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  • Aetna: Actual ObamaCare enrollment turning out way lower than the White House said

    08/13/2014 5:09:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    And they should know because they're the ones not collecting the premiums.Much of the left has been trying its best to push the notion that "ObamaCare is working," largely based on the announced enrollment total of anywhere from 8 million to 10 million that has come out of the White House. Since this was more than the 7 million they originally said they needed to make the system viable, viola . . . success!One problem: They counted everyone who enrolled, without regard to whether enrollees ever paid a premium. If you don't pay the premium, you're not insured and you're...
  • CBO Confirms Obamacare's Individual Mandate is a Paper Tiger

    08/07/2014 5:05:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Instablog ^ | 8/7/2014 | John Sexton
    Broad exemptions to Obamacare's individual mandate, including one added secretly last year, make the mandate a paper tiger. In June the CBO confirmed this by raising its estimate of the number of people who could claim an exemption and sharply dropping its estimate of the number of people who will pay a penalty.The Wall Street Journal reports, "almost 90% of the nation's 30 million uninsured won't pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act in 2016." In 2012 CBO said 18 million could qualify for exemptions. This year CBO said that number was 23 million. As for those who will...
  • Fewer Physicians, Hospitals May Accept Obamacare Plans In Future

    08/07/2014 1:24:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 8-7-2014 | Amanda Schallert
    Some doctors and medical care experts are worried that individuals with Obamacare may begin to see fewer options for quality health care if more and more doctors stop accepting the plan. Low reimbursement rates for doctors is causing some doctors to say that they can no longer afford to accept Obamacare coverage, according to NPR and the Daily Caller. About eight million people on Obamacare reportedly have fewer options than those with private health insurance when it comes to physicians and hospitals that will accept them. But some people are starting to worry that the narrow network problem with Obamacare...
  • Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve

    08/03/2014 12:08:19 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2 Aug 14 | ABBY GOODNOUGH
    <p>Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly.</p>
  • CNN Poll: Twice As Many Americans Were Hurt By Obamacare Than Helped

    07/23/2014 2:46:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Not an unusual data point at all, based on the polling trend -- but a timely reality check for the delusional "people love Obamacare!" propagandists. CNN's latest national survey includes a number of noteworthy nuggets, including the "Affordable" Care Act fallout verdict referenced in the headline (via Ed Morrissey): (1) President Obama's job approval rating is mired at (42/55), languishing roughly where it's been for months. He is underwater with men (39/58), women (45/52), young people (45/49), and independents (34/62). Seventy-seven percent of Democrats and nearly two-thirds of non-white voters continue to give Obama high marks, but virtually everyone...
  • Obamacare Rulings Have Consumers, Governors Worried

    07/23/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    News Max ^ | July 23 2014 | John Blosser
    Two conflicting court decisions on tax credits for Obamacare have millions of consumers worried, along with some Republican governors who opted to let the federal government run their state programs. A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit determined that only those enrolled in state-operated Obamacare exchanges are eligible for the tax subsidies that put the "affordable" in the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal reported. Should the ruling stand, Bloomberg News reports, customers in those 36 states could see their subsidies vanish, boosting their healthcare premiums by 76 percent, dealing a serious blow both to Obamacare...
  • Freep a poll! (Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written?)

    07/23/2014 1:51:45 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    http://www.headlineoftheday.com/ ^ | 7-23-14 | Headline of the day
    Should the Obamacare law be enforced as written? No, the IRS is allowed to change it. I don't know. Yes, and let the chips fall where they may.
  • On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

    07/22/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, this is awkward.Unlike the D.C. Circuit, which split 2-1, the majority here was 3-0. Even so, the most noteworthy thing about the opinion is how tormented the court seems in trying to determine what Congress intended when it said that subsidies should be available only on “an exchange established by the State.” From page 20:Page 24:Page 28:If they can’t decide what the key phrase was designed to do, why don’t they follow the D.C. Circuit’s lead and stick with the plain text? In the first excerpt above, the court frankly admits that the language of the law seems...
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the presidents marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • White House To Ignore Court Ruling, Keep Handing Out Obamacare Subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daaily Caller ^ | 7/22/14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration will continue handing out Obamacare subsidies to federal exchange customers despite a federal courts ruling Tuesday that the subsidies are illegal. A D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday morning that customers in the 36 states that didnt establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits, according to the text of the Affordable Care Act itself. (RELATED: Federal Court Takes Down Obamacare: Subsidies In Federal Exchange Are Illegal) But the White House said in response that it will continue handing out the billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies. White House press...
  • CBO Gives Up on Calculating What Obamacare Will Cost

