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  • Will Obamacare Cost You Your Job?

    07/26/2014 4:46:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | July 26, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Why is our recovery from the Great Recession so sluggish and so slow? Economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways. As I wrote previously, the employer mandate to provide health insurance will cost almost $6 an hour for family coverage. This health minimum wage (on top of the money minimum wage) raises the cost of labor and will almost certainly discourage hiring. There are two ways that...
  • Colorado Obamacare Website Repeats ‘Lie of the Year’ Promising Patients Can Keep Healthcare

    07/19/2014 7:09:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 18, 2014 | Brad Richardson
    Much as Democrats would like to distance themselves from Obamacare, somehow the unpopular legislation keeps coming back to haunt them. On the official Colorado state website under healthcare, the discredited Obamacare talking point “If you like your plan, you can keep it” appears not once, but twice. ... As of January, nearly 340,000 Coloradans and more than five million people nationwide had lost their health insurance because of President Barack Obama’s signature law. The claim was popularized by the president in 2009 and rated the “Lie of the Year” by the left-leaning PolitiFact, and the Washington Post gave it one...
  • The White House Is Bribing Health Insurance Companies

    07/17/2014 8:50:52 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/14/14 | Avik Roy
    Want to know what’s happening with Obamacare? Good luck finding out. The White House recently adopted a new approach for updating Americans on the country’s most consequential law. I call it the “needle in a haystack” method: Bury the announcement in hundreds of pages of regulations and hope no one finds it. The White House tried a test run several weeks ago. Hidden in the midst of a 436 page regulatory update, and written in pure bureaucratese, the Department of Health and Human Services asked that insurance companies limit the looming premium increases for 2015 health plans. But don’t worry,...
  • S.2578 -- Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014

    07/15/2014 8:45:09 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 10 replies ^ | 07/14/2014 | US Senate
    This is the Senate bill to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision: S.2578 -- Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014 (Placed on Calendar Senate - PCS) S 2578 PCS Calendar No. 459 113th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2578 To ensure that employers cannot interfere in their employees' birth control and other health care decisions. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES July 9, 2014 Mrs. MURRAY (for herself, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. BENNET, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. BOOKER, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. BROWN, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. DURBIN, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. FRANKEN, Mrs. GILLIBRAND,...
  • VANITY--Another GOOD Reason Never to Start a Family in New York State

    Coverage Expansion Through Age 29 Who is eligible? In order to participate, the “Age 29” law requires the coverage, the young adult’s parent, and the young adult to meet certain requirements. The Coverage The coverage must: Be a group or group remittance health insurance policy that includes coverage for dependents; Be issued in New York State and subject to New York State laws; and Be fully insured (this benefit does not apply to self-funded plans). Please contact your employer, employee benefits administrator or insurance company to find out what state laws apply to the policy and if your coverage is...
  • Colorado unveils Obamacare tax to boost struggling state exchange

    06/12/2014 6:03:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Colorado will begin charging an Obamacare tax next month on all health insurance policies — even those obtained through private employers — to help prop up the state’s struggling health care exchange. ... Republicans have called the Obamacare tax unconstitutional, given that the state’s constitution requires voters to approve any tax increases, but exchange managers insist it’s a fee, not a tax.
  • EDITORIAL: Obamacare’s October surprises

    06/08/2014 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | Washington Times Editorial
    In Vermont, the rate increases announced Monday range from 9.8 percent to 18.3 percent. Kentuckians will pay up to 17 percent more in 2015, and in Virginia rates will rise as much as 22 percent. These increases are the direct result of the Obamacare scheme to make health care “more affordable,” and the increases could have a considerable impact on the November congressional elections. The state-by-state drip, drip, drip of bad news for Democratic candidates can be good news for the rest of us if it encourages voters to shake up Washington. The shake-up starts with getting the government out...
  • How Much Does Basic Health Insurance Cost Around The World?

