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  • Obama Defends Obamacare, Attacks Republicans as Challenge in Supreme Court Looms

    03/12/2020 6:30:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | March 12, 2020 Updated: March 12, 2020 | MATTHEW VADUM
    Former President Barack Obama is defending the Obamacare law as election season heats up and as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a legal challenge about a court ruling that invalidated his signature domestic legislation. “It’s been 10 years since we passed the Affordable Care Act. With your help, it’s the closest we’ve ever come to universal coverage in America,” Obama said in a 90-second video produced by his allies at Protect Our Care, a project of the well-heeled left-wing group Sixteen Thirty Fund.“There are people alive today because of what you did,” he said, without substantiating the claim. CORONAVIRUS...
  • The Supreme Court will consider Obamacare's constitutionality — and the outcome could bring 'total chaos'

    03/03/2020 7:51:23 AM PST · by John W · 78 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 2, 2020 | Adriana Belmonte
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, that could potentially invalidate the entire law. On Dec. 15, 2018, a Texas judge ruled that Obamacare’s individual mandate was unconstitutional. Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with the plaintiffs who argued that the lack of a penalty invalidated the “individual mandate” provision of the law, and if that part of the law was now invalid, then the whole law was. Democratic states and the House of Representatives appealed the decision, and the case made it all the way up to the...
  • Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

    03/02/2020 8:14:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2020 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, but the decision is not likely until after the 2020 election. The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic states of a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest. Defenders of the Affordable Care Act argued that the issues raised by the case are too important to let the litigation drag on for months or years in lower courts and that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New...
  • How Obamacare Rations Care for the Sick

    02/03/2020 1:33:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2020 | Devon Herrick
    When the health reform debate began more than a dozen years ago, most public health advocates touted the need for universal coverage. By the time Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), however, it had become predicated on also making care accessible for people with pre-existing conditions.  Obamacare allowed people with chronic illnesses to buy health coverage at rates no higher than their healthy neighbors. This feature has always been popular. Americans feel sympathy for those who were penalized for conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Less healthy individuals often paid higher premiums to compensate for...
  • Obamacare Still Enriching Insurance Companies

    01/29/2020 7:58:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2020 | Christian Josi
    As a conservative, you might want to stay mad at the insurance companies, because they are still gaming the system to make even more money off of Obamacare.  Right now, they are supporting legislation that will help health insurance companies to make even more money while harming doctors, patients and service providers. The lead trade group for health insurers, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), were critical in helping to get Obamacare passed. They loved the idea of the federal government mandating that all Americans be forced to purchase their product. Healthcare Finance reported on March 23, 2012, “in March 2009,...
  • SCOTUS To Dems: Your ObamaCare Problem Is Not Our Emergency

    01/21/2020 7:13:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    So much for the Spring Showdown. Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court appeared ready to jump into the middle of a 2020 election debate over ObamaCare, telling both sides of an appear to submit briefs over the possibility of an expedited review of a case where the law was ruled unconstitutional. There was just enough time to add this to the calendar for this session — if the court wanted to stick their fingers into a political and electoral maelstrom.To quote Emily Litella … never mind: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Democrats’ plea to consider a high-stakes legal...
  • Court’s ObamaCare ruling deals a blow to a ‘hideous monster’

    12/24/2019 12:44:43 PM PST · by karpov · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 23, 2019 | Jacob Sullum
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or ObamaCare, includes a “requirement” that Americans “shall . . . ensure” that they and their dependents have “minimum essential coverage” for medical care. Seven years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts provided the decisive vote to uphold this requirement, the individual mandate, after counterintuitively concluding that it was neither a requirement nor a mandate but was instead merely a condition for avoiding a tax that the law describes as a “penalty.” As of January, thanks to a tax reform bill that Congress enacted in 2017, that penalty was reduced to zero....
  • Obamacare At High Court — Billions For Insurers On The Line

    12/09/2019 3:01:30 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 12-9-2019 | Phil Galewitz
    More than $12 billion is at stake for the nation’s health insurers Tuesday when the Supreme Court hears another Affordable Care Act case. For the federal government, the potential damages could be far greater, as its reputation as a reliable partner to private businesses is on the line.
  • More Uninsured People, Faster Growth in Health-Care Spending Due to ACA Tax, Report Says

    12/08/2019 4:08:53 PM PST · by karpov · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 5, 2019 | Stephanie Armour
    More Americans are going without health coverage and the pace of spending on health care nationally is rising in part because of an Affordable Care Act tax on insurers, Trump administration officials said Thursday. A federal report from actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services documented trends that are likely to further fuel the battle between Republicans and Democrats over how to slow health-care spending growth that has already put the U.S. far ahead of most comparable wealthy countries. Overall, national health-care spending rose to $3.65 trillion in 2018, up 4.6% from 2017. The U.S. spent $11,172 per...
  • Widespread glitches occur on 1st day of ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

    11/02/2019 1:47:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 2, 2019
    Trump administration officials say they’re working to resolve problems with HealthCare.gov following reports of widespread technical glitches on the first day of “Obamacare” sign-ups. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a statement Friday that it’s aware that some consumers trying to sign up for health insurance have received error messages from the online system. The agency said its “highest priority” is to fix the issues quickly to provide a “seamless consumer experience.” …
  • Judge Rules Obamacare Transgender, Abortion Protections Violate Religious Freedom

