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  • (Senator)Barrasso: Obamacare Deductibles So High, No One Gets to Use the Insurance

    05/25/2016 7:51:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 81 replies
    CNS ^ | May 25, 2016 | Susan Jones
    The Department of Health and Human Services insists that the Affordable Care Act not only expanded health insurance to many more Americans, but it also "made everyone's insurance better." But some Republicans are asking, what good is the health insurance if sky-high deductibles mean you never get to use it? The Democrats' Affordable Care Act is a mandate -- "not to get care, but to get coverage," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Tuesday. "And many people are finding the coverage is not at all of value to them because they can't get care. Either...their doctors don't take Obamacare or...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

    05/18/2016 4:26:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 17, 2016 | By Elisabeth Rosenthal - The New York Times
    Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created NY state exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare," the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president's signature health legislation. Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else's the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers....
  • No, The Public Doesn’t Suddenly Support Socialized Medicine

    05/18/2016 4:59:45 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | John Merline
    A new Gallup survey seems to suggest that majority of Americans now back government-run health care. That, at least, is what Gallup’s headline about its poll says: “Majority in U.S. Support Idea of Fed-Funded Healthcare System.” The mainstream press eagerly ran with the story. The Washington Post, for example, headlined its piece: “Poll: Most Americans want to replace ObamaCare with single-payer — including many Republicans.” The ABC News headline blared “Poll Says Majority of Americans Prefer ‘Medicare For All’ Health Care,” and the story led by saying that “A growing number of Americans now support the idea of federally funded...
  • Meet the 30-somethings who are running our federal government.

    05/17/2016 9:17:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/17/16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe? Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and muscular labor? The collapse of traditional liberal education and the triumph of the therapeutic mindset? Disdain for or ignorance of life outside the Boston–New York–Washington corridor? Political correctness as a sort of careerist indemnity that allows one to live a sheltered and apartheid existence? The shift in collective values and status from production, agriculture, and manufacturing to government, law, finance, and media? The reinvention of the university as a social-awareness...
  • Military Families Are Getting Shafted By Public Health Insurance

    05/17/2016 8:42:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press | 05/17/16 | Megan Barth
    TRICARE should admit wrongdoing and pay past due amounts to the UVP states It is no secret that America’s veterans are getting the shaft. We have seen these troubling headlines: A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list Veteran dies after setting himself on fire outside New Jersey VA clinic The stories behind these and similar headlines reveal that America has not lived up to its promise to “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” In fact, military families, specifically the children of military families, face similar...
  • Obamacare has been good for the economy

    05/16/2016 9:57:27 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    AOL ^ | May 15, 2016 | Bob bryan
    The largest increase in consumer spending since gas prices have dropped, according to Markowska, has been on healthcare. "In nominal terms, household spending on healthcare averaged 3.9% between 2010 and 2013," wrote Markowska in a note to clients Thursday. "It began to accelerate in the first half of 2014 and has averaged at 5.2% since then. Importantly, this pickup in healthcare spending was not driven by higher costs; real spending in this category accelerated from 1.9% in 2010-2013 to 3.9% thereafter." This would indicate that Americans have been not only been spending more because of increased costs, but also intentionally...
  • Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare

    05/15/2016 5:31:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 14, 2016 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    AMY MOSES and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: “We don’t take Obamacare,” the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president’s signature health legislation. “Anyone who is on these plans knows it’s a two-tiered system,” said Ms. Moses, describing the emotional sting of those words to a successful entrepreneur....
  • Rose, Obama Speechwriters Laugh About the President’s ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Lie

    05/10/2016 12:12:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/16 | David Rutz
    Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters had a good laugh Monday night while joking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Obama said dozens of times in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act’s signing and enactment that no Americans who liked the insurance plan they had would lose it under the Affordable Care Act. In reality, millions of policies were canceled because of the law’s regulations, and Obama was forced to apologize to the American people. The infamous remark...
  • Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care

