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  • Cash-strapped State ObamaCare Exchanges Considering Mergers

    05/31/2015 6:06:25 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 31 May 2015 | Michael Tennant
    State ObamaCare exchanges are fast running out of cash because of higher-than-expected costs and lower-than-expected enrollment. In an attempt to keep their heads above water, many exchanges are considering combining some of their operations with those of other states — a tactic that may prove as difficult as setting up the exchanges in the first place and that raises the specter of fully nationalized health insurance.The Obama administration, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), disbursed about $5 billion in subsidies to states to get their exchanges up and running. After that, the exchanges were supposed to be...
  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare [Who gave us this ACA mess?]

    05/26/2015 3:41:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 26, 2015 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control. [snip] BAD TIMING [snip] HOUSE OF CARDS [snip] STICKER SHOCK FOR SELF-PAY CUSTOMERS [snip] REPUBLICANS TO THE RESCUE? [snip]
  • No biggie: Your Obamacare premiums are going up. Way up in some cases.

    05/24/2015 6:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The “Affordable” Care Act may be looking for a new name in the near future. As Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are reporting, the next round of health care premium cost adjustments are coming down the pike, and you’ll never guess where things are heading. Okay… you probably guessed already. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Obamacare rates are about to shoot up, in some cases as much as 40%. The rate increases requested by insurance carriers vary state by state, but the overall picture is bad.“In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp....
  • Survey finds 3 out of 4 satisfied with their ObamaCare plans

    05/23/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by upchuck · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 21, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges are satisfied with their plans, according to a new national survey.People overwhelmingly said they felt positively about their choices of doctors and hospitals and their copays for appointments and prescriptions, delivering good news for the Obama administration one year into the law's rollout.More surprisingly, that satisfaction also extended to people’s monthly premiums and annual deductibles, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.Sixty percent of ObamaCare customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their monthly premium costs — more than people who bought coverage before the...
  • Obamacare May Force Some Insurers to Boost Their Premiums an Alarming Amount

    05/22/2015 10:48:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mark Joseph Stern
    On the whole, the Affordable Care Act is working pretty well, getting more people insured and increasing the quality of insurance overall. But on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported an alarming development: Health insurers on many state exchanges are looking to boost their premiums a ridiculous amount in 2016. New Mexico's leading provider, for instance, is seeking a 51.6 percent hike, while Maryland's is seeking a 30.4 percent hike. (Insurers in other states, like Vermont and Indiana, are asking for minimal increases.) Libertarian and conservative outlets are, predictably, citing the rate hike as yet another Obamacare catastrophe. But it's...
  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    05/22/2015 7:58:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 21, 2015 | Louise Radnofsky
    Proposals set the stage for debate over federal health law’s impact. Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an average 36.3% increase. In Maryland, market leader CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to raise rates 30.4% across its products. Moda Health, the largest insurer on the...
  • Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers

    05/22/2015 4:47:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 22, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability. Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year. Others are contemplating creating multi-state exchanges as a contingency plan for a looming Supreme Court ruling expected next month that could prevent people from getting subsidies to buy ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The idea is still only in the infancy stage. It’s unclear whether a California-Oregon or New York-Connecticut health exchange is on the horizon. But...
  • Obamacare exchanges on life support

    05/17/2015 3:45:37 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    http://michellemalkin.com/ ^ | May 15, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: “I came up with things like, you know, health care.” Ah, yes. “Health care.” Remember when the president’s signature Obamacare health insurance exchanges were going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the remote control, jogger strollers, Siri, the Keurig coffee maker, driverless cars and Legos all rolled into one? The miraculous, efficient, cost-saving, innovative 21st-century government-run “marketplaces” were supposed to put the...
  • Health exchange considers higher fees as federal grants end

    05/12/2015 3:45:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    KRDO-TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Chris Loveless
    Denver -- The state's health exchange is looking at more than doubling the fee that insurers pass onto customers who buy policies. The Denver Post reports Connect for Health Colorado staff recommended the increase Monday as $177 million in federal startup grants come to a close and as insurance carriers prepare to submit their rate plans by May 29. If the health exchange board approves the 3.5 percent charge for premiums, the fee for a $4,000 yearly plan would go up by $84. Staff also recommended upping a monthly assessment charge for 1.2 million private insurance policies to bring in...
  • Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    05/12/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2015 | Jack McHugh
    In a news story titled “Nearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future,” The Washington Post reports the following: Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers — and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing...
  • Obama’s Home State To Shut Down State-Based Obamacare Exchange Over Lack of Funds

