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  • CBO: ObamaCare premiums and healthcare spending will rise by less than expected, because…

    04/15/2014 4:58:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/15/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The Congressional Budget Office released a report this morning that has received a lot of attention from ObamaCare’s many staunch media advocates because it essentially concludes that the cost of expanding coverage through the exchanges will be billions less than the CBO was predicting just a couple of months ago. That’s great news for the president’s crowning legislative achievement, right? Health-insurance premiums for plans sold on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges will be lower than previously expected, according to a report released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.The findings, by Congress’s nonpartisan spending analysts, result largely from the fact that...
  • OY VEY: Obamacare Causes Spike in Small Group Premiums, Colorado’s Increase 29%

    04/09/2014 9:05:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | April 8, 2014
    News about the disastrous implementation of Obamacare has become so widespread that, to be honest, we’re having a hard time keeping up with all of it. We’ve written extensively about the canceled plans that failed to meet Obamacare coverage requirements, and we’ve written about how Sen. Mark Udall tried to cover it all up. Now, we’re seeing reports that if you weren’t one of the unlucky souls whose small group plan was cancelled because of Obamacare, your premiums have likely increased by 29 percent instead. Colorado is among the top ten states seeing the biggest increases in health insurance premiums...
  • Media Hype 'Good' ObamaCare News, Bury The Bad

    04/10/2014 4:52:30 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/09/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: The media are cheering a survey that, they say, shows ObamaCare is working miracles. It shows nothing of the kind. Meanwhile, they're ignoring another report that finds ObamaCare-induced premium spikes. 'Millions More People Are Getting Health Insurance Because Of ObamaCare," screams a headline on the left-wing Huffington Post. Countless other major news outlets more or less echoed this line, calling it a big win for ObamaCare. They and others are all talking about a Rand Corp. survey that, in fact, finds no such thing.
  • WHEC-NY: New Yorkers Struggling To Afford ObamaCare Premiums, Deductibles

    03/30/2014 12:43:50 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    LECLAIR: “We’ve heard from a lot of WHEC Facebook friends complaining that they will face a fine if they don’t sign up for health insurance. But many say they can’t afford the premiums or deductibles, and it would be cheaper to stay uninsured and pay the penalty. This free clinic at St. Josephs’ Neighborhood Center always has a steady stream of patients. The director says the Affordable Care Act will never put them out of business. Even though everyone is supposed to have insurance now and their own doctor, there will always be people who need care but can’t afford...
  • Cleveland Clinic CEO: 3/4 Of Obamacare Signups Will Face Higher Premiums

    03/30/2014 11:30:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/30/14 | Staff
    A leading healthcare expert poured cold water on the administration’s recent Obamacare enthusiasm, saying that three quarters of those signed up will face higher premiums than under their previous insurance. “Out of people that have signed up about three quarters will find premiums higher than previously with other insurance,” Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic said on Fox News Sunday. “Hospitals are going to be paid less for what they do,” Cosgrove continued. “And we also know insurers are paying less too. We have to become more efficient in how we deliver care which is a big changefor...
  • O-Care premiums to skyrocket (according to non-partisan publication)

    03/19/2014 4:33:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 19, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015. ADVERTISEMENT The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase...
  • Doctors Say Obamacare Rule Will Stick Them With Unpaid Bills

    03/19/2014 7:49:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 19, 2014 | By Roni Caryn Rabin
    Doctors groups fear their members won’t get paid because of an unusual 90-day grace period for government-subsidized health plans and are urging physicians to check patients' insurance status before every visit. “This puts the physician and their patients in a very difficult situation,” said Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), which advised physicians Wednesday about how to minimize their risk. “If a patient is being treated for a serious illness, that requires ongoing care,” she said. “The physician is having to assume the financial risk for this. That’s the bottom line.” If an enrollee in...
  • ObamaCare premiums to double in some areas next year

    03/19/2014 7:43:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember how Barack Obama and Democrats promised to “bend the cost curve downward” with ObamaCare? Well, they got most of that promise correct. ObamaCare has bent the cost curve all right, but sharply upward — and in 2015, expect them to not just bend but absolutely “skyrocket,” according to The Hill: Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would...
  • Caption this Photograph ("O-Care premiums to skyrocket")

