prescient. But the best predictor of past behavior, with people and Krugman's cat, is past behavior. So if any, or all, of these predictions happen, we shouldn't be surprised. The continuing divisive and acrimonious political environment in 2018 America will bring no abatement of the decibel level held throughout 2017. In fact, it’s likely to dial-up.
  • Beware: Obamacare Penalty Could Come Back

    12/26/2017 9:48:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 27, 2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    The federal tax cut signed into law last week eliminates the federal penalty for not having health insurance, starting in 2019. That's good news for those who've been buying Obamacare to avoid the penalty, and even better news for those who've actually been paying the penalty. But don't start celebrating yet. In New York, California, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey and other deep blue strongholds, the insurance industry and left-wing activists are agitating to enact state penalties to replace the soon-to-be defunct federal one. Ouch! Six-and-a-half million filers paid the federal penalty last year, including approximately 400,000 right here in New...
  • House Republicans reject Mitch McConnell's plan to 'move on' from Obamacare repeal

    12/26/2017 5:17:39 AM PST · by smileyface · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 26, 2017 | Robert King
    Top House Republicans aren't giving up on Obamacare repeal next year, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's ready to move on. McConnell told NPR on Thursday that he thinks the Senate will “move on to other issues” instead of trying for repeal and replace in 2018. But several top conservatives in the House made it clear they wouldn't mind taking another shot. “I still think there is enough bandwidth on the House side to get it done,” said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the 170-member conservative Republican Study Committee. The House was able to pass its...
  • Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancer Early

    12/22/2017 10:28:51 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 32 replies
    Health Day ^ | Dec. 21, 2017 | Dennis Thompson
    THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obamacare has likely saved lives by increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage, a new study suggests. States that participate in the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid have experienced an increase in overall cancer diagnoses, particularly early stage diagnoses, compared with states that rejected expansion, researchers found. "It's been well-established that catching cancer in its early phases increases the likelihood of successful treatment and reduces the chances of death," said lead researcher Aparna Soni. "We found that states that participated in Medicaid expansion experienced much greater increases in cancer...
  • Health-Law Insurance Sign-Ups Decline

    12/21/2017 11:47:34 PM PST · by fluorescence · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 21, 2017 6:54 p.m. ET | Anna Wilde Matthews
    The number of consumers signing up for Affordable Care Act plans through the federal insurance marketplace declined compared with last year’s open-enrollment period, affected by challenges including a shorter sign-up window and some steep premium increases. But the 4% falloff, to around 8.8 million sign-ups from about 9.2 million, was narrower than some insurers and analysts had projected. In addition, some state exchanges, including in California, Washington, New York and Minnesota, said sign-ups for ACA plans so far were up compared with a year ago. The enrollment period for 2018 ACA plans ended Dec. 15 for, which is...
  • Mitch McConnell: Senate will 'move on' from Obamacare repeal in 2018

    12/21/2017 10:41:42 PM PST · by fluorescence · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 21, 2017, 3:00 PM | Robert King
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday the Senate is unlikely to pursue a repeal and replacement of Obamacare next year, bowing to the reality of a narrower Republican majority in 2018. McConnell said on NPR on Thursday that the Senate was unable to repeal and replace Obamacare with a 52-48 majority earlier this year, and indicated it will be even tougher with one less Republican. Democrat Doug Jones won an upset victory against Republican Roy Moore in Alabama this month, narrowing the GOP margin even more in the upper chamber. "We'll have to take a look at what that...
  • Nearly 9 million people signed up for ObamaCare

    12/21/2017 11:59:49 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/2017 | Nathaniel Weixel
    Nearly 9 million people signed up for coverage through the federal ObamaCare exchanges, according to a top administration official. Last year, 9.2 million people signed up for coverage during an open enrollment period that was twice as long. Approximately 8.8 million people enrolled during the six week open enrollment period, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma tweeted Thursday.
  • Tax Reform, Trump Style: Making America Great Again

    12/21/2017 6:15:42 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 12-21-17 | MOTUS
    With one piece of hard-won legislation President Trump has kept many of his campaign promises, not the least of which was to Make America Great Again. After nearly a decade of stagnant economic growth, this historic tax overhaul will restore America’s position as the center of the world’s global economy. – FoxLet’s review what Trump’s Tax Bill accomplished. Reduced everyone’s tax rate: GREAT! After nearly a decade of stagnant economic growth, this historic tax overhaul will restore America’s position as the center of the world’s global economy. - Fox Reduced corporate tax rates so much that even Europe is bleating...
  • As Trump Ends Obamacare Mandate, California May Impose Its Own

    12/20/2017 3:57:17 PM PST · by bkopto · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/20/2017 | chriss street
    California’s Democrat-controlled legislature is considering a state version of Obamacare’s individual mandate to replace the one killed by President Trump’s new tax reform bill. State Senator and Chair of the Senate Health Committee Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) told the San Francisco Chronicle that the tax reform that passed both houses of Congress this week, which would eliminate the penalty for not buying health insurance, is projected to result in 1.7 million fewer Californians having health insurance over the next decade. Hernandez claimed that, “All options are on the table if federal enforcement of the individual mandate ends.” The State of...