    05/12/2015 11:42:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/12/15 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii is shutting down its state-based health care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector (HHC), due to incurring debts and the unwillingness of state legislators to put more taxpayer money into the struggling operation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Saturday.Established in 2011, the non-profit organization is Hawaii’s state-based health exchange for the President’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. There are currently about 37,000 Hawaiians enrolled in health care plans through the exchange, far short of the roughly 70,000 needed to raise enough money to sustain it, the article reports.Officials with the exchange released a report to its...
  • Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down

    05/12/2015 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies
    Fierce Health Payer ^ | May 11, 2015 | Brian Eastwood
    Hawaii state insurance exchange to shut down Hawaii Health Connector never achieved financial sustainability May 11, 2015 | By Brian Eastwood The Hawaii Health Connector will shut down operations on Sept. 30, InsuranceNewsNet reported. The exchange site will cease new enrollment this week, discontinue its outreach programs at the end of May and transfer its technology assets to the state by Sept. 30, the article said. The exchange's 37,000 enrollees can re-enroll on the federal Healthcare.gov exchange for the 2016 plan year. Hawaii Health Connector has faced financial problems from its inception. A report issued earlier this year found that...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • IRS unable to make sure people comply with Obamacare penalty: Treasury IG

    05/08/2015 10:07:56 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The IRS cannot be sure that Americans who lacked health insurance last year have complied with Obamacare’s “individual mandate” penalty this tax season, according to an inspector general report Friday that pointed to a decision to delay proof-of-coverage forms from insurers and employers until 2016. Agency mangers told the Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration that a “business decision was made to not develop processes and procedures” to ensure compliance after it decided in 2013 to delay the pair of forms. The documents are sent to both filers and the IRS, allowing the federal government to cross-check what filers say...
  • ObamaCare Exchanges Are A Model Of Failure

    05/06/2015 2:53:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/05/2015 | Staff
    Waste: After spending billions on state-run ObamaCare exchanges, the federal government is only now writing clear rules on how that money can be spent, while half of the exchanges head toward bankruptcy.
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • Nearly 200,000 Colorado Health Plans to be Canceled Despite Obamacare Extension

    03/14/2015 4:54:33 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    PJ tattler ^ | March 13, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) said he’s “utterly appalled” by the Colorado Division of Insurance decision to cancel 190,000 health plans that don’t comply with Obamacare regulations — even though they have the authority to continue the old plans for another year under grandfathering rules announced last year. “Coloradans were promised by supporters of this healthcare law that if they liked their plans, they could keep their plans,” he said. “DOI should follow through on that promise, and prove that last year’s extension wasn’t simply an empty election year ploy to fool people into believing they were going to be...
  • Washington state's ObamaCare exchange faces funding shortfall

    03/11/2015 10:38:03 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Dan Springer
    The Washington Health Benefit Exchange call center in Spokane is so busy that staffing has been quadrupled, with the center receiving up to 10,000 calls a day. The problem is not enough of those callers are actually signing up for insurance. The state has enrolled 160,000 paying customers in ObamaCare exchange health plans but that's more than 50,000 short of goal, which has led to an extension of the enrollment deadline and a request that the Washington State Legislature fork over $125 million to fund the exchange. Republicans are angry because they were told the exchange would be self-sufficient by...
  • ObamaCare exchange not allowing addition of newborns to policies

    02/22/2015 11:14:06 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the new bad news coming out this week from ObamaCare, here’s another horror story about the Healthcare.gov exchange from Utah that exemplifies the incompetence of government bureaucracy. One basic and nearly ubiquitous feature of health care — and indeed of family life — is the birth of children. Health insurance plans have made it simple to add children to family plans for decades, allowing new moms and dads to have the costs of childbirth covered ex post facto, as long as the covered individual notified the insurer within a set period of time, usually 30 days. Now,...
  • GOOD NEWS: Obama’s Exchanges are in Trouble

