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  • CSX train carrying oil derails in Virginia in fiery blast [enviros prefer this over pipelines]

    04/30/2014 4:00:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 30, 2014 | Selam Gebrekidan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. CSX said 15 cars on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Fire erupted on three cars, the company said. Photos and video from the scene showed high flames and a plume of black smoke. It was the second oil-train accident this year for CSX. About two hours after the derailment, CSX said the fire had been extinguished. City officials said there...
  • BRUCE: Obamacare isn’t a train wreck, it’s a cancer

    02/07/2014 9:06:46 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/6/14 | Tammy Bruce
    When a locomotive crashes, it stops. Obamacare, on the other hand, just keeps on going like a cancer that’s ignored, perpetuating itself and destroying everything in its path. While we thought the health care act was a train wreck, it’s more like cancer. Discovering you’ve got a problem should be the first step on the road to recovery. You’re supposed to go in and confront it like you would if you found a tumor. You wouldn’t just leave it there, wondering what it was up to, hoping it would go away on its own. No, you’d enlist some help and...
  • TX Reporter: Wendy Davis Campaign 'Worst at Media Relations I've Ever Seen'

    02/03/2014 3:19:40 PM PST · by gooblah · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Feb 2014, 3:16 | Francis Martel
    For a candidate who owes her name recognition to a friendly media, Wendy Davis is having trouble not riling up the local press. Dave Mann of the Texas Observer writes that the extent to which her team is botching media relations is "the worst ... I've ever seen," an embarrassment weakening her candidacy.
  • Casselton North Dakota Train Wreck Shows Keystone XL Need

    01/03/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: An oil-laden train collides with another and bursts into flames in a small American town, proving why pipelines are safer and why environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. Casselton, N.D., had a near brush with tragedy after a train of tank cars carrying crude oil derailed, resulting in fiery explosions and a call from the town's mayor for a re-examination of how such fuel is transported across the United States. The railroad runs right through the middle of Casselton, a town of 2,400 people about 25 miles west of Fargo, and Mayor Ed McConnell said...
  • Fiery train derailment leads to evacuation

    12/30/2013 6:57:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    nypost.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    CASSELTON, N.D. — A mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed just a mile before it would have cut through the heart of a small North Dakota town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flame and black smoke skyward. No one was hurt, but officials were evacuating as many as 300 people as a precaution. Casselton Train Derailment
  • Cover Oregon misses another deadline

    12/10/2013 10:25:15 AM PST · by Veggie Todd · 3 replies
    KGW ^ | December 10, 2013 | Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange has missed yet another deadline. Officials had said the online system would be ready to use Monday for insurance agents and community groups that have contracts with Cover Oregon. But the system still isn't fully functional for them. The missed deadline also calls into question whether the online exchange will be ready to use for the general public by Dec. 16, as officials had promised.
  • Metro-North Engineer Was Dozing Just Before Train Derailment, Sources Say

    12/03/2013 9:09:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    dnainfo ^ | December 3, 2013 | By Murray Weiss
    MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks, DNAinfo New York has learned. Veteran engineer William Rockefeller all but admitted he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of track north of Spuyten Duyvil in statements made shortly after four people were killed and dozens were injured in the wreck, sources said. He apparently woke up just as the train, traveling at...
  • NTSB: Train going too fast at curve before wreck

    12/02/2013 2:36:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 2, 2013 | JIM FITZGERALD & FRANK ELTMAN - AP
    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or brake trouble was still unclear, he said. Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said: "That's the question we need to answer." Weener said the information on the locomotive's speed was preliminary and extracted from the Metro-North train's two data recorders, taken from the wreckage after the Sunday morning...
  • Bloomberg a no-show at derailment tragedy

    12/01/2013 1:53:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/1/13 | Beth DeFalco and David K. Li
    Where’s Bloomy? While Gov. Cuomo, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly and FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano rushed to the deadly Metro-North crash in the Bronx, lame duck Mayor Bloomberg was nowhere to be found. It took five hours for Bloomberg’s office to tweet: “Thoughts and prayers with those impacted by today’s train derailment. If you are looking for a loved one who was onboard, call 311.” It’s not known where Bloomberg was on Sunday morning, and City Hall staffers declined to reveal their boss’ whereabouts.
  • Officials: 4 Dead After Metro-North Train Derails In The Bronx