    05/10/2016 1:08:13 PM PDT · by reaganaut1
    New York Times ^ | May 10, 2016 | ALAN RAPPEPORT and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ
    New London mayor Sadiq Khan has told US presidential hopeful Donald Trump that he doesn’t want to be an “exception” to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US. Khan accused Trump of having an “ignorant view of Islam” that could make Britain and the US less safe. “This isn’t just about me,” said Khan, after Trump suggested he might allow the new mayor into the US if he becomes president. “It’s about my friends, my family, and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.” The mayor of London made the comments after Trump...
  • Yikes! Live Python Falls From Hospital Ceiling

    05/10/2016 10:15:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 10, 2016
    A month after slithering into the ceiling of Washington’s Tacoma General Hospital, a white ball python is back with its owner. Sources say a visitor brought the snake to the hospital in a cat carrier full of stuffed animals. After the owner went home, he realized his python had escaped and notified the hospital, according to KCPQ. Hospital workers said they didn’t think anything of it because they see strange things happen all the time. The snake was found, “when it came out of the ceiling ventilation on April 30,” said Marce Edwards with MultiCare Health System. Edwards confirmed that...
  • ObamaCare Insurers Considering Dumping Bronze Plans

    05/08/2016 10:52:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | May 6, 2016 | STEPHEN GREEN
    Insurers -- who might not be allowed the huge rate increases they need to stay solvent --- are looking to save money by eliminating so-called Bronze-level plans. Fierce Health Player reports on an Inside Health Policy (subscription only) warning from earlier this week: One problem, according to the article, is risk adjustment--as CMS data indicate bronze is the only metal level for which insurers of all sizes in the individual and group markets had to pay into the program. Federal officials are considering some changes to the risk adjustment program, which some say unfairly penalizes smaller insurers. Already, filings show...
  • Five Things ACA Supporters Don't Want You To Know About UnitedHealth's Withdrawal From Obamacare

    04/20/2016 4:27:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/20/16 | Michael F. Cannon
    UnitedHealth is withdrawing from most of the 34 ObamaCare Exchanges in which it currently sells, citing losses of $650 million in 2016. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report indicates UnitedHealth’s departure will leave consumers on Oklahoma’s Exchange with only one choice of insurance carriers. Were UnitedHealth to exit all 34 states, the share of counties with only one or two carriers on the Exchange would rise from 36% to 52%, while the share of enrollees with only one or two carriers from which to choose would nearly double from 15% to 29%. The Obama administration dismissed the news as unimportant. A spokesman professed...
  • Insurer UnitedHealth starts pruning ACA exchange business

    04/11/2016 7:40:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 11, 2016 4:44 PM EDT | Tom Murphy
    The nation’s biggest health insurer has decided to stop selling coverage on public insurance exchanges in two states for next year, but consumers shouldn’t take this as an early warning that a mass exodus is brewing from a key element of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion.Analysts say these exchanges may be improving for insurers after a difficult start. However, they also expect insurers to continue leaving some unprofitable markets as the coverage expansion heads toward its fourth year. UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it will not sell coverage on exchanges in Arkansas and Georgia for 2017, and it is continuing...
  • ObamaCare Is Sick, And Getting Sicker, Report Finds

    03/31/2016 4:21:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/30/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: ObamaCare enrollees are sicker than those covered before the law. Backers see this as good news, because it means those needing coverage are getting it. It’s actually a sign of an impending death spiral.
  • ObamaCare may force employers to pull the plug on millions of health plans, CBO report finds

    03/28/2016 8:22:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2016 | (With AP)
    In the latest report to undercut President Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” promise, the Congressional Budget Office projects millions of workers will leave employer-sponsored health plans over the next decade because of ObamaCare. Some will opt to go on Medicaid, but others will be kicked off their company plans by employers who decide not to offer coverage anymore, according to a new CBO report titled, “Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026.” “As a result of the ACA, between 4 million and 9 million fewer people...
  • CBO Misses Its Obamacare Projection by 24 Million People

