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  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • CBO: ObamaCare repeal bill would reduce deficits by half a trillion dollars over 10 years

    01/05/2016 7:18:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | January 5, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Plenty of Americans choose to reject ObamaCare to save themselves a boatload of money. Republicans in Congress believe the US budget should have that choice, and the CBO agrees with them that it would work, too. Their latest analysis of a bill that would repeal the major components of ObamaCare through the reconciliation process concludes that it would reduce federal deficit spending by $516 billion over the first ten years: Legislation to gut most of ObamaCare’s mandates and taxes, known as Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the...
  • Group Says ACA Individual Mandate Tax is Illegal Because it Was Introduced in

    11/15/2015 12:34:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | November 15, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Constitution's Origination Clause requires that any tax-raising bill needs to be introduced in the House of Representatives. It is this text that gives the Pacific Legal Foundation a justifiable case against Obamacare's individual mandate tax on Americans that don't purchase health insurance, which was introduced in the Senate. In Sissel v.U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, PLF is representing Iowa small business owner and former Iraq combat medic Matt Sissel to challenge the constitutionality of the tax.From an appeal PLF filed in October: "The Origination Clause [in Article I] was designed to ensure as much democratic control as...
  • ObamaCare's Brutal Individual Mandate Test Begins

    11/08/2015 6:39:41 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/06/2015 | JED GRAHAM
    The just-started enrollment period for ObamaCare exchange plans in 2016 is likely to yield one of two dismal outcomes. In the first, enrollment soars as people sign up in droves for the cheapest plan available to avoid the individual mandate tax penalty, whose minimum bite will spike from $325 to $695. Although the law's strongest backers might celebrate this, it's not clear why: Millions of modest-income individuals who opt for bronze would get policies with deductibles as high as $6,850. Yet the Obama administration's own analysis reveals that among those still uninsured, 80% have less than $1,000 in savings. Thus,...
  • Obama’s New Individual Mandate

    03/19/2015 8:46:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-19-2015 | MOTUS
    Elections have consequences, just ask BO if you don’t believe me. So far, Israel’s election has had these consequences: Bibi has officially been unfriended by Barry. – New York TimesBig Guy is seriously considering taking his toys and going home. PoliticoFormer Obama campaign chairman and presidential advisor, David Axelrod, accused Bibi of “shameful demagoguery.” (this, from a man, as Mary Katharine Ham pointed out, “ran a campaign that accused Mitt Romney of giving a woman cancer, blessing scurrilous charges of tax evasion, and darkly warning Ohio voters that Obama’s opponent wasn’t ‘one of us.’” – PowerlineIran’s nuclear arms for peace...
  • Will Only Suckers Pay The ObamaCare Tax Penalty?

    02/26/2015 4:55:06 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/25/2015 | John Merline
    This year, as many as 6 million taxpayers will learn that they now owe a "Shared Responsibility Payment" because they didn't have health insurance last year. How many will actually pay is anyone's guess.
  • When One [Obamacare] Penalty Is Enough (NYT alert)

    02/19/2015 7:36:42 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2015
    Millions of Americans may be in for a shock when they file tax returns and learn that they have to pay a fine for failing to enroll in health insurance in 2014 and an even bigger fine for failing to enroll in 2015 before the enrollment period ended on Feb. 15. While there is nothing they can do to avoid the 2014 fine, which must be paid this year, they could avoid the 2015 fine, payable next year, if the Obama administration allowed them more time to enroll. The government should open a special enrollment period that lasts beyond April...
  • Democrats Keep Running Away From ObamaCare

    02/18/2015 4:29:36 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/17/2015 | IBD Staff
    Hypocrisy: If ObamaCare is so great, why do Democrats repeatedly try to hide its more unpleasant features? The latest example is their desperate effort to grant still more exemptions to the law's individual mandate.
  • White House Unaware That 6 Million Americans Will Pay Obamacare Tax This Year

    02/03/2015 1:40:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies ^ | February 3, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest described reports that millions of Americans would be getting tax bill because of Obamacare as "inaccurate" just days after the Treasury Department estimated that 6 million Americans will pay about $2 billion in individual mandate taxes this year."I don't think it is accurate to suggest that millions of people are going to get a tax bill as a result of this," Earnest said in response to a question Tuesday about the millions of Americans who will pay a tax penalty for not having health insurance in 2014. "The vast majority of Americans, more than three-quarters of Americans,...
  • The ObamaCare Tax Hidden in Plain Sight

