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  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers...(No shock to anyone here!)

    04/18/2014 7:47:45 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Michael Cannon
    Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how. Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend. If the courts put a stop to that unauthorized spending, a majority of Exchange enrollees would suddenly face the full cost of ObamaCare coverage, and enrollments would plummet.
  • U.S. Congressman Compares Corruption in CDC's Vaccine Safety Studies of SEC to Bernie Madoff Scandal

    04/17/2014 4:14:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 4/16/2014
    WATCHUNG, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an April 8 interview on AutismOne's A Conversation of Hope radio show, Congressman Bill Posey's strong resolve and demands for transparency were evident as he discussed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s handling of vaccine safety studies which affect "our most precious resource in our nation – our children." The 30-minute interview, conducted by vaccine industry watchdog, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker, delves into what Posey called "the incestuous relationship between the public health community and the vaccine makers and public officials." The Florida legislator, known as "Mr. Accountabililty," did not mince words...
  • Obamacare has us hearing, “I’m sorry, we are no longer accepting that kind of insurance”

    04/17/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/17/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The captives who have been dumped by their healthcare insurance companies on Barack Obama’s orders are beginning to feel the pain Obama meant them to experience. Obamacare was and always will be nothing more than a stick with which to flog Americans into lining up and marching into a single payer system. Single payer is a system that involves the government paying healthcare providers what the government thinks their services are worth. The details that we have been able to dig out of Obamacare include the fact that doctors’ salaries will be determined by the government. Moreover there will be...
  • Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat

    04/16/2014 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge.
  • Ben Carson: White House wanted apology for ‘offending’ Obama

    04/16/2014 12:10:12 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/14/2014 | Alex Pappas
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the...
  • Report: Census overhaul will obscure ObamaCare first-year effects

    04/15/2014 8:43:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2014 | Elsie Viebeck
    Changes to this year's census will make it difficult to assess how many people gained health insurance as a result of ObamaCare's first year of open enrollment, according to a report. The reported overhaul of census questions on health insurance arrives as politicians, journalists and researchers await official data on how many people gained and lost coverage in the last year. The changes are reportedly intended to improve the survey's accuracy. They will likely mark a "break in trend" for census health insurance data, making it hard to compared the 2014 report to past reports. The revisions and their potential...
  • Kathleen Sebelius' Reign Of Error

    04/14/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act's iconic use of the phrase "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in ObamaCare's guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it's time to go. Or rather it's been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare's current alleged enrollment...
  • Meet Sylvia Burwell, the Titanic’s New Captain

    04/14/2014 5:25:38 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/14/2014 | David Catron
    The replacement of Kathleen Sebelius by Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Secretary of Health and Human Services has been portrayed by the legacy “news” media as a new lease on life for Obamacare. The party line is that Sebelius was mortally wounded by GOP exploitation of a single uncharacteristic mistake—the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov—while Burwell is a brilliant Beltway veteran unsullied by controversy and possessing the very administrative skills needed to save Obama’s “signature domestic achievement.” … This tale fails to conform to the facts, however … The vessel is taking on water at an alarming rate, and Sylvia Burwell’s...
  • Obamacare Only Enrolled 1.4 Million Previously Uninsured Individuals

    04/13/2014 5:29:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Obamacare has reportedly enrolled 7.1 million individuals since its exchanges opened in October. However, according to a recently released RAND report, just 1.4 million of those individuals were previously uninsured.Avik Roy of Forbes reports: Last week, I wrote about an article in the Los Angeles Times, on a then-as-yet unpublished report from the RAND Corporation. The report indicated that only one-third of Obamacare’s purported 7.1 million exchange sign-ups were from the previously uninsured. But Noam Levey, the author of the Times article, didn’t disclose RAND’s actual findings as to the actual number of previously uninsured exchange enrollees. Well, now we know why. RAND published the full...
  • Whether the Republican establishment likes it or not Obamacare will be the issue in November

    04/13/2014 10:47:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/13/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When David Jolly beat Alex Sink in a recent special election for a Florida congressional seat, the knee jerk reaction from the GOPe’s pet pollsters was to immediately warn the Republican rank and file that Jolly didn’t win because of Obamacare. “Who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?” came to mind. Phonies like Karl Rove pontificated about how winning elections requires more than simply getting on the right side of issues voters care about and hammering that message home. Hey, who knew there was more to winning elections than supporting the things voters want and opposing...
  • Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful' [I was flat-out wrong......]

