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  • Obamacare’s Chickens Come Home To Roost

    10/27/2016 8:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 27, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Under normal circumstances I’m not much of an “I told you so” kind of guy. Oh, I think it, for sure. I just resist the urge to say it. But these aren’t normal circumstances. This is politics. I, and nearly every conservative, warned Obamacare would be a disaster. Now that it clearly has become a disaster, I say let it – and the Democrats responsible – rot. The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare’s ironic official name, has been a disaster right from its conception. Democrats locked Republicans out of the process completely, ignoring GOP ideas and objections. In the sale...
  • Obamacare Implodes -- As Designed

    10/25/2016 1:50:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush ^ | October 25, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This story on Obamacare premiums going up 25%? We need to stop for a second, because this is outrageous, and it ought to have everybody in this country up in arms. By all rights, everybody in this country ought to be flipping mad and feeling betrayed and lied to by the Democrat Party and by Obama -- and, by extension, Hillary Clinton ought to be in deep trouble because she's out there advocating this thing. She's out there defending it. She's out there claiming Obama did the best he could. Obama's a great guy. This is the...
  • Meltdown: 1.4 Million New Obamacare Cancellations Coming Soon

    10/14/2016 7:12:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | October 14, 2016 | Guy Benson
    I do believe someone famous once said of Obamacare, "if you like your plan, you can keep it." And by "once said," I mean, "said over and over again, ad nauseam." Not only was that promise a lie -- which the White House knew at the time -- for millions of Americans who were booted off of their existing coverage when the law was first implemented, it's an ongoing lie for consumers who are participating in the law's exchanges. The The next big shake-up is looming, directly caused by Obamacare's unsustainable model and lack of affordability - A growing number of...
  • Is Obamacare’s Failure Intentional to Promote Medicaid-for-All?

    10/14/2016 5:16:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 14, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    > A recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal announced, “Obamacare’s meltdown has arrived.” Health insurance premiums have skyrocketed all over the country. Numerous insurers have pulled out of state and federal exchange marketplaces. Many consumers have only one choice of health insurer and can choose from only a couple different plans. State health insurance CO-OPs have been falling like dominos and the program is now all but defunct.None of this should have come as a surprise. Over the years I’ve heard conspiracy theories that Obamacare was designed to fail, as a means to nudge a reluctant nation one step...
  • Obama Lied. My Third Health Plan Just Died.

    10/12/2016 4:30:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | October 12, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    Once was a shock. Twice was an outrage. Thrice is a nightmare that won't end. Over the past three years, my family's private, individual health insurance plan -- a high-deductible Preferred Provider Organization -- has been canceled three times. Our first death notice, from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, arrived in the fall of 2013. Our second, from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, came last August. Three weeks ago, we received another ominous "notice of plan discontinuation" from Anthem informing us that the insurer "will no longer offer your current health plan in the State of Colorado." Every time we...
  • Despite its Bitter Taste, Clinton Wants a Second Helping of Obamacare

    10/07/2016 6:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The leading presidential candidates’ positions on health reform could not be farther apart. Donald Trump wants to repeal Obamacare it in its entirety. Hillary Clinton wants to expand it. If elected, she plans to prop up Obamacare with more taxpayer subsidies. The Obama Administration is already looking for ways to bail out insurers as they flee the federal and state marketplace. Clinton now wants to boost subsidies to low-income households as well. Expanding Obamacare. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the government pays all premiums in excess of 2 percent to 9.5 percent of income, based on a sliding scale....
  • Big 3 Insurance Flip Obamacare the Bird

    08/22/2016 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | August 22, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    UnitedHealthcare, Humana—and now Aetna—are abandoning Obamacare exchanges because they’re unprofitable. Meanwhile, for the first time in 10 years, the U.S. death rate has increased. CDC researcher Andrew Fenelon told the Associated Press: “…it is quite rare to see it [a death rate increase] for the whole population. … Many countries in Europe are witnessing declines in mortality, so the gap between the U.S. and other countries is growing.” For 80 percent of the past decade, President Obama has been president. Obamacare was unconstitutionally rammed through Congress on Christmas Eve of 2009. Isn’t it interesting that in 2016—with Obamacare in full...
  • ObamaCare's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