    12/09/2014 6:35:06 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/8/2014 | John Merline
    ObamaCare's individual mandate penalties were supposed to encourage people to buy insurance. But it turns out that the penalties amount to a regressive tax that hits lower-income families the hardest. That's the conclusion of the Minnesota-based Citizen's Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), which found that low-income couples who don't buy an ObamaCare plan will end up paying a far greater share of their income in penalties than those making twice as much.
  • How To Stop Obamacare: The Will of The People

    11/06/2014 4:37:58 PM PST · by xuberalles · 7 replies
    Self | 11/06/14 | Me
    Obamacare was never created to give people quality and affordable healthcare; it was designed to create a single payer system, socialized medicine, allowing government complete access to and control of your life! And if that's not offensive to each and every American, your freedoms, what is? The reason Obama refuses to drop the individual mandate is because he knows a huge majority of Americans will not want Obamacare if given the choice. Why? Because it's complete and unadulterated crap! They pick and choose your doctors, your premiums are anything but affordable and death panels will decide if your loved ones...
  • McConnell unveils plan to dismantle ObamaCare

    11/06/2014 10:50:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 157 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-6-14 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is planning to make ObamaCare a priority in his first weeks as leader of the Senate, vowing a sustained effort to dismantle the law piece-by-piece. Instead of a full repeal, McConnell said the GOP will tackle unpopular aspects of the law such as the individual mandate, the medical device tax and the 30-hour workweek requiring employers to provide insurance. “These are the kinds of things that I believe there is a bipartisan majority in the Senate to approve,” he said in the interview with Time magazine published Wednesday. The only other priority he listed was the...
  • Circuits Split on Availability of ACA Exchange Subsidies

    07/22/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 7-22-14 | Sean Riley
    This morning, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a 2012 IRS rule allowing tax subsidies in federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Within hours, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a contrary ruling in a similar, but separate, case, allowing exchange subsidies in both state-based and federal exchanges. Though both decisions are still subject to further review and will have no immediate impact, such “circuit splits” are often considered strong evidence that a case will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme...
  • 87% Of Uninsured Can Avoid ObamaCare Mandate Tax: CBO

    06/06/2014 4:00:49 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/05/2014 | John Merline
    Almost none of the uninsured will end up paying the ObamaCare mandate penalty, according to an updated analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, which found that 87% will be able to claim an exemption. That exemption rate is higher than the CBO had previously thought, which not only blows a hole in its budget forecast for the law, but also increases the odds of an insurance industry "death spiral." According to the CBO's latest estimate, out of the 30 million people who will still be uninsured in 2016, just 4 million will end up paying any tax penalty, despite the...
  • HHS effectively delays individual mandate by another month

    05/03/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/03/2014 | Gabriel Malor
    Another day, another Obamacare delay. HHS issued new, er, guidance late yesterday afternoon about how the health care law’s individual mandate will be enforced on those who did not purchase insurance on time. In short, for those who managed to buy insurance by May 1, it won’t be enforced at all. This is the third postponement of the individual mandate.The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein explains: Starting in 2014, individuals who did not purchase government approved insurance were supposed to be subject to a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of taxable income. Under the original sequence of events, individuals would...
  • Was John Roberts’ ObamaCare ruling a curse or a blessing for Republicans?

    04/23/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/23/14 | Doug Book
    Though Coach is Right published this piece in early January, the subject matter may be even more pertinent today as countless doctors refuse to treat ObamaCare patients, hospitals deny them admittance and the negative impact of the law has moved from talking point to reality. When Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Supreme Court’s Marxist bloc in ruling the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate constitutional, stunned conservatives immediately accused him of committing an “act of judicial cowardice.” “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” wrote the supremely hypocritical Roberts as...
  • The Individual Mandate Goes Poof

    03/27/2014 8:38:14 AM PDT · by safetysign · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/27/2014 | Abby McCloskey and Tom Miller
    One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed. When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31, the last remaining big myth of ObamaCare will be fully exposed: The individual mandate has failed. After a last-ditch effort with President Obama himself encouraging "young invincibles" to sign up before the deadline, the administration is scrambling to boost enrollment. On Tuesday, the White House announced that people who applied for coverage on the federal health-insurance exchange will have until mid-April to finish the paperwork. The mandate was supposed to be the administration's magical elixir for the...
  • (Exempt) White House: No Obamacare Individual Mandate Delay