    04/13/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    April 13, 2014, 10:09 am Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful' By Elise Viebeck Outgoing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she was "flat-out wrong" to believe that HealthCare.gov was ready to go on Oct. 1, 2013. Sebelius made the comment to NBC's Andrea Mitchell on "Meet the Press" in her first post-resignation interview. The secretary has only a handful of weeks left at HHS until her replacement is confirmed. In candid remarks about the healthcare rollout, Sebelius said she regretted not asking different questions when HealthCare.gov was under construction. "If I had a magic wand and...
  • Springtime Observations On Obamacare

    04/08/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/8/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    It is a fool’s errand to attempt a cost-benefit analysis on government programs. War, for example, is probably the oldest government program. It is easy enough to determine the cost in lives and treasure, but it is far more difficult to determine the benefits, and then, if these benefits were worth the cost. Back in the day, victory was the goal, and presumably the overriding benefit. In the past, “victory” was always understood as causing your enemy to surrender. Nowadays, of course, that is no longer the case. In the 1960s, it became popular to declare “war” on all sorts...
  • Poll For Freeping - Do You Feel Obamacare Is Working?

    04/07/2014 4:14:25 PM PDT · by Artaniss · 41 replies
    Canon-McMillan Patch ^ | April 5, 2014 | Tom Davis
    TALKER: Do You Feel Obamacare, Or The Affordable Care Act, Is Working?
  • Mr. President, I Have News for You

    04/06/2014 6:01:40 PM PDT · by Kenny · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 6, 2014 | Carl M. Cannon
    President Obama was moonlighting again last week as a self-appointed media critic-in-chief, this time during a Rose Garden appearance to boast about the progress of the Affordable Care Act. It was a curious performance on many levels, not the least of which was the way he used the vice president, his own cabinet, and the White House press corps as silent props while he unveiled his message of the month.If the ladies and gentlemen of the press weren’t given a speaking role, they weren’t forgotten. At one point, he addressed them specifically, immodestly offering his own unsolicited definition of what...
  • Grandmother Wrongly Declared Dead, Frozen Alive in Hospital Freezer Before Struggling to Escape

    04/04/2014 3:19:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Nina Golgowski
    Maria de Jesus Arroyo was moved into a morgue freezer while she was still alive, court documents claim. She froze to death while trying to break free from her body bag. The family intends to sue.A grandmother, Maria De Jesus Arroyo, who was prematurely declared dead later awoke in a hospital's freezer and desperately struggled to get out before eventually freezing to death, according to court documents. Maria De Jesus Arroyo, 80, was prematurely declared dead by a Los Angeles hospital following a 2010 heart attack. Court documents claim she woke up in a freezer and struggled to escape. A...
  • HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline,Obtained Personal Info From States

    04/04/2014 8:33:17 AM PDT · by M. Thatcher · 31 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | April 4, 2014 Read more at: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamacare-a | Javier Manjarres Read more at: http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/04/04/hhs-started-individual-obamaca
    In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf. The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare. The next step for the individual would be visit Healthcare.gov and complete the already started application to see if they qualify for “Marketplace coverage.” News of the HHS letter...
  • Malloy issues ACA challenge to NRA

    04/04/2014 7:21:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    CTPost.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Ken Dixon
    HARTFORD -- Commemorating Connecticut's first anniversary of tougher gun laws, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn't mince words on Thursday, loudly challenging the National Rifle Association to support the federal Affordable Care Act and help expand opportunities for mental-health treatment.
  • The Coming Obamacare Shock for 170 Million Americans