    12/01/2013 7:32:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    CBS NY ^ | 12.01.13
    Four people were killed and 63 injured when a Metro-North commuter train derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx, officials said. All of the train’s seven cars came off the curved track about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., MTA officials said. One car came to rest feet from the water.
  • Sales of this new "Forever" stamp design could actually save USPS

    11/26/2013 4:22:11 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-26-13 | The Looking Spoon
    My dad emailed this to me. It's obviously a joke, but I really really REALLY think USPS should go for it!
  • 10 People Obama Should Fire Over HealthCare.gov

    11/20/2013 8:26:18 AM PST · by Hoodat · 19 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 19 NOV 2013 | Keith Koffler
    President Barack Obama has gamely acknowledged that the HealthCare.gov disaster is “on me,” and surely this is one of the more accurate assertions he’s made related to his signature health care program. But no president could have pulled off HealthCare.gov alone. After all, as he put it, “I don’t write code.” It truly takes a team effort to come up with something so impressively catastrophic. Indeed, this serving of Pasta Fiasco was whipped up by a cadre of chefs, toiling together in spectacular incompetence, each doing their part to create one of the greatest flops in modern political history. Each...
  • Hoyer: ObamaCare rollout 'unacceptable'

    10/22/2013 4:51:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2013 | Mike Lillis
    The Obama administration's rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been an "unacceptable" failure that's disappointed supporters and invigorated critics, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) charged Tuesday. "This was not done the way it should have been done. Period," he said during a news conference in the Capitol. Hoyer, the minority whip, emphasized that the ongoing problems with the ACA's federal insurance exchange website are technical, and warned that there's no substance to the GOP claims that those troubles are reflective of the underlying law. "But the implementation of that Act in terms of the web access and capabilities is...
  • Efforts To Hide Full Cost Of ObamaCare Insurance Fueled Epic Crash

    10/15/2013 5:02:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 15, 2013 | by Grace-Marie Turner
    The irony is rich. President Obama told Maryland college students just days before the launch of his healthcare "marketplace" that it would take just a few keystrokes to compare prices and policy details. "Don't take my word for it, go on the website," Obama told a crowd at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD, five days before the launch. "See for yourself what the prices are. See for yourself what the choices are and then make up your own mind. That's all I'm asking." But the bureaucrats in his administration clearly weren't listening. They created a website that is...
  • Opt out of Obamacare is conservative group's message to young people

    10/13/2013 6:28:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | October 13, 2013 | Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
    WASHINGTON — As the battle over the health care law was grinding on — Republicans no closer to victory than when they forced the government shutdown — a different fight was rising on a recent Saturday from inside Sharkey's, a bar near the campus of Virginia Tech, 260 miles away. Lured by free beer, gift cards and the chance to win an iPad, 100 students heard a pitch from the young staffers of a group named Generation Opportunity: Obamacare is a bad deal and you should opt out. With enrollment in the insurance marketplaces under way, and tens of millions...
  • From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal

    10/13/2013 5:24:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 12, 2013 | By ROBERT PEAR, SHARON LaFRANIERE and IAN AUSTEN
    In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized. “These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he...
  • GOP fear: Shutdown thwarted exposure of ObamaCare flaws [Becker and Baker Obama Show)

    10/13/2013 5:13:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2013 | Bernie Becker and Sam Baker
    House Republicans, now seeking a way out of the current fiscal impasse, fear that the government shutdown robbed them of a chance to highlight the problems in ObamaCare's rollout. Oct. 1 should have been a layup for Republican opponents of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, who watched as new insurance exchanges were beset by a slew of technical snafus. But in a harsh bit of irony for the GOP, that was also the first day of a government shutdown driven largely by their own efforts to defund ObamaCare – a standstill that has dominated headlines all month. To make matters...
  • ObamaCare: It's all about control

    10/12/2013 12:40:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | October 11, 2013 | Robert Moffit, senior fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation
    On health care, the president's pile of broken promises keeps getting higher. Consider this gem from Aug. 20, 2009: “Let's be clear about the fact that nobody has proposed anything close to a government takeover of health care.” Well, yes, somebody did. President Obama is now well on his way to orchestrating the federal government's takeover of Americans' health care. Commandeering the resources of major federal departments, particularly the Department of Health and Human Services and the IRS, the administration and its allies in Congress have created numerous federal bureaus, commissions and programs and have issued thousands of pages of...
  • How long to fix Obamacare tech problems? Long

