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  • Court weighs US power over states in health case (Commiecare™ update)

    03/21/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/21/12 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Court weighs US power over states in health caseBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Associated Press – 4 hrs ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will help pay for your roads, but your state can't lower its drinking age below 21. There's federal money for colleges, but they can't discriminate against women in the classroom or on the athletic field. Federal cash comes with strings. Now 26 states are telling the Supreme Court that President Barack Obama's health care law has stretched an old rule too far. The new law's requirements for expanding Medicaid amount, in their view, to coercion that violates the...
  • Pap smears? Mammograms? Prostate exams? Not under Obamacare

    03/16/2012 5:10:23 PM PDT · by Mustang Driver · 26 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2012 | Don Surber
    Slowly but surely the truth is coming out about Obamacare: Conservatives were right. Conservatives said Obamacare would cost trillions. Our intellectual and moral superiors on the left sneered. The CBO reported this week that Obamacare will cost nearly $1.8 trillion in the first 10 years alone — nearly double what Democrats said it would cost. And instead of reducing the deficit, Obamacare will increase the deficit. Conservatives said Obamacare would cost people their health insurance. Our intellectual and moral superiors on the left sneered. The CBO reported this week that Obamacare already has cost 4 million people their health insurance....
  • Obama shifts healthcare defense (Necessary and Proper Clause)

    03/16/2012 1:23:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/15/12 | Sam Baker
    Obama shifts healthcare defenseBy Sam Baker - 03/15/12 07:08 PM ET The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president’s healthcare law before the Supreme Court. Written briefs in the landmark case increasingly have focused on a part of the Constitution that didn’t get much attention in lower courts. Some legal experts say the shift could steer the case in a direction that would make Justice Antonin Scalia more likely to uphold the healthcare law’s mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance. Oral arguments in the landmark case are set to begin March 26,...
  • Romney-fication of health care reform

    03/15/2012 11:19:34 AM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sally Pipes
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick just exhorted legislators to overhaul the way the state pays for health care. He’s pushing for an end to the traditional arrangement of compensating doctors and hospitals for each service they provide. It’s not yet clear what will replace this “fee-for-service” payment system. But there’s growing support for a “global budget” model, under which primary care physicians would receive annual lump sums for each of their patients - regardless of how little or how much care they needed.
  • The New Louisiana Purchase: 'Obamacare's' $4.3 Billion Boondoggle (Landrieu bribe only $200 mil)

    03/10/2012 12:32:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/06/12 | Avik S. A. Roy
    The New Louisiana Purchase: 'Obamacare's' $4.3 Billion BoondoggleBy Avik S. A. Roy, The Atlantic | National Journal – Tue, Mar 6, 2012 Do you remember the Louisiana Purchase? I don't mean Thomas Jefferson's acquisition of land from Napoleon, but rather Democrats' acquisition of support from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Landrieu, critics believe, pledged her vote in exchange for gaining $200 million additional federal funds for Louisiana's Medicaid program. Except that, due to a drafting error, the law ended up giving Louisiana $4.3 billion in extra Medicaid funds -- more than twenty times...
  • Republican (Dave Camp) probes $111 billion jump in cost of healthcare law

    03/02/2012 2:06:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/02/12 | Sam Baker
    Republican probes $111 billion jump in cost of healthcare lawBy Sam Baker - 03/02/12 11:48 AM ET A powerful House Republican wants the Obama administration to explain why it’s asking for an extra $111 billion to implement part of the healthcare reform law. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) is asking about a spike in the estimated costs of subsidies to help people buy private insurance — a central, and expensive, component of the new healthcare law. The administration’s budget request this year included $111 billion more for subsidies than its request last year. The difference falls across...
  • House GOP to renew attacks on health law as Supreme Court hears case

    02/26/2012 7:33:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/12 | Julian Pecquet
    House GOP to renew attacks on health law as Supreme Court hears caseBy Julian Pecquet - 02/25/12 06:00 PM ET House Republicans are planning renewed attacks against President Obama's healthcare reform law to coincide with Supreme Court arguments next month. The high court will hear challenges to the law's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion for six hours over three days, starting March 26. House Republicans are planning to ride the renewed focus on the law to chip away at controversial provisions, a leadership aide told The Hill, including its cost-control panel – the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB –...
  • Market Strategist: Why Are Our Leaders ‘Trying to Resurrect’ Communism?