    04/04/2014 1:42:41 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Yahoo/The Fiscal Times ^ | April 3, 2014 | Edward Morrissey
    Barack Obama declared victory this week as the deadline to avoid the penalty for the individual mandate to carry health insurance passed on Monday. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” the President insisted as he announced that 7.1 million people had enrolled in private insurance through Obamacare. “The debate over repealing this law is over.” Consider that presidential wish casting in a midterm cycle in which Democrats will have to constantly defend their support for the unpopular law. As Jimmy Fallon pointed out later the same evening, the numbers were neither impressive nor reliable. “It’s amazing what you...
  • A.B. Stoddard: ObamaCare must change [Obama’s only hope is change]

    04/03/2014 4:14:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 2, 2014 | A.B. Stoddard, an associate editor of The Hill
    Reaching more than 7 million new enrollments in an unpopular healthcare program, using a still breaking website, is indeed a formidable accomplishment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And in touting the positive development Tuesday, President Obama was correct in describing new access to healthcare as “progress,” stating that Armageddon had not arrived and declaring that the debate over repealing ObamaCare has ended. But until Democrats work with Republicans to change it, the ACA will remain their worst political liability and could ultimately become their worst regret. Four years after a partisan process produced ObamaCare, the program is more political...
  • Healthcare.gov crashes on day of deadline for enrollment under Affordable Care Act

    03/31/2014 4:26:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 48 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Debbie M. Lord
    Healthcare.gov, the troubled website set up to help Americans choose and enroll in a health care policy, crashed early Monday morning, on the final day to begin the process to apply for health insurance. According to a CNBC story, the website crashed around 3:20 a.m. (ET) Monday. It was  still down as of 7:40 a.m.Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- commonly called Obamacare -- before facing a fine.According to the White House, more than 6 million people have signed up since the enrollment period began on Oct. 1. According to...
  • The ACA: Still Falling Short -- Seven million enrollees (even if true) won’t save Obamacare.

    04/02/2014 7:25:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2014 | James C. Capretta
    The Obamacare open-enrollment season (supposedly) closed yesterday, so it is good time to step back and assess where things stand with the law and its first-year implementation. Interestingly, Obamacare remains something of a Rorschach test for journalists and health-policy analysts. Looking at the same set of facts, two observers can reach very different conclusions. For instance, Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times writes that Obamacare “has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century.” Meanwhile, health consultant Howard J. Peterson, writing at the Philadelphia Inquirer news site, says “the first four years of Obamacare...
  • Murphy leads Democratic celebration of ACA

    04/02/2014 4:40:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    The CTMirror ^ | April 2,2014 | Ana Radelat
    Washington -- After the Obama administration announced Tuesday that more than 7 million Americans have registered for health insurance through state exchanges, Sen. Chris Murphy took aim at GOP opponents of Obamacare. “All of the naysayers have been proven wrong,” Murphy said. “We are beating expectations.”
  • CT health exchange hopes to 200,000 enrollees(118K in Medicaid)

    04/01/2014 1:35:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Connecticut officials say the state's health insurance marketplace is on track to sign up about 200,000 people in health plans by the enrollment deadline, double the original goal of 100,000 individuals. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited Access Health CT office in Hartford on Monday. He urged people without coverage to spend the final hours before the midnight deadline enrolling online, calling the hotline or getting in line at one of the two storefronts operated by the marketplace, Access Health CT, in New Britain and New Haven. Malloy said if people submit basic personal information by midnight, their applications can be...
  • Politics Are Biggest Factor in Views of Obamacare. Party ID most influential predictor of support

    04/01/2014 3:06:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Gallup ^ | 04/01/2014 | Andrew Dugan and Frank Newport
    With Monday's deadline for enrolling in an insurance plan past, no other factor -- including race, income, personal ideology, gender, or education -- is as relevant to Americans' opinions on the Affordable Care Act as their party affiliation. This remains the foremost predictor of whether an individual will disapprove of the ACA. These results stem from an aggregated set of surveys in which Gallup measured approval of the ACA. The data span August 2013 to March 2014 and include interviews with 13,797 U.S. adults. Overall support for the ACA remained low throughout this period, even as the various components of...
  • Stop reporting enrollment and start reporting policies in force