    10/11/2013 12:41:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | By: Dan Mangan, Health Care Reporter
    Some insurance experts warn that the federal Obamacare marketplace has a month or so to heal itself or risk harming enrollment. Others say it could be months, if not much longer, before the website is free of tech problems. "I think it could easily take up to two years before all these things are working smoothly," said Lisa Carroll, president of the Mosaic Insurance Exchange and the Small Businesses Service Bureau in Massachusetts. "This is just an ecommerce project of epic proportion," said Carroll. Carroll said the complicated task of getting all facets of the federal health insurance market to...
  • Health Insurance Exchanges Plagued By Data Errors

    10/11/2013 11:23:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Information Week ^ | October 11, 2013 | by Ken Terry
    For starters, some insurance companies have received faulty enrollment data from the US-run insurance exchange, according to insurance industry consultants. Either the plans have been unable to open files forwarded to them from the exchange or have found that the information on the enrollees is incomplete. The IRS helps establish the eligibility of applicants for subsidies and will fine people who don't obtain health insurance. But the federal exchange cannot yet communicate online with Medicaid agencies in the 36 states where it is operating. Federal officials said that connectivity will not be in place before November 1, due to technical...
  • Hawaii Relaunching Obamacare Exchange After Not Selling Any Health Insurance

    10/11/2013 9:28:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CBS News - DC ^ | October 10, 2013
    The insurance exchange — a key component of President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul — hasn’t been able to sell any insurance in Hawaii because of problems with the software at the heart of the marketplace. Consumers can’t see plans, even though a variety of options from two insurers have been approved to be sold by the state’s insurance division. Hawaii’s health insurance marketplace is hoping to turn around a stalled start by providing plans and pricing to consumers by Oct. 15 — but there are no guarantees, its executive director said Wednesday. Coral Andrews, executive director of Hawaii...
  • Health Act Embraced in California

    10/11/2013 8:41:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2013 | By Jennifer Medina
    There are radio and television commercials galore, along with Twitter and Facebook posts and scores of highway billboards. There are armies of outreach workers who speak Spanish, Tagalog, Cambodian, Mandarin and Cantonese, all flocking to county fairs, farmers markets, street festivals and back-to-school nights across the state. There are even dinner parties in Latino neighborhoods designed to reach one family at a time. With enthusiastic backing from state officials and an estimated seven million uninsured, California is a crucial testing ground for the success of President Obama’s health care law.
  • Enrollment improving as state health care exchange glitches waning (WA)

    10/11/2013 8:17:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Longview Daily News (WA) ^ | October 10, 2013 | By Lyxan Toledanes
    For 18 months, Joe Titus constantly worried about getting seriously ill after he lost his medical coverage after he was laid off from his job as a drug and alcohol counselor. Titus was able to sign up for a Premera Blue Cross plan. The plan’s monthly premium is $349.13. However, because Titus has no income he qualified for tax credits to cover his premium and co-pays for his diabetes and asthma medication and doctor visits, reducing his co-pay and premium to zero. Vancouver resident Guy Kirchgatter also said he had a good experience with in-person navigators, getting help at the...
  • 1-800-T-O-T-A-L-F-A-I-L: One Man's Obamawreck Nightmare

    10/11/2013 6:09:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Behold the Hollywood bubble. This week, actress Olivia Wilde starred in an Obamacare propaganda video targeting young people. "You can sign up for health care online in 10 minutes," her co-propagandist chirped as she cheered. Cue the laugh track. Back on planet Earth, Americans nationwide are still struggling with the $634 million online health care exchange nightmare. One reader asked me to share his story. Like me and 22 million other citizens in the private individual market for health insurance, he recently received his You Can't Keep It cancellation notice. Here's what happened when he went online to find alternatives....
  • Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the website's first week

    10/10/2013 9:03:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 10, 2013 | By David Martosko
    Obamacare's main signup engine attracted just 6,200 new customers on its launch day and 51,000 after the first week At the same rate, the 6-month open enrollment period would sign up just 2 million Americans, including 14 states and D.C., which have their own insurance exchanges The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare needs at least 7 million customers to stay afloat financially Numerous Obama administration officials have denied seeing any enrollment figures at all MailOnline's sources are two Health and Human Services workers who have access to the data as it's crunched Texas congressman says anemic national enrollment numbers are...
  • Give Affordable Care Act a call, HHS director says