    03/19/2014 7:14:32 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 19 Mar 14 | Elise Viebeck
    Actual photograph of shocked woman speaking to ObamaCare "navigator" as posted on the front page The Hill (thehill.com). The front page links to its top story today by reporter Elise Viebeck: O-Care premiums to skyrocket Freeper Liz has posted a thread on the story that links to the front page headline on The Hill: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3134822/posts
  • Premiums rising faster than eight years before Obamacare COMBINED

    03/19/2014 5:44:14 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 22 replies
    Health insurance premiums have risen more after Obamacare than the average premium increases over the eight years before it became law, according to the private health exchange eHealthInsurance.The individual market for health insurance has seen premiums rise by 39 percent since February 2013, eHealth reports. Without a subsidy, the average individual premium is now $274 a month. Families have been hit even harder with an average increase of 56 percent over the same period — average premiums are now $663 per family, over $426 last year.Between 2005 and 2013, average premiums for individual plans increased 37 percent and average family...
  • O-Care premiums to skyrocket (w/ massive political implications)

    03/19/2014 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Liz · 50 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 3/19/14 | Elise Viebeck w/ Sheila Timmons
    EDITED Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the Obama administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015. Political operatives will be watching premium increases this summer, most notably in states where there are contested Senate races. In Iowa, which hosts the first presidential caucus in the nation and has a...
  • Obamacare: Fifteen percent of Covered California enrollees haven't paid

    03/09/2014 6:39:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/09/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    With less than a month left to sign up for private insurance under the federal health care law, California's enrollment numbers are closing in on the magic number of 1 million as 8,000 people sign up every day. If only everyone would pay their premiums. Roughly 15 percent of the Californians who had enrolled by Jan. 31 still haven't sent in their first month's payment, according to four major health insurance companies participating in the Covered California exchange. So those lofty enrollment numbers could soon be dropping substantially.
  • Kathleen Sebelius: We don’t know how many people have paid ACA premiums

    03/12/2014 11:54:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | March 12, 2014 | BRETT NORMAN
    HHS does not know how many of the people who signed up for Obamacare have followed through and paid their premiums, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a House panel this morning. “I can’t tell you because I don’t know that,” Sebelius told Rep. Tom Price at a Ways and Means Committee hearing on the agency’s budget.
  • Shocker: IRS estimates cheapest Obamacare plan $20k per family in 2016

    03/06/2014 7:54:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/06/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    In an official document, the Internal Revenue Service, the enforcer of Obamacare’s mandates, is estimating that the cheapest Obamacare plan (the Bronze level of coverage) will cost a family of four $20,000 per year. Matt Cover of CNS News writes: The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan. The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of...
  • The Insiders: Another day, another Obamacare disaster

    02/26/2014 7:54:47 AM PST · by sr4402 · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25 at 3:38 pm | Ed Rogers
    In a colossal “oh by the way” revelation, last Friday afternoon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services (that would be the executive branch run by President Obama), quietly released a report exposing the fact that under Obamacare, two-thirds of Americans who work at small businesses will see their insurance premiums increase. So this report – which is more than two years late – says over 11 million American workers will have higher health insurance premiums because of Obamacare.
  • IRS: Obamacare Cheapest Plan $20,000 Per Family in 2016

    (CNSNews.com) – In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan. The examples...
  • Chattanooga among cheapest markets for ObamaCare (TN)

    02/24/2014 8:01:46 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesfreePress ^ | February 24, 2014 | Dave Flessner
    People buying coverage through the new health care exchanges in East Tennessee are paying nearly a third less than the national average and less than half what's being charged in the nation's most expensive markets, including South Georgia. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation ranked Chattanooga and Knoxville among the 10 cheapest markets to purchase individual plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A 40-year-old buying the most popular "silver" plan offered through BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee can get it for $181 a month, $78 a month less than the U.S. median price for...
  • GarCo residents face highest rate for Obamacare ( Colorado )

    02/23/2014 7:57:35 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 22, 2014 | Dennis Webb
    New Castle resident and business owner David Fitzsimmons used to pay $672 a month for health insurance for him and his family. This year, with the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act that has resulted in the country’s highest rates being charged in Garfield County, he faced a minimum premium of $942 a month. “The insurance rates, frankly, it just comes down to a decision for me and my family, whether we have a roof over our heads or whether we have health insurance. The obvious answer is that we have a roof over heads,” he said Friday during...
  • WSJ: Poorer counties facing high premiums, few choices, little competition through ObamaCare