    06/09/2014 5:15:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Roll Call magazine: "Fiscal Diagnosis Only Gets Tougher for Health Care Law -- In its latest report on the law, the Congressional Budget Office said it is no longer possible to assess the overall fiscal impact of the law." That, again, is by design. Of course it's by design! This is the thing I've been waiting for people to wake up and realize. Look, I'm not trying to brag here. I don't have to. Like Babe Ruth said, "It isn't bragging if you can do it." I knew exactly what I was saying when I said, "I...
  • Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross....

    05/29/2014 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 5/28/2014 | Andria Borba
    CAMP MEEKER (CBS SF) A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments. Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker knew the news was bad when an MRI found 20 tumors in his brain. Two days later, a C-T scan at Sutter medical center in Santa Rosa brought another devastating blow, discovering a large tumor in his lungs, and more in his liver and bones. Doctors told Jeffrey he would need to be hospitalized immediately. My husband was having a lot...
  • The [eight] Biggest Myths of ObamaCare

    05/29/2014 10:10:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | May 29, 2014 | John R. Graham
    Four years after its passage, Obamacare has now been largely implemented, and millions have had their coverage disrupted. For years, the administration has propagated a number of myths about Obamacare. Some have already crumbled, and others will fall as Obamacare continues to change the American health system.Myth No. 1: If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Despite President Obama’s promise that “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” about 6 million people have already been notified by insurance companies that their policies are being canceled. That number will grow. Currently, about 19 million people have...
  • Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross ...

    05/29/2014 2:59:10 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 11 replies
    CBS Local - San Francisco ^ | 5/28/14 | CBS SF
    CAMP MEEKER (CBS SF) A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments.
  • Vet Allegedly Beaten To Death At VA Hospital

    05/27/2014 6:24:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 85 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | May 25, 2014 | Sarah Fruchtnicht
    A California woman says Veterans Administration hospital guards beat her husband to death after he waited four hours for dialysis. Norma Montano says her husband of 44 years, Jonathan, died of a stroke on June 11, 2011, after he was beaten and had his carotid artery stomped by VA guards. Montano says the hospital also lied to her about what happened to her husband. Montanos son and daughter are also plaintiffs in the suit. Montano says he husband was tired of waiting, but when he tried to leave and go to another facility, he was told by the nursing staff...
  • Hospitals hiking cost on the poor due to ObamaCare

    05/27/2014 11:50:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    There are multiple levels of irony in this New York Times report on the impact of ObamaCare on poor patients in the nation’s hospitals. Congress demanded the power to revamp the health-insurance industry and expand Medicaid in order to help the poor get better medical care for less money. In reality, the opposite appears to be happening, as hospitals attempt to force the poor into ObamaCare: Hospital systems around the country have started scaling back financial assistance for lower- and middle-income people without health insurance, hoping to push them into signing up for coverage through the new online marketplaces...
  • This Family Thought Obamacare Was the Answer Until They Found Out Their Plan Doesnt Even Work

    05/27/2014 12:02:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 107 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 27, 2014 | liz klimas
    Nick and Rachel Robinson were excited about the possibilities that Obamacare offered them when they found out they were expecting a third child. Its one of those times where you hear the news and theres this immediate sense of joy and excitement like, Yay, a new kid. Thats awesome! Nick Robinsontold NPR.But the happy news also came with a new set of worries. What are we going to do? How are we going to pay for this? This is intense. When the option of the Affordable Care Act became available, the Robinsons believed it was the answer to what they...
  • Yep, Nevada is officially dropping their state ObamaCare exchange, too

