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  • Expert Commentary: The Unfolding Fiscal Disaster Behind ACA Enrollment Figures

    04/19/2014 10:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Mercatus Center at George Mason University ^ | April 17, 2014 | Charles Blahous
    Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite...
  • Some Covered California Patients Say They Can’t See A Doctor [Obama voters complain about Obamacare]

    04/19/2014 9:40:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 63 replies
    CBS San Francisco KPIX ^ | April 18, 2014
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.” Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand. Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic. But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now...
  • On Second Thought, Maybe HealthCare.gov Is at Risk from Heartbleed

    04/19/2014 9:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hayward
    It seems like only yesterday that the federal government assured us that none of its big public websites - and especially not HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare exchange site - were at risk from the Heartbleed security flaw, which can allow hackers to steal passwords and personal data. Actually, those assurances came last Friday, April 11, in the form of a blog post from the Department of Homeland Security. "The government's core citizen-facing websites are not exposed to risks from this cybersecurity threat," we were assured by DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director Larry Zelvin, as quoted at Nextgov. One...
  • Individual insurance plans up by 17 percent [WA]

    04/19/2014 7:15:36 PM PDT · by steve86 · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Carol M. Ostrom
    [I know the title reads like premiums went up by 17% -- and they probably did for some people. See comment below] Nearly 325,000 people have enrolled in individual insurance plans in Washington, marking the first time in four years that group has grown significantly, according to figures released Wednesday by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The numbers, reported by health insurers as of March 31, represent an increase of almost 17 percent from the total before the launch of the state’s online insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The figures include 146,000 enrolled through the Washington...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 54 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. It’s the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan It’s number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likely—West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans don’t lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

    04/19/2014 3:54:16 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel. Clawson’s announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman, but the candidate heaped praise on Bachmann, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.
  • Scandal in Florida Race Exposed. Some Keeping Quiet About It. Wonder Why?

    04/14/2014 2:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | April 11, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    Curt Clawson has hired a record 25 consultants for his campaign. It’s a lie that he’s an outsider. He’s not a principled Conservative either, something those supporting him claim he is. Just recently Breitbart News contributor Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank wrote a hit piece on Sarah, criticizing her for choosing the wrong Conservative in the race: Sarah Palin Jumps the Gun May Not Have Fully Vetted Recent Endorsee. That is ironic coming from a RINO-infested tank who shilled for Marco Rubio when he was lying about being against amnesty early on. Where was his research and vetting then? Shark...
  • Maryland Obamacare exchange spent $90 million on technology before abandoning website

    04/19/2014 5:14:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 19, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Maryland has given up on its Obamacare website, but not before spending $90 million of taxpayer funding on technology, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.Of the $90 million, exchange board Chairman Joshua Sharfstein said that the marketplace spent $55 million on the website itself, The Washington Post reports. Officials opted in late March, after six months of struggling with the inoperable system, to give up on fixing the website and start over again with a model of Connecticut’s more successful exchange website.Maryland’s Obamacare exchange received millions in federal taxpayer dollars to build its Affordable Care Act website and was...
  • Obama Counts 19 Million Americans Now Enrolled in ObamaCare

    04/19/2014 1:06:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    http://www.theminorityreportblog.com ^ | april 19, 2014 | steven foley
    “We have eight million people signed up through the exchanges. That doesn’t include the three million young people who are able to stay on their parents’ plan. It doesn’t include the million people who benefited from expansions to Medicaid. So if my math is correct, that’s 14 million right there. You have another five million people who signed up outside of the marketplaces but are part of the same insurance pool. So, we’ve got a sizable part of the U.S. population now that are in the first — for the first time in many cases in a position to enjoy...
  • Coming soon to healthcare near you: The top 10 "Planned GrandParenthood" Slogans

    04/19/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-19-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I posted this fake "Planned GrandParenthood" ad and have since come up with a top 10 list of slogans for fictitious the organization. They're in no particular order...                    
  • Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

    04/19/2014 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those...
  • Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners (Will takers outvote the makers?)

    04/19/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/18/2014 | BYRON YORK
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are trying...
  • Obamacare Number Games: How Many Enrollees, Really? : More to the raw numbers than meets the eye.