    05/14/2014 8:50:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/14/2014 | Tyler Durden
    How does one define most basic health insurance? If one is Deutsche Bank, as follows: "Health insurance annual premium is for a basic policy for a local resident between 25-35 years. Since the definition of a standard package varies between countries, we have tried to stick to an insurance policy which covers inpatient events and no extra covers like dental, etc.... The data has been sourced mainly from local providers of heath insurances, reports of organizations engaged in research of health care and news clippings."And how much does "most basic health insurance" cost around the world? According to Deutsche...
  • Obamacare website back end still not fixed

    05/08/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 7, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    So how can numbers coming from the Obama admin be reliable?That was the testimony today from insurance company executives, on the “back end” of the Obamacare website. That’s the part of the website which transmits data to and from insurance companies. It’s the part the public never sees, but it is critical to the operation of the system as to payments, enrollments, and other data. Via Capitol Cities Project: During a hearing on Capitol Hill today, insurance companies unanimously said that the Obamacare website is still not fixed. “One final question for all the panelists: Is the website fixed?,” asks...
  • Why Is ObamaCare a Rube Goldberg Contraption?

    04/26/2014 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | April 26, 2014 | John C. Goldman
    Have you ever wondered why ObamaCare is burdened with so much complexity? Here's the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself. He campaigned on the promise that he would put partisanship aside and unite the country behind sensible answers to pressing problems. Then he didn't. How could that possibly have worked in health care? Easy. Obama could have adopted the approach taken by his 2008 opponent, John McCain. In fact we now know that Zeke Emanuel and others on the White House staff were urging him to do just that. Also, before he became the president's chief economic adviser,...

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • Health Premiums Skyrocketing Under Obamacare

    04/08/2014 7:40:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 4/8/2014 | Melanie Batley
    The United States has seen the sharpest increase in health insurance premiums in the last year than possibly ever, a new survey has found, and analysts have concluded the "increases are largely due to changes under the Affordable Care Act." According to Forbes Magazine, a quarterly survey by investment bank Morgan Stanley of 148 brokers who sell insurance showed that premiums accelerated in the last quarter more than of any of the 12 prior quarterly periods, a peak which has coincided with the run-up to the Obamacare deadline.
  • ObamaCare makes it more difficult to buy insurance year-round

    04/04/2014 4:17:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 04, 2014
    Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn't sign up during the government's open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it's already too late. With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for and the state marketplaces. They...
  • Is ObamaCare a Success?

    04/02/2014 12:46:30 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 15 replies ^ | April 2, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    With the March 31st deadline now passed for ObamaCare, it seems that the Obama administration is in full gloat mode. They say that 7 million people have signed up for ObamaCare and that despite a rocky start, the program is a success. President Obama gave a speech in the Rose Garden today, saying, "The law is doing what it's supposed to do. It's working." So is President Obama correct in that ObamaCare is a success? The answer depends upon your viewpoint. If you're Obama or one of his progressive liberal cronies, then ObamaCare is a success. The Affordable Care Act...
  • Hearing-impaired Californians signing up for health insurance sent to 'hot ladies' hotline

    04/02/2014 4:46:33 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies
    upi ^ | April 1, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Some hearing-impaired California residents attempting to sign up for health insurance through the Covered California website prior to Monday’s deadline got a surprise -- and it wasn’t just long wait times. A page on the site allowing users to compare coverage costs listed a TTY phone number for the hearing-impaired, 1-888-899-4500, which was just one digit off from the correct “Contact Us” number. The incorrect number is for a hotline that offers up “hot ladies” instead of health insurance. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one now. Guys, hot ladies...
  • How many “new” Obamacare exchange enrollees were previously uninsured?

    03/31/2014 12:31:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/31/2014 | Guy Benson
    Health care expert Bob Laszewski explains why the answer to this simple question should be the decisive factor in determining the relative success or failure of Obamacare: Are enough people getting coverage who didn’t have it before to justify the sacrifices the people who were already covered––in the individual, small group, and large employer market––are making or will make? I will suggest the country will never really be able to judge how good or how bad Obamacare is until that question is answered…It’s easy to answer this question. We only need ask the carriers for two numbers: The number of...
  • Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

    03/27/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 100 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Rob Garver
    The problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be masking another major change in the way health care is delivered to U.S. consumers, experts believe. At a conference in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business. Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in the state of New York, said that starting next year, Mt. Sinai will begin...
  • Maybe the 'uninsured' want to stay 'uninsured': Why did we pass this law again?