    03/16/2014 1:01:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Joseph Straw
    The White House will not delay the “individual mandate” at the core of Obamacare, a top Administration official said Sunday. “That will not happen,” top White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, amid Republican calls for a delay of the requirement that Americans have health insurance by March 31 or incur a fine assessed with their 2013 tax return. The original deadline, Feb. 15, was extended amid the disastrous rollout of the administrations website for policy shopping, The administration has already delayed the law’s employer coverage requirements.
  • You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance

    03/12/2014 3:11:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | 03/12/2014 | Julie Rovner
    2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty. But most people who are aware of the penalty think it's pretty small, at least for this first year. And that could turn into an expensive mistake. "I'd say the vast majority of people I've dealt with really believe that the penalty is only $95, if they know about it at all," says Brian Haile, senior vice president for health policy at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. "And when people find out, they're stunned. It's much, much higher than they would expect."...
  • ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption (IMPORTANT TAX EXEMPTION FOR ALL FREEPERS)

    03/12/2014 7:58:51 PM PDT · by catnipman · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/12/2014 | Staff
    .... But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable." This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person's belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that "you experienced another...
  • Administration adds hardship exemption to ObamaCare's individual mandate

    03/14/2014 1:55:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/13/2014 | JC Sevcik
    Health and Human service released a seven page bulletin Wednesday announcing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's decision to extend the transitional policy of the Affordable Care Act by two years, to Oct. 1, 2016. Effectively, this makes the individual mandate -- the requirement that all individuals purchase insurance by the end of March or face a tax penalty -- considered by many to be the backbone of the Affordable Care Act, an option one can opt out of rather than a requirement. The transitional policy allows for hardship exemption from the tax penalty if an individual can’t afford...
  • Obama Just Guaranteed ObamaCare's Failure

    03/13/2014 12:42:47 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Businss Daily ^ | 03/12/2014 | IBD Staff
    Death Blow: Almost two years ago, President Obama's solicitor general told the Supreme Court that without the individual mandate, ObamaCare would fail. But after winning that victory, the administration itself has effectively killed the mandate. In his oral arguments before the court, Donald Verrilli made it abundantly clear that, without the individual mandate, ObamaCare would "make matters worse, not better." As he told the justices, the "guaranteed issue" and "community rating" regulations at the heart of ObamaCare won't work if you let the young and healthy choose not to buy insurance.
  • Oh, and by the way: Obama just quietly suspended ObamaCare’s individual mandate until 2016

    03/12/2014 12:13:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    He forgot to mention it. Minor oversight, could have happened to anybody.The mandate, remember, has already been suspended this year for people who had their old insurance canceled and who now regard it as a “hardship” to purchase insurance on the supposedly affordable Affordable Care Act exchanges. For them, as Ezra Klein put it at the time, “ObamaCare itself is the hardship.” But there’s an obvious problem with that scheme: The “hardship” exemption applies only to people who used to have insurance, and it applies only for this enrollment period. The mandate penalty would continue to bite people who...
  • GOP seeking 5-year mandate delay

    03/12/2014 10:08:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans are considering a bill this week that delays the enforcement of ObamaCare's individual mandate penalties for five years, and uses the savings to prevent a cut in Medicare doctor payments for 10 years. The two ideas are likely to be combined into a single bill: the Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, H.R. 4015. That bill repeals cuts to physician payments, and allows for small increases over 10 years.
  • Useful info!!!- ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption repeals the individual mandate two years

    03/12/2014 5:50:36 AM PDT · by dennisw · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 11, 2014 7:15 p.m. ET
    ObamaCare's Exemption HHS quietly repeals the individual purchase rule for two more years. But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable." This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person's belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. People can also...
  • Sebelius says mandate won't be delayed (Oops!!!!)

    03/12/2014 9:17:24 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Obama administration will not delay ObamaCare's individual mandate or the March 31 deadline for enrolling in the new healthcare law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.Sebelius offered the assurance during testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, where Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) noted the administration has made dozens of other changes or delays to the law. ADVERTISEMENT Given problems caused by ObamaCare's faulty website last year, Brady asked Sebelius directly if delays to the individual mandate or enrollment deadline were next.“No sir,” Sebelius responded on both counts.
  • The Insiders: Get ready for the Obamacare ‘Big Punt’ (Individual mandate collapse)