    04/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/19/2014 | Rich Baehr
    It has been a triumphant month for liberal journalists who have lived and died with the fortunes of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in March 2010. Ezra Klein and Jon Cohen have declared victory, describing an amazing recovery for the program and for President Obama since the dark days of near-total failure among people trying to sign up on the federal exchanges in October and November.To listen to Obamacare supporters, Kathleen Sebelius leaves her post as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with her head held high, as her legacy now includes shepherding across...
  • Rep. Young blasts regulatory sprawl during Fairbanks visit ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 9:53:28 AM PDT · by cutty · 3 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 19, 2014 | Jeff Richardson
    Rep. Don Young took aim at a frequent target on Friday, blasting federal regulatory sprawl that he said endangered economic growth and the Alaskan way of life. Young spoke during a luncheon with the Associated General Contractors of Alaska in Fairbanks, and directed most of his fiery comments toward the growing profile of federal agencies. He said they’ve passed 13,883 new regulations in the past four years, compared to 628 new bills that made it through Congress. “We’re no longer a free nation,” Young said. “We’re a nation of regulatory law.” ... Young said President Obama’s philosophies aim to make...
  • ObamaCare site flagged in Heartbleed security review

    04/19/2014 7:16:34 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 19, 2014
    WASHINGTON — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular...
  • Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd With Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life

    04/19/2014 5:57:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | APRIL 18, 2014
    An 18-year old abortion survivor brought a packed Convention for Life in Dublin to its feet with a moving and inspiring testimony on forgiveness and the value of every human life. (Video at bottom).Josiah Presley, originally from South Korea but now living in Oklahoma, said that when he first found out that his mother had wanted to abort him he was devastated and felt deep hurt and anger towards his birth parents.However, he said, the power of God’s love meant he realised that he was “important to God and that every child was important to God” and this led him...
  • Will Hillary voters hand the GOP nomination to Rand Paul? (Operation Chaos)

    04/09/2014 2:16:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | AllahPundit
    A fiendishly clever theory from Peter Beinart. Remember “Operation Chaos”? That was Rush Limbaugh’s plan to have GOP voters wreak havoc on the Democratic nominating process in 2008. With McCain’s nomination already all but assured and Obama clinging to an apparently insurmountable lead over Hillary, Rush encouraged Republicans in states with open primaries (i.e. states where you don’t have to be registered as a party member to vote in that party’s primary) to cross over and vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary instead. The idea was to drag the primary process out for Democrats as long as possible, forcing...
  • ObamaCare enrollees told to change passwords after Heartbleed review (Husseincare bug)

    04/19/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/14
    WASHINGTON – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov...
  • Why are some Democrats running from Obamacare?

    04/18/2014 9:30:06 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | April 18, 2014 | Halimah Abdullah
    Washington (CNN) -- The Obamacare enrollment is 8 million strong and growing. Polls have shown that voters love popular provisions calling for mandatory coverage for maternity care and extending coverage for young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance policies. And recent figures from the Congressional Budget Office show that Obamacare will cost about $5 billion less to implement in 2014 than originally estimated. Still, some Democrats have run from the President's signature health care reform law so fast, they've practically left skid marks. The question is: Will they run back? ~snip~ Last November, the...
  • Obama: ‘Political Spite’ Motivating States to Refuse Medicaid Expansion

    04/19/2014 12:32:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2014 - 8:36 AM | Susan Jones
    Republicans “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama told a news conference on Thursday. He also took aim at states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs:“This does frustrate me—states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states—zero cost to these states—other than ideological reasons they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”But some governors, pointing to President Obama’s own broken promises, simply don't...
  • Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

    04/18/2014 9:15:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dr. Ron Chusid
    The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a high percentage of young people. Good news means more positive head lines, such as National Journal writing that Obamacare is on a Winning Streak. The political climate is...
  • House Dem predicts losses over O-Care ("it's going to hit the fan")

    04/18/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/18/14 | Elise Viebeck
    A House Democrat who voted against ObamaCare said the law is likely to sweep Republicans into office in November. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) had dire predictions for his party during a radio interview on Thursday. "We will lose seats in the House," Lynch told Boston Herald Radio. "I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from more experienced poll sets down there." He continued, "And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that's a possibility ... primarily because of healthcare." The comments pit Lynch against party chiefs like Rep. Nancy Pelosi...
  • Progress, Challenges As Medicaid Rolls Swell in Wash.