    03/27/2014 6:52:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/27/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    The Obama administration just changed the ACA again, as reported by Fox News: "The Obama administration will grant extra time to Americans who say they are unable to enroll in health care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline, in a decision that swiftly drew Republican ridicule.   All consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on, but who do not finish by Monday, will now have until about mid-April to ask for an extension."  Will it matter?  Probably not! The ACA has a bigger problem than "computer glitches" or "high deductibles," In other words, the...
  • Jerk of the Week - American Medical Association

    03/23/2014 3:17:53 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 13 replies ^ | March 23, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    That time of the week has come again where we sift through the debris of the preceding week and find out which person or group has been acting against the American people. Sometimes these entities are cloaked in the aura of righteousness, but they can mostly be described as hypocrites or opportunists. Our Jerk of the Week this time is a surprising choice is it is a group that represents an occupation that most Americans greatly respect and admire: doctors. Recently, the American Medical Association began to whine about an obscure rule in ObamaCare that could cost medical practitioners a...
  • ObamaCare Mess Continues to Pile Up

    03/21/2014 4:55:12 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 10 replies ^ | March 21, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Contrary to the thoughts of liberals, the ObamaCare mess continues to pile up. Every measurable yardstick that would spell failure in the private sector is being touted as a success in the pubic sector. If any business acted in the manner that the federal government has, they would be sued mightily and face prison time. Since it's only taxpayer dollars being wasted and our liberties curtailed, then it's just the new normal as the mainstream media turns a blind eye to what Obama and his cronies have been doing. One of the key cons of the ObamaCare mess is that...
  • Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all

    03/14/2014 7:58:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Voters in November might be ready to show Democrats what they think about removing choice and hiking costs, as well as their arrogance in determining that a few politicians in Washington know better about their choices than they do. Unfortunately, Barack Obama doesn’t appear to have figured out this problem. In an interview with WebMD, Obama finally acknowledged that, contra his promise, people might not be able to keep the doctors they liked, but that they probably shouldn’t have liked those doctors in the first place:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “For the average person, many folks who don’t have...
  • Finding a way around Obamacare: Medi-Share a Christian healthcare insurance plan

    03/11/2014 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/11/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The genuine “can do” spirit of America is far more powerful and long lasting than the empty mantra “yes we can.” The cheap knock off slogan coined by political hucksters will ultimately be swept aside as America wakes from the Barack Obama nightmare. One sign of Americans’ “can do” response to the man who fancies himself as our king is the growing enrollment in Medi-Share, a Christian alternative to Obamacare. Built on the simple truths that people need health care insurance and that Obamacare is not health care insurance but a devious scheme to entice us to trade our freedom...
  • Only one in ten uninsured enrolled in Obamacare: Survey

    03/07/2014 6:50:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/07/2014 | Rick Moran
    According to two new surveys published yesterday, uninsured Americans are staying away from Obamacare in droves. The people the law was supposed to help the most, are voting with their pocketbooks and not signing up. One survey by McKinsey & Co. shows that just one in ten uninsured Americans have signed up so far for Obamacare. Another survey by the Urban Institute shows that the uninsured are not signing up because they don't believe they can afford it. Washington Post: “If there is one point to the law, it is to lower the number of uninsured,” said Larry Levitt, a...
  • 5 Brutal Obamacare Facts From CBO’s Latest Economic Report

    02/24/2014 8:58:17 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | February 04, 2014 | Sean Davis
    1) Obamacare Will Destroy 2.5 Million Jobs By 2024 ... 2) In 2024, There Will Still Be 31 Million People In The U.S. Without Health Insurance ... 3) Surprise! Millions Of People Who Liked Their Health Plan Will Lose Their Health Plan ... 5) Your Paycheck Will Be Smaller Thanks To Obamacare
  • Study: Uninsured Patients Get Better Care Than Insured

    02/21/2014 7:18:21 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    CBS DC ^ | February 20, 2014 | Dr. M. Kit Delgado
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – According to a recent study, severely injured patients are less likely to be transferred to a trauma center if they have health insurance.
  • GarCo residents face highest rate for Obamacare ( Colorado )

    02/23/2014 7:57:35 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 22, 2014 | Dennis Webb
    New Castle resident and business owner David Fitzsimmons used to pay $672 a month for health insurance for him and his family. This year, with the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act that has resulted in the country’s highest rates being charged in Garfield County, he faced a minimum premium of $942 a month. “The insurance rates, frankly, it just comes down to a decision for me and my family, whether we have a roof over our heads or whether we have health insurance. The obvious answer is that we have a roof over heads,” he said Friday during...
  • ObamaCare “Enrollment Event” draws ZERO people in Illinois