    05/20/2014 5:41:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    After much apparent pleading from the contractor, Nevada made the decision to drop their individual ObamaCare website builder Xerox and is now the next state hitching its wagon to the federal online exchange. It all looked like it could have gone so well back in October, until users started trying to actually sign up for health insurance and began to uncover the more than 1,500 defects embedded in the site, according to a report from Deloitte last month, and the Silver State has finally realized that the situation cannot be salvaged any time soon — and certainly not in...
  • Obamacare brings expanded coverage and higher costs to California

    05/14/2014 6:21:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian
    Nearly one-third of Californias total population -- roughly 11.5 million people -- will be enrolled in Medi-Cal next year.. Enrollment is expected to exceed previous estimates by 1.4 million, and administration officials said it would cost the state $1.2 billion more than originally thought.
  • Sharon, Conn. Couple Dropped from Affordable Care Act Plan

    05/14/2014 11:15:49 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jeff Saperstone
    John and Dawn DiMarco signed up for an Affordable Care Act plan through the state health insurance exchange during open enrollment. They received their insurance card and were covered but their bill was thousands of dollars more than advertised. They spent weeks going back and forth with various state agencies and the insurance company to try and get answers. Then, this month, their carrier, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, sent them a cancellation notice. NBC Connecticut contacted Access Health CT on Tuesday and they told us it has to do with a computer issue with their vendor. UPDATE: A spokesperson...
  • Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

    05/13/2014 6:36:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/13/14 | Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press
    MIAMI (AP) -- The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken.Pool's $352 a month gold plan through Covered California's exchange was cheaper than what she'd paid under her husband's insurance and seemed like a good deal because of her numerous pre-existing conditions. But after her insurance card came in the mail, the Vista, California resident learned her...
  • Media Knew the Truth About Obamacare

    05/08/2014 1:24:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Lenny in Bayville, New Jersey. Lenny, I'm glad you called. Thanks for waiting, sir. Hello. CALLER: Thank you. Blessings this afternoon, Rush. That's first and most important. RUSH: Well, thank you very much. CALLER: Now, with this medical insurance stuff from the companies. AT&T is taking all their retired, non-management employees and putting them into the private health exchange on January 1st of 2015. RUSH: All their retired, non-management employees? CALLER: Yep. RUSH: So the retirees that are still on the company health care plan because of the deal they had or whatever? CALLER: Yes. RUSH:...
  • Massachusetts joins Oregon in ditching its dysfunctional health insurance site

    05/08/2014 1:35:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-8-14 | Ed Walton
    On the heels of Oregons decision to drop its dysfunctional health insurance site, Massachusetts officials announced plans to follow suit on Monday. Unlike Oregon, however, Massachusetts will be taking a different replacement routeinstead of using HealthCare.gov to sign up enrollees, Massachusetts will attempt to build a new health marketplace site based on software used by Colorado and Kentucky. While the state hopes to have this software from hCentive Inc. up and running by November 15th of this year, they will also connect to the federal exchange as a backup in case the new exchange software is not ready in time...
  • Kaiser Health News Surprised by What Obamacare Will Do?

    05/08/2014 1:35:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's the headline: "A Lot More People Are About to Learn They Can't Keep Their Plans If They Like Them." I was intrigued. I was really intrigued by that headline: "A Lot More People Are About to Learn They Can't Keep Their Plans If They Like Them." Let's get started here. "It's almost time for Stage Two of the great Obamacare dump, as the truly breathtaking depths of Barack Obama's Big Lie are exposed ... and America is shoved closer to the howling abyss of single-payer health care, the transformation nobody voted for." Fine so far. "Kaiser...
  • Guess How Many Insurance Officials Raise Their Hands When Asked if Premiums Will Decrease By $2500..

    05/08/2014 12:09:18 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | May 82014 | Cassy Fiano
    Complete Title...Guess How Many Insurance Officials Raise Their Hands When Asked if Premiums Will Decrease By $2500 Like Obama Promised? We were given a lot of promises about Obamacare, from seeing premiums decrease to being able to keep our plans if we liked them none of which, of course, ended up being true. And apparently, major insurance officials knew that premiums wouldnt decrease, too. During a House hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) asked a group of seven insurance officials to raise their hands if they anticipated a premium reduction of $2,500 or more for the average American...
  • Laughing at another Spectacular Obamacare Failure