    04/18/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler, The Seattle Times
    Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide health care to nearly all Americans. But with enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that’s already stretched thin in places. Some of the new enrollees haven’t seen a doctor in years and need help navigating the health-care morass. Medicaid patients already struggle to get care in parts of the state...
  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • ObamaCare Apologist Kliff Goes Off Message, Quickly Rights Herself

    04/18/2014 8:10:56 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 18, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The morning of April 15 had an indication that it would contain an historic moment. Sarah Kliff, formerly of the Washington Post Wonkblog and now with General Electric Vox, appeared to be finally breaking through her liberal coccoon. Yes, she tweeted  some actual Obamacare criticism of the administration over the suspicious changes in the way the Census Bureau measures the uninsured. Alas, it was not to be. With startling speed, Kliff got her "mind right" with a correctional tweet in less than an hour after a Ministry of Truth talk with an administration offical. Let us now go back to...
  • President Obama Encourages Democrats to Defend Obamacare: 'I Do Not Think We Should Apologize'

    04/18/2014 7:38:16 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama proudly promoted record Obamacare signup numbers Thursday, boldly calling for Democrats to defend the law. "I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud of the fact that millions of people like the woman I just described, who I saw in Pennsylvania yesterday, we are helping because of something we did," Obama said. "I do not think we should apologize for it. I don't think we should be defensive about it." When questioned by reporters, Obama dismissed the idea that the law was deeply unpopular.
  • Hiding ObamaCare Data with the Complicity of the Census Bureau

    04/18/2014 7:00:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/18/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    In 2009, within the first few weeks of taking office President Obama, moved control of the Census Bureau from the office of the Commerce Secretary to the White House ahead of the 2010 Census. Republicans were irate, thinking it was an effort to politicize the 2010 headcount itself. Unfortunately, Republicans were thinking small. As the New York Times reveals, the Census Bureau “is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”Not difficult. Virtually impossible: “The changes are...
  • 'He Makes Stuff Up': Krauthammer Reacts After President Says ObamaCare Is 'Working'

    04/18/2014 6:34:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | April 18, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Special Report All-Star Panel weighed in after President Obama touted the success of ObamaCare in remarks at the White House, lashing out at Republican critics. “We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to eight million people. ... They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.
  • Obama taps woman who denied access to war vets from memorial for ObamaCare

    04/17/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Judi McLeod
    It seems that the woman who denied war vets access to their Memorial is the same one who will get to deny them their health care. But don’t worry the mainstream media reminds us Sylvia has a smiling face. Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius replacement Sylvia Mathews Burwell, handpicked by Barack Obama on March 4, 2013 as new director of the Office Management and Budget, is coming to the HHS portfolio under a stench. It’s not just the usual stench wafting from epic fail ObamaCare, nor even the stench from sorting through the garbage looking for clues on...
  • Christian broadcaster Dobson wins temporary ObamaCare mandate injunction

    04/18/2014 3:42:19 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 1 replies
    Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance. A federal judge in Denver issued the injunction Thursday. Dobson sued in December, saying the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide the contraception violates the religious beliefs of his Colorado Springs-based ministry, called Family Talk.
  • Progress, challenges as Medicaid rolls swell in state [WA]

    04/17/2014 11:04:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 25 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/16/2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide health care to nearly all Americans. By the end of March, more than 285,000 adults who are newly eligible to participate in Medicaid had signed up for coverage. That’s twice the number officials had hoped to reach by then, and a target they hadn’t expected to hit for three more years.
  • Obama, stop lying. Obamacare is not the law of the land!

    04/17/2014 7:34:16 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    4-17-2014 | johnwk
    In case you missed it Obama, our federal Constitution tells us in crystal clear language that our Constitution, and only those “Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land ….” And so, the question which must be asked and answered to determine if Obamacare is the law of the land is, was Obamacare made in pursuance of our Constitution? As I will have further occasion to establish, Obama care does not meet constitutional muster and turns out to be legislative tyranny backed up by judicial...
  • Democrat: Voters 'Frustrated and Embarrassed' by Obamacare (Hawaii)

    04/17/2014 7:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 17, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) says her constituents are "frustrated and embarrassed" by Hawaii's failed Obamacare exchange, which cost taxpayers $204 million and signed up only 8,000 people. On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will launch an investigation into Hawaii's busted Obamacare program. "This is not a partisan issue, this is an economic issue," said state Sen. Sam Slom. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie previously predicted "hundreds of thousand of people" would sign up for Obamacare in the President's home state. On Thursday, President Barack Obama tried to rally Democrats to support his unpopular Obamacare program. "I think Democrats...
  • Obamacare Ends Dozens of Poor Alabama Widows' Healthcare Plans