    02/13/2014 10:08:43 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/13/14 | Doug Book
    One of many ObamaCare enrollment events was held in Boone County, Illinois this week. Targeted were the young, whose participation is absolutely necessary if Barack Obama’s “healthcare” fraud is to have any chance of viability. And as has become an all too familiar pattern at such taxpayer funded events, more media people were in attendance than enrollees of ANY age! HHS head Kathleen Sebelius maintains over 3 million Americans are now enrolled in ObamaCare. Of course, she also claims to have...
  • Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25%

    01/31/2014 7:04:07 AM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%. These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people — unless California regulators persuade the state's largest for-profit health insurer to back down. Amid the fury last fall over canceled health policies, consumer advocates and state officials warned people that holding onto grandfathered policies purchased before the federal healthcare law was enacted in 2010 wouldn't shield them from significant rate hikes.
  • Must-Read Memo on GOP Health Proposal

    01/27/2014 10:27:09 AM PST · by Solson · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1-27-2014 | william kristol
    2017 Project executive director (and frequent TWS contributor) Jeff Anderson has an important memo outlining the new health care reform proposal from three senior Republican senators that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with legislation that "beats Obamacare in every particular" and would also "address many of the most serious shortcomings of the pre-Obamacare status quo." You can read Anderson's memo in full, below. There's been a lot of talk in magazines and from think tanks about a "conservative reform agenda"—and some laments as to the slowness of GOP elected officials to champion such an agenda. This proposal could mark...
  • Obamacare's Dismal California Numbers

    01/27/2014 6:57:45 AM PST · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | John McCaormack
    900,000 Californians lost their health plans by January 1; only 500,000 signed up on the Obamacare exchange. Health care industry expert Bob Laszewski points out that that means at least 330,000 of the 500,000 people who signed up for Obamacare already had health insurance. "If you want to know how many uninsured bought it, subtract by at least" 330,000, Laszewski told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
  • Why Is The Public Being Stonewalled On Serious ObamaCare Fixes?

    01/27/2014 2:33:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2014 | Scott W. Atlas, M.D.
    ...Obama and his supporters in Congress spent a great deal of time and energy justifying the urgency of passing health care reform. The purported basis for passing the Affordable Care Act into law was to increase access and affordability of health care, mainly by increasing the number of insured people.After being heralded by his supporters and being firmly assigned the title as “the signature legislative achievement” of the Obama presidency,the law’s major provisions have finally begun. But in direct contrast to what one would rightfully expect from such a supposedly grand accomplishment,we see a strongly negative reaction from the American...
  • Don't Let Insurers Shift Risk to Taxpayers

    01/25/2014 8:03:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | January 25, 2014 | Phil Kerpen
    The big health insurance companies played a high-stakes double game throughout the 2009 health care fight, funding attacks on the so-called public option – an explicitly government-run competitor – while otherwise supporting the central elements of the bill that ultimately passed: vast taxpayer-funded subsidies flowing to their potential customers and a mandate requiring every American to buy their products. Yet the law is becoming such a disaster that the insurers stand to take losses in the new exchanges – losses that will largely be passed on to taxpayers under a provision called Risk Corridors. Risk Corridors are a de facto...
  • Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare

    01/21/2014 8:06:49 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies ^ | January 20, 2014 | BEN KAMISAR
    WASHINGTON — Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tyler Republican gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive. “Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey...
  • The NHS: Dogma vs. Experience

    01/16/2014 6:40:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 16, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- While the Obama administration offers life support to its Affordable Care Act, in the UK a growing number of people are asking whether it's time to pull the plug on the National Health Service (NHS), which is in critical condition. For many years the UK media have carried stories that not only bode ill for the future of government-run health care, but also continue to serve as a "code blue" warning to the U.S. as to what might be in our future if we decide to go down that road. Writing in The Daily Telegraph under...
  • Will IRS bully people to sign up for Obamacare?

    01/14/2014 2:23:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 13, 2014 | Byron York
    The individual mandate, Obamacare's requirement that all Americans have health insurance that includes "minimum essential coverage," has been in effect for two weeks now. No one has noticed because nothing has happened. But it will. The mandate is the heart of Obamacare; without it, supporters believe, the system won't work. So the Obama administration hopes millions of Americans will voluntarily comply with the mandate and purchase government-approved coverage. If they don't do it voluntarily, they'll be punished. Starting next year, the government will collect a penalty — the administration calls it a "shared responsibility payment" — from Americans who don't...
  • Help! I can't use my Obamacare benefits

