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  • Obamacare and the Road to Communism

    07/30/2015 2:14:59 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 17 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recently called attention to an IRS ruling that would penalize small businesses up to $500,000 for daring to compensate their employees for health insurance premiums. The NFIB reports, “On July 1, 2015, employers will be penalized $100 per day per employee if they try to make health insurance more affordable by reimbursing their employees for individual market health insurance premiums. The penalty affects businesses that provide reimbursement for more than one employee. The healthcare reimbursement prohibition regulation decreases an employer’s ability to assist employees with health insurance costs.” The ruling would fine the...
  • More in Minnesota have health coverage but still can't afford to be sick

    07/27/2015 7:50:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-26-15 | Glenn Howatt
    The number of Minnesotans struggling to pay their medical bills is rising sharply, despite an increase in the number of residents who have health insurance. In the past year, Minnesota’s main hospital and clinic groups filed nearly 9,000 lawsuits against people with large or long-standing medical debts — a sharp increase since 2005, according to a Star Tribune analysis of court records. Once a leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States, medical debt was widely expected to decline as more Americans got health insurance following federal health reform. Instead, shifts in the insurance market are pushing more people...
  • Health insurer Anthem to buy Cigna in $54.2 bln deal [Bernie Sanders approves]

    07/24/2015 3:52:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/24/15
    Anthem said on Friday it would buy Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer. Cigna shareholders will get $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 Anthem shares. The deal comes three weeks after Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion and is part of an industry-wide consolidation of the health insurance industry following the roll-out of the Obama government's health-care reform law.
  • My Debate With Paul Krugman [No Wonder He Didn't Want It Televised]

    07/16/2015 4:58:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD via RCM ^ | 07/15/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Krugman is for a single-payer health care system and argues that socialist health care systems provide better health outcomes at cheaper cost around the world. My response was that third-party payer systems in education and health care are what's driving up costs and that health care premiums paid by families are rising way faster than Obama predicted. Where are the $2,500 in family savings? Medicare is apparently the glittering success story of government, yet it's running unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars. Krugman was lamest in explaining the migration of a thousand people a day from blue...
  • Medicare´s Victims

    07/06/2015 4:07:23 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/6/2015 | David Catron
    Despite the Supreme Court’s repeated attempts to prop it up, Obamacare is collapsing. This is obvious not merely to the majority of Americans who have always disapproved of the law, but also to an increasing number of progressives. Consequently, we are once again hearing calls for single-payer health care. Most advocates of this system, including Hillary Clinton’s main competitor for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination, favor Medicare-for-All. They want, in other words, to put all Americans on the government program that covers the elderly and disabled. An excellent antidote for this simplistic solution is David Hogberg’s new book, Medicare’s Victims:...
  • Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion [Obamacare Moves Closer to Full Blown Fascism]

    07/03/2015 4:40:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 7/3/15 | Dalton Main
    Aetna has reached a $37 billion deal to buy Humana. A news release from the two companies says Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $230 per share. The deal was unanimously approved by the board of directors....
  • BREAKING: Healthcare subsidies upheld by SCOTUS

    06/25/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 614 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 06/25/2015 | SCOUTSBLOG
    Six are the Chief, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
  • SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS NATIONWIDE HEALTH CARE LAW SUBSIDIES (Scalia: Obamacare is now SCOTUScare)

    06/25/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by Kazan · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.< The outcome is the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement. It came the same day the court gave the administration an unexpected victory by preserving...
  • Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

    06/25/2015 7:59:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 91 replies
    AP ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.
  • Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges

    06/25/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2015 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their state’s role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game.When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, most people expected that each state would want to run its own health insurance marketplace. That never really happened, as many states opted to let the federal system, HealthCare.gov, do the work for them. Many of those states that did try running their own marketplaces are starting to think twice.Now, with the Supreme Court ensuring that every state’s consumers will have...
  • Ballot Initiative - $25B Single-Payer Health System - ColoradoCare

    06/12/2015 5:09:35 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 36 replies
    Colorado Secretary of State ^ | June 12, 2015 00:00 GMT | ColoradoCare
    The title as designated and fixed by the Board is as follows: STATE TAXES SHALL BE INCREASED $25 BILLION ANNUALLY IN THE FIRST FULL FISCAL YEAR, AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS THAT ARE RAISED THEREAFTER, BY AN AMENDMENT TO THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHING A HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM TO FUND HEALTH CARE FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PRIMARY RESIDENCE IS IN COLORADO, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, CREATING A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY CALLED COLORADOCARE TO ADMINISTER THE HEALTH CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM; PROVIDING FOR THE GOVERNANCE OF COLORADOCARE BY AN INTERIM APPOINTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNTIL AN ELECTED BOARD OF TRUSTEES TAKES RESPONSIBILITY; EXEMPTING COLORADOCARE...
  • After Multiple Enrollment Failures, Hawaii Dumps State Obamacare Exchange