    02/12/2015 7:55:38 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 25 replies
    CCHF Health Freedom eNews ^ | February 11, 2015 | Twila Brase, RN, PHN
    Employer mandates and penalties exist only in states with ACA subsidies, which are only available through state-based exchanges. Most individuals will also be exempt from the mandate and penalties because there's no "affordable" (subsidized) coverage.
  • Obamacare Ruling May End Civilization As We Know It

    02/09/2015 4:33:17 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/9/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell three weeks from now, and the possibility that the justices might uphold the health care “reform” law as written has driven our liberal friends to the edge of lunacy. This is never a long journey for anyone on the left, of course, but they have arrived at the precipice with unusual alacrity this time. Their predictions about the outcome should the Court rule that “established by the state” actually means “established by the state” have gone from the merely portentous to the downright apocalyptic in only a few months....
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • Health-exchange problems easing, but nagging, board told

    01/22/2015 10:15:32 PM PST · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Patrick Marshall
    Staff of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, which manages the state’s Wahealthplanfinder health-insurance exchange, told its board today that it had significantly improved the processing of account invoices and payments to insurance carriers. Richard Onizuka, CEO of the exchange told board members that of the accounts processed in December, those with carrier-payment problems were down to 1.7 percent, and those with invoicing problems were 1.5 percent. “We are seeing some improvement,” Onizuka said. “It still means that too many people are being affected.” “It seems enormously high to me,” new board member Mark Stensager said. “And it’s a trend that...
  • Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa (Obamacare death spiral)

    01/14/2015 8:00:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio
    ... CoOportunity Health has failed. The Affordable Care Act set aside funding for health care co-ops, to enable the organizations to compete in places where there aren’t many insurers. CoOportunity Health was the second largest co-op in the country in terms of membership, and one of the largest in terms of the federal funding it received. But then CoOportunity hit a kind of perfect storm, says Peter Damiano, director of the University of Iowa’s public policy center. First, the co-op had to pay a lot more medical bills than those in charge expected. “CoOportunity Health’s pool of people was larger...
  • MILLION DOLLAR HEIST: Audit Of C4HCO Shows Major Mismanagement Of Funds ( Colorado ObamaCare)

    01/12/2015 1:59:16 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | December 8, 2014
    Rep. Dan Nordberg, the author of last year’s audit bill, had this to say in a statement: “With only a limited performance audit, the state auditor found Connect for Health Colorado committed numerous federal law violations, and nearly 40 percent of sampled contracts had problems totaling more than $32 million dollars. “Sadly, I am not surprised. I have had ongoing concerns about how Connect for Health Colorado was managing tax payers’ funds, which is why I pushed so hard last year to expand the auditor’s oversight of this organization. I hope Democrats will see the light and support my efforts...
  • Mark Levin and Jonathan Gruber once agreed: No Obamacare subsidies on federal exchange

    01/08/2015 7:23:49 AM PST · by T Ruth · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/3/2015 | William A. Jacobson
    Landmark Legal Foundation files Amicus Curiae Brief supporting challenge to subsidies on federal exchange. [snip] King v. Burwell is the case the Supreme Court agreed to hear involving Obamacare subsidies on federal exchange. You will recall that the legal issue is whether the IRS violated the express provisions of Obamacare by issuing rules allowing taxpayers to claims federal subsidies when purchasing on the federal exchange, even though the language of the statute appears not to allow that. In King, the Fourth Circuit ruled that there was possible ambiguity and another potential reading of the law, such that apparently clear language...
  • MNsure gets another $34 million in federal money

    01/07/2015 5:00:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | January 7, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK
    MNsure says it will use the money to upgrade its website and address other ongoing issues. MNsure will receive an additional $34 million in federal funds to continue work on the state’s health insurance enrollment system.With the new money, total federal grant funding in support of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is now about $189.3 million, according to an announcement Wednesday by MNsure.The money will fund improvements to the MNsure website, said Scott Leitz, the MNsure chief executive, during a board meeting Wednesday in St. Paul. It also will let MNsure address ongoing issues, Leitz said, such as invoices for people...
  • ObamaCare Slaps States With $15 Billion In New Costs