    02/13/2014 10:35:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    “My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition. That’s how the market works. Unfortunately, in 34 states, 75 percent of the insurance market is controlled by five or fewer companies. In Alabama, almost 90 percent is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down.” So sayeth President Obama, but so far, his crowning legislative achievement has directly resulted in a whole lotta’ restrictions on consumer choice, while his brand of top-down government-led “competition,” well… isn’t, really. On top of the...
  • Insurers: At least 20% of new ObamaCare sign-ups failed to pay their first premium on time

    02/14/2014 10:20:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2014 | Allahpundit
    So Bob Laszewski was right. Fully one-fifth of the new enrollment numbers that HHS has been waving around are bogus. Their target for the end of January was 4.4 million sign-ups; a few days ago, they told the country they’d made it three-quarters of the way there with 3.3 million. In reality, once the deadbeats are bounced from the rolls by their new insurers, they’ll be in the ballpark of 2.6 million, or 60 percent of their target. And that’s after HHS pressured insurers to extend the payment deadline from December 31 into January, hoping that a little more time...
  • Next problem for Obamacare: deadbeat enrollees

    02/15/2014 10:55:40 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 14, 2014 | By Rick Newman
    The big question about Obamacare this year is whether enough people will enroll to make the controversial health-reform plan viable. Another important question has been overlooked, until now: Will people pay their premiums once they enroll? The unsettling answer appears to be maybe not. The New York Times has discovered that only about 80% of people purchasing health insurance through the federal online marketplace or a similar state-run exchange paid their first month’s premium. There’s no single source of such data, but the Times canvassed insurers participating in the program, such as Aetna (AET), Wellpoint (WLP), Humana (HUM) and Blue...
  • How many Obamacare customers have paid for their plans?

    02/13/2014 8:17:59 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/11/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Democrats claim three million people have enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare. But how many have actually paid for their plans? Several state exchanges have begun reporting the number of customers that did pay their first premiums, and some results are as low as 51 percent.
  • For Many, Few Health-Plan Choices, High Premiums on Online Exchanges

    02/12/2014 4:54:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    For Many, Few Health-Plan Choices, High Premiums on Online Exchanges Analysis Shows Americans in Poorer Counties Have Limited Options on Health-Care Exchanges By Timothy W. Martin And Christopher Weaver Feb. 12, 2014 7:37 p.m. ET Hundreds of thousands of Americans in poorer counties have few choices of health insurers and face high premiums through the online exchanges created by the health-care law, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of offerings in 36 states. Consumers in 515 counties, spread across 15 states, have only one insurer selling coverage through the online marketplaces, the Journal found. In more than...
  • Obamacare: Know Your Rates

    02/06/2014 7:43:17 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-7-14 | Courtesy of WI State Sen. Frank Lasee
    Link only: http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2013/obamacare_map_3/index2.html
  • $1 Extra in Pay Could Mean $20,000 More in Obamacare Premiums

    02/07/2014 12:45:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 07 Feb 2014 10:33 AM | Lisa Barron
    In the wake of Tuesday’s Congressional Budget Office report showing that Obamacare will lead to a reduction in employee working hours, there is also bad news on the wages front. Noting that Obamacare provides subsidies for coverage to people earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line, and that the subsidies decrease as income increases, the CBO said there is a strong incentive to reduce wages. “People whose income exceeds 400 percent of the FPL are ineligible for premium subsidies, and for some people those subsidies will drop abruptly to zero when income crosses that threshold,” the report...
  • Real Life Obamacare Small Business Example

    02/03/2014 6:40:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Here is an interesting video regarding the effects of Obamacare on all the employees at at Simonetta's auto repair shop in Pennsylvania. The video was made by a local TV station. A couple premiums dropped, but most went up, some by huge amounts. In every case deductibles soared. Every person involved is worse off than before. Link if video does not play: Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare Partial Transcript Jeff and Dave used to have a $1,250 deductible. Since Obamacare went into effect, it's now jumped 60 percent to $2,000. That's nothing compared...
  • President ignores ObamaCare horror stories as human, financial costs pile up