    02/20/2012 2:16:35 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02/20/2012 | Becket Adams
    Bob Janjuah, a noted investment strategist for Nomura International, has written an analysis, appropriately titled “Bob’s World: Monetary Anarchy,” wherein he offers his own unique take on the current state of the markets. Janjuah’s report, which first appeared on Zero Hedge, claims that we are in a bubble. What’s worse, according to his analysis, is the fact that the markets have also become so manipulated and rigged by policymakers that it’s near impossible to predict where things are headed. He also notes that all over the eurozone, as well as in the U.S., the rule of law has been disregarded...
  • Leni Riefenstahl: Congratulations on the HHS Regulations

    02/20/2012 11:00:19 AM PST · by Aria · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/19/2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Memo: From Leni Riefenstahl To: President Barack Obama Schatzi, it's been over a year since I last wrote you. Please forgive me. It's been so hot here I can barely stand to touch the keyboard. Not that I don't appreciate the green energy projects you funded to cool off this place, but dear, you know even with the trillions you spent, those projects just keep going under. Yes, I know it helped put billions in the pockets of your donors, but hell is not freezing over you know and we could use energy for the air conditioners. Anyway, I forced...
  • Obama Deceives Catholics on Compromise

    02/19/2012 7:27:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 19, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    Give the Obama administration their due, they sure are great deceivers. In an effort to escape the firestorm engulfing them because of the ObamaCare mandate that forces churches to violate their theology, the president announced a “compromise” on February 10. The details of this compromise demonstrate that President Obama simply cannot be believed. Naturally, the Washington Post, either as compliant dupes or dishonest confederates, ran with the front page headline: “ Obama shifts course on birth control rule to calm Catholic leaders’ outrage .” The headline contained a falsehood, the “shift,” as well as the administration’s messaging to Catholics,...
  • Obamacare vs. the Constitution

    02/17/2012 6:07:13 AM PST · by vg0va3 · 8 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012, 4:25 AM | Charles Krauthammer
    "This constitutional trifecta — the state invading the autonomy of religious institutions, private companies and the individual citizen — should not surprise. It is what happens when the state takes over one-sixth of the economy."
  • Ann Coulter: COMMUNISM BY INSURANCE MANDATE (Nationalized RomneyCare)

    02/15/2012 4:00:40 PM PST · by Syncro · 51 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Feb 15, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    COMMUNISM BY INSURANCE MANDATEFebruary 15, 2012 One theory for why Barack Obama pushed the contraception mandate right now is that it helps Rick Santorum. Others theorize it's because Obama is an anti-religious bigot with a left-wing agenda. Reasonable minds can disagree on this. But it may end up helping Mitt Romney by reminding people that the "individual mandate" is the least of the problems with ObamaCare. (The "individual mandate" is simply the legal argument for why ObamaCare is unconstitutional in a country that has accepted Social Security and Medicare as constitutional.) This isn't a Catholic issue or even a...
  • (Exempt) Obama administration concludes healthcare law waiver review (Commiecare™ marches on)

    02/16/2012 4:48:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Obama administration concludes healthcare law waiver reviewBy Julian Pecquet - 02/16/12 04:12 PM ET The Obama administration on Thursday denied Wisconsin's request for a waiver from the healthcare law's medical loss ratio, while partially approving North Carolina's. With the two decisions, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded its review of the 17 states that have requested a waiver from the law's requirement that individual market insurance plans spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care or give customers rebates. HHS has rejected 10 requests and approved modified applications from seven states. Wisconsin wanted a lower...
  • Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee Think the contraception decision was bad? Wait until

    02/16/2012 10:16:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/16/12 | Scott Gottlieb
    Offended by President Obama's decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more. Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans. The task force already rates services with letter grades of "A" through "D" (or "I," if...
  • Obamacare - Just Another Democrat Brick in the 2012 Wall