    03/06/2014 5:27:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/06/14 | Ed Rogers
    **SNIP** The distraction of Ukraine and the media’s numbness to the stream of Obamacare travails is providing time and a smokescreen for Obama to prepare a big announcement for after March 31, 2014: The BIG PUNT, i.e. a delay in the individual mandate. The White House and their Democratic allies must realize that they are on a trajectory to lose the Senate in 2014 and are likely coming to terms with the idea that delaying the individual mandate is one way to attempt to change that path. Look for the president to bite the bullet and give in to the...
  • House to Vote on Making Fine for Disobeying Obamacare Individual Mandate $0

    03/05/2014 10:41:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    TWS ^ | March 5, 2014 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Wednesday to reduce the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate this year to $0. It will be interesting to see how Democrats in both the House and Senate react. President Obama has plainly violated the law—and the constitutional separation of powers—by unilaterally delaying the individual mandate for some people (those who liked their health plan but got a cancellation notice) and by unilaterally delaying the employer mandate. Given these extralegal executive actions, and given the technological train wreck than the Obamacare exchange rollout has been, it would seem to be a...
  • Obamacare's 'mandate' meltdown

    02/01/2014 11:05:07 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 37 replies
    AEI ^ | Jan.19, 2014 | James C. Capretta, Jeffrey H. Anderson
    The president and his Democratic allies are finding it harder to make people buy insurance than they’d expected. Will Obamacare’s individual mandate survive? Last month, the administration announced that anyone with a canceled 2013 individual insurance plan would be exempt from the “individual-responsibility requirement” this year, and would be allowed to buy the catastrophe-only insurance previously offered to those age 30 or under. This exemption is likely only the first of many. How, for one, can the administration exempt people who had insurance last year but not exempt people who were uninsured because they couldn’t afford coverage? Obamacare’s architects were...
  • Calculating the health care individual mandate penalty

    01/21/2014 8:45:29 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    Journal of Accountancy ^ | January 2014 | Debra M. Johnson, CPA, J.D., LL.M
    ...a single taxpayer would have to have an income of about $190,400 before the penalty for a full year would overtake the lower end of the estimated average bronze premium range (again, based on an estimated 2016 filing threshold: (2.5% × [$190,400 − $10,400] = $4,500)). For a married couple, the corresponding household income would be $500,800 (2.5% × [$500,800 − $20,800] = $12,000).
  • A health industry expert on ‘the fundamental problem with Obamacare’ (They can't collect the tax)

    01/12/2014 10:30:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ezra Klein
    Ezra Klein: Give me your status report on Obamacare. Where do you think the law stands now? Robert Laszewski: They’re about where I expected them to be. HealthCare.Gov on the front-end is in pretty good shape. It’s where it should’ve been at launch. The back-end is still highly problematic. Clearly the administration put its emphasis on the consumer side. Insurers are still seeing errors in probably 5 percent of the files coming through. That’s compounded by the issue of all the people enrolling in the last few weeks. That’s a huge surge that would create customer-service problems in the best...
  • Obamacare teeters (Sign up early? You lose)

    12/24/2013 12:57:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    **SNIP** The expanded hardship exemption, for instance, "opened a major can of worms," wrote analyst James Capretta on the Weekly Standard blog. "The administration said for months that the mandate would not be waived for anyone, even those with canceled policies, and it vowed a veto of any delay legislation coming out of Congress. Now the rules have been changed, and some families who have committed to pay thousands of dollars in insurance premiums will feel very personally betrayed by an untrustworthy administration." They join millions of others who are reeling from massive premium increases under this onerous law. Over...
  • Is Obamacare individual mandate cracking? [Yes, it is - thanks to President Obama!]

    12/21/2013 1:30:59 PM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 20, 2013 | Peter Grier
    The White House loosened the rules for Obamacare on Thursday, telling people whose health insurance plans got canceled that they won't have to comply with the law's individual mandate in 2014. How is that fair? critics ask. Many foresee more changes ahead. Good news for people who’ve lost their health insurance because it doesn’t meet "Obamacare" standards: The White House announced Thursday night that it’s going to cut these folks something of a break. They won’t be subject to the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate for 2014, meaning they won’t have to pay a tax penalty if they don’t get...
  • Hillary's Obamacare Problem

    11/16/2013 7:57:51 AM PST · by Noremac · 14 replies
    Emerging ^ | November 16, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    She's not the 'Smartest Woman In the World', but she may be the most hypocritical and potentially destructive.[/caption] When I have an informal discussion with folks about what the future looks like, particularly with respect to 2016, inevitably the topic of Hillary Clinton comes up. What my friends are especially wondering and concerned about is “do you think Hillary Clinton will win the White House?” It is a daunting proposition. Even my 90 year old mom shudders at the prospect. While there is no underestimating the foolishness and gullibility of the mass electorate, the impressions I'm gathering as I...
  • Lessons in Healthcare from an Island Paradise