    01/31/2014 3:42:33 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 30, 2014 | L. Brent Bozell III
    People’s Exhibit A: Josie Gracchi has breast cancer. Up until January 1st of this year she had insurance and was scheduled for a January 3rd biopsy and follow-up treatment at one the largest private cancer treatment centers in the world: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. But once 2014 arrived, her insurance was rolled into an ObamaCare health exchange. She now has no access to the surgeons she was working with, her biopsy and treatment have been postponed and she can’t find comparable doctors and surgeons through the ObamaCare website. She pleaded on television for help from the president,...
  • Watch: Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare

    01/30/2014 12:15:09 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 30, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees their learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare: "Look at the numbers," says the reporter of two employees. "Jeff and Dave used to have a $1,250 deductible. Since Obamacare went into effect, it's now jumped 60 percent to $2,000. That's nothing compared to Brian, Kristi, and Judy who have kids. They are going to pay twice that, four grand." The reporter adds that co-pays are being increased, too.
  • Obamacare deadbeats: Some don't pay up

    01/30/2014 9:33:20 AM PST · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 Jan 2014 | Tami Luhby
    Just cause they've signed up for Obamacare doesn't mean they're covered. Around one in five people who picked health insurance policies on the state and federal exchanges last year haven't paid their first month's premiums, according to insurers polled by CNNMoney. These folks will likely see their policy selection canceled and they'll be left uninsured. Some 2.1 million people signed up for a plan in time for their coverage to start January 1, according to the Obama administration. But with the payment deadlines stretching until January 31 at the latest, anywhere between 12% and 30% of those folks still haven't...
  • Awful: Disabled Family of Four Slammed By Exorbitant Obamacare Costs

    01/22/2014 11:32:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Guy Benson
    We've covered a number of horrible cases involving individuals and families being victimized by Obamacare, but this Michigan family's plight is uniquely heartbreaking: A Bangor Township family of four, all of whom have disabilities, say they fall within a niche that makes the Affordable Care Act more of a burden than a blessing. Now, they say, they'll be paying nearly $8,000 more per year for medical care after being denied coverage through Obamacare. The family in question is the Daverts — husband and wife Ken and Melissa and their 15-year-old twins Austin and Michaela. The twins and their mother are...
  • Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare

    01/21/2014 8:06:49 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    http://www.dallasnews.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | BEN KAMISAR
    WASHINGTON — Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tyler Republican gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive. “Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey...
  • The Latest From Obamacare Central (Free Republic Mentioned)

    01/21/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's time for your latest Obamacare update, and it will come as no surprise to you that things are not getting any prettier for this monstrosity. Let's just take a jog down Obamacare Avenue and see what is popping out at us from the storefronts this week. Roll down your windows so you can get a clearer look: --Obamacare devotees are still clinging to the idea that this law will expand coverage, but the most recent data indicate that it may fall short of this goal, too, just as it has failed in every other respect. Forbes reports that instead...
  • Young Liberal: As Much As I Support Obamacare, I Just Can't Afford It

    01/18/2014 4:03:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Guy Benson
    David Kurtz of the lefty website TPM -- to his credit -- published an email he received from a young reader living in New York City. The 32-year-old correspondent wrote that much to his chagrin as an ardent backer of the president and his unpopular healthcare law, he's unable to afford its price tag. He suggests that his personal situation exemplifies the broader problems the program will have attracting the participation of young, healthy people: I'm a 32 year-old healthy male that wants, but can't afford, Obamacare. I think the law is a step in the right direction, it just...
  • The Regime Has No Idea How Many People Have Signed Up and Paid for Obamacare

    01/16/2014 12:19:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The fact that North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan was nowhere to be found when Obama went to North Carolina. That's the kind of thing that you might not get moved by, but in the deepest, darkest recesses of the liberal Democrat mind, that kind of thing is one of the greatest indicators of presidential trouble that you can find. When a Democrat senator up for reelection refuses a ride on Air Force One, refuses the joint exit down the stairs from Air Force One with the president, and then does not show up at the president's town...
  • BREAKING: No one knows who has paid for Obamacare!