    08/02/2016 9:54:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 2, 2016 | Stephen Green Vodka Pundit
    Over at The Motley Fool, Sean Williams has a lengthy analysis of ObamaCare's many woes, but the meat of the matter comes down to two things -- a lack of money and a lack of healthy paying customers. Obamacare was expected to enroll 21 million new people by the end of 2016, at least according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office in 2013. Currently, this figure is about 10 million shy of the CBO's projections from three years ago, and it could fall further as attrition due to non-payment continues. Having fewer enrollees than initially expected is certainly not...
  • 'It's Working:' New Analysis Shows Insurers Losing Tens of Millions Annually on Obamacare

    07/19/2016 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | July 19, 2016 | Guy Benson
    It's not just United Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and boutique commercial insurers initially praised by the president as a model for his massive healthcare experiment. The trend of health insurance providers losing money on Obamacare's disproportionately older and sicker (and therefore more expensive to cover) enrollees is a nationwide problem that's driving companies out of the individual market and forcing rates upward. Fewer choices, higher costs, and disappointing enrollment statistics. Via John Sexton, here's a Politico report on the 'Affordable' Care Act's unstable, unsustainable status quo: For the insurance companies doing business in the state–the ones issuing policies to those 600,000 people–Obamacare has turned into a financial sinkhole....
  • GOP Report: Obamacare cost-sharing payments violated the Constitution

    07/07/2016 5:27:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Hot ^ | July 7, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    The Majority staff for two House Committees have released a report which concludes the Obama administration broke the law and violated the Constitution by making billions in Obamacare cost-sharing payments without congressional authorization. There are two major payments set out under Obamacare. First, premium tax credits, often referred to as subsidies, offset the monthly cost of insurance. Second, cost-sharing reductions are payments made to insurance companies to offset high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. The Obamacare law included a permanent appropriation of money to pay for the premium subsidies but not for the cost-sharing payments.The report issued Thursday demonstrates that...
  • Uh Oh: Double-Digit Premium Hike Projected For Low-Cost Obamacare Plans Next Year

    06/15/2016 5:16:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | June 15, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    If you look up unaffordable in a dictionary, it should be right there under Obamacare. Premium hikes are coming for those on these health insurance plans. We all knew this was going to come down like a hammer. Guy has been tediously documenting how those on these plans are about to hit the inevitable iceberg, where hikes are expected to soar into the double-digits. It’s become so bad that Americans are now opting to pay the penalty and remain uninsured because it’s the better economical choice. Now, those double-digit hikes are going to hit those on low-cost plans under the law...
  • ObamaCare’s Spending Problem

    05/17/2016 8:14:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 17, 2016 | Larry Alton
    It comes as no surprise that spending under ObamaCare has quickly accelerated out of control, with sky high premiums resulting from the lengthy list of procedures insurance companies are now required to cover. Further forcing costs up are system expansions, such as California has seen. Medi-Cal, insurance for low-income California residents, now covers a third of the state. ObamaCare was billed as a way to make health insurance affordable, but it fails to acknowledge how this coverage expansion drains the wealthy and harms insurance companies, forcing them out of the insurance marketplace or to raise their premiums. Since those with...
  • Hillary Clinton Fails Miserably In Explaining Why A Small Business Owner's

    05/10/2016 1:15:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | May 10, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    In December of 2015, Hillary Clinton admitted that Obamacare is turning America into a nation of part-time workers. Moreover, she said the law incentivizes people and businesses not to find full-time employment. The statement was spurred by a questioner at a town hall, who was asking why there is discrimination against part-time workers when it comes to paid family leave: QUESTIONER: “Hi, I just want to know why there is discrimination against the part-time workers when so many companies are going to part-time when it comes to FMLA [Family and Medical Leave Act]?” HILLARY CLINTON: “Well, that’s why they are...
  • Obamacare Guru: Meh, America's Largest Insurer Abandoning the Exchanges isn't a 'Big Blow'

    04/22/2016 1:34:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | April 22, 2016 | Guy Benson
    Give it time. This guy will eventually admit that the country's largest insurer pulling out of most Obamacare exchanges augurs poorly for the fiscal health of the law he championed -- just as he finally got around to conceding that the 'Affordable' Care Act isn't controlling costs.  Nothing to see here, MSNBC viewers (via the Free Beacon): Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel: UnitedHealth leaving exchanges isn't that big a dealEmanuel claims that this story is overblown because UnitedHealth wasn't a major player in the exchanges.  They were enough of a player to lose over $1 billion in 2015 and 2016, and their concerns about...
  • A Simple Fix to Arkansas’ Obamacare Hostage Crisis