    01/05/2015 2:05:24 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Grace-Marie Turner
    Thirty-six states that rely on private managed care programs to provide medical services to all or some of their Medicaid recipients are facing an added ObamaCare tax. According to a report by Milliman consulting actuaries, states that contract with Medicaid managed care plans face up to $15 billion in added costs over 10 years for their share of the law’s tax on private health insurance. States will pay even if they strongly oppose ObamaCare and are refusing to establish health insurance exchanges or expand Medicaid. The health law imposes an annual tax on private health insurance plans – a tax...
  • Obama's Christmas Gift to My Daughter

    12/22/2014 5:58:48 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12/22/2014 | David Catron
    My youngest daughter just joined the ever-increasing number of Americans who have lost their health coverage due to Obamacare. She received a letter from her insurance carrier indicating that the individual policy with which she was eminently satisfied, and that she could more or less afford, would no longer be available after the end of the year. In its place, the insurer offered a plan whose premiums will be nearly double what she has been paying for the cancelled policy. Her monthly premium was $127. The premium for the replacement policy, if she can find no alternative, will be $243.
  • Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

    12/02/2014 9:00:54 PM PST · by grundle · 68 replies
    NPR ^ | December 2, 2014 | John Ydstie
    Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows. Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance. "I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains. Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to. "The insurance here through work is $43 a week, which with my rent and other payments and everything, we haven't been able to afford," he...
  • Obamacare Q&A: It’s not easy to check out of Hotel Covered California

    12/02/2014 4:55:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 2, 2014 | BY EMILY BAZAR
    In my previous column, I explained that you become ineligible for Covered California’s tax credits when you turn 65 and enroll in Medicare. You will owe money to the government if you keep getting the credits after your Medicare begins. So I tried to offer a simple solution: Cancel your Covered California plan. Unfortunately, in the past two weeks, I have heard from Californians and insurance agents across the state who have tried mightily — and failed — to cancel their plans. Instead, the premium bills just keep coming. A Covered California phone rep told him that the cancellation challenges...
  • State Stiffs Agents Who Helped Sign-Ups for Covered California

    12/02/2014 3:30:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AllGov.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | by Ken Broder
    he state uses an army of certified agents to guide around 40% of the people who enroll in Covered California, the state’s subsidized health-care system. And like any army, this one would like to get paid. That hasn’t been happening. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that many of the 12,600 insurance agents haven’t been paid for months. Around 2,200 agents are owed around $2 million for shepherding Med-Cal patients through the system and the state doesn’t intend to pay them before January. These are probably the wrong people to piss off at the beginning of Covered California’s second...
  • Latest Obamacare ‘Tweak’ a Doozy

    11/22/2014 4:49:43 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Americans are inveterate tinkerers — a trait commented on by observers from de Tocqueville to Winston Churchill. That’s why it’s not surprising that the bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would want to keep tweaking Obamacare. Mind you, it’s not so much because they think they can perfect the law. Rather, they keep tweaking the law in order to keep the American people from brandishing pitchforks and coming to Washington to tar and feather them and ride them out of town on a rail. Self-preservation can be a marvelous motivating factor. The geniuses who brought us the...
  • Controversial economist Jonathan Gruber had role in setting up MNsure

    11/19/2014 4:11:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Doug Belden
    Minnesota was one of the states where Jonathan Gruber, an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was involved in the creation of the federal Affordable Care Act, helped to set up a local health insurance exchange. Gruber has come under fire for comments he made a year ago about how the federal law was passed. Video that surfaced this month showed him saying that a "lack of transparency" and "the stupidity of the American voter" were key to getting the federal law passed. He was paid $330,000 for his work in Minnesota. What did he produce? Gruber, who...
  • If Words Mean Anything, Obamacare Is In Real Trouble

    11/08/2014 9:58:45 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 21 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 11/8/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS decision to issue tax credits and penalties through federally created Obamacare exchanges. Two federal courts have already declared the regulation unconstitutional, but a third court ruled that the IRS has acted within its authority. It was this ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that prompted the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell to file an appeal with the high court. If the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in this case, it could well be the undoing of the reviled health care...
  • Barney, Frank: Admits Key Obamacare Clause Before Supreme Court Was 'Mistake'