    04/01/2014 12:16:45 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 11 replies
    ACA Death Spiral ^ | 3/31/14 | ACA Death Spiral
    In theory, open enrollment ends tonight. No longer can individuals without any excuse whatsoever wait to purchase health insurance policies on the Exchanges that will be in effect during 2014. I very much expect we will hear numbers over the next few days such as 6.5 million or 7 million bandied about as “enrollment figures.” Many supporters of the ideas behind the original ACA who have managed to tolerate its metamorphosis over the past year will herald those numbers as signs of success. And, indeed, those numbers are considerably better than many had feared. I, for one, am prepared to...
  • At 49 Percent Support, Obamacare Hits a High

    "Public support for the Affordable Care Act narrowly notched a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the law's rollout - although still substantial - has eased from its peak last fall."
  • Obamacare ‘Definitely Saw the Galifianakis Bump’

    03/31/2014 5:31:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/31/2014 | Joe Coscarelli
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said health-care enrollment "definitely saw the Galifianakis bump" after the president's appearance on "Between Two Ferns." "Certainly Zach reaches a certain audience." HealthCare.gov has also seen the procrastinator's bump today, ahead of the 11:59 p.m. deadline for enrollment, crashing the site again for old time's sake. Extensions aside, the administration still plans to hit its goal of 7 million sign-ups.
  • Bill Kristol Slaps Down ABC’s Matthew Dowd: 2014 ‘Will Be A Referendum On ObamaCare’

    03/31/2014 6:39:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    ABC News Political Analyst and former Bush/Cheney advisor Matthew Dowd attempted to downplay the impact ObamaCare will have in the 2013-midterm elections. Appearing on This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos on March 30, Dowd asserted, “2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives. It's not going to be about ObamaCare.” Despite the bizarre prediction from the ABC analyst, conservative editor of "The Weekly Standard" Bill Kristol slapped down Dowd’s ridiculous claim and shot back that “I’m happy to have a referendum on ObamaCare… and will be good for Republicans.” See video below.]
  • ‘SNL’ Obama Kisses Justin Bieber To Boost Healthcare Enrollment [POLL]

    03/30/2014 5:46:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Mar 30, 2014
    Saturday Night Live‘s cold open featured President Barack Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) passionately kissing Justin Bieber (played by Kate McKinnon) in a last ditch effort to boost healthcare enrollment. Lampooning President’s Obama’s hilarious and effective appearance on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis, SNL showed a desperate President Obama being photographed in Pharrell’s hat, as well as with Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles and Bat Kid. “Obama” and “Pope Francis” also do it for the Vine, with both men doing popular Atlanta dance the “Nae Nae” to gain youth support. All these ideas were pitched by a social media expert...
  • Hundreds of Jobs Lost as Store Chain Closes Due to ObamaCare and Minimum Wage Hike

    03/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/30/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    By the time ObamaCare and the minimum wage get done wiping out jobs, everyone will need that basic guaranteed income that libs love talking about. Citing Obamacare and an increase in the stateÂ’s minimum wage, the owner of Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar is closing down shop on all 23 remaining locations.Its owner Keith Flike blamed the Affordable Care Act and the increase in the stateÂ’s minimum wage for the decision to shut down. Each store has six to 10 employees, he told the Post Star. Those are just more employees who have been liberated from job lock to explore their...
  • Insurers already calculating 2015 premiums as Obamacare kicks in

    03/30/2014 5:32:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 30, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
    After months of head counts for Obamacare, it is the medical bills that will start to matter now. Even before enrollment closes Monday, California has far exceeded its initial goals for signing up people under the Affordable Care Act. Although the sheer volume of 1.1 million policyholders is impressive for a brand new government program, the number of sicker patients is what's likely to draw the most attention. WellPoint Inc., parent of California's leading health insurer in the exchange, Anthem Blue Cross, has already predicted "double-digit-plus" rate increases on Obamacare policies across much of the country.
  • GOP senator: Administration 'cooking the books' on ObamaCare enrollment