    05/08/2014 12:41:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As you can imagine, theres a lot to choose from in the contest for the most spectacular waste of tax dollars. But the politicians in Oregon must really want the prize, because they managed to flush several hundred million dollars down a rat hole by putting together a state-run Obamacare website that has to be abandoned because it is so dysfunctional. And if the Oregon website is so bad that its switching to the much-derided Washington Obamacare website, it must be a disaster of unparalleled dimensions! Here are some excerpts from an AP report. After months of trying to get...
  • Another Hilarious Inequality Moment: Obamacare's Medical Inequality

    05/05/2014 10:05:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Morgan Brittany
    We hear it every day, the rich dont pay their fair share, there is a deeper divide than ever between the rich and the poor, the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer.Blah, blah, blah, it reminds me of an old record that keeps skipping and repeating itself over and over.It is just another political point that this administration uses to divide the people of this nation. Lots of talk, no solutions. They talk about the privileged 1% and how evil they are. They bloviate on how unfair it is that the rich take advantage of the poor and...
  • Inventing a Failure (He's talking about Obamacare)

    05/05/2014 12:57:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 4, 2014 | Paul Krugman
    Last week, House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illusion of failure in the face of unexpected success. Are you shocked? You arent, but you should be. Mainstream politicians didnt always try to advance their agenda through lies, damned lies and in this case bogus statistics. And the fact that this has become standard operating procedure for a major party bodes ill for Americas future. About that report: The really big policy news of 2014, at least so far, is the spectacular recovery of the...
  • Healthcare.gov: How Washington's IT project Leviathan failed us

    05/05/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT · by hasb3an · 7 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 5-5-2014 | Derrick Wlodarz
    Government IT projects have a tendency to fall on their rear ends more often than not. After the miserable debacle that was Healthcare.gov last October, I made the case for why the larger than life public face of Obamacare had zero chance of succeeding in original form. Fast forward six months, and after some contractor firings and a public about face consisting of a "tech surge", the website is finally working at nominal levels. That's not to say no one didn't take the fall for the mess of this bungled IT project gone haywire. The former head honcho of the...
  • Health care law-Holocaust comparison criticized

    05/05/2014 11:39:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
    Leaders of both parties in Tennessee are condemning a blog post by a state senator likening the federal health care law to the deportation of Jews to concentration camps in the 1940s. Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville said on his blog that Democrats boasting of about the number of people who have signed for coverage as required by the federal health care law is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for train rides for Jews in the 40s.
  • New Pew Poll: Opposition to Obamacare at All-Time High

    05/05/2014 12:14:35 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    The latest USA Today/Pew survey shows Obamacare polling as poorly as it ever has: Views of ACA Little Changed. As other recent national polls have shown, including the April health care tracking survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the recent surge in signups for the new health care exchanges has had little impact on public opinion about the Affordable Care Act. In fact, the share disapproving of the law (55%) is as high as it ever has been in the four-year history of the law. Just 41% approve of the 2010 health care law.
  • MAP: Here's Where People Signed Up For Obamacare

    05/03/2014 10:43:21 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 3 2014 | Brett LoGiurato, Andy Kiersz
    The White House on Thursday released final data from the first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, which also included a look at each state's relative success or failure in the law's first enrollment period. Nationally, just more than 8 million people enrolled in health insurance plans through federal and state exchanges established by the law. But the story was different in all 50 states and the District of Columbia some wildly exceeded expectations, and others brutally disappointed. This chart shows which states did well in signing up people through their exchanges, and which did poorly:
  • Obamacare: The Never-Ending Gift that Repeatedly Teaches Us that Big Government Doesnt Work

    05/02/2014 1:05:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Sigh. Another day, another grim Obamacare update. Actually, we have two updates on the never-ending disaster of government-run healthcare. Our first story comes from the Washington Times, which reports that the company hired to fix the failed Obamacare website is way behind schedule and way over budget. Fixing the Obamacare website to get it ready to handle a second round of enrollments will cost the federal government $121 million The deal, which Accenture announced on its website Tuesday, costs more than the $93.7 million it took to build HealthCare.gov in the first place. Its also $30 million more than the...
  • 9 questions that are still hanging over Cover Oregon (Scrapped Health Exchange)