    11/15/2013 12:15:33 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 15, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Imagine it is 1663, and you want to buy a dodo. You are now legally allowed to buy a dodo. The Dutch, who manage the island of Mauritius as a colony, have no law against the purchase of dodos. Perhaps there once was such a law, and it’s now been suspended for a year. If you have money, and you can find a willing seller, you can buy his dodo. You could even legally buy two. You could buy three or four. The Dutch government has just announced that it won't even try to stop you. Want a dodo? Go...
  • Wiki edits pushing Heritage Foundation individual mandate (vanity)

    11/04/2013 1:21:56 PM PST · by tuwood · 75 replies
    Vanity | tuwood
    I'm usually a lurker here, but I may have something to contribute today. :) I was listening to a hard core Liberal in another non political forum I frequent go on and on about how Obama just implemented the Republican healthcare plan that the Heritage Foundation suggested. I have read about the Heritage Foundation spin before, but this seems to really be popping up a lot on my journeys around the interwebs lately so I did a little digging and noticed that pretty much all of the Wiki pages about the ACA have very recently been edited to insert the...
  • NOW WE KNOW… Obamacare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: “The Individual Market Is Going Away” (Video)

    11/03/2013 9:28:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 147 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/3/13 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, a former adviser to the Obama White House, admitted today that, if Democrats have their way, the individual insurance market is going away. “Insurance companies don’t want, insurance companies don’t want the individual market as it’s constructed. They see the future. That individual market is going away. They don’t want to invest in it.” That was their plan all along. Via FOX News Sunday:
  • Delaying the individual mandate is a bad idea

    10/25/2013 4:31:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2013 | Editorial Board
    Despite the intolerable failure of the Obama administration to warn the country that would not work at launch, there is still plenty of time for the government to make the required fixes. Even if it takes some weeks more to get the site in reasonable order, insurance buyers will probably have plenty of time to obtain coverage before running afoul of the penalty. The penalty against individuals lacking health-care coverage is a crucial tool in the effort to drive people into the new system. Delay it, and you’ll get fewer people signing up in the first part of next...
  • Obamacare Casts Fainting Spell on Americans

    10/26/2013 3:05:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 26, 2013 | Jeff Crouere
    On Monday, at the Rose Garden, as the President was endlessly talking about his signature program, Obamacare, a young woman standing behind him nearly fainted. The victim of the long winded President, Karmel Allison, has diabetes and is 20 weeks pregnant. It is mind boggling that the White House would force someone in her condition to stand and endure an Obama speech. Unfortunately, for the President, his entire speech was overshadowed by the drama on stage. Instead of a well choreographed presentation of the wonderful aspects of Obamacare it was another disaster for this ill fated program. In fact, the...
  • [100% of] Senate Dems Up for Re-Election in 2014 to Back Delay of Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

    10/23/2013 3:43:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 56 replies ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    On Wednesday, CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted that all Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014 will reportedly support a delay of Obamacare’s enrollment deadline. The Democrats' push comes shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently launched a crusade against Obamacare. Cruz’s efforts and those of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) showed the American people the president and Senate Democrats were unwilling to compromise on Obamacare, and the Democrats’ stubbornness resulted in a temporary partial government shutdown and a short-lived debt crisis scare.
  • Calls to Delay Obamacare Mandate Divide Democrats

    10/23/2013 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 23, 2013 | by John Parkinson
    In a speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. John Barrow, a Blue Dog Democrat from Georgia, called on the president to delay implementation of the law’s individual mandate, which is set to be enforced Jan. 1. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who like Shaheen is up for re-election in 2014, announced his support for the New Hampshire senator’s call to extend open enrollment in the exchanges and asked the administration to clarify how it would enforce the individual mandate. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., is working on a bill that would delay the $95 individual mandate penalty, a spokesman for Manchin...
  • First Senate Democrat (Jeanne Shaheen) Breaks Ranks To Seek Obamacare Deadline Delay