    03/30/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that the Obama administration was “cooking the books” on enrollment figures for ObamaCare. ADVERTISEMENT Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Barrasso said he wasn’t persuaded by statistics that said that more than six million people had signed up for insurance under the healthcare law.
  • Yankee One Dollar Closing Remaining Stores Due to Obamacare

    03/30/2014 9:16:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://legalinsurrection.com ^ | march 28, 2014 | rusty weiss
    Citing Obamacare and an increase in the state’s minimum wage, the owner of Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar is closing down shop on all 23 remaining locations. Via the Times Union: Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar stores will be gone within the next five months, its owner told the Post Star of Glens Falls. Keith Flike blamed the Affordable Care Act and the increase in the state’s minimum wage for the decision to shut down. Each store has six to 10 employees, he told the Post Star. Yankee One Dollar has 23 stores, down from a peak of 39. The Daily Gazette reported...
  • ‘Not Rachael Ray too!’: TV cook shills for Obamacare, sours fans

    03/29/2014 9:07:58 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 79 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 3/27/2014
    Rachael Ray get's hammered by her viewers. They did not appreciate her pimping Obamacare. Some are no longer fans of the show.
  • Local couple upset after receiving pre-marked voter registration card from Covered California

    03/29/2014 4:52:27 PM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | March 28, 2014 11:02am PDT | Preston Phillips
    LA MESA, Calif. - A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party. The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
  • Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair'

    03/29/2014 8:14:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair' Cash wasted on this clunker. Geoffrey Norman March 29, 2014 10:45 AM The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag. As Mary Pat Flaherty and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post report: … [Maryland] officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least...
  • Obamacare Navigators Helping People Enroll At Mexican Consulates (illegal aliens get covered!)

    03/28/2014 10:39:45 AM PDT · by dennisw · 9 replies
    breitbart. ^ | 2014/03/27/ | Kerrry Picket
    The Obama administration has been helping to facilitate a series of events nationwide at Mexican Consulate offices to enroll people in Obamacare – and a key activist says the efforts are “our responsibility” regardless of citizenship. “Whether they’re Mexican nationals or whether they’re United States citizens or whether they’re in transition-- and if they’re there it is our responsibility within all of America to educate on the Affordable Care Act,” Enroll America Field Organizer Jose Medrano told Breitbart News on Wednesday. Health Care insurance navigator groups hosted an Obamacare enrollment fair on Tuesday in the Mexican Consulate’s Brownsville office, The...
  • One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • Obamacare enrollment tops six million as deadline looms: White House (So What?)

    03/27/2014 2:00:35 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Roberta Rampton
    More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. The milestone gives the White House some ammunition to use against Republican critics, who have described the program as a flop in the build-up to midterm congressional campaigns in November, when Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Only 10 days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top...
  • Obamacare Is a Fitting Noose Around Democrats' Necks

    03/27/2014 1:53:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 28, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Pollster Celinda Lake's advice to fellow Democrats to take a midway position in the 2014 congressional campaigns is flawed because it can't be sold as honest. Reacting to results from her bipartisan Battleground Poll that show Obamacare to be a political loser, Lake said: "Don't defend it. Say it was flawed from the beginning and we're going to fix it." Note that she didn't advise to reject it outright, apparently because she knows that's never going to fly with Obama and the Democratic establishment and probably because it would be tantamount to an admission that the party has failed in...
  • Mission almost accomplished-ish: White House says ObamaCare has reached six million sign-ups

    03/27/2014 12:42:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2014 | AllahPundit
    So that’s why they decided to extend the enrollment deadline past March 31st for people who are already “waiting in line” or whatever. Megan McArdle was wondering about that yesterday: Why, having hit five million enrollments just 10 days ago and with the website working reasonably well, would the White House suddenly feel obliged to give people even more time? What do they gain from it? I think this is the answer. They’re now within striking distance of hitting their original target of seven million for the first year, averaging fully 100,000 new sign-ups per day over the last 10...
  • Emanuel: I had 'contrary' views on Obamacare (Godfather: I had 'contrary' views)