    01/16/2014 11:00:22 AM PST · by connell · 52 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 1-16-14 | Christopher Cook
    This is breathtaking incompetence. In the video below, we have the spectacle of a CMS official telling us they literally do not know who has paid for their Obamacare premiums. The administration literally does not collect the information, though we are assured they will do so at some point. They will have to go back and "reconcile" that information later. How on earth could something this appallingly bad ever have become law in a modern industrialized nation? This is the sort of thing that you expect from banana republics and dysfunctional socialist regimes . . . oh, wait, now I...
  • Coming Soon: Higher Obamacare Premiums

    01/15/2014 7:14:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | Guy Benson
    A follow-up to my Obamacare post from yesterday: The law's adverse selection problem doesn't just inflame the risk of a market death spiral. It also all but guarantees that next year's expected premium hikes will be worse than anticipated for millions. The New York Times' lede is telling: People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could threaten the law’s economic underpinnings and cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists. Questions about the law’s...
  • Obamacare consumers: Time to pay up

    01/11/2014 5:30:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    politico ^ | 1/11/2014 | By BRETT NORMAN
    Many insurers should know by Friday how many of the 2 million-plus Obamacare sign-ups have actually converted into premium-paying customers. Yet an array of payment deadline extensions by other plans means that what critics have been demanding — a full count of Americans insured under Obamacare — won’t be available until next month. Companies are scrambling to ensure that individuals who committed to plans online in fact put their money where their mice are. They’re staffing call centers and even making robocalls to get procrastinators to finalize their first premium payment. But the effort has been complicated by several dysfunctional...
  • Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare

    01/09/2014 10:17:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/9/2014 | Anne Schieber
    BAY CITY — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to help families with pre-existing conditions, not hurt them. But that has not been the case for the Davert family. Their health insurance bill has gone up 300 percent and the family is looking at taking out loans and returning to work while on disability to pay the increased costs. The Davert's experience with Obamacare is not just frustrating, it could be dangerous given the medical issues and special needs of the family. "We have such a unique family and we've overcome many obstacles," said Ken Davert, who has cerebral palsy....
  • Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare

    01/07/2014 1:32:37 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 7, 2014 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees. For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target of unions and liberal activists “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and "substandard.” But a Washington Examiner comparison of the two health insurance programs found that Walmart's plan is more affordable and provides significantly better access to high-quality medical care than Obamacare. Walmart offers its employees two standard plans, a Health Reimbursement Account and an alternative it calls "HRA High" that costs more out of...
  • Small Business Group Says NOT A SINGLE MEMBER Has Seen Health-Care Costs Go Down Under Obamacare

    01/02/2014 3:33:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    In 2011 during his reelection campaign Barack Obama promised Americans who “get their insurance from the workplace” will see $3,000 in savings thanks to Obamacare.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Not true. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), a group representing 11,000 members and small businesses, has not had a single member report health-care savings under Obamacare. The New York Post reported: New York’s small-business owners, seniors and doctors are among the big losers as President Obama’s prescription for health-insurance reform takes effect. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs across the state, says it has yet to find...
  • The hidden costs of ObamaCare

    01/01/2014 7:24:24 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | 1/1/14 | Jacqueline Leo
    ObamaCare has delivered another sucker punch to the middle class. This time it's sticker shock. Now that most people can get past the tech problems of HealthCare.gov and actually see the real cost of insurance plans available, they are finding that Affordable Care is a big hit to the family budget. And when the family budget gets hit in the solar plexus, guess what happens to consumer spending and the economy?
  • Report: Only half of new ObamaCare enrollees in 17 states have paid first month of premiums

    12/31/2013 8:22:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2013 | AllahPundit
    No way to know yet if the federal exchange is also seeing a 50 percent payment rate system-wide, but if it is, we’re looking at close to 500,000 people whose new coverage will begin tomorrow in some sort of limbo. Or maybe more, actually: At least one insurance company is seeing payment rates closer to 35 percent, and the Journal found one man who signed up in late November who still hasn’t been billed yet by his new insurer. That’s the fruit of chaos imposed on the industry by Obama and HHS in moving around deadlines haphazardly to protect themselves...
  • Obamacare teeters (Sign up early? You lose)