    10/23/2013 1:32:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 10/23/13 | Jon Passantino
    Shaheen posted an open letter to President Obama Tuesday urging him to extend the enrollment period for Americans to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Dear Mr. President: The Affordable Care Act has already positively impacted the lives of millions of Americans and once fully implemented, this law has great promise. However, I am concerned about the problems that people are experiencing with the Affordable Care Act’s website, As website glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans. I also fear that people that have tried, and failed,...
  • 11 people who seemed shocked - shocked to hear about obamacare penalties this week

    10/03/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT · by erikm88 · 60 replies
    Twitchy/Twitter ^ | 10/3/2013 | Twitchy
    Read and weep for our country... 11 people who seemed shocked - shocked to hear about obamacare penalties this week
  • The One Word Missing From All Those ObamaCare Ads

    09/30/2013 12:03:17 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/30/2013 | John Merline
    In a speech at a Maryland community college last week promoting his namesake health reform law, President Obama mentioned the word "benefits" 10 times. Free preventive care, coverage for children up to age 26, a better drug plan for seniors. "We're giving more benefits and protections," he said. But there was one word Obama didn't mention once in his entire 51-minute talk. And that word was "mandate." That's despite the fact that a central feature of ObamaCare is the requirement that all those adoring young people buy insurance or pay a fine, and is the key to whatever chances of...
  • Obama: Americans are ‘penalized’ by ‘so-called individual mandate,’ not taxed

    07/06/2012 2:19:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/6/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama, confronted with the issue of the Supreme Court upholding his health care law by declaring the individual mandate a tax, contradicted the court by saying that the individual mandate “penalize[s]” Americans rather than taxes them. “You have to take responsibility, and if you don’t, you’re going to be penalized for it, and that’s the right thing to do,” Obama told WDTN-NBC while defending the individual mandate. He also denied that the court’s ruling means that he has raised taxes through Obamacare. “I have consistently kept my promise not to raise taxes on people [making] under $250,000 a year.”Obama effectively...
  • If Obama Can Delay Parts Of Obamacare Then Repubs Can Delay The Individual Mandate Through Defunding

    08/28/2013 6:53:16 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 7 replies
    8/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If the Obama administration can delay parts of Obamacare, then Republicans (and some red state Dems) can institute fairness and vote to delay another part of Obamacare (the individual mandate) by funding the rest of government - just not the individual mandate - and those parts of O-care that Obama says needs to be delayed. One good turn deserves another? OTOH, liberals are retorting that Obamacare is the law of the land. If that is so, then is Obama defying the law by refusing to implement parts of Obamacare? In the end, the gov't will be funded, a default will...
  • University of Virginia Slashes Health Benefits Due to ObamaCare

    08/22/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/21/13 | John Nolte
    Citing ObamaCare as a reason, the the University of Virginia has announced that spouses of University employees who have access to health insurance through their own jobs will no longer be eligible for health insurance coverage. In its announcement, President Obama's healthcare plan is specifically mentioned by UVa as a reason for the rising costs that forced the university to drop working spouses. ObamaCare is expected to add $7 million to the university's health care costs. UVa was also a public supporter of ObamaCare: Working spouse provision: Starting Jan. 1, spouses who have access to coverage through their own employer...
  • [VIDEO] Did the Obama administration consider delaying the individual mandate too?

    07/17/2013 7:00:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 1 replies ^ | July 17, 2013 | RIght Scoop
    Rep. Tom Price asks this official whether he was involved in any discussions with the Treasury regarding the delay of the individual mandate. He had to ask multiple times because the way this official answers the question you’d think he’s walking through a mine field: So basically his answer is yes. It’s a shame he couldn’t just say that.
  • President threatens to veto GOP's ObamaCare bills to delay mandates

    07/17/2013 7:17:48 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/16/13 | Elise Viebeck
    President Obama is threatening to veto Republican bills that would delay the healthcare reform law's employer and individual mandates. Obama declared the employer bill "unnecessary" — the administration announced the same delay on July 2 — and said the individual bill is harmful to consumers in a Statement of Administration Policy issued Tuesday.
  • ObamaCare Individual Mandate Delay Isn´t Enough

    07/17/2013 6:42:44 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/16/2013 | IBD Staff
    House Republicans plan to vote this week on a bill that would delay ObamaCare´s individual mandate, adding to the one-year delay of the employer mandate the administration already announced. It´s a smart political move, since the law has never been more unpopular. A Gallup survey finds that 52% now disapprove of ObamaCare, up from 45% last November. [snip] But even if President Obama were to sign an individual mandate delay bill into law — highly unlikely — it would be largely meaningless in terms of avoiding ObamaCare´s long-term health care and budget disasters.