    04/14/2016 9:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | April 14, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    In a special legislative session called by Governor Asa Hutchinson last week, Arkansas lawmakers passed a bill to renew Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and rename it “Arkansas Works.” Under the new law, the state will ask the Obama administration for a few cosmetic (and one disastrous) tweaks to their existing expansion, which was scheduled to end in December. But there’s another big hurdle Obamacare expansion must clear before it can go into effect. Arkansas’ constitution requires appropriations bills to garner at least 75 percent support in each chamber.  At this point, expansion supporters don’t have the constitutionally-required votes fund the program:...
  • Obamacare Fails to Meet Obama’s 2009 Promises

    04/07/2016 10:40:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 7, 2016 | Justin Haskins
    In September 2009, President Barack Obama released a highly touted report on the state of health insurance prices in the United States, titled The Burden of Health Insurance Premium Increases on American Families. The report, which was published by the Executive Office of the President (EOP), painted a grim picture of health care costs.“Health insurance premiums continue to rise for American families,” wrote the authors of the EOP report. “Premiums are rising in all states and far in excess of wage growth or inflation. If we do nothing, the soaring rise of health insurance premiums will mean that millions of...
  • Clinton's Phony Health Care Fixes

    03/31/2016 12:12:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | March 31, 2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    The Clinton campaign is finally owning up to what most Americans learned the hard way. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. In fact, its costs are "crushing" people who have to buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton vows to fix the problem, but don't count on it. Clinton's remedies are bad medicine. Some are so preposterous she can't possibly believe they'd work. She could use a dose of truth serum. Six years in, President Obama still boasts that his health law saves people money, but Clinton sees that claptrap doesn't sell on the campaign trail. Voters know otherwise. This...
  • The Melody of Love, The Persistence of Grace

    03/26/2016 4:30:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 26, 2016 | Kathryn Lopez
    A few months ago, a young American woman named Kate decided to organize a choir in a refugee camp. To do so, she went to Germany, as a visiting guest artist at the American Academy in Berlin. She settled down around the block from a Red Cross building. Her camp is a gym with about 200 asylum-seekers, coming currently from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Moldova and Vietnam. Oh, to see the faces of the children Kate is working with as part of the Hutto Project, named after her late music teacher, Benjamin Hutto, who worked out of the National Cathedral...
  • Idaho’s Last-Minute, Backdoor Obamacare Expansion Would Be A Mistake

    03/25/2016 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 25, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    For the past several years, Idaho lawmakers have rejected every attempt to bring Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to the Gem State. Earlier this year, they rejected two expansion plans that were so unpopular, they failed to even earn a committee vote. But with the legislative session winding down, there’s another last-minute, backdoor attempt to expand Medicaid on the horizon. The latest plan, dubbed the “Idaho Accountable Care Waiver Act,” would require the state to “provide for managed Medicaid services” to a new class of able-bodied adults. Although the legislation nominally limits its Medicaid expansion to able-bodied adults below the poverty line,...
  • CBO cuts Obamacare enrollment projection

    03/24/2016 6:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot ^ | March 24, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    The congressional budget office has revised its Obamacare enrollment target for 2016 downward by a million people. This is the second such downgrade the CBO has issued in 2016. The Hill reports: About 12 million people are now expected to have ObamaCare coverage by the end of 2016, according to the nonpartisan budget office. Just three months ago, the office had predicted that 13 million people would have coverage.The latest enrollment estimate is an even steeper drop from the CBO’s estimates from 2015, which predicted 21 million people would have marketplace coverage by this time. The enrollment after the end...
  • Bernie’s Dangerous Health Care Proposal

    03/20/2016 6:39:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 20, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    Bernie Sanders, everyone’s favorite socialist running for the American presidency, has been crisscrossing the country telling everyone that the disruption called Obamacare (or the ACA) is not good enough for America. What we need is the government taking over all of our health care system and providing health care for all. He says Medicare for all. Unfortunately, Sanders does not really confront the facts at hand so we will do it for him. Mr. Sanders likes to point out that we are the only civilized country that does not have health care as a right for all. As you may...
  • Chelsea Clinton reveals her mom thinks it is ‘important’ to extend Obamacare to illegal aliens