    01/12/2014 11:26:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 12, 2014 | Tami Luhbi
    Many folks who signed up for coverage through the state and federal exchanges are running into roadblocks now that they are trying to use their new benefits. And though exchange officials and insurers have urged consumers to call their insurers if they encounter problems, many say they either wait endlessly on hold or get the runaround. Patterson's journey started New Year's Day, when she landed in the emergency room for a stomach ailment. The Independence policy number she received didn't work and the hospital required her to sign a form saying she would pay for care herself, though it agreed...
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield: If Republicans kill a bailout for insurers, it’ll lead to single-payer

    01/11/2014 4:37:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2014 | AllahPundit
    They’re nervous. “We are becoming increasingly concerned about momentum that is quickly building among some leading conservatives for elimination of the risk corridor and reinsurance programs,” [Blue Cross Blue Shield Association CEO Scott] Serota wrote…“Their efforts, along with growing support for repealing the risk corridor and reinsurance programs, could combine to create a perfect storm to, at a minimum, dissuade the Administration from modifying risk corridor program rules to provide increased funding in light of the recent ‘transitional policy’ allowing insurers to offer consumers the option to renew their 2013 health plans for 2014,” Serota wrote.In attached talking points, seemingly...
  • Restaurant owner sells business to pay brain tumour surgery bill for his teenage waitress

    01/10/2014 4:45:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 99 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Rebecca Pocklington
    Brittany Mathis can't afford the operation because she doesn't have health insurance, so her boss Michael De Beyer is selling his Texas eatery Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with the small tumour in December but can't afford surgery to remove it because she doesn't have health insurance. Manager and boss Michael De Beyer has offered to sell his Kaiserhof Restaurant in Montgomery, Texas, which he has run for 17 years, to help his employee out.
  • Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare

    01/09/2014 6:30:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | January 9, 2014 | Anne Schieber
    BAY CITY — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to help families with pre-existing conditions, not hurt them. But that has not been the case for the Davert family. Their health insurance bill has gone up 300 percent and the family is looking at taking out loans and returning to work while on disability to pay the increased costs. The Davert's experience with Obamacare is not just frustrating, it could be dangerous given the medical issues and special needs of the family. "We have such a unique family and we've overcome many obstacles," said Ken Davert, who has cerebral palsy....
  • Sen. Udall Pressured Insurance Division to Revise Cancellation Numbers Due to Obamacare

    01/09/2014 5:43:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Colorado Speaks ^ | January 8, 2014
    As first reported by Todd Shepherd at Complete Colorado, liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall and his staff pressured the Colorado Division of Insurance to revise the number of Coloradans whose insurance policies were canceled as a result of Obamacare. From Shepherd’s report: “At the height of controversy surrounding President Obama’s promises on the federal health care overhaul, U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s office worked assiduously to revise press accounts that 249,000 Coloradans received health care cancellation notices. Because the 249,000 figure was produced inside the Colorado Division of Insurance, Udall’s office lobbied that agency to revise the figure, or revise their...
  • Obamacare: Hundreds of thousands of Californians finally get health insurance

    01/04/2014 7:40:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 68 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 01/03/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    The last time John Nunnemacher had health insurance was 15 years ago, when his employer paid for his coverage. Since then, the freelance graphic artist hasn't been able to afford a policy. Luckily, he didn't get seriously ill or have a bad accident -- which could have left the San Jose man bankrupt. But as of New Year's Day, the 43-year-old Nunnemacher was once again insured. Nearly four years after Congress passed a controversial health care law, tens of thousands of Californians like Nunnemacher can now see a doctor without begging for charity care.
  • Connecticut insurers ordered to provide sex-change coverage

    01/01/2014 5:55:10 PM PST · by Salman · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Any health insurer providing coverage in Connecticut will now have to include sex-change surgery and hormone therapy in their plans, as ordered by the state insurance department. The Hartford Courant reported that the state agency sent out a notice to insurance companies, ordering that “individuals with gender dysphoria … are not denied access to medically necessary care because of the individuals’ gender identity or gender expression.” Now state officials are advancing on that notice with active campaigns. Deputy insurance commissioner Anne Melissa Dowling told the Courant that the state wanted to “go out and affirmatively make [the policy] very clear.”...
  • Barack Obama's Presidency Is A Complete Failure By His Own, Self-Imposed Standards