    11/08/2014 7:54:37 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barney Frank lived up to his last name, and might live to regret it in Dem circles. Appearing on this morning's Up with Steve Kornacki, Frank admitted that the key Obamacare clause that the Supreme Court just agreed to consider was a "mistake." The clause on its face limits Obamacare subsidies to people obtaining coverage through state exchanges. Only 14 states set up exchanges, yet the Obama admin has been granting subsidies to millions of people who got their policies through federal marketplace instead. If SCOTUS enforces the literal language of the law, it could well deal a death blow...
  • Covered California Website Outage Hides Huge Premium Increases

    10/31/2014 5:49:11 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    As someone who was forced into Covered California (CC) last year when Aetna, my long-time and excellent healthcare insurer, exited California’s individual market, I am painfully aware of the technical incompetence of the CC website. This year, the CC website has been down for the last two weeks, even though CC renewals are due by November 15th. As someone who had their monthly healthcare premium jacked-up by 71% from $780 a month in 2013 with Aetna to $1,336 with Covered California in 2014, it seems convenient the website outage is hiding the huge premium increases many new Covered Californians are...
  • A Very Bad Year for Obamacare…and a Worse Year for the Victims of Obamacare (long article)

    10/08/2014 5:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In the last few months of 2013, Obamacare suffered a series of embarrassing setbacks dealing with everything from a clunky website to plan cancellations tothe White House feeling compelled to arbitrarily ignore the law.Since that time, though, people seem to have adapted to this new burden.But adaptation doesn’t mean approval. There are still serious problems with Obamacare, as evidenced by the fact that the Obama Administration has postponed implementation of various provisions 38 times!However, the White House wants us to believe the law is a success, even if that requires statistical contortions.So let’s look at the record.My Cato colleague Mike Tanner argues...
  • Virginia Dem Refuses To Address 250,000 Taxpayers Who Lost Healthcare Due To Obamacare

    10/07/2014 7:20:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/7/14 | staff
    Democratic Senator Mark Warner (D., Va.) refused to elaborate on the 250,000 Virginians who are losing their healthcare plans due to Obamacare during Tuesday’s Senate debate against Republican Ed Gillespie. Moderator Karen Tumulty asked Warner to respond to taxpayers who are losing their plans, but Warner did not acknowledge the cancellations. Rather, he touted the elements of Obamacare that he believes Virginians support. “Virginians want us to fix healthcare,” Warner said.
  • Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled

    10/08/2014 9:22:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 7:33 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won’t display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open enrollment season runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Coverage can start as early as Jan. 1. […] The goof is a mistranslation in large type on the home page of the Spanish-language version of the site. It’s the very first word on the page. Trying to translate “get ready,” someone came up with the wrong word in...
  • Obamacare Sends Iowa Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocketing

    10/10/2014 9:51:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    BigGovernment ^ | Oct. 9, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Thousands of Iowans are now facing double-digit health insurance premium hikes due to Obamacare. On Wednesday, the Des Moines Register reported that the state's insurance commissioner has approved Des Moines-based Wellmark to hike its rates between 11.9% and 14.5%. The premium spike will affect 19,000 Iowans. "That increase is for individual policyholders who have Affordable Care Act-compliant plans," reports the Register. CoOportunity, one of the main companies offering health insurance on the Obamacare exchange, will increase its rates 19%.
  • Obamacare Poised to Cause Insurance Cancellations, Networks Silent

    10/10/2014 1:05:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | October 10, 2014 | Joseph Rossell
    According to Fox News and several print media outlets tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people are about to be notified that their health insurance policies are being cancelled, thanks to Obamacare. That could mean bad news for liberals just weeks before 2014 midterm elections, except the broadcast networks have refused to report it. ABC, CBS and NBC news programs failed to mention the latest wave of policy cancellations as of Oct. 9. Plans that could not meet regulations mandated under the Affordable Care Act will no longer be granted a reprieve in thirteen states and the District...
  • Obama to Hide Obamacare Rates Till After Election Day

    10/09/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Oct 09, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    HealthCare.gov, the online portal where millions of Americans must by health insurance, will not display premiums for 2015 until after the 2014 elections ... Americans will not be able to find out if their health insurance premiums are going up "until the second week of November," which conveniently falls after Americans will go to the polls November 4th.
  • Obamacare: Nothing Short of a Disaster