    10/10/2013 5:02:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Lancaster Online (PA) ^ | October 10, 2013 | By Jeff Hawkes
    <p>Until glitches plaguing the online rollout in Pennsylvania of the Affordable Care Act are corrected, the uninsured should enroll by phone or mail, a high-ranking federal health official said here.</p> <p>"You can actually go through the whole application process over the phone," said Joanne Corte Grossi, a regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services. "I really encourage that."</p>
  • Health-exchange enrollment problems persist here, nationwide

    10/10/2013 4:54:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch (OH) ^ | October 10, 2013 | By Ben Sutherly
    More than a week after the launch of the new federally run health-insurance marketplaces, Mary Webster joked yesterday that her enrollment headaches seem to be turning into a “chronic condition." Health insurers in Ohio told The Dispatch they have had Ohioans successfully enroll in their marketplace plans. CareSource said it has had enrollees from six regions in Ohio, with “double-digit” enrollment to date. “Enrollment appears to be slow,” said Ed Byers, a spokesman for Medical Mutual of Ohio.
  • House Republicans demand Obamacare enrollment numbers

    10/10/2013 12:42:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | October 10, 2013 | By Dan Goldberg
    House Republicans are asking the federal government exactly how many people have been able to enroll in the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. It's a question the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been asked by reporters for more than a week but the administration has so far refused to answer.
  • California health insurance exchange still lacks doctor search tool

    10/03/2013 7:59:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 3, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
    Several days into enrollment, California's insurance exchange still has no answers for people wanting to know if their doctors are included in health plans being sold on the state-run market. The issue is especially important because many insurers in California have sharply limited their number of doctors and hospitals to help hold down premiums in the exchange. That has fueled concerns that some patients may struggle to get the care they need.
  • UPDATE 1-With Obamacare systems still slow, backlog builds among the uninsured

    10/03/2013 5:40:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2013 | By David Morgan and Curtis Skinner
    * High number of log-ins hearten Obamacare supporters * Some uninsured fill out paper applications * No enrollment data expected until mid-November
  • Meet One of the First Obamacare Enrollees

    10/03/2013 5:31:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 3, 2013 | By Christopher Weaver
    Leslie Foster, a 28-year-old freelance filmmaker in Hollywood, Calif., is among the first wave of enrollees in new insurance plans under the federal health law. Because he earns only about $20,000 a year doing freelance videography and odd jobs, Mr. Foster qualifies for federal subsidies that cut deep into the premiums for health plans available in the new marketplaces, which opened Tuesday morning. The total monthly premium is $213.68 according to an online confirmation page Mr. Foster retained for his records. But the subsidies will cover more than $150 of those costs. Mr. Foster's enrollment won't formally be complete until...
  • Software design, not just demand, may be behind health exchange glitches, experts say

    10/03/2013 5:26:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 3, 2013 | Phil Galewitz and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News
    Three insurance companies confirmed Thursday that they have enrolled customers through the federal online marketplace created by the health law, but the numbers were meager and signup frustration continued for many people. “This is not solely a traffic issue,” said Dan Mendelson, CEO of consultant Avalere Health. “There are more underlying issues that have to be resolved.” “This is not a glitch. A glitch is a minor problem,” said Robert Laszewski, a consultant and former insurance executive. “The real story is that the Obamacare computer systems simply are not working.
  • ‘A trickle, not a wave:’ What insurers are seeing in Obamacare enrollment

    10/03/2013 5:21:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2013 | By Sarah Kliff, Sandhya Somashekhar, and Lena H. Sun
    Health insurers and individuals began reporting a trickle of enrollments in the new online marketplaces created by the health-care law, as federal and state officials scrambled to try to fix technical problems that have prevented many consumers from buying coverage. After two days without any word on sign-ups, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana received some reassuring news Wednesday night: Seven people had signed up for its plan on the marketplace that day. “The first day and second we received no submissions,” spokesman John Maginnis said. “This being day three, we were notified through the healthcare.gov website that we had...
  • More unions call for ObamaCare repeal (TICKED off @ the AFL-CIO convention)

    09/27/2013 3:23:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    It may be sunny in Los Angeles, but dark clouds hang over union members at the final day of the AFL-CIO convention. Union leaders are so unhappy with Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that the convention is expected to vote on a resolution calling for changes to the law. According to Bloomberg, the unions are worried that the health care law will endanger member health care benefits and argue that the “multi-employer plans should be eligible for tax subsidies.” The law currently only allows for low-income individuals who do not have employer-sponsored health care coverage, or...
  • Obama leans on Clinton as Obamacare implementation looms