    12/31/2013 6:23:49 PM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 31, 2013 | Peter Ferrara
    At the end of 2013, after serving five years, Barack Obama is a complete failure as President, by his own standards, as reflected in his own words. How many times has President Obama told us that he is “fighting for the middle class”? But real median family income has been in a continuous downward spiral since he became President, actually falling more since the recession ended in the summer of 2009 according to the National Bureau of Economic Research than during the recession. That has added up by now to the middle class losing a month’s pay a year under...
  • Consumers Beware: Not All Health Plans Cover A Doctor's Visit Before The Deductible Is Met

    12/27/2013 7:36:44 AM PST · by Innovative · 51 replies
    Kaiser Health News & NBC News ^ | Dec 23, 2013 | Julie Appleby
    If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the health law’s marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise. Some plans will not pay for a doctor visit before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars. This could be the next shoe to drop, as people don't realize that if they're buying a bronze plan, they may have to pay $5,000 out of pocket before it contributes a penny," said Carl McDonald, senior analyst with Citi Investment Research, speaking at a Washington, D.C., conference last month. Plans that list a price for...
  • Vanity: What were the rules for employers before Obamacare?

    12/26/2013 6:03:04 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 34 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 26, 2013 | BillyBonebrake
    During our family gathering yesterday my father-in-law (who is an labor arbitrator in a blue state) told me employers of 50+ full timers have always been required to offer health insurance. He essentially said the ACA's employer mandate is nothing new. I was flabbergasted and told him I thought he was wrong. He got HOT quick. So I dropped it. But its something I would like to verify and haven't been able to find anything. The subject is a big one for me because my 35-40 hours a week as a part time EMT will soon be cut down to...
  • ObamaCare: Older Workers Could Pay 25% Of Income

    12/26/2013 6:38:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | JED GRAHAM
    A primary rationale of ObamaCare's insurance reforms limiting age-rating and precluding pricing based on health status has been to ensure that people will be able to afford health coverage when they need it most. An IBD analysis finds that middle-class households in their late 50s and early 60s could spend 25% or more of their income on health care — before their deductible is exhausted and ObamaCare's benefits kick in. Covered California's shop-and-compare tool shows that a 58-year-old couple in Los Angeles County with $65,000 in income buying a bronze plan would have to spend $19,400, including $9,400 in premiums...
  • What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels

    12/25/2013 3:15:11 PM PST · by Innovative · 72 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 25, 2013 | John H. Cochrane
    The unraveling of the Affordable Care Act presents a historic opportunity for change. Its proponents call it "settled law," but as Prohibition taught us, not even a constitutional amendment is settled law—if it is dysfunctional enough, and if Americans can see a clear alternative. There is an alternative. A much freer market in health care and health insurance can work, can deliver high quality, technically innovative care at much lower cost, and solve the pathologies of the pre-existing system.
  • "Best" states to buy insurance in?

    12/23/2013 12:23:03 PM PST · by heartwood · 24 replies
    12/23/13 | self
    One week ago, we got a letter from NJ Horizon BCBS saying our current plan qualified under the Affordable Care Act. Today, we got a letter saying they were discontinuing our plan in April. Their "Bronze" Plan substitute , not covering our oldest two children, would cost 50% more, or 17K per year, and requires a 50% copay for specialists, and a 50% copay on drugs (the old plan didn't cover drugs.) We can't afford it. We barely can afford the old one. And I guess "Bronze" means "Lose your home and go bankrupt if you get cancer, but, hey,...
  • Krauthammer: Insurance Companies Ruined By ObamaCare Will Need a Bailout Next Year

    12/22/2013 9:22:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Krauthammer: Insurance Companies Ruined By ObamaCare Will Need a Bailout Next Year By Noel Sheppard Created 12/22/2013 - 12:00pm Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made a dire prediction Sunday. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Krauthammer said that all the exemptions the President has given to ObamaCare will ruin insurance companies thereby necessitating the White House to ask for a huge government bailout of these companies next year that Republicans in Congress should prevent (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I want to go back to this point that George was talking about, because the President in his news...
  • ObamaCare ad reveals infantile assumptions

    12/21/2013 12:41:09 PM PST · by Innovative · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec 21, 2013 | Rich Lowry
    Pajama Boy’s place in Internet infamy was secured as soon as the insufferable man-child was tweeted out by Organizing for America. The vision of the Obama Democrats, distilled to its essence, is of a direct relationship between the state and the individual without the mediating institutions of family, church and community that are an inherent check on government power. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote long ago of the infantilizing tendency of all-encompassing government. “It would be like the authority of a parent,” he wrote in a famous passage, “if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but...