    03/18/2016 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    More free stuff for people who violate our immigration laws! Hillary Clinton and her daughter have teed up a ball for the Republican nominee, whether Trump or Cruz, to hit 400 yards down the fairway. Just over a week ago, Hillary reversed her former position and declared: “I will not deport children,” she said after moderator Jorge Ramos pressed her multiple times on the issue. “I would not deport children. I do not want to deport family members either, Jorge.” So any family that can ante-up plane fare for the kids and one or more parent to JFK, Miami, Los...
  • Where Are All The Obamacare Jobs?

    03/17/2016 11:34:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | March 17, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    For years, hospital lobbyists have promised that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would kick start states’ economies and produce thousands of new jobs. (Expanding welfare always stimulates the economy, right?) This piece of their Obamacare sales pitch is critical because, according to their calculations, these new jobs will generate the necessary revenue to pay for states’ share of the Obamacare expansion costs. The Arkansas Hospital Association, for example, made a similar guarantee, promising that most of the state’s share would be covered by new tax revenue generated by new jobs. But now that expansion has been up-and-running for more than two years,...
  • Obamacare's Tax-Time Torment

    03/16/2016 3:36:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | March 16, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    "Where is my 1095-A? This is what it must be like dealing with a government agency in a third world country." That was the lament on Twitter of just one poor citizen this week trying to get his tax records in order. Nationwide, hard-working Americans are struggling to meet the April 18 IRS filing deadline. Standing in the way: the bumbling Obamacare bureaucracy. In Minnesota, an estimated 18,000 people who were on health insurance plans last year offered through MNsure, the state Obamacare health insurance exchange, still haven't received their 1095-A form. It's the "health insurance marketplace statement" required to...
  • Obamacare to begin rating network size of health plans

    03/07/2016 1:16:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot ^ | March 7, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    If you like your doctor, HHS will create a rating system to show you that your doctor isn’t covered under the new, narrower network. That’s what the President promised us, right? HHS is moving to make it easier for consumers to find out the size of the network of doctors and hospitals they are joining when they sign up for a health plan on the Obamacare exchange. The New York Times reported on the changes being made Sunday: The Obama administration, responding to consumer complaints, says it will begin rating health insurance plans based on how many doctors and hospitals...
  • Official: 8 of 11 Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops on the Brink

    02/29/2016 7:02:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 29, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    An official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told lawmakers last week that eight of the 11 remaining Obamacare co-ops have been selected for "corrective action plans" and "enhanced oversight." Twenty-three co-ops were created under the president's health care overhaul, and so far more than half have collapsed and are no longer selling plans in the marketplace. The 12 co-ops that went out of business operated in Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Kentucky, New York, Nevada, Louisiana, Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee, South Carolina and a co-op serving Iowa and Nebraska. The agency's chief operating officer, Dr. Mandy Cohen, told the House...
  • Obamacare Coverage Is Worse than Nothing for Most People

    02/22/2016 3:58:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | February 22, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    Most left-leaning health policy wonks assume everyone needs health coverage. I've never understood that. Insurance is a way to protect assets for people with assets to protect. Economists also sometimes describe health insurance as income protection in the event of an illness, since medical care costs money. Economist sometimes view health coverage as the ability to buy highly subsidized medical care in the event of an illness. Families' health risks, aversion to risk and family finances differ, so arguments that everyone needs the same type of protection against medical bills are not particularly convincing. To cloud the issue even further,...
  • No, Arkansas' Obamacare Expansion Isn't Saving Taxpayers Money

    02/21/2016 9:17:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | February 21, 2016 | Nicholas Horton
    According to state law, Arkansas' failed Obamacare expansion is set to expire at the end of this year. But Governor Asa Hutchinson has proposed overriding that deadline - which he signed into law last year - to continue providing welfare to able-bodied adults forever. Hutchinson's chief argument is that ending the program would create "a $100 million annual budget hole" due to lost budget "savings." It's a familiar refrain, used by former Democratic Governor Mike Beebe for years. There's just one problem: it's not true. Arkansas' so-called Private Option Medicaid expansion isn't saving taxpayers money and allowing it to end...
  • Has The New York Times Become a Democratic Party Newspaper?