    09/25/2013 2:40:38 PM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/24/2013 | Carrie Dann
    Let’s face it. It’s been a little political, this whole Obamacare thing, and so what you’ve had is an unprecidented effort that you’ve seen ramp up over that month or so in which those who have opposed the idea of universal healthcare in the first place, and have fought this thing tooth and nail though Congress and courts and so forth have been have been trying to scare and discourage people from getting a good deal, and some of you may have seen the commericials out there that are a little wacky. And the main message we have, and we’re...
  • 'Red line' just one of roughly 500 Obama promises that have come and gone

    09/23/2013 12:33:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 22, 2013
    President Obama vowing that Syria would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons is far from the only marker he’s laid down or promise he’s tried to keep since running for president in 2008. The president has made more than 500 campaign-related promises alone. And just last week he re-drew a line in the sand for congressional Republicans flirting with shutting down the government over his Affordable Care Act and looking for spending cuts as part of a separate deal to increase the federal debt limit. “That’s not happening,” Obama said. “I will not negotiate over the full faith...
  • 'This is the line in the sand,' House Republicans say

    09/18/2013 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept 18, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
    WASHINGTON — House Republicans united Wednesday around a plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, confident the American people are on their side. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) yielded to his right flank by agreeing to attach the healthcare law repeal to a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. A vote is expected Friday on a bill that would allow the government to stay open for the next few months. The measure is all but certain to pass the Republican-led House, but faces rejection in...
  • The Obamacare bomb - The scheme is about to blow up the incentive to work

    09/14/2013 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sept 9, 2013
    A mere three weeks remain before the Obamacare exchanges open for business. The likely result will be the closing doors on Main Street, as shopkeepers and entrepreneurs shut down, unable to make ends meet. It’s clear that the wounded economy can’t cope with the exploding costs ahead. Ohio announced that premiums would rise in the individual market by an average of 88 percent next year. Premiums will rise 72 percent in Indiana, 125 percent in Wisconsin. Even California, with its relatively robust individual market, is bracing for increases of 66 percent. The Obamacare train wreck bearing down on us is...
  • Key Obamacare questions remain unanswered

    09/13/2013 9:55:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Sept 13, 2013 | By Scott Powers
    With fewer than three weeks until the kickoff of the new Obamacare health-insurance exchange, Florida's 3.8 million uninsured residents still don't have answers to key questions, such as how much will the plans cost, what they will cover and how to sign up. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature opted not to participate directly in Obamacare, making Florida one of 26 states that have left it to the federal government to set up the online "exchange" that will enable individuals and families to purchase subsidized coverage. Obamacare requires that most uninsured people purchase coverage — either through their jobs,...
  • GOP rift over anti-Obamacare strategy stalls budget bill

    09/12/2013 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept 12, 2013
    For the past week, debate over Syria has overwhelmed Capitol Hill -- even though Congress has just about two weeks left to pass a budget bill before the federal government partially shuts down. Democratic and Republican leaders are meeting Thursday morning to discuss the looming budget issues, but before the two parties forge a path forward, the GOP may have to sort out its own issues. The Republican-led House had planned to vote this week on a bill to temporarily fund the government (referred to as a continuing resolution, or CR), but the vote was delayed Wednesday because Republicans divisions...
  • How about a death panel for ObamaCare?

    09/12/2013 8:13:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 9-12-13 | Andrew Malcolm
    President Obama acknowledges there are some glitches as his massive ObamaCare reorganization launches. And one major problem is, contrary to the Democrat's confident prediction when signing it, the more Americans learn about his signature transformation of the United States, the less they like it. Much less. A new CNN/ORC International Poll just out shows that today a strong majority of Americans oppose most or all of the plan's provisions, now scheduled to begin registering Americans on Oct. 1. While support for the so-called Affordable Care Act has plunged by 23%, or 12 points. In January a majority of Americans, 51%,...
  • Exclusive: U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans

    08/28/2013 9:49:24 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | By David Morgan and Caroline Humer
    Reuters) - The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources. Nevertheless, Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for HHS, said the department remains "on track to open" the marketplaces on time on...
  • 22 Things Miley Cyrus Looked Like At The 2013 VMAs (FR got credit)