    03/28/2016 5:17:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Three years ago, on the eve of Obamacare’s implementation, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that President Obama's centerpiece legislation would result in an average of 201 million people having private health insurance in any given month of 2016. Now that 2016 is here, the CBO says that just 177 million people, on average, will have private health insurance in any given month of this year—a shortfall of 24 million people. Indeed, based on the CBO's own numbers, it seems possible that Obamacare has actually reduced the number of people with private health insurance. In 2013, the CBO projected that,...
  • CBO: Millions Will Lose Employer Coverage Due to Obamacare Premium Spikes

    03/27/2016 6:43:34 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 50 replies
    pjmedia ^ | MARCH 26, 2016 | RICK MORAN
    The slow-motion implosion of Obamacare continues with the newest report from the Congressional Budget Office foreseeing up to 9 million Americans losing their employer-based insurance coverage over the next decade because of spiking premiums. The Washington Times: Obamacare insurance premiums will leap 6 percent a year over the next decade, and companies will drop millions of employees from their health plans as insurers and employers calibrate their offerings for the new marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The health law will continue to steadily grow in both cost and coverage, working toward President Obama’s goal of expanding those with...
  • Thanks Obamacare: This Is What Americans Spent Most Money On In 2015

    03/25/2016 10:03:27 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Mar, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    We have been covering the consumption tax, pardon, endless spending black hole that is Obamacare for over a year, so we doubt it will come as a surprise to anyone that in 2015 healthcare was the second biggest use of US consumer funds, soaking up a record $1.9 trillion in real dollars, and more importantly for US economic "growth", the single biggest source of incremental spending by nearly a factor of two. Incidentally, with spending on healthcare (courtesy of the Supreme Court's Obamacare tax) soaring, while outlays on the traditionally most consumption-intensive category, housing and utilities, going nowhere for the...
  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • Chelsea Clinton says her mother may solve ‘crushing costs’ of Obamacare with ‘executive action’

    03/25/2016 6:10:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Once again, Chelsea Clinton is being used by her mother’s campaign to propose outlandishly expensive proposals in health care and attack other Democrats, while providing deniability for Hillary. Yesterday, Obamacare was characterized by Chelsea as imposing “crushing costs,” a clear slam of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, something that could cost votes if Hillary made such a statement. Chelsea’s proposed remedies include “executive action” (evidently Hillary has a pen and a phone, just like Obama) or Congressional action to extend “tax credits” or other support. Grab your wallets, and prepare for Obamacare to get even more expensive for taxpayers....
  • CBO cuts Obamacare enrollment projection

    03/24/2016 6:14:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | 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...
  • SURPRISE! BOY Who Watched Obama Sign Obamacare Into Law IS NOW A GIRL

    03/24/2016 4:26:50 PM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The little boy who watched Obama sign Obamacare into law is no longer a boy. He’s a teenager and he’s changed his gender to female. The church of liberalism reigns supreme! Marcelas Owens watched Obama sign Obamacare into law six years ago. Right Wing News reports via CNN: Marcelas Owens … was the chubby 11-year-old African-American boy who stood next to President Barack Obama as he signed Obamacare into law at a White House ceremony on March 23, 2010. He was the miniature health care activist in the black vest dwarfed by powerful lawmakers in a famous photo of...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants to Force Catholic Nuns to Pay for Abortion Drugs: “It Can’t be All My Way”

    03/23/2016 5:56:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 pro-life groups, universities and companies have filed against the HHS mandate, which forces them to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health care plans. The case, Zubik v. Burwell, involves 37 religious nonprofits such as charities and universities that say the HHS mandate violates their religious beliefs. They say the religious accommodation the Obama administration put together still makes them complicit in covering the abortion-causing drugs. “Hijacking. It seems to me that’s an accurate description of what the government wants to...
  • Pepsi, Visa, and Chevron are Exempt From HHS Mandate, But Little Sisters of the Poor are Not

    03/23/2016 6:00:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Obama administration has been unrelenting in its fight to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs and pay for abortion-causing drugs and contraception, arguing that they are essential health care services. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and 37 other religious groups to stop the Obama administration from forcing them to comply with ObamacareÂ’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control, drugs that may cause abortions and sterilization. Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines....
  • Little Sisters to Big Brother: ‘We Must Obey God, Not Man’