    04/17/2014 6:13:48 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Apr 2014 | JOHN HAYWARD
    According to this story from WHNT News in Alabama, several dozen widows of county employees - many of them elderly and with little income - lost their health insurance due to ObamaCare. It's going to cost a cool $25 million to restore it, due to "Affordable" Care Act mandates. Therefore, under Democrat Party dogma, these widows have ceased to exist. If you listen carefully, you'll hear an audible pop as they become non-persons and vanish from mediaspace, never to be mentioned by anyone in President Obama's newsroom palace guard.
  • New Dem Strategy: Stop Running From Obamacare

    04/17/2014 4:40:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Can Obamacare be fixed? Vulnerable Democrats are pot committed to this idea. They say most Americans do not want to repeal Obamacare and therefore the only way to make it work is to reform it. They accuse Republicans of not having a viable alternative and wasting billions of dollars on failed efforts to defund it. As a consequence, some Democrats are urging the party to stand firm on this issue, and to stop running way from a law many of them voted for. The AP reports: Republicans already were pushing their luck by vowing to "repeal and replace" the health...
  • Obama: No Fixes to Obamacare Until GOP has ‘Change in Attitude’

    04/17/2014 5:08:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama stepped out at the White House daily briefing today to again berate Republicans for challenging Obamacare — in what appeared to be an attempt to get politicians to stop talking about the law’s negative effects before midterm elections. Obama announced “as more data comes in, we now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people.” “Before this law added new transparency and competition to the individual market, folks who’ve bought insurance on their own regularly saw double-digit increases in their premiums. That was the norm....
  • U.S. Congressman Compares Corruption in CDC's Vaccine Safety Studies of SEC to Bernie Madoff Scandal

    04/17/2014 4:14:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 4/16/2014
    WATCHUNG, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an April 8 interview on AutismOne's A Conversation of Hope radio show, Congressman Bill Posey's strong resolve and demands for transparency were evident as he discussed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s handling of vaccine safety studies which affect "our most precious resource in our nation – our children." The 30-minute interview, conducted by vaccine industry watchdog, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker, delves into what Posey called "the incestuous relationship between the public health community and the vaccine makers and public officials." The Florida legislator, known as "Mr. Accountabililty," did not mince words...
  • Eight million people signed up for healthcare, Obama announces ("This thing is working")

    04/17/2014 2:29:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Noam N. Levey and Chad Terhune
    WASHINGTON — Driven by a last-minute flood of enrollments, particularly in California, sign-ups for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplaces hit 8 million in the law’s first year, President Obama announced Thursday. That beats the forecast by 1 million people and caps a remarkable comeback from a disastrous rollout last fall that gave rise to predictions the law would collapse in its maiden year. Instead, the health law, often called Obamacare, has helped bring about the largest increase in insurance coverage in the U.S. in half a century. “This thing is working,” Obama said from the White...
  • Obama: 8 Million Signed up for Health Care (and the sky just turned red!)

    04/17/2014 1:17:25 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/17/14
    President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. That's 1 million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected.
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visits Edmonton (Wouldn't answer publicly why he supports McConnell)

    04/17/2014 1:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Glasgow Daily Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gina Kinslow
    EDMONTON — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a visit to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon for a community forum during which he spoke mostly about health care and the economy and how he proposes to fix problems with each. The stop was one of several he made across the state during the week. After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private...
  • Obamacare, Part Two [pregnant woman loses coverage for her obstetrician]

    04/17/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where. The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have. The bad news: Neither the obstetrician who has taken care of her for the past six months nor the hospital where she had planned to give birth are covered by the plan.
  • Obamacare confusion abounds on Staten Island ["Confused" Obamacare supporter loses her insurance]

    04/17/2014 10:14:53 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    silive ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tracey Porpora
    Photo caption: Alexandra Porto, VP of Membership & Outreach, at the SIEDC. Employees there received letters that their medical insurance policy was canceled. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Alexandra Porto believes in the premise of President Obama's Affordable Care Act -- to provide medical benefits for all Americans. But when she, along with 13 of her colleagues at the Bloomfield-based Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), received letters stating that their Empire BlueCross/BlueShield health plan will be canceled, she started to have second thoughts about what is commonly referred to as Obamacare. "The letter said Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be ending...
  • Arden Heights woman with chronic illnesses says Obamacare left her without doctors and medication