    08/27/2013 6:30:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Dave Stopera
    <p>Miley Cyrus was many, many things on Sunday night. Let’s take a look.</p>
  • University of Virginia Slashes Health Benefits Due to ObamaCare

    08/22/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/21/13 | John Nolte
    Citing ObamaCare as a reason, the the University of Virginia has announced that spouses of University employees who have access to health insurance through their own jobs will no longer be eligible for health insurance coverage. In its announcement, President Obama's healthcare plan is specifically mentioned by UVa as a reason for the rising costs that forced the university to drop working spouses. ObamaCare is expected to add $7 million to the university's health care costs. UVa was also a public supporter of ObamaCare: Working spouse provision: Starting Jan. 1, spouses who have access to coverage through their own employer...
  • The Republican Leadership Is Getting Massively Out-Organized on Obamacare

    08/16/2013 10:58:51 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | By Philip Bump
    The Republican Party is spending its summer engaged in traditional, old-timey fun, like this massive tug-of-war between congressional leadership and conservative members and activists over Obamacare. The leadership is diligently trying to pull the party toward an intricate legislative solution to the dispute, while the base is organizing all of its friends over to yank everyone off a cliff. That's a little strong, but perhaps not too much. There's a to-hell-with-it feel to the Republican base's opposition to Obamacare. If Democrats in the Senate or the White House won't vote to kill the program, a program central to conservative critique...
  • Obamacare targets "Young Invincibles" demographic

    08/16/2013 10:08:12 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | By Bem Tracy
    (CBS News) LOS ANGELES - In about seven weeks, Americans can start buying health insurance on the new exchanges that will be part of the Affordable Care Act. Thursday, the Obama administration announced $67 million in awards to more than 100 organizations that will help people understand their options. The key to the success of what the president himself calls "Obamacare" is getting young folks to sign up. Jordan Zavaleta is what the health care industry calls a "young invincible." He's 26 and has no health insurance, largely because it's expensive to buy on his own and he rarely gets...
  • David Axelrod: More fixes for Obamacare

    08/16/2013 9:53:05 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | By Tal Kopan
    Former White House adviser David Axelrod said Friday that more changes to Obamacare will be coming as the program is implemented, and that’s how it should be. Axelrod was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” whether in the wake of delays and changes to Obamacare there would be more tweaking moving forward. “I have to believe that’s going to be the case,” Axelrod said. “Any time you implement something like this, it’s new and there’s no doubt that it’s complicated, there will be changes along — there should be changes along the way.” Axelrod said the president will fix Obamacare as...
  • CNN: LATEST OBAMACARE DELAY 'COULD HAVE A HUGE POLITICAL IMPACT'

    08/15/2013 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | By Wynton Hall
    On Thursday, CNN senior reporter John King said that the Obama Administration’s most recent delay of a key Obamacare provision that was supposed to limit consumers’ out-of-pocket expenses on deductibles and co-pays could prove seismic come the 2014 midterm elections. “This one particularly though could have a huge political impact,” said CNN reporter John King. “Because as you mention, hidden in bureaucratic language, the end result is that when these changes kick in, the Administration promised for most Americans your costs would go down. Now it is saying, at least in the short term, your costs could be higher than...
  • Obamacare is coming, and so are the con artists

    08/15/2013 12:22:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 6 replies
    cnbc ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | By: Herb Weisbaum
    As the debate rages over who benefits from the Affordable Care Act, one thing is becoming clear: The controversial program is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer experts warn that the program has created a huge opportunity for swindling people by stealing their money and their sensitive personal information. "Any time you roll out a big government program like this, confusion is inevitable," said Lois Greisman, an associate director in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. "This confusion creates a tremendous opportunity for the fraudster." Scammers have been at it for more than a...
  • Will Obamacare rollout be smooth sailing or a ‘train wreck’?

    08/15/2013 11:06:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | By Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON — Just seven weeks before the new state insurance marketplaces are set to open under the Affordable Care Act, it’s unclear whether the long-anticipated October rollout will be a smooth operation or the "train wreck" that some have predicted. Systems testing for the marketplaces is months behind schedule, according to recent government reports. So are funding and training for navigators, the outreach and enrollment workers who’ll help people choose marketplace health plans. In a final bit of down-to-the-wire drama, the data hub, which routes information from the marketplaces to various federal databases, might not get its final stamp of...