    02/15/2012 2:11:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/14/12 | Patricia Campion
    Obamacare -- Just Another Democrat Brick in the 2012 WallBy Patricia Campion 9 hrs ago **SNIP** When the dust settled, Democrats staggered from the election rubble to realize they had received the worst political drubbing in 70 years. On the brighter side, considering the flaccid economy, a growing record deficit, the first credit rating downgrade in United States history, continued stagnant unemployment, having a record number of Americans living below poverty level and dependent on government assistance, a growing list of Solyndra-esque failures, Fast and Furious, the tenuous state of Obama's foreign policy, gas prices rising 83 percent during Obama's...
  • Tennessee and Georgia resist health care reform (& Commiecare's™ federal deadlines)

    02/05/2012 8:37:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | 2/05/12 | Mariann Martin
    Tennessee and Georgia resist health care reformby Mariann Martin published Sunday, February 5th, 2012 With less than a year before state legislation must be in place to implement a critical part of national health care reform, Tennessee and Georgia, along with 18 other states, have not made substantial progress toward meeting federal deadlines, according to reports from several nonpartisan organizations. In states with conservative leadership, such as Georgia and Tennessee, the deadlines have put state leaders in a Catch-22. They hope the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the Affordable Care Act this spring or summer or that the election of...
  • Obama to shift strategy on healthcare in 2012 (The rookie Hussein bruised by Tea Party patriots)

    01/23/2012 5:28:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/22/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Obama to shift strategy on healthcare in 2012By Julian Pecquet - 01/22/12 07:10 PM ET President Obama, who offered to work with Republicans last year to revamp the healthcare reform law, is expected to adopt a much different tone in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Bruised from the huge GOP electoral gains in 2010, Obama said he wanted to work in a bipartisan fashion on healthcare in last year’s speech. Republicans scoffed at what was called an olive branch, and worked to repeal the entire law. While the GOP-led House passed such a measure, the legislation was defeated in...
  • (Exempt Commiecare™ author) Pelosi: GOP left Obama 'very little choice' on Keystone

    01/18/2012 5:20:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/18/12 | Mike Lillis
    Pelosi: GOP left Obama 'very little choice' on KeystoneBy Mike Lillis - 01/18/12 04:40 PM ET The top House Democrat on Wednesday defended President Obama's rejection of a controversial Canadian oil pipeline, arguing that Republicans left him "very little choice" when they clipped his decision-making timeline. "If the Republicans care so much about the Keystone Pipeline, they would not have narrowed the president's options by putting it on the timeframe that they did," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during her weekly press briefing in the Capitol. "They left him very little choice." Pelosi also rejected the argument that...
  • Lawyers, courts see weaknesses in defense of Obama’s healthcare law

    01/05/2012 9:21:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/11 | Sam Baker
    Lawyers, courts see weaknesses in defense of Obama’s healthcare lawBy Sam Baker - 01/05/12 12:59 PM ET The Obama administration is headed into a Supreme Court case over healthcare reform without a clear answer to significant questions about Congress’s power. The Justice Department will file its first brief on the merits of the case Friday — the beginning of a long process that will almost surely culminate in a ruling this summer. The first briefs will focus on the core question of whether it is constitutional to make almost every American buy health insurance. The Obama administration has a winning...
  • Romney describes healthcare mandate as conservative principle (but will repeal Obamacare)

    12/29/2011 5:47:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Romney describes healthcare mandate as conservative principleBy Jonathan Easley - 12/28/11 08:55 AM ET GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the insurance mandate included in the Massachusetts healthcare law he signed is fundamentally a conservative principle. Speaking Wednesday on “Fox and Friends,” Romney defended the Bay State’s healthcare law, which includes a version of the individual mandate, as inline with the Republican world view. The individual mandate was the centerpiece and most controversial aspect of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which has widely been blasted by Republicans as governmental overreach. “I’m happy to stand by the things that I...
  • John Stossel: The harm Obamacare's already inflicting (keeping unemployment high)

    12/29/2011 4:42:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 12/23/11 | JOHN STOSSEL
    John Stossel: The harm Obamacare's already inflictingJOHN STOSSEL Published Dec 23, 2011 at 3:00 am (Updated Dec 22, 2011) President Obama says his health care “reform” will be good for business. Business has learned the truth. Three successful businessmen explained to me how Obamacare is a reason that unemployment stays high. Its length and complexity make businessmen wary of expanding. Mike Whalen, CEO of Heart of America Group, which runs hotels and restaurants, said that when he asked his company’s health insurance experts to summarize the impact of Obamacare, “the three of them kind of looked at each other and...
  • Why health care competition won't work (since you're so stupid)