    06/08/2015 4:58:23 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/8/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last week Americans For Tax Reform released new information showing that during Hawaii's special Obamacare enrollment period, zero people enrolled. The total state cost for the exchange sits at more than $200 million. While Hawaii enrolled zero individuals and is the worst performing state, it is not alone. Vermont signed up only 97 households, while Rhode Island enrolled just 25 households. Hawaii’s dismal performance should not be surprising. The website cost taxpayers $205 million but could only enroll 8,592 individuals in year one. Cost to taxpayers per enroll: $23,899. The state legislature recently rejected a $28 million bailout for the...
  • NYT: In Vermont, ObamaCare flopped so bad it even killed single payer

    06/04/2015 5:36:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    When Barack Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill first rolled out ObamaCare, conservatives warned that the program was so badly designed that it couldn’t possibly be on the level. Instead, people assumed that Democrats intended ObamaCare to fail — so that the only possible choice would be a single-payer system of socialized medicine. Even after Democrats reluctantly eliminated the “public option,” opponents insisted that the intended end game was failure so bad that it would destroy private insurance and leave nothing but the federal government to pick up the pieces.The problem with that strategy, if indeed that was the...
  • Obamacare Overhead Study a Trojan Horse

    06/01/2015 4:06:15 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/1/2015 | David Catron
    During the past few days the legacy media and the internet have been flooded with news articles, editorials and blog posts with titles like “Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare.” This all-too-predictable phenomenon has been breathlessly reported by outlets as different in their ideological perspectives as the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Kos. Sadly, when liberal and conservative publications are equally enthusiastic about breaking a story, it usually means the latter have been duped into promoting progressive propaganda. This case is no exception. The basis for these reports is a “study” produced by a couple of notorious lefty data diddlers....
  • Cash-strapped State ObamaCare Exchanges Considering Mergers

    05/31/2015 6:06:25 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 31 May 2015 | Michael Tennant
    State ObamaCare exchanges are fast running out of cash because of higher-than-expected costs and lower-than-expected enrollment. In an attempt to keep their heads above water, many exchanges are considering combining some of their operations with those of other states — a tactic that may prove as difficult as setting up the exchanges in the first place and that raises the specter of fully nationalized health insurance.The Obama administration, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disbursed about $5 billion in subsidies to states to get their exchanges up and running. After that, the exchanges were supposed to be...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. It’s unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a chance?

    05/15/2015 10:41:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05/15/2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. ~snip~ If you tell them in private, "You do not have a chance to be president," they will point to underdogs who won, such as Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan, or front-runners who...
  • Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    05/12/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2015 | Jack McHugh
    In a news story titled “Nearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future,” The Washington Post reports the following: Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers — and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing...
  • Obama’s Home State To Shut Down State-Based Obamacare Exchange Over Lack of Funds

    05/12/2015 11:42:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/12/15 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii is shutting down its state-based health care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector (HHC), due to incurring debts and the unwillingness of state legislators to put more taxpayer money into the struggling operation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday.Established in 2011, the non-profit organization is Hawaii’s state-based health exchange for the President’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. There are currently about 37,000 Hawaiians enrolled in health care plans through the exchange, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it, the article reports.Officials with the exchange released a report to its...
  • Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down

    05/12/2015 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies
    Fierce Health Payer ^ | May 11, 2015 | Brian Eastwood
    Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down Hawaii Health Connector never achieved financial sustainability May 11, 2015 | By Brian Eastwood The Hawaii Health Connector will shut down operations on Sept. 30, InsuranceNewsNet reported. The exchange site will cease new enrollment this week, discontinue its outreach programs at the end of May and transfer its technology assets to the state by Sept. 30, the article said. The exchange's 37,000 enrollees can re-enroll on the federal Healthcare.gov exchange for the 2016 plan year. Hawaii Health Connector has faced financial problems from its inception. A report issued earlier this year found that...
  • Say goodbye to employer-provided health insurance

    03/17/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Richard Eisenberg
    Could employer-provided health insurance be going the way of employer-sponsored pension plans? Rick Lindquist, president of Zane Benefits, which specializes in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses, says: Not only could it happen; it’s happening already. Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer (who founded Zane Benefits), argue that case in their new book, “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance.” As surprising as you may find the title, get a load of its subtitle: “Why It’s Good for You, Your Family and Your Company.” Lindquist and Pilzer’s company stands to profit if employers shift from traditional health insurance and toward their...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders on single payer: Will you believe me or the tidal wave of red ink?