    12/24/2013 12:57:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    **SNIP** The expanded hardship exemption, for instance, "opened a major can of worms," wrote analyst James Capretta on the Weekly Standard blog. "The administration said for months that the mandate would not be waived for anyone, even those with canceled policies, and it vowed a veto of any delay legislation coming out of Congress. Now the rules have been changed, and some families who have committed to pay thousands of dollars in insurance premiums will feel very personally betrayed by an untrustworthy administration." They join millions of others who are reeling from massive premium increases under this onerous law. Over...
  • New health law frustrates many in middle class

    12/21/2013 1:27:46 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff. The cheapest insurance plan they can find through the new federal marketplace in New Hampshire will cost their family of four about $1,000 a month, 12 percent of their annual income of around $100,000 and more than they have ever paid before. Even more striking, for the Chapmans, is this fact: If they made just a few thousand dollars less a year — below $94,200 — their costs would be cut in half, because a family like theirs could qualify for federal subsidies.
  • APNewsBreak: Insurers Extend Premium Deadline (ObamaCare Numbers Must Be Embarrassingly Low)

    12/18/2013 10:25:05 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    Associated Press via ABC News ^ | December 18, 2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Consumers worried that tight deadlines around the holidays and lingering computer problems could thwart their efforts to secure coverage under President Barack Obama's health overhaul will get extra time to pay, the health insurance industry said Wednesday. The board of the industry's biggest trade group — America's Health Insurance Plans — said consumers who select a plan by Dec. 23 will now have until Jan. 10 to pay their first month's premium, instead of a previous New Year's Eve deadline set by the government.
  • Sebelius: Yes, Some Will Pay More for Health Insurance Under Obamacare

    12/17/2013 8:40:44 AM PST · by Hoodat · 38 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/17/2013 - 09:00 | Daniel Harper
    On a recent trip to Miami, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that, yes, some people will be paying more for health insurance under Obamacare:Sebelius Admits Americans Could Pay More For Insurance Due To Oba . . ."More back tracking now from the Obama administration admitting that some Americans will pay more for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act," said the Florida news anchor. "During a visit to Miami, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stopped at a local library to talk to local residents about enrolling on the health insurance website. She also acknowledged that...
  • OBAMASCARE: Huge premium hikes rock employer-insured workers

    12/17/2013 6:01:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr
    "....Already reeling from criticism over his flawed promise that people who like their health care plans will be able to keep them, Mr. Obama risks further erosion of his credibility if people believe his health care law is cutting into job-based plans they figured were safe...
  • The Campaign Spot Hey, Minor Detail: Almost Nobody’s Paid for Their New Insurance Yet

    12/16/2013 9:19:57 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | Jim Geraghty
    Another Looming Disaster: Few Exchange Signups Have Paid for Their Insurance So Far We’ve been warning that Obamacare would be a train wreck for a long time. Now the boxcars full of dynamite reach the impact point. Pardon the ALL CAPS, but this seems like a fairly huge point: ALMOST NO ONE HAS PAID FOR THEIR INSURANCE YET!
  • Accomplished liar Kathleen Sebelius breaks pledge to Issa Committee, changes ObamaCare rules

    12/16/2013 9:22:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/16/13 | Doug Book
    On December 11th, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius told Darrell Issa’s House Government Oversight Committee that 365,000 had enrolled in ObamaCare. Later on during the hearing, this conversation took place between Sebelius and Representative Michael Burgess (R) of Texas concerning the definition of “enrolled”: Burgess: What if that patient doesn’t make the premium payment? You said they’re covered Dec. 23, but they never write the check. They never make the payment. Sebelius: Then they’re not covered. They are not enrolled, and at every point along the way, on the website they are told until they make the payment— (1) Sebelius repeated...
  • We have yet to see the worst of ObamaCare

    12/15/2013 6:29:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 12/13/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘ObamaCare was sold on a trinity of lies.” That ornate phrase, more suitable for the Book of Revelations or perhaps the next “Game of Thrones,” installment comes from my colleague Rich Lowry. But I like it. Most people know the first deception in the triumvirate of deceit: “If you like your health insurance you can keep it, period.” The second leg in the tripod of deception was “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But the third plank in the triad of disinformation hasn’t gotten much attention: ObamaCare will save you, me and the country a lot...