    12/27/2011 5:30:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/27/11 | Amitai Etzioni
    Why health care competition won't workBy Amitai Etzioni, Special to CNN updated 2:08 PM EST, Tue December 27, 2011 (CNN) -- A proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Wyden to allow those who retire in the future to chose between Medicare and private health care insurance for seniors is the latest addition to the drive to increase competition in health care. Mitt Romney recently released a health care proposal that would introduce vouchers, which would allow consumers to choose where to take their business, although he did not include Medicare as an option. Newt Gingrich's plan suggests a...
  • House Democrats prepping for fight over proposed cuts to jobless benefits (Commiecare™ also arrives)

    12/26/2011 3:52:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/26/11 | Vicki Needham
    House Democrats prepping for fight over proposed cuts to jobless benefitsBy Vicki Needham - 12/26/11 07:15 AM ET House Democrats are critical of GOP proposals that make sweeping changes to the federal unemployment benefits program, but are holding back specifics on how they intend to work out those differences as both sides line up for a battle over extending jobless assistance. The two sides face a deep divide on what to include and how to cover the $200 billion cost of jobless benefits legislation that is expected to extend the policies through the 2012 elections. On the cusp of early...
  • ObamaCare Flatlines...Taxes Home Sales (4% Federal Tax on Houses)

    12/20/2011 1:24:23 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 84 replies · 1+ views
    GOP.gov ^ | 4/8/10
    “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes,” President Obama, September 12, 2008 Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income of “high-income” taxpayers which could apply to proceeds from the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income, depending on your individual circumstances and any capital gains tax exclusions. Importantly, the “high income” thresholds are not...
  • Supreme Court sets Obama healthcare arguments

    12/19/2011 11:43:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 12/19/11 | James Vicini
    Oral arguments on President Barack Obama's sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul will last 5-1/2 hours spread over three days from March 26-28, the Supreme Court said on Monday. The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear the 5-1/2 hours of oral arguments, one of the lengthiest arguments in recent years. There have been similar marathon sessions in a handful of big cases dating back over the past 70 years. The court said it would hear one hour of arguments on March 26 on whether the legal challenges to the requirement that all Americans buy insurance must wait until after that part...
  • Supreme Court sets aside three days for healthcare arguments (decision before 2014?)

    12/19/2011 9:31:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/11 | Sam Baker
    Supreme Court sets aside three days for healthcare argumentsBy Sam Baker - 12/19/11 11:40 AM ET The Supreme Court will hear arguments on President Obama's healthcare law over a three-day span in late March. The schedule further confirms the universal expectation that the court will issue a ruling on the healthcare law next June, at the height of the 2012 campaign. The Supreme Court will begin on March 26 with one hour of arguments on whether it can reach a decision on the health law before 2014. There is a possibility that a separate federal law prevents the courts from...
  • Lawmakers weigh universal health care bill for Massachusetts (public option & single-payer)

    12/16/2011 7:08:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/15/11
    Lawmakers weigh universal health care bill for MassachusettsBy Associated Press Thursday, December 15, 2011 - Added 24 hours ago Beacon Hill lawmakers are planning to hear testimony on two bills designed to create universal health coverage in Massachusetts. **SNIP** The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. James Eldridge, said the so-called "public option" would give consumers more choice while increasing competition and reducing insurance costs. A second bill also filed by the Acton Democrat would create a so-called single-payer health care system for Massachusetts, guaranteeing health care coverage for every resident.
  • Senators pushing for Supreme Court to televise arguments on Obama’s health care overhaul

    12/16/2011 6:31:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Senators pushing for Supreme Court to televise arguments on Obama’s health care overhaulBy Associated Press, Published: December 6 WASHINGTON — Senators are once again pushing the Supreme Court to televise its courtroom proceedings, especially since justices will have an election-year argument over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee debated Tuesday whether Congress should or — even could — force the Supreme Court, a co-equal branch of government, to allow cameras to broadcast live during arguments.
  • New Democrat Coalition to release white paper on health policy priorities (Obamacare $$$)