    02/20/2016 5:21:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | February 20, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    In the early days of the American republic, newspapers were actually started by political parties, leading political figures and even presidents - to get their point of view across. Alexander Hamilton, for example, helped establish The Gazette of the United States, "a paper of pure Toryism," according to Thomas Jefferson, "disseminating the doctrines of monarchy, aristocracy, and the exclusion of the people." To offset this influence, Jefferson and Madison helped establish theNational Gazette, an outspoken critic of the administrations of Adams, Hamilton, and Washington, and an ardent advocate of the French Revolution. It wasn't until 1851 that Henry Raymond started...
  • Obamacare Exacerbates the Tragedy of the Healthcare Commons: We Can do Better

    02/16/2016 3:17:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 16, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    It is common sense that people take care of their own property better than community property, often times referred to as "commons." Because community resources are finite (say, grazing land in a pastoral society), overgrazing - and too little maintenance - is bound to occur absent any collaborative agreements. Moreover, one person's conservation efforts cannot overcome all the other self-interested parties' perverse incentives. Economists call this the tragedy of the commons. Unfortunately, Obamacare proponents (and LBJ for that matter) did not understand how the tragedy of the commons would boost health care spending. Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare plans are all...
  • Obama Lied: $750 Million in Taxpayer Funded Obamacare Subsidies Went to Illegals in 2015

    02/09/2016 3:52:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 9, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Remember this moment from 2009 when President Obama was trying to reassure Americans that Obamacare would not benefit illegal immigrants? "There are also those that claim our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This too, is false. The reforms I am proposing do not apply to those who are here illegally," Obama said. "You lie!" South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson shouted out. GOP Rep. to Obama: 'You Lie!' Well, it turns out Congressman Wilson was absolutely correct. According to a new report illegal immigrants received nearly a billion dollars in Obamacare subsidies last year, a far cry from being barred from using...
  • Obamacare's Robin Hood Scheme and the Socioeconomics of Health

    02/09/2016 8:55:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | February 9, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    Robin Hood was a mythical figure from 12th Century England whose legend became famous for stealing from the rich to help the pool. His legend wasn't lost on Obamacare proponents, who incorporated the idea into health plan regulations. As I've explained in the past, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had two primary goals: to expand health coverage to the uninsured, and to force everyone into health plans where premiums could not rise or fall based on health status. Purportedly, prior to Obamacare a small segment of the public could not find affordable coverage due to health concerns that made them...
  • ACA and Insurers Create More Barriers for Consumers

    02/06/2016 5:26:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | February 6, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was enacted, Americans were promised a healthcare system in which insurance companies would be held accountable and patients would have access to affordable care. Six years later, however, the reality has proven to be quite different-a plan that was supposed to mend our nation's fractured healthcare system has driven up healthcare costs, decreased market competition, and ultimately harmed patients. Last week, UnitedHealth--the nation's largest health insurer--announced that it expects to lose more than $500 million through plans they offered under the ACA in 2016. Just yesterday, Anthem...
  • In Fraud They Trust: Obama Administration's Obamacare Failures Cost Taxpayers Millions

    01/29/2016 3:25:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 29, 2016 | Justin Haskins
    A new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reveals in 2014, the year the Obamacare health insurance exchanges first opened, there was a significant lack of oversight of tax-credit payments sent to insurers, leading many to question how much of the $11 billion of taxpayer money paid to insurers in 2014 was fraudulent. One of the most important parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation was the creation of taxpayer-funded credits that would theoretically help offset the cost of paying for health care for millions of Americans who...
  • Video: Hillary Clinton Not Pleased With FBI Investigation Question

    01/18/2016 8:21:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | January 18, 2016 | Guy Benson
    With Bernie Sanders on the march and hot on her tail, Hillary Clinton agreed to subject herself to an interview blitz ahead of last night's Democratic debate. On ABC News, she weighed in on her allies' good cop/bad cop routine regarding the release of Sanders' medical records. On NBC's Meet the Press, she was confronted with quotes from voters who articulated the reasons behind her likability an trustworthiness struggles. And on CNN, she shot daggers at anchor Jake Tapper for asking a reasonable, relevant question about the FBI's ongoing, expanded criminal investigation into her improper, unsecure, national security-compromising private email server. If icy glares could kill...
  • Obamacare Deadbeats and Scam Artists Make a Bad Program Worse