    03/23/2016 6:29:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    ncregister.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    SAN FRANCISCO — Little Sister of the Poor Rose Cantu remembers the first time she saw the women religious who inspired her to embrace the Catholic Church as her spiritual home. “What drew me to the faith was the joy on the sisters’ faces as they cared for the elderly,” Sister Rose told the Register, as she recalled her pivotal visit to the order’s home as a teenage volunteer. “Witnessing their faith in action led me to ask more questions about the God they worshipped.” Almost two decades later, Sister Rose is a registered nurse who serves the elderly poor...
  • Ted Cruz says Republicans will repeal Obamacare

    03/23/2016 5:42:30 PM PDT · by gg188 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 3, 2014 | Washington Post
    "Ted Cruz says Republicans will repeal Obamacare" ...and other Republican 2014 LIES Washington Post, the day before the 2014 Congressional elections.
  • Contraception Mandate v. Denver's Little Sisters of the Poor in U.S. Supreme Court

    03/23/2016 8:58:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    westword.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Michael Roberts
    Update: In 2014, we told you about a challenge to Obamacare's contraception mandate filed in Denver by Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization jointly based here and in Baltimore; we've incorporated elements of our previous coverage into this post. The Sisters lost that case, but they haven't given up their fight. Today, the matter is being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the groups that have supported the Little Sisters of the Poor is the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which describes itself as "a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free...
  • Planned Parenthood Wants to Force These Catholic Nuns to Pay for Abortion-Causing Drugs

    03/23/2016 8:31:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is supporting the Obama administration’s push today to force a group of Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-causing drugs in their employee health care plans. In the next major battle in the pro-life fight against the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have...
  • Pro-Lifers Rally for Little Sisters of the Poor as They Fight Obama’s HHS Mandate at SCOTUS

    03/23/2016 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Outside the Supreme Court this morning, pro-life advocates are rallying for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are challenging Obama’s HHS mandate today at the Supreme Court. In the next major battle in the pro-life fight against the HHS mandate, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have to comply...
  • NPR AND HARVARD SAY: OBAMACARE IS A COMPLETE FAILURE

    03/10/2016 12:03:43 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    Powerlineblog.com ^ | 3/9/3016 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    National Public Radio collaborated with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to survey Americans’ recent experience with health care. As to the Affordable Care Act, the survey’s findings are damning. They suggest that Obamacare has been worse than a complete waste of money. This is the survey’s only question directly on Obamacare. Most respondents say that Obamacare hasn’t affected them; where it has affected them, most say the law’s impact has been harmful: The promises that President Obama made about the ACA–cheaper premiums! lower co-pays and deductibles! better coverage!–have completely failed to materialize....
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare

    02/29/2016 5:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 29, 2016 | Sarah Ferris
    ust 15 percent of people say they have personally benefited from ObamaCare, although more than one-third believe it has helped the people of their state, according to a poll released Monday. Most Americans -- a total of 56 percent -- say they haven't felt directly affected by the Affordable Care Act. Among those who have felt affected, more people say the law has hurt them than helped them, according to polling by National Public Radio and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Twenty-six percent of U.S. adults say they have been personally harmed by the healthcare law since its passage --...
  • “The day of reckoning has come," for kynect, health officials say [Obamacare Kentucky]

    02/28/2016 6:54:40 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 18 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/16/2016 | Don Weber
    FRANKFORT – Kynect, the portal to Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, was described as too expensive and not sustainable by Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Stephen Miller and Vicki Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary, Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Glisson told members of the House Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources on Tuesday that since the federal money used to support Kynect is beginning to go away, it is fast becoming cost prohibitive to keep what she calls “the website, or portal” intact. “The day of reckoning has come, and we’re going to have to pay the bills,” Glisson said. Glisson told legislators that...
  • Cruz Exposes Trump ObamaCare Lies