    04/17/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    silive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tracy Porpora
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions. Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied. While she had signed up for new health coverage -- because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan -- the company's internal paperwork apparently wasn't filed. She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn't accept the new insurance plan. For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers...
  • Dozens of Widows Dropped from Health Care Due to Obamacare in Alabama

    04/17/2014 9:50:00 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Over two dozen widows in Alabama were dropped from their health care plans due to Obamacare, WHNT reports: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jywc3c1MYUw"More than two dozen widows who were married to retired Madison county employees, lost their health insurance coverage earlier this year. And now one commissioner says it's time to give it back to them. The change was sparked by the new federal health care law, but whether or not coverage can actually be restored really isn't clear," said the anchor. Says the reporter, "Madison county commissioner Roger Jones says no one realized just how much the new federal health care law would...
  • Zero Covered Dentists Within 100 Miles for Mandatory Dental Plan Under Obamacare

    04/17/2014 9:40:37 AM PDT · by grundle · 41 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Scot Vorse
    For years we have known that the claim under Obamacare, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” was false. We have also known that the claim under Obamacare, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” was false. But what we didn’t know was that under Obamacare, “If you need a doctor, you may have to drive more than 100 miles to find a doctor.” I noticed in my new Anthem monthly premium under Obamacare that I was required to pay a separate monthly charge for dental insurance for my two teenage children (I also...
  • Obamacare has us hearing, “I’m sorry, we are no longer accepting that kind of insurance”

    04/17/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/17/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The captives who have been dumped by their healthcare insurance companies on Barack Obama’s orders are beginning to feel the pain Obama meant them to experience. Obamacare was and always will be nothing more than a stick with which to flog Americans into lining up and marching into a single payer system. Single payer is a system that involves the government paying healthcare providers what the government thinks their services are worth. The details that we have been able to dig out of Obamacare include the fact that doctors’ salaries will be determined by the government. Moreover there will be...
  • Landrieu faces her toughest political storm to stay in Senate

    04/17/2014 5:27:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Halimah Abdullah
    Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is in the middle of a storm. She is beset by well-funded forces on the right who sense the Gulf Coast Democrat's vulnerability in trying to defend a Senate seat in a red state. On the left, she is trying to avoid being pulled down by the undertow of a president whose decline in approval ratings and controversial health care reform law might not play well with her state's conservative sensibilities. She's been buffeted by rough re-election fights before, and in previous successful bids for the state legislature, state treasurer's office and eventually two runoffs...
  • The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See

    04/17/2014 5:39:41 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    The Founry ^ | April 11, 2014 | Amy Payne
    Talking about Obamacare’s effects is one thing; seeing hard data is another. Heritage’s newly updated Obamacare in Pictures has 15 charts that show the law’s effects on Americans—from canceled insurance policies to new taxes, Medicare cuts, reduced choice for plans, and more. Here’s a quick look at just three of these charts and how Obamacare is hitting three groups. Obamacare says you can stay on your parents’ health insurance until you turn 26. This chart looks at what happens after that—if you don’t have employer-sponsored insurance and you have to get insured through Obamacare. If you’re trying to save for...
  • The Legal Challenge to Obamacare You Probably Haven’t Heard of (And Why It Matters)

    04/16/2014 9:53:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Becket Adams
    Obamacare dictates that individual states can either set up and operate their own exchanges or the federal government will do it for them. Only 16 states and the District of Columbia currently run on their own exchanges. The remaining 34 states have elected to rely on the federally operated exchanges. And this is where we run into an issue: Depending on various factors, including income levels, people signing up through the state and federal exchanges may be eligible for subsidies that could drastically reduce the cost of health insurance coverage. The little-known challenge being argued in the District of Columbia...
  • The IRS's Case In Halbig v. Sebelius Is Crumbling, With A Little Help From Its Friends

    04/16/2014 9:40:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius, a case that challenges the IRS’s ability to implement ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies and mandate penalties in the 34 states with federally established health “exchanges.” Though the IRS prevailed at the district-court level, its allies have been inadvertently undermining the agency’s case ever since. First, a little background. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 clearly, repeatedly, and consistently says that the above-mentioned subsidies and penalties are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The IRS breezed...