    02/26/2015 8:04:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Socialists, Democrats, Communists and liberals rely on people being kept in the dark about their policies. Things are so much easier for them that way. When the media never asks inconvenient questions, any chance of the truth getting out is generally non-existent. But when the bottom publically falls out of one of their fake “benefits” it becomes impossible for these people to keep us in the dark. When the Berlin Wall was coming down the Communists were still telling people to go back to work at their useless factories where they were making useless commodities no one wanted; but the...
  • Indiana Governor to Expand Medicaid Coverage

    01/27/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/27/2015 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence is moving ahead to extend Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers under the federal health law after securing a key concession from the Obama administration. The deal, to be announced Tuesday, could pave the way for half a dozen more states to seek similar deals, boosting Medicaid expansion proposals in Republican-led states including Florida, North Carolina and Wyoming. Indiana and Washington officials had been locked for months in negotiations over an issue that could shape the future of Medicaid, the 50-year-old federal-state health program that covers more than 60 million low-income Americans. Mr....
  • NHS may be forced to abandon free healthcare, Britain’s top doctor says

    01/19/2015 3:20:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:30PM GMT 19 Jan 2015 | Bill Gardner
    Britain’s most senior doctor has said the under-pressure NHS may be forced to abandon the concept of free healthcare for all. Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England, said there were doubts over whether the taxpayer-funded model was “sustainable in the longer term”. He added that huge changes were needed—including less reliance on hospitals—if free treatment was to be preserved. He told the Guardian: “If the NHS continues to function as it does now, it’s going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not...
  • Five Strikes Against Single-payer Healthcare

    01/05/2015 12:03:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2015 | By Deane Waldman
    In baseball, when you get three strikes, you’re out. There have been at least five strikes called against single payer (SP). Shouldn’t we hear from an umpire? Whether you call it single payer, socialized medicine, universal health care, Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital System, ObamaCare, Public Option, or National Health Service, these are all different names for the same thing: government-controlled healthcare. Details vary but all single payer-type systems have one thing in common: a central authority that controls both supply of dollars and providers, as well as demand for goods and services. Strike #1: Italy's price controls In the...
  • US Doctor Comments on Single-Payer "Medicare for All" Proposal

    01/05/2015 8:13:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    I received many interesting comments from readers on Single-Payer "Medicare for All" Proposal; Live and Let Die; Why Does Single-Payer "Work" in Europe? This email is from a US M.D. named Ken. Ken writes ... I agree with everything you wrote, but you omitted a discussion of the variation of demand in relation to the cost. It is approximately correct to state that when the perceived cost to the user approaches zero, the demand for services approaches infinity. This is the crucial flaw in all "government-funded" single-provider programs. The demand for "free" services is impossibly huge. I have read extensively...
  • Obamacare-Created Insurer Goes Under, Is Taken Over By The State

    12/26/2014 5:02:34 PM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | december 24, 2014 | sarah hurtubise
    An Obamacare-created and taxpayer-funded insurance company in Iowa has been taken over by the state due to a financial crisis. CoOportunity Health is Iowa’s insurance cooperative — a nonprofit insurance company created by the Affordable Care Act to supposedly undercut the large, for-profit insurers that Democrats castigated as “greedy” and “evil” during the debate over health care reform. After just beginning to offer plans in 2013, the company’s already insolvent and has now been taken over by the state of Iowa, insurance commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Wednesday. CoOpportunity doesn’t have enough cash on hand to be sure it can pay claims for its...
  • Why single payer died in Vermont (too many freeloaders)

    12/21/2014 5:32:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/20/14 | Sarah Wheaton
    **SNIP** “It is not the right time for Vermont” to pass a single-payer system, Shumlin acknowledged in a public statement ending his signature initiative. He concluded the 11.5 percent payroll assessments on businesses and sliding premiums up to 9.5 percent of individuals’ income “might hurt our economy.” Vermont’s outcome is a “small speed bump,” said New York Assembly member Richard Gottfried, who’s been pushing single-payer bills for more than 20 years. But opponents says it’s the end of the road. “If cobalt blue Vermont couldn’t find a way to make single-payer happen, then it’s very unlikely that any other state...
  • As Vermont Goes ... Warning to Obama, the State's Liberal Governor Pulled the Plug on Single-payer