    02/27/2016 4:10:12 PM PST · by raptor22 · 103 replies
    America Thinker ^ | February 27, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    One of the most amazing abilities Donald Trump has is being able to lie about his own record and get away with it. In an exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz during Thursday’s CNN debate in Houston, Trump was directly challenged on his past documented support for single-payer universal health care, and he lied again. As TheBlaze recorded the exchange: Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz cross-examined 2016 rival Donald Trump on Thursday’s GOP debate stage, getting the billionaire businessman on record denying many of his former positions on health care.
  • Feds Seek “Mental Health” Testing of All Children, Adults

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Next time you visit your doctor, be careful how you respond to his questions, or you may just be branded “mentally ill” and subjected to “treatment.” That is because a panel advising the Obama administration, in partnership with Big Psychiatry, wants to make doctors subject all American adults and children over age 12 to screening for alleged “mental health” disorders — particularly depression, at least to start with. Then, anyone found to harbor any alleged mental disorder, including children as young as eight, should undergo “therapy,” often including powerful psychotropic medications that experts say have dubious value...
  • No, Arkansas' Obamacare Expansion Isn't Saving Taxpayers Money

    02/21/2016 9:17:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Trump: 'Part of the Problem with Republicans' Is Opposition to National Health Care

    02/21/2016 7:29:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 470 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 21, 2016 | Tom S. Elliott
    Donald Trump attacked Republicans this morning for their opposition to government-provided health care. Appearing on Meet the Press, Trump told host Chuck Todd, "We're not going to let people die in squalor because we are Republicans, okay?" "That's part of the problem with the Republicans, somehow they got fed into this horrible position," Trump said. "We're going to take care of people." Trump also said he didn't mean to express support for Obamacare's individual mandate during Thursday night's CNN town hall when he told Anderson Cooper, "I like the mandate." "We had a situation where we were Anderson Cooper, who's...
  • Trump clarifies Anderson Cooper remarks on Obamacare mandate

    02/19/2016 12:54:46 PM PST · by springwater13 · 249 replies
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 26m26 minutes ago I was asked about healthcare by Anderson Cooper & have been consistent- I will repeal all of #ObamaCare, including the mandate, period. I was referring to a backstop for pre-existing conditions. I will eliminate the law, in its entirety, & replace it w/ something much better. I will replace it with private plans, health savings accounts, & allow purchasing across state lines. Maximum choice & freedom for consumer. I'm self-funding and I am going to take care of the people – not the special interests and insurance companies like the other candidates. Remember,...
  • Supremes set date to decide 'what is sin'

    02/01/2016 9:46:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    wnd.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | BOB UNRUH
    'If this appeal is lost, government becomes head of every religious denomination'It's a case in which the U.S. government has been accused of claiming the authority to "determine what is in fact a sin." The critics, meanwhile, have accused the U.S. Supreme Court of tilting the playing field in advance. But the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the Obamacare law is moving toward a resolution with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing arguments have been scheduled for March 23. The nuns who run elder care centers worldwide are contesting the Obamacare requirement that their employee insurance plans cover abortion...
  • Health insurance fines loom as deadline nears

    01/28/2016 7:56:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Ch 7 News ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Jason Gruenauer
    Sunday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance, or else pay a fine. That fine has gone up, causing even more financial stress on the uninsured and those who choose to opt out of health insurance. "I just cannot afford it in any way, shape, or form right now," 27-year-old Seth Valkonen said when talking about health insurance. Valkonen chooses to be uninsured by paying a one time fine for not having coverage instead of a monthly premium. "The penalty is cheaper than the overall total for the entire year," he said, Already on a tight budget, this...
  • Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

    01/27/2016 3:35:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 27, 2016
    Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law. Fines for being uninsured rise sharply in 2016 - averaging nearly $1,000 per household, according to an independent estimate. It's forcing those in their 20s and 30s to take a hard look and see if they can squeeze in coverage to avoid penalties. Many are trying to establish careers or just make progress in a still-bumpy economy. The minimum penalty rises to $695 in 2016 for someone uninsured a full 12...
  • Obamacare enrollment projections down nearly 40 percent

    01/25/2016 2:37:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Obamacare enrollment is lagging far behind what economists had projected, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new report that cuts the total number of customers expected to buy plans on the exchanges from 21 million down to just 13 million this year. Of those, 11 million will be getting government subsidies - down from the 15 million the CBO had projected just a year ago. The updated projections came as part of the CBO's 2016 budget outlook, and confirm the administration's own dim estimates of how many people would take advantage of the health exchanges, which are at the...
  • Will Governor Bevin Break His Obamacare Promise?