    12/11/2011 11:47:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/09/11 | KATE NOCERA
    New Democrat Coalition to release white paper on health policy prioritiesBy KATE NOCERA | 12/09/11 9:27 AM EDT NEW DEM COALITION: CH-CH-CHANGEEESSS— A group of centrist House Democrats are set to release a white paper today laying out some policy priorities and goals they have for reforming pieces of the health care system. Among them: a new Medicare payment system that rewards quality, new delivery models that increase efficiency, an FDA approval process that moves more quickly and widespread adoption of health IT systems. New Democrat Coalition health care task force co-leader Rep. Allyson Schwartz said the goal “is to...
  • A small taste: NH samples Obamacare

    12/01/2011 10:22:20 AM PST · by AlmaKing · 7 replies
    NH Union Leader ^ | 12-1-2011 | Editorial
    Remember when President Obama said that if his health care “reform” law passed, you’d still get to keep your doctor? Medicare Advantage participants in the Granite State are finding out what a lie that was. Medicare Advantage is a subset of Medicare in which the federal government pays private insurers a set monthly rate to provide coverage that is approved and regulated by Medicare. The private insurers can charge different rates and offer a wider variety of services than are offered in traditional Medicare. Though Medicare Advantage costs more in its startup phase, the idea is to save money in...
  • Ohio Voters Choose To Opt Out Of Health Mandate (Reject Obamacare)

    11/08/2011 7:14:30 PM PST · by 50mm · 51 replies
    OhioVotes2011/AP ^ | November 8, 2011 | Staff
    Voters in Ohio have approved a ballot measure intended to keep government from requiring Ohioans to participate in any health care system. The constitutional amendment passed is largely symbolic, coming in response to the 2009 federal health care overhaul, a provision of which mandates that most Americans purchase health care.
  • Health law ruling could be political earthquake (Supremes to hold private conference)

    11/03/2011 7:24:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/01/11 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Health law ruling could be political earthquakeBy JENNIFER HABERKORN | 11/1/11 11:32 PM EDT If the Supreme Court next year gets rid of the health reform law’s requirement to buy insurance, Republicans could gain momentum to get rid of the rest of the law — and President Barack Obama would suffer a huge embarrassment at the height of an election year. But Democrats and supporters of the law also see a silver lining: If the least popular part of the law goes away, they think what’s left could become stronger and more popular with the public. Those events could be...
  • Republicans lay groundwork for healthcare repeal

    10/18/2011 5:49:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/11 | Noam N. Levey
    Republicans lay groundwork for healthcare repealBy Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau 10:45 p.m. CDT, October 17, 2011 Reporting from Washington— Republican activists, increasingly optimistic they can win the White House and Senate next year, are beginning to lay the groundwork for a multi-pronged campaign in 2013 to roll back President Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul. **SNIP** Some activists are so concerned that Republicans will miss their chance that they are trying to lock GOP candidates into using a controversial parliamentary tactic known as budget reconciliation to circumvent Senate Democratic opposition to repeal. "This needs to be a threshold question for both...
  • Purpose of FR and why we can never support Mitt Romney

    10/15/2011 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 987 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | Oct 15, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Our purpose and goal on FR is to restore, defend, preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity!!</p> <p>The goal of the domestic enemy (the left), i.e., the statist liberals, Marxists and progressives is just the opposite.</p>
  • Killing Citizens in Secret

    10/12/2011 4:45:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NY Books ^ | 10/09/11 | David Cole
    Killing Citizens in SecretDavid Cole Sunday’s New York Times reported that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has produced a fifty-page legal memo that purportedly authorized President Obama to order the killing of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial. Last month, the US carried out that order with a drone strike in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki and another US citizen traveling with him. The strike was front-page news, and apparently was undertaken with the approval of Yemen authorities, yet as it was a “covert operation,” the Obama administration has declined even to acknowledge that it ordered the...
  • Group rips Indiana request for permanent health law (Commiecare™) waiver

    10/11/2011 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/11 | Julian Pecquet
    Group rips Indiana request for permanent health law waiverBy Julian Pecquet - 10/10/11 02:46 PM ET The state of Indiana is under fire from consumer advocates for requesting a perpetual waiver from a key provision of the healthcare reform law. The law allows waivers for health plans to phase in the law's medical loss ratio requirement, which requires the plans to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care or give consumers a rebate. Indiana is the only state so far to request that high-deductible health plans be exempted forever. "Indiana's application is based on state politicians' ideological...
  • "Budget zombie" put on hold by Obama administration; future in doubt ($80B Commiecare™ gimmick)