    12/20/2014 5:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2014 | John Fund
    The one state that not only embraced Obamacare but insisted on going beyond it to a full single-payer system was Vermont, the haven of hippies and expatriate New Yorkers, which has become one of the most liberal states in the nation. In 2011, it adopted a form of neighboring Canada’s government-financed health care and promised to implement it by 2017. (And Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of this plan as well as of Obamacare.) This week, however, Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, admitted the state couldn’t afford the plan’s $2 billion price tag and consequent sky-high taxes, and pulled...
  • In Vermont, single-payer healthcare quietly disappears

    12/19/2014 7:13:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re looking for a state with a reliable Leftward tilt, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Vermont. After all, this is the place which has repeatedly elected Bernie Sanders – a man who considers the Democrat Party too conservative for his tastes – to statewide office since 1991. So in terms of socialist experimental laboratories, this is the spot where you’d want to launch progressive initiatives and take them for a test spin. That was the plan for Governor Peter Shumlin, who had promised his constituents that they would soon be enjoying the first in the...
  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    12/17/2014 6:43:25 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/2014 | ap
    Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The measure had been the centerpiece of the Democratic governor's agenda and was watched and rooted for by single-payer health care supporters around the country. "I am not going (to) undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state...
  • The Many Failures of Single Payer: From Vermont to Britain, it’s not working out.

    12/01/2014 6:43:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/01/2014 | Sally C. Pipes
    Vermont’s incumbent governor, Peter Shumlin, wants his state to become the first to launch a government takeover of its health-care system. But the results of last month’s election could give him pause. He was unable to secure a majority of votes this November — after winning 58 percent of the vote two years ago. Now the state legislature will determine whether to send Shumlin back for another term. What happened in between? Vermont botched the launch of its state-run insurance exchange. By 2017, the exchange is supposed to serve as the “infrastructure” for a single-payer system, with the state picking...
  • Earnest: Gruber comments show Americans are tired of attacks on Obamacare

    11/19/2014 10:36:30 AM PST · by walford · 59 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 18, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    The White House is tired of hearing about Jonathan Gruber’s comments. Everyone is getting “pretty tired of relitigating” Gruber's comments — everyone except Republicans, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. Gruber’s comments that the Affordable Care Act was passed because of the “stupidity” of the American voter is not shared by “anybody at the White House,” Earnest said, adding very few Americans are paying attention to the narrative. “Some Republicans are fanning the flames of those old political arguments because it's politically advantageous. It's easier for them to talk about six-to-eight-year-old videos than to talk about how the...
  • Origins of Obamacare

    11/19/2014 4:00:37 AM PST · by Ray76 · 28 replies
    Nov 19, 2014
    The Origin of Obamacare: The Organization and Their Plan Part 1   Quentin Young, Sen. Barack Obama, 2003 Quentin Young is a founding member of the Chicago-based Physicians for a National Health Program. [1][2] Young is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America [14] Peter Orris co-founded the Physicians for a National Health Program [3]. Orris was a member of Students for a Democratic Society at Harvard [4] Physicians for a National Health Program advocates single-payer national health insurance. [10] They both serve on the National Physicians Alliance Advisory Board. [5] Obama learned about single-payer health care from his...
  • Obamacare may not have enough enrollees to stay solvent

    11/11/2014 7:53:25 AM PST · by Din Maker · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2014 | Tom Howell, JR.
    The administration on Monday said fewer than 10 million Americans will enroll in Obamacare’s health exchanges this go-around, well short of the 13 million target congressional scorekeepers deemed critical to its economics, suggesting another rocky rollout in the law’s second year of full operation. Policy advisers at the Health & Human Services Department estimated that 9 million to 9.9 million people would enroll through the exchanges — or only a slight increase over the 8 million that the administration says were active at the end of the first enrollment period this April. The Congressional Budget Office, which is the government’s...
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movement’s fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • (VANITY) What happens to the U.S. economy when so many are forced to pay much higher healthcare prem

    11/09/2014 7:42:21 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 74 replies
    VANITY Healthcare Act Implementation | 9 October 2014 | Mene
    We just finished enrolling our family in the healthcare plan provided by my wife's employer. The deductible is $3000 per individual and $6000 for family. Our oldest son, who works for a private company, has also been put on our plan because he could not afford to pay the health exchange prices nor his employer's healthcare plan. My wife was paying about $450 per month on the healthcare premiums to cover the family. Now, we are suddenly going to be paying $650 per month and there are NO choices - just one plan from which everyone can choose. It only...
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It’s called the “debt brake” and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that’s not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • Fox News: The End of Employer-Provided Health Plans Is Near

    09/06/2014 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 2, 2014 - 4:00 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    Fox News is reporting that employer-provided health care plans may be a thing of the past. Former Obama health adviser Zeke Emanuel predicted that Obamacare will replace 80 percent of employer-provided health plans will disappear in 10 years. “It’s going to actually be better for people. They’ll have more choice,” Emanuel said. “Most people who work for an employer and get their coverage through an employer do not have choice.” …
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • What Kind Of Health Care System Do You Want?