    01/19/2016 5:21:47 PM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | January, 19, 2016 | Daneen Borelli
    Obamacare continues to be the policy issue that confounds grassroots conservatives, causing a major rift between activists and Republican politicians. Republican candidates across the nation tapped into voter anger over the unpopular health care program to propel their elections only to fail on the campaign pledges to end it. After years of promises, Congress finally passed a bill to repeal Obamacare in an effort to launch 2016 in a conservative direction. As expected, President Obama promptly vetoed the legislation, reminding the GOP of their futile efforts to repeal his health care plan. In his veto message, President Obama said...
  • Obamacare open enrollment deadline is Jan. 31, and penalties are stiffer this year

    01/19/2016 11:23:27 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    la times ^ | 1-19-2016 | Paul Sisson
    With less than two weeks of open enrollment left, Covered California is reminding consumers that they will face increased penalties for not having health insurance this year. Since Obamacare's individual coverage requirement took effect in 2014, the federal government has imposed increasingly expensive fines to people who do not purchase coverage through health exchanges or obtain insurance through an employer or a government program such as Medicare. This year brings the highest penalty yet, Peter Lee, Covered California's executive director, said during a recent news conference. "This is real money going straight to the IRS, where the consumer gets nothing...
  • Supreme Court refuses to take another Obamacare case

    01/19/2016 9:26:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to take up an appeal that says Congress flouted the Constitution by kick-starting Obamacare in the wrong chamber. Justices have already weighed in on the Affordable Care Act's mandates, government subsidies and birth control rules, but declined to wade into a bid by a conservative group to scrap the entire law based on the origination clause drafted by the Founding Fathers. The Pacific Legal Foundation said the Affordable Care Act of 2010 raises hundreds of billions in taxes, making it a revenue bill subject to the founders' vision for which chamber should act first. Since...
  • Obamacare Is on Life Support

    01/12/2016 11:27:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    resident Obama's eighth veto of his presidency came last Friday, when he quietly nixed legislation passed by Congress to repeal major portions of Obamacare. By allowing the crippled health care law to remain on life support for all of 2016, Obama and the Democrats handed Republicans a winning campaign issue for retaking the White House in 2017. Officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare's manifest failure is the primary reason why Republicans regained a majority in the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. Along with even greater successes at the state level, Republicans...
  • The 'Unaffordable Care Act' Causing High Medical Bills for Insured People

    01/11/2016 10:09:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Congress Sends Obamacare Repeal to President for First Time

    01/06/2016 4:33:14 PM PST · by catnipman · 107 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 1/6/16 | Alex Moe
    After dozens of unsuccessful attempts to repeal all or part of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday finally succeeded in getting a repeal bill to the president's desk.
  • Senate uses reconciliation to pass ObamaCare repeal, Planned Parenthood defunding

    01/04/2016 11:59:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    But since an Obama veto is guaranteed, what's the point? It’s a first in two ways: The House has passed ObamaCare repeals before, but this is the first one to pass both the House and the Senate and land on Obama’s desk. Oh, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood is in there too. It’s the first time the Senate has used reconciliation to bypass the filibuster and pass the ObamaCare repeal with more than 50 votes but fewer than 60. So sure, it’s more than has been done before. Then again, you’d expect more when you’ve finally got control of...
  • Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Made Health Care Affordable, Study Finds

    12/30/2015 10:46:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/30/15 | Millie Dent - The Fiscal Times
    Despite its name, the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act was to expand health care coverage to millions of Americans who had been uninsured. And while it's done that - 15 million non-elderly adults have gained coverage - making that insurance "affordable" remains a significant challenge. Government subsidies for enrollees with incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level were designed to help with that, but rising premiums and high deductibles mean that getting health care coverage and treatment remains a financial burden for many Americans. A new study from the Urban Institute shows just how high the...