    10/10/2011 6:45:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    Herald News ^ | 10/08/11 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    "Budget zombie" put on hold by Obama administration; future in doubtBy Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press Posted Oct 08, 2011 @ 10:24 PM WASHINGTON — They’re calling it the zombie in the budget. It’s a long-term care plan the Obama administration has put on hold, fearing it could go bust if actually implemented. Yet while the program exists on paper, monthly premiums the government may never collect count as reducing federal deficits. Real or not, that’s $80 billion over the next 10 years. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, CLASS for short, may just keep lurching along indefinitely. It...
  • (Exempt) Obama swings through St. Louis ("People call it 'Obamacare'. They're right, I do care.")

    10/05/2011 4:10:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    STL Today ^ | 10/05/11 | JAKE WAGMAN
    Obama swings through St. LouisBY JAKE WAGMAN Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:04 am ST. LOUIS • While thousands of Cardinals fans turned downtown into a sea of red, President Barack Obama dropped into town to quickly raise some green. Obama was in St. Louis for only about four hours Tuesday, speaking at two campaign fundraisers, one of which was $25,000 per person. The lack of public appearances led Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to remark earlier in the day that Obama was using Missouri as "his personal ATM" for his campaign coffers. At his first event, at the...
  • Obama appeals health care setback to high court (Stevens: Health-Care Law Has Precedent)

    09/29/2011 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/28/11 | Mark Sherman
    Obama appeals health care setback to high courtMark Sherman, Associated Press Wednesday September 28, 2011, 10:14 pm EDT **SNIP** Stevens, who retired last year, said his former colleagues would not be affected by the potential impact of their decision on Obama's re-election chances. "They'll decide it on the law. I'm totally convinced of that," he said. Obama appointed Stevens' successor, Elena Kagan. Stevens said that if he still had a vote on the court on timing, he would cast it in favor of hearing the case sooner rather than later. He would not say how he would vote on the...
  • CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama

    09/26/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 337 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 9/26/11 | cnn political unit
    According to the survey, which was released Monday, 28 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Perry as their party's presidential nominee, with Romney at 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at ten percent, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, all at seven percent. The poll indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at four percent, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at three...
  • Obama Responds to Black Voters’ Discontent (Back off - he gave everyone Commiecare™)

    09/28/2011 6:03:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Atlanta Post ^ | 9/27/11 | Charlotte Young
    Obama Responds to Black Voters’ DiscontentBy Charlotte Young September 27, 2011 02:03 PM **SNIP** In Monday’s interview, Obama defended his record asserting that he is working hard to help those in the south side of Chicago to those living in Los Angeles barrios and Appalachia. But he remained firm in his stance to keep government programs issue-focused, as opposed to race, stating that “that’s not how America works.” “And so when we put forward a program like, for example, the health-care bill, our focus is people who don’t have health care,” Obama said in the interview with BET News. “Now...
  • White House won't seek to delay High Court healthcare review (Commiecare™ deathwatch)

    09/27/2011 9:00:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/26/11 | Sam Baker
    White House won't seek to delay High Court healthcare reviewBy Sam Baker - 09/26/11 06:02 PM ET The Obama administration opened the door Monday for the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionally of the healthcare law before the next election. It opted not to seek a delay in the legal process, leaving little doubt that the court will rule on President Obama’s controversial legislation just months before he faces voters. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that the healthcare law’s individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional. The Justice Department declined to ask the full...
  • Health law likely to send premiums through roof, state says (up 150% with Commiecare™ in Ohio)

    09/21/2011 4:37:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Dispatch ^ | 9/21/11 | Catherine Candisky
    Health law likely to send premiums through roof, state saysBy Catherine Candisky The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday September 21, 2011 4:12 AM A new report projects that the cost of health-insurance premiums in Ohio could increase by as much as 150 percent — or drop by 40 percent — in 2014, when key provisions of the new federal health-care law kick in. The analysis was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Insurance to determine how the Affordable Care Act would affect premiums. It found that Ohioans who buy individual policies would have their costs rise the most. Rates also are expected...
  • Even when it succeeds, Obamacare fails