    07/08/2014 8:44:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Reforming health care is a signature issue with the current administration, but even the most ardent proponents of Obamacare would be reluctant to call it a success. Notwithstanding the well-publicized problems, of the countless billions spent on this program, precious little has gone into actual patient care. But really, what should we expect from a system designed by soulless bureaucrats such as “bioethicist” Ezekiel Emanuel and Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? Emanuel infamously suggested that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, while Berwick intoned that the federal government must step in between...
  • VA: A Window Into Liberals’ Single-Payer System Sean Noble

    06/19/2014 6:25:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Sean Noble
    This week the Associated Press reported that an audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial appointments more than 90 days after requesting them. An additional 64,000 are enrolled, but have never seen a doctor. The audit also found that 13 percent of VA schedulers said their supervisors told them to lie about wait times so they seemed shorter. One veteran told CBS News, "It's always poor service. I think I've gotten better service at the DMV." For anyone still doubting how seriously the situation at the VA has...
  • Obama Official: The Obamacare "Bailout" Of Insurers Will Be Financed By A New Tax On Everyone's Plan

    06/19/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 19, 2014 | By Dr. Scott Gottlieb
    For months, there have been assertions that the mechanisms embedded in Obamacare, designed to offset losses that insurance companies will take this year on their exchange business, amount to a bailout of the insurance industry. At the same time, it wasn’t clear where the money to pay for these “risk adjustments” would come from in the first place. Now we know where the “bailout” money is going to come from. It will be paid for by a new tax levied on the insurance companies. Since Obamacare health plans were prevented from pricing products to reflect true risk, they were always...
  • Now application 'inconsistencies' vex health law (over 2 million who signed up for Husseincare)

    06/04/2014 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/04/14 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A huge new paperwork headache for the government could also be jeopardizing coverage for some of the millions of people who just got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications that, if unresolved, could affect what they pay for coverage, or even their legal right to benefits. The final number affected could well be higher. According to the administration the 2 million figure reflects only consumers who signed up through...
  • Nancy Pelosi explains how to fix Obamacare: Single-payer (VIDEO)

    05/27/2014 7:03:49 PM PDT · by kingattax · 33 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 27, 2014
    Nancy Pelosi says that she’d like to see Obamacare improved by moving to a public option or a single-payer system:
  • Free preventive care can still cost

    05/20/2014 4:21:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | May 19, 2014 | By BRETT NORMAN
    “Free” preventive health care is one of Obamacare’s chief selling points. But as millions of newly covered people begin to seek that benefit, some are still getting stuck with bills. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to pay the full cost of services like cholesterol checks, women’s birth control, immunizations, colonoscopy screenings and a host of other items. It also covers “well visits” for children and adults — periodic checkups not triggered by a particular health complaint. But does a free colonoscopy cover just the screening or the immediate removal of polyps, too? Does the smoking-cessation benefit include counseling, medication...
  • Federal health-care subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans

    05/16/2014 4:54:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2014 | By Amy Goldstein and Sandhya Somashekhar
    The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the situation. The problem means that potentially hundreds of thousands of people are receiving bigger subsidies than they deserve. They are part of a large group of Americans who listed incomes on their insurance applications that differ significantly — either too low or too high — from those on file with the Internal Revenue Service, documents show. So...
  • Ralph Nader's America: Impeach Obama, decriminalize drugs, libertarians & progressives unite!

    04/29/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 29, 2014 | Jeff Zeleny
    What if Washington politics were no longer defined by partisan gridlock but instead by a cross-party alliance that forged solutions? The alliance would be unstoppable. - snip - Ralph Nader contends that such a left-right alliance is not just the stuff of imagination but is actually emerging.
  • 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...
  • Vermont embarks on single-payer health care plan [set to begin in 2017]

    04/12/2014 7:13:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    I actually applaud this experiment. Let’s see how it works out. Vermont, as it happens, shares a long border with New Hampshire, which prides itself on having no income tax or sales tax. Let’s watch how people vote with their feet.