    01/18/2016 6:14:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 18, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was intended to solve the problem of affordable coverage for people with preexisting conditions by using an age-old strategy that politicians love. That strategy is often referred to as OPM (other peoples' money). For instance, ACA regulations force insurers to accept all applicants -- including unprofitable ones -- at rates unadjusted for their health risk. Premiums can vary somewhat by age, but not by health status. Thus, Obamacare is a bad deal for most people by design; the majority of enrollees are charged much more than their expected costs. In theory, this should allow individuals...
  • The 'Unaffordable Care Act' Causing High Medical Bills for Insured People

    01/11/2016 10:09:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2016 | Devon Herrick
    Liberal public health advocates and left-of-center health policy wonks have long thought every American needs health insurance (they don't, but that's another discussion). Lefties assume health insurance is the only way Americans access medical care. After all, the purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to insulate Americans from the financial hardship of medical care they couldn't afford to pay for out of pocket. Moreover, many pundits believe having to reach for one's wallet during a medical encounter is unacceptable. So imagine my shock when I read a headline in The New York Times claiming that Obamacare is no guarantee...
  • CBO: ObamaCare repeal bill would reduce deficits by half a trillion dollars over 10 years

    01/05/2016 7:18:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | January 5, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Plenty of Americans choose to reject ObamaCare to save themselves a boatload of money. Republicans in Congress believe the US budget should have that choice, and the CBO agrees with them that it would work, too. Their latest analysis of a bill that would repeal the major components of ObamaCare through the reconciliation process concludes that it would reduce federal deficit spending by $516 billion over the first ten years: Legislation to gut most of ObamaCare’s mandates and taxes, known as Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the...
  • Wait - Did Hillary Just Say Obamacare Hurts Workers?

    12/23/2015 12:24:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 23, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The war room at the Republican National Committee found this interesting exchange between Hillary Clinton and a voter at a campaign event in Iowa City on December 16, where the former first lady seems to admit that Obamacare is partially to blame for creating scores of part-time employees. In other words, President Obama's signature domestic achievement is hurting businesses and workers. QUESTIONER: "Hi, I just want to know why there is discrimination against the part-time workers when so many companies are going to part-time when it comes to FMLA [Family and Medical Leave Act]?" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, that's why they are...
  • By The Way, White House is Trying to Bailout Health Insurance Companies

    12/09/2015 5:13:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | December 9, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    When Obamacare was rammed through Congress without a single Republican vote way back in 2010, conservatives warned that the massive government program would ultimately require bailing out health insurance companies that gladly signed on. Fast forward five years and it's that time. Today on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are being pressured by the White House to provide money, or a bailout, to insurance companies losing money due to running government Obamacare exchanges. From The Hill:  White House desperately trying to add insurance company bailout to tax extenders bill.— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 9, 2015 Republicans and Democrats are close...
  • Obama's ISIS Strategy Is Designed to Fail -- Like Obamacare, Fast and Furious

    12/07/2015 3:56:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush ^ | December 7, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, Obama's speech last night, what have you heard? If you've spent some time in the media listening to analysts and commentators talk about Obama's Oval Office speech, you probably heard a couple things, that he stood behind a podium, rather than sitting at his desk and everybody wondering why did he do that. Who knows. It was obviously for some optics reason. And the next thing, even from liberal, friendly sectors of the media, you've heard people say that it wasn't anything new here. Obama didn't do anything new. I mean, he finally called Fort Hood...
  • What an Affordable Health Care System Would Look Like

    12/07/2015 10:43:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 7, 2015 | Devon Herrick
    As I explained in last week's column, the U.S. health care system is an unsustainable mess: One dollar of every five worth of economic activity is spent on someone's medical care; Medical costs are growing twice as fast as incomes; Medical prices are rising at three times the rate of consumer inflation. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to fix those problems and make health care "affordable." However, the method used required everyone to purchase overpriced health insurance. That's like throwing gasoline on a fire hoping to smother it. As a health economist, it's hard to imagine a policy agenda...
  • Obama's Deflate-Gate