    09/19/2011 7:24:22 PM PDT · by freespirited · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/18/11 | Conn Carroll
    Advocates on the left finally have one data point to show that President Obama's signature domestic accomplishment is working. Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that a half-million more 18- to 24-year-olds had health insurance in 2010 than did in 2009. There is no hard evidence of a link, but it is perfectly reasonable to assume that this demographic increased their health insurance coverage, while all other demographics saw their coverage rates fall, thanks to the Obamacare provision that forces insurance companies to allow parents to add their adult children to their employer-provided health plan. But, while these mostly...
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to slash fat and salt; Michelle Obama declares healthy 'breakthrough'

    09/16/2011 4:59:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/16/11 | LINDSAY GOLDWERT
    The First Lady has scored another victory in the battle of the bulge. The CEO of Darden Restaurants, which owns eatery chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster as well as LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille, said on Thursday the company will work to reduce fat and sodium by 10% over the course of the next five years and 20% over the next decade.
  • Goldberg: Obamacare impacts Americans' access to drugs (Commiecare™ shortages begin)

    09/05/2011 3:22:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | 9/03/11 | Robert Goldberg
    Goldberg: Obamacare impacts Americans' access to drugsBy Robert Goldberg Special to the Star-Telegram Posted Saturday, Sep. 03, 2011 Call it Obamacare's Final Destination Tour. People whose lives should be saved by new and existing cancer drugs are driving from hospital to hospital in search of medicines in short supply -- thanks in part to Obamacare's implementation. Over the past two years, shortages have developed for more than 180 drugs, including cancer treatments. The shortfall is the result of stricter FDA regulation, government price controls on already discounted but complex drugs, and policies that discourage the use of new medications. Companies,...
  • (Exempt) Obama faces new conundrum in selling his healthcare law (Commiecare™ still sucks)

    09/03/2011 8:49:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/03/11 | Sam Baker and Niall Stanage
    Obama faces new conundrum in selling his healthcare lawBy Sam Baker and Niall Stanage - 09/03/11 08:30 AM ET The Obama White House is grappling with an unusual reality as next year’s election looms: the signature domestic achievement of the president’s first term seems, at best, as much of a liability as an asset. When healthcare reform passed in March of 2010, Obama hit the road to tout its benefits. Supporters predicted that the law would grow more popular as temperatures cooled and the public learned more about what it actually does. Neither has happened: The law still polls unfavorably,...
  • Subsidy for COBRA health coverage to expire today (part of porkulus)

    09/01/2011 5:03:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | 8/31/11 | PHIL GALEWITZ
    Subsidy for COBRA health coverage to expire todayBy PHIL GALEWITZ Kaiser Health News Wednesday, August 31, 2011 WASHINGTON – One of the key consumer benefits of the federal stimulus package – subsidies to help laid-off workers continue their health care coverage – draws to a close today, raising concerns about how the unemployed will cover those expenses. It’s a dilemma that Holly Jespersen knows firsthand. She lost her job twice in the past two years – both times losing her employer-paid health insurance. But the second time, she paid about $350 a month more for insurance than she had the...
  • Most Americans Still Have No Idea What the Health Care Law Does (cute Commiecare™ video included)

    08/30/2011 11:52:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Good ^ | 8/29/11 | Nona Willis Aronowitz
    Most Americans Still Have No Idea What the Health Care Law DoesNona Willis Aronowitz - Associate Editor August 29, 2011 • 3:00 pm PDT It's now been more than a year since President Obama signed the much-debated—and much-maligned—Affordable Care Act, and even longer since the details of the bill dominated the airwaves. It seems all that time has taken a toll on our memories. A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the number of Americans who understand what's in the health care bill is declining. The Hill points out that last summer, 72 percent of people polled...
  • Report: Obama Admin Funded Obamacare Internet Propaganda Campaign

    08/19/2011 9:15:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-19-11 | Buck Sexton
    In a bombshell accusation, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration used taxpayer money to help orchestrate an internet search engine manipulation campaign specifically promoting Obamacare. Judicial Watch obtained 2,328 pages of records pursuant to a March 23, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. The FOIA information included correspondence between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Ogilvy Group, the public relations fire hired by the White House to push Obamacare on the American people. Judicial Watch listed the following as major points of interest from the FOIA request (all bullets quoted):...