    03/27/2014 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jeff Morganteen
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, told CNBC on Thursday he gave President Barack Obama a "contrary opinion" on the early stages of the Affordable Care Act, which debuted with a glitch-ridden website and troubled exchanges.
  • 2,240 complaints filed concerning ‘Obamacare’ in Colorado

    03/27/2014 9:22:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    kdvr ^ | March 26, 2014 | Tak Landrock
    Consumers who’ve tried to sign-up for the Affordable Health Care Act in Colorado are frustrated and uncertain if they are covered, despite signing up for coverage last year... complaints about the lack of action taken by Connect for Health Colorado, the state created health exchange. The viewer complaints were primarily about the exchange not sending insurance application over to insurance companies, leaving some consumers in limbo on whether or not they have medical insurance. ... Republican State Senator Kevin Lundburg, who serves on the state’s Health and Human Services committee, is equally frustrated by the lack of answers coming from...
  • The Individual Mandate Goes Poof

    03/27/2014 8:38:14 AM PDT · by safetysign · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/27/2014 | Abby McCloskey and Tom Miller
    One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed. When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31, the last remaining big myth of ObamaCare will be fully exposed: The individual mandate has failed. After a last-ditch effort with President Obama himself encouraging "young invincibles" to sign up before the deadline, the administration is scrambling to boost enrollment. On Tuesday, the White House announced that people who applied for coverage on the federal health-insurance exchange will have until mid-April to finish the paperwork. The mandate was supposed to be the administration's magical elixir for the...
  • How Hobby Lobby Will Hurt Conservatives (Barf Alert!)

    03/27/2014 7:06:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Lawyers for Hobby Lobby this week urged the Supreme Court to let companies opt out of certain health insurance rules for religious reasons, and they have a good chance of success. If employers are allowed to refuse to provide coverage that pays for certain types of contraception, it will be a big victory for religious conservatives. Or will it? After all, they have found before that getting your way does not always mean advancing your cause. Sometimes winning is a recipe for defeat. That was the surprising case with same-sex marriage. Not long ago, public opinion was strongly opposed to...
  • Democrats said to push for new changes to ObamaCare amid midterm fears

    03/27/2014 3:16:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 126 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/27/2014 | staff
    Several Democratic senators reportedly plan to introduce as soon as Thursday a set of principles and legislation aimed at fixing parts of ObamaCare amid concerns the law could cost Democrats House seats and possibly the Senate in November. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Angus King, I., Maine, will introduce proposals to improve the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Begich and Warner have called for allowing "copper" plans on the government-run health exchanges. The new insurance plans would offer lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs than the...
  • U.S. database for tracking Medicaid frauds falls short, auditor says (ACA)

    03/26/2014 9:58:00 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/27/14 | M.B. Pell
    A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Two years after its creation, the data-sharing system contained no records from 17 states or the District of Columbia of doctors, nurses or other healthcare providers who had been "terminated," or banned from billing Medicaid, for fraud or other offenses, the independent auditor said in a report to be released Thursday. Reuters reviewed a copy of the report in advance of...
  • A brief history of Obamacare delays

    03/26/2014 11:05:14 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 26 Mar 2014 | DAVID NATHER and SUSAN LEVINE
    Did anyone really doubt that the final Obamacare enrollment deadline would slip, too? It’s not like the Obama administration is setting a new precedent with its latest move — giving customers more time to enroll after next Monday’s deadline if they’re already in line. The administration already went through the same exercise in December, cutting people some slack if they were stuck in cybertraffic by the deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. Then and now, administration officials argued that it’s only fair to give people extra time if they were held up by the volume of last-minute sign-ups. But the list...
  • Never mind that March 31 Obamacare enrollment deadline

    03/26/2014 7:16:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Once again, the Obama administration is rewriting Obamacare on the fly, in response to political convenience. Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post reports: The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension. Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an...