    12/03/2015 7:02:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 3, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Sunday night, the New England Patriots blew their perfect record in a snow-covered thriller at the Mile-High City. Revelry promptly ensued, and not just in Denver, given the Patriot's status as most-hated team in the league. The Patriot's cellar-dwelling reputation is due, in part, to its perceived cellar-dwelling ethics. Hence the enduring impact of the Patriot's recent Deflate-gate scandal: it just feels wrong to fans that last year's may have made it to the Super Bowl not by simply being the best, but by breaking the rules. Something similar has been playing out in federal courts, where the feds were recently caught red-handed....
  • America's Largest Health Insurance Company: Obamacare Has Been a Bad Decision For Us

    12/02/2015 2:23:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | December 2, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The third open enrollment period for Obamacare is currently underway ahead of the New Year and the CEO of America's largest health insurance is expressing regret for getting involved in the government mandated entitlement program. From Bloomberg (bolding is mine):
  • Healthy People Needed to Make Obamacare Ponzi Scheme a Success

    11/30/2015 10:07:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | November 30, 2015 | Devon Herrick
    The U.S. health care system is unsustainable but it could be dramatically improved with more efficient care of our sickest patients. Medical spending is rising at twice the rate of income growth. Medical prices are rising at three times the rate of consumer inflation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was sold to the American people as a means to fix those problems and make health care affordable. The vehicle to achieve this is, implausibly, a requirement that we all purchase overpriced health insurance. In addition to stipulating the benefit package Americans are allowed to have, ACA regulations also force insurers...
  • Buzzkill: Obamacare Regulation May Put Craft Breweries Out of Business

    11/23/2015 4:57:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | November 23, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    Obamacare's menu labeling regulation promises to be a disaster for the food and restaurant industries, as its implementation is both costly and extremely onerous. While its deleterious effects on the pizza, restaurant, and grocery industries have been most well known, it also has the potential to shutter an industry near and dear to Americans' hearts: craft beer. Since beer has a few too many calories for bureaucrats, the health law dictates that all brewers include a detailed calorie count on every type of beer produced. Failure to do so, according to Americans for Tax Reform, "means craft brewers will not be able...
  • Group Says ACA Individual Mandate Tax is Illegal Because it Was Introduced in

    11/15/2015 12:34:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | November 15, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Constitution's Origination Clause requires that any tax-raising bill needs to be introduced in the House of Representatives. It is this text that gives the Pacific Legal Foundation a justifiable case against Obamacare's individual mandate tax on Americans that don't purchase health insurance, which was introduced in the Senate. In Sissel v.U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, PLF is representing Iowa small business owner and former Iraq combat medic Matt Sissel to challenge the constitutionality of the tax.From an appeal PLF filed in October: "The Origination Clause [in Article I] was designed to ensure as much democratic control as...
  • Free Markets, Competition and Health Insurance

    11/12/2015 9:15:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 12, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    At a recent Congressional hearing, Dr. Mandy Cohen of the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services explained that almost 700,000 Americans have lost their health coverage because the insurance co-ops formed under ObamaCare to foster competition couldn't compete with "big, experienced players" in the insurance marketplace. Dr. Cohen was talking about the five major insurance companies that cover the vast majority of Americans: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and Humana. If the ObamaCare co-ops continue to fold (a virtual certainty) and the Aetna / Humana and Anthem / Cigna mergers take place (both probabilities), almost all Americans and indeed America's entire healthcare...
  • Obamacare’s Mysterious Missing Billions

    10/15/2015 7:54:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Mytheos Holt
    Obamacare, depending on who you ask in the GOP, is either a calculated Trojan Horse designed to collapse and release single payer health care upon the American public, a flawed piece of legislation that needs badly to be revised, or the greatest evil inflicted on the American public since slavery. But what if it was something far simpler: namely, free money for Democrats? A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to congressional requesters provided to this author suggests that this explanation may, in fact, be the correct one. Buried in the document’s appendices is a stunning statistic. Out...
  • America's $12 Trillion House of Cards

    10/13/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 13, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    What is the price tag for the audacious Obamanomics experiment? How much has it all cost -- the bailouts, the debt, the stimulus plans, the printing of cheap money, Obamacare and all the rest? The answer to that question is just shy of $12 trillion. That's the sum of the $8.3 trillion added to the national debt since Sept. 15, 2008 (the day Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy) for all the government spending and the $3.5 trillion of easy money flushed into the economy by the Federal Reserve through the initial monetary expansion -- QE1, QE2 and QE3. That's nearly $12,000,000,000,000....