    04/29/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT · by dila813 · 6 replies
    Portland Business Journal ^ | Apr 29, 2014, 12:06pm PDT | Elizabeth Hayes
    After the Cover Oregon board of directors decided to scrap the troubled health exchange and transfer to the federal governments site, a colleague asked me if the whole sorry saga was over. Far from it, I said. A host of questions remain that could take months to resolve. Here are a few that come to mind:
  • The Obamacare Question That Has Democrats Terrified

    04/28/2014 9:09:09 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 20 replies
    BREITBART.COM ^ | 27 Apr 2014 | Wynton Hall
    With just 191 days until the Nov. 4 midterm elections, nervous Democrats are scrambling to find an effective answer to the Obamacare question they may fear the most: "Where is the $2,500 in health insurance savings President Obama and Democrats promised me?" Article Link: The Obamacare Question That Has Democrats Terrified (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/04/27/The-Obamacare-Question-That-Has-Democrats-Terrified) Posted with Article Posting Assistant: (http://code-happy.bahits.com/?p=62)
  • Even Sarah Kliff Becomes Critical of ObamaCare

    04/26/2014 10:30:26 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 26, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!!! The White House Director of Progressive Media needs to send out an emergency response team to Sarah Kliff of General Electric Vox to get her "mind right" again for going off-message on ObamaCare since the debate is "over." Got that? The debate is OVER! Except that the debate is not quite over when one of the biggest ObamaCare cheerleaders is beginning to cast aspersions upon her formerly beloved program. This is starting to become something of a "disturbing" pattern for our Miss Kliff who recently underwent a rapid response mind change when an administration official quickly turned...
  • Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee bash health law, Obama at GOP conference

    04/26/2014 10:33:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | Michelle L. Price
    <p>SANDY, Utah (AP) — Tea party favorites and Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee condemned the federal health care law and the Obama administration to a crowd about 1,000 Utah Republican faithful Friday night.</p> <p>Cruz, speaking in front of a giant American flag, called President Barack Obama “the most lawless President” in the nation’s history, criticizing decisions from his administration to delay parts of the health law and deciding not to go after states legalizing marijuana.</p>
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange [zero enrollees]

    04/24/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2014 | Peter Suderman|
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grantsmore than all but two other statesto build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange. The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by the Obama administration: In...
  • Marine tells Sen. Landrieu why she is wrong about Health Care

    04/24/2014 5:11:55 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 4 replies
    Awesome 3:36 video. The Fox News link should go viral.
  • Obamacare class-action suit opens a new legal front

    04/24/2014 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/23/2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Lawrence Basich is on the hook for $400,000 in medical bills that would have been paid by his insurer had his application been processed correctly by Nevadas Obamacare exchange. In a closely-watched class-action lawsuit now gathering steam, Mr. Basich is one of two named plaintiffs in the suit against the state-run exchange and the company that built it that claims thousands of residents paid for health insurance, but never got covered because of technical glitches on the portal. The suit may be the first since the Obamacare rollout that pits actual consumers against both the state and its...
  • Great news: Another wave of health-plan cancellations on the way?

    04/24/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    A new report on ObamaCare would tend to distract from the White House victory lap earlier in the month, and might even – gasp! — “re-open” the debate that Barack Obama insisted was closed. Don’t look for this information on the right-wing blogs, though. Vox’s Sarah Kliff, formerly at the Washington Post, warns that another class of policies will get canceled due to coverage mandates, and that will put some lower-income Americans in a fiscal bind: The Obama administration is quietly trying to stamp out some of the skimpiest health plans, a decision that industry officials say could trigger yet...
  • Florida Blue: Health Law Enrollments 'Exceeded Expectations' But Premiums May Rise In 2015

    04/24/2014 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Chang and Patricia Borns, Miami Herald
    Most of the consumers who bought a private health plan from Florida Blue through the Affordable Care Acts insurance exchanges between October and April were previously uninsured one of many factors potentially leading to higher premium rates in 2015, according to a senior executive. Jason Altmire, senior vice president of public policy for Florida Blue, cited familiar reasons for a likely rise in rates next year. Altmire said most Florida Blue consumers who signed up for exchange plans have paid their first months premium, which is required to activate a plan. But he said many consumers remain uneducated about...
  • In Seattle, Insurers And Hospitals Complain About New Rules

    04/24/2014 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Carol Ostrom, Seattle Times
    Health insurers and hospitals, usually on opposite sides, lined up together Tuesday to give Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler an earful about his proposed new rule for insurance-provider networks. Kreidler proposed the rule after complaints that consumers have been taken by surprise about narrower networks in insurance plans offered in the Affordable Care Act. Those networks exclude some of the regions prominent hospitals and medical centers, meaning some consumers dont have access to providers they expected to use. For example, only one insurer offering plans through the Washington Healthplanfinder online exchange includes Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle; only three include...
  • GE Boss Jeff Immelt Says ObamaCare Hurting Business

    04/23/2014 4:36:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    A week after General Electric blamed Obamacare for hurting its medical business, the company's chairman on Wednesday warned that uncertainty in the health care field will persist for much longer. I think that there's still a lot of uncertainty in health care and we'll just have to see that over time, warned Jeff Immelt during a shareholders' meeting in Chicago. Last week, the firm released financial figures which showed a rise in profits, but a cut in its medical business. That was blamed on companies and hospitals holding back on purchases of GE equipment out of concern over how bad...
  • Insurer Admits Nearly 1,000 Doctors Wrongly Placed On Covered California Provider List

    04/22/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 38 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal ^ | April 22,2014 | No Attribution
    Two months after KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch first reported about some doctors listed on the Covered California exchange were actually not accepting the plans, insurer Anthem Blue Cross admitted that nearly 1,000 doctors were erroneously listed. According to a statement by the California Medical Association, the insurer recently notified 965 physicians that they were wrongly placed on the exchanges list. The notice, which was posted on April 9th, stated that the doctors were inadvertently listed for a certain period of time during the open enrollment period.
  • Obamacare enrollment in South Carolina keeps climbing, tops 100K (But only half have paid)

    04/21/2014 5:07:01 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Lauren Saussar
    Although the deadline to sign up for an Obamacare insurance plan has officially past, the number of South Carolinians who are enrolled keeps climbing. The S.C. Department of Insurance reported Friday that 114,789 individuals selected a plan on the federal exchange through April 15 - up from an estimate of 97,000 earlier this month. The deadline to sign up for insurance was technically March 31, but the federal government granted an extension through mid-April to applicants who encountered any difficulty enrolling. The newly enrolled must pay their first premium by May 1 to become insured. To date, only 67,846 of...
  • Whoops! Half of Georgias Insurance Enrollees Havent Paid Yet.

    04/21/2014 4:41:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Jim Geraghty
    Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Acts exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people. Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage, Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday. Half? Half? Sure, the nonpayment rates will be a lot lower in other places. But this indicates how much skepticism is warranted for the administrations much-touted enrollment figures....
  • Fox News Poll: Independents more likely to back anti-ObamaCare candidates

    04/21/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT · by Siegfried X · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/21/2014 | Dana Blanton
    Most voters say ObamaCare will play an important role in their vote in this years elections, and over half are more inclined to back the candidate who opposes the health care law. Thats according to a Fox News poll released Monday. The new poll asks voters what they would do if the only difference between two congressional candidates is that one promises to fight for the health care law and the other promises to fight against it. By a 53-39 percent margin, more voters say they would back the anti-ObamaCare candidate. Independents, always a key voting bloc, would back that...
  • Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, Its Going to Hit the Fan

    04/21/2014 4:18:23 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    April 21, 2014 2:45 PM Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's 'Going to Hit the Fan' By Andrew Johnson Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isnt just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his partys performance this fall he also thinks its worst effects on our health-care system are still to come. Lynch, who voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, warned that the situation is going to hit the fan when the laws delayed provisions go into effect down the road. There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act,...
  • GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon

    04/21/2014 1:08:27 PM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 4-21-14 | JONATHAN J. COOPER
    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade. Republicans back in Washington think they've found the right candidate in Monica Wehby, a children's brain surgeon who's raised more than $1 million and put her early opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law at the center of her campaign. The race is shaping up to be a strong test of the GOP strategy of relentlessly using the health law against Democrats in...