    10/09/2014 1:12:45 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Robert E. Moffitt
    On November 15, open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges begins again. Before the second act of our national healthcare drama commences, let’s review what we’ve learned in Act I. For starters, everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged when it comes to setting up a website. But they’ve demonstrated the ability to dole out a huge amount of taxpayers’ money for millions of people signing up for Medicaid, a welfare program. And they’ve proved they can send hundreds of millions of federal taxpayers’ dollars to their bureaucratic counterparts in states, like Maryland and Oregon, that can’t manage their own...
  • More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare

    10/09/2014 4:05:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10-9-2014 | Jim Angle
    More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare in the coming weeks, affecting thousands of people just before the midterm elections. "It looks like several hundred thousand people across the country will receive notices in the coming days and weeks," said Jim Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The policies are being canceled because states that initially granted a reprieve at the request of President Obama are no longer willing to do so. In coming weeks, 13 states and the District of Columbia plan to cancel such policies, which generally...
  • How Walmart is showing that Obamacare is working

    10/08/2014 3:22:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 8, 2014 | By Paul Waldman
    Walmart announced today that as of the beginning of next year it will be dropping health insurance for 30,000 employees who work less than 30 hours per week. So why is this a good thing? It may involve some hassle for individual employees, as they’ll have to go to the exchange to figure out what plan to get. But most of those Walmart workers will likely come out ahead. Someone who’s earning $9 an hour working 30 hours a week at a Walmart would be making $13,500 a year. Depending on what their spouse makes and what state they’re in,...
  • Not a conspiracy anymore: The left cheers as employers scale back health coverage

    10/08/2014 1:50:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Even before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, its conservative critics warned of the perverse incentive contained within the law which could prompt employers to reduce the health benefits they offered to some of their employees. “Because of the magnitude of the new subsidies created by Congress, the economics become compelling for many employers to simply drop coverage and help their employees obtain replacement coverage through an exchange,” former Tennessee Gov. Philip Bredesen warned in a 2010 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. “Providing incentives for employers to dump their employees into the exchanges is simply shifting...
  • Walmart Announces Ambitious Goal: 'To Be The Number One Healthcare Provider In The Industry'

    10/06/2014 6:56:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 6, 2014 | Dan Diamond
    Walmart doesn’t settle for second place: The nation’s #1 retailer just said it wants to be the #1 health care provider in the retail industry, too. The company’s statement came on Monday, alongside an announcement about Walmart’s new health insurance initiative. Under Walmart’s new partnership with DirectHealth.com, about half of 4,300 Walmart’s stores will feature DirectHealth.com licensed agents, who will help consumers shop for health insurance and navigate Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. The program, known as Healthcare Begins Here, begins on Friday Oct. 10 and will run for two months. Not coincidentally, the Medicare open enrollment period begins next week,...
  • Different Kind of Death Panel: Access to Top Doctors and Hospitals is Dwindling Under Obamacare

    10/03/2014 8:26:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/3/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    Californians with health insurance obtained through the Obamacare exchange are continuing to find themselves being turned away when they seek out many top health care specialists and hospitals, according to the latest report in an ongoing investigation by the Los Angeles Times.The Obama Health Care exchange (called Covered California within the state) has the power to exclude insurance plans in the exchange based on rate increases. The problem is the plans often need to raise rates to ensure access to high-level life-saving care. Because plans are worried about being booted from doing business in the state exchanges, they have slashed...
  • Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015

    09/29/2014 7:44:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/29/2014 | By CHAD TERHUNE, SANDRA POINDEXTER, DOUG SMITH
    Finding a doctor who takes Obamacare coverage could be just as frustrating for Californians in 2015 as the health-law expansion enters its second year. The state's largest health insurers are sticking with their often-criticized narrow networks of doctors, and in some cases they are cutting the number of physicians even more, according to a Times analysis of company data. And the state's insurance exchange, Covered California, still has no comprehensive directory to help consumers match doctors with health plans. This comes as insurers prepare to enroll hundreds of thousands of new patients this fall and get 1.2 million Californians to...