    10/16/2019 11:49:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    BREITBART ^ | October 16, 2019 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Obamacare’s special protections for transgender individuals and women who choose to have abortions violate religious freedom. Judge Reed O’Connor of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, a George W. Bush appointee, overturned the protections by vacating the Obama-era rule that banned health insurers and providers who receive federal taxpayer funds from denying coverage or treatment to any individual based on sex, gender identity, or termination of pregnancy. As the Hill noted, Reed is the same judge who ruled last December that Obamacare in its entirety is unconstitutional. In January 2017...
  • Middlemen In Healthcare Creating High Costs

    08/26/2019 11:17:45 AM PDT · by The Houston Courant · 28 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | October 15, 2018 | David Balat
    “Middlemen" are causing a crisis in health care that's hitting everyday Americans in the wallet and preventing them from getting the care they need. They have contributed to soaring health care costs and medicine shortages. On May 11th of this year, the President held a press conference and stated "We’re very much eliminating the middlemen. The middlemen became very, very rich. Whoever those middlemen were — and a lot of people never even figured it out — they’re rich. They won’t be so rich anymore." https://www.houstoncourant.com/houston-voices/2019/7/28/middlemen-in-healthcare-creating-high-costs
  • Harris and Obama prove Dems have to lie in order to get you to believe their healthcare proposals

    07/18/2019 8:31:34 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 7/18/19 | Jon Dougherty
    “How do you think we … Health care is not free. Now, we pay for health care in a variety of ways, pretty complicated. About half of health care dollars, more or less, comes from taxes.” Quick — who said that? None other than Sen. Bernie Sanders, Congress’ original and most enduring Socialist. The 2020 Democratic presidential contender admitted in a recent interview with the Washington Post that yes, every American will have to be taxed in order to afford a socialism-style, one-size-fits-all, government-run healthcare system. What Bernie isn’t honest about is just how much such a system will cost....
  • Obamacare in Jeopardy as Appeals Court Hears Case Backed by Trump

    07/09/2019 8:49:33 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 9, 2019 | Abby Goodnough
    A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments Tuesday on whether a federal judge in Texas was correct in striking down the Affordable Care Act, a case with enormous stakes not only for millions of people who gained health insurance through the law but for the political futures of President Trump and other candidates in the 2020 elections. The case, which could make its way to the Supreme Court ahead of those elections, threatens insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and many other sweeping changes the 2010 law has made throughout the health care system. It was filed...
  • Obamacare Had Another Bad Day In Court. That’s Pretty Alarming.

    07/10/2019 1:03:27 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 50 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 7/10/19 | Jonathan Cone
    A legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act went before a panel of three federal judges on Tuesday and got a credulous, sympathetic-sounding hearing from the two judges who were appointed by Republicans. Yes, it’s happening again. This latest lawsuit, which comes from GOP state officials and has support from President Donald Trump, is the third major attack on the law’s constitutionality. In the past two cases, Republican conservatives and allies have won key battles in the lower courts ― only to have the Supreme Court stymie them and leave most of the Affordable Care Act, which is now commonly...
  • Republicans Have No Plan If Obamacare Is Struck Down. Some Don’t Think It’s Even Possible.

    07/11/2019 5:42:55 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 117 replies
    Huffpo ^ | 7/10/19 | Igor Bobic
    The threat to do away with Obamacare is once again on the rise nearly 10 years after it was passed, as a major challenge to the health care law got a sympathetic-sounding hearing in a federal appeals court this week. If the case does ultimately reach the Supreme Court, and five justices agree to strike down the Affordable Care Act, experts say it would upend the U.S. health care system and strip health insurance from an estimated 20 million people. Many millions more would lose crucial protections they might need in case of catastrophic medical issues ― including coverage for...
  • Supreme Court to hear cases over ACA risk-corridor funds

    06/25/2019 5:07:57 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 22 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 6-24-19 | Shelby Livingston
    The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it will take up cases over whether the federal government must pay billions of dollars to health insurers that sold coverage on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. The Supreme Court will consider whether the government had an obligation to pay private health insurers under the so-called "risk corridor" program that was meant to offset insurer losses in the early years of the ACA exchanges. That three-year program has ended, but health insurers argue the HHS owes them more than $12 billion in unpaid funds. The Supreme Court will hear three consolidated cases during...
  • WOW!… NY Senator Admits “We All Knew” Prez Was Lying About ObamaCare (Video)

    11/17/2013 9:20:03 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November17,2013 | Jim Hoft
    Gillibrand admitted to Martha Raddatz today on This Week, “We all knew,” Obama was not being honest when he told Americans they could keep their insurance. Raddatz: Do you feel misled by Obama? Gillibrand: He should have been more specific… Raddatz: So were you misled? http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/wow-ny-senator-admits-we-all-knew-obama-was-lying-about-o-care-video/ Gillibrand: No, we all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need.
  • Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

    05/12/2019 10:02:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 12, 2019 | Tom James
    Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans, Washington’s public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021. The Legislature approved the plan last month, and Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign it into law Monday. The move thrusts...
  • Trump, GOP states ask appeals court to kill Obamacare

    05/02/2019 7:05:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | May 2, 2019 | by The Associated Press (DNC)
    Taking a harder line on health care, the Trump administration joined a coalition of Republican-led states Wednesday in asking a federal appeals court to entirely overturn former President Barack Obama's signature health care law — a decision that could leave millions uninsured. Congress rendered the Affordable Care Act completely unconstitutional in 2017 by eliminating an unpopular tax penalty for not having insurance, the administration and GOP states told the court. The "Obamacare" opponents hope to